February Phillips will be talking about 5th Studio's New Court, Trinity College, refurbishment - at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Architecture, in association with ARCSOC (the University of Cambridge Architecture Society) and the Cambridge Association of Architects.

The theme of how the interventions at New Court responded to the idea of 'local character' will be explored alongside four other presentations from practicing Cambridge architects. This lecture is intended to engage practitioners and students in discussions about the current topics affecting development in Cambridge.

Wednesday 16th November - 18:30
Faculty of Architecture, 1 Scroope Terrace, Cambridge CB2 1PX

The judges of the Civic Trust Awards - established in 1959 to recognise outstanding architecture, planning and design in the built environment – have shortlisted the New Court project as a Regional Finalist for the 2017 awards. The project will be put forward to National Panel for consideration for a National/International Civic Trust Award or Commendation.

As the longest standing, independent built environment awards scheme in Europe the scheme has continued in its objective to recognise projects that have made a positive contribution to the local communities they serve and provides an opportunity for the general public to participate in nominating and judging schemes from their local area. Award winning projects are expected to exhibit strong sustainability credentials, a high level of inclusive and accessible design, and to provide a positive civic contribution.

The Civic Trust Awards/Commendations will be presented at the 58th Annual Civic Trust Awards Ceremony at The Guildhall, Winchester on Friday 10th March 2017

5th Studio are delighted to have been appointed by the National Infrastructure Commission to make recommendations on the Built Environment of the Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Northampton Growth Corridor.

The study was commissioned by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his letter to NIC Chair Lord Adonis in March 2016 in which the the Commission were asked to:
“make recommendations to maximize the potential of the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford corridor as a single, knowledge intensive cluster that competes on the global stage, whilst protecting the area’s high quality environment and securing the homes and jobs the area needs. The commission will look at the priority infrastructure improvements needed and assess the economic case for which investments would generate the most growth.”

The study - which the practice will be working on with SQW - will inform recommendations to government on maximising the growth potential of the corridor; in particular by spatial analysis, assessing the most appropriate options to deliver significant new housing, support for jobs and growth across the corridor.

Oliver Smith will be presenting 5th Studio’s New Court project at a 2-day workshop as part of the Venice Biennale Architettura 2016.

Sponsored by the Italian Chamber of Commerce for the UK and Valorizzazioni Culturali, the exhibition and workshop brings together international experts from different sectors across Europe to focus on ‘best practices’.

The project will be displayed at the ground floor exhibition in the 17th century building on the 29th and 30th October in the Palazzo Flangini in Venice, with a conference/workshop from 2pm on the Saturday.

- Workshop (29th October) and exhibition (29th – 30th October)

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The piling rig arrives at Twelvetrees, Lower Lea Valley, time-lapse courtesy of contractors, the Buckingham Group, action by WHH barges Van-Elle, piling rig operator.

Tom Holbrook & Kieran Perkins will be taking part in the London Stansted Cambridge Commission's fourth Growth Commission Inquiry Event - Implementing Change.

Organised by the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium, this event will explore the main opportunities and challenges to this major growth corridor. Tom will be addressing the issues of place-making for the tech economy and what the key requirements to create globally competitive locations and environments for tech and knowledge-based enterprise might be.

The event takes place between 9-11.30am on Thursday 12th May, at BL_NK, 25-27 Curtain Road, Hackney, London, EC2A 3LT.

Further information on the event and registration can be found here.

“How should we design and govern our cities? Although we are not prophets, we can investigate and imagine tomorrow’s city, research it by design. 2016’s International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam, entitled THE NEXT ECONOMY takes the main challenges of the twenty-first century as its starting point. The biennale imagines the city of the future: the healthy and socially inclusive city, the productive city, and the sustainable green city. The city in which public space once again takes centre stage”

Maarten Hajer is the Curator of the seventh Biennale. Hajer is internationally renowned for his exploration of the relationships between public policies, urban development and environmental issues.

The biennale will incorporate 5th Studio’s Stour City proposition for a new city - on the East Coast of England - created through an active state delivering enabling infrastructure and promoting granular tract development and an intensive use of land.

5th Studio’s refurbishment of Westlegate House in Norwich has received a RIBA East Award. This project involved the redevelopment of the 11-storey Westlegate Tower, one of Norwich’s most high profile buildings, together with its immediate urban setting, blighted by the creation of the tower in the early 1960s.


"The Westlegate Tower project has redeveloped one of Norwich’s most high profile, and most unpopular buildings.…5th Studio decided to question the City Council’s planning policy, which recommended demolition of the tower; they saw that retention and reuse were not only possible but could bring real positives in terms of sustainability and a new social cohesion for the area.

In order to improve the proportion of the tower, its height was increased by three storeys. This, together with new cladding, means that the development now provides a landmark for the city rather than the eyesore that the unused tower became.

At ground level the development also repairs the urban grain in a most successful way. The new accommodation knits together a neglected area of the city’s urban fabric; a previously unloved car park in leftover space at the base of the tower. The development has helped to re-establish the historic grain of lanes, yards and passageways, rediscovering the lost Lion and Castle Yard as an enjoyable public thoroughfare, and enriching the pedestrian experience."

Extract from RIBA judges citation

5th Studio are seeking an ambitious, qualified architect with housing and regeneration experience to expand the senior team at the London studio. For further information, and details on how to apply, please visit Dezeen. The deadline for applications is the 30th April 2016.

5th Studio are looking for skilled designers to join both our London and Cambridge studios across all roles from Pt1 & Pt2 to qualified architects.

We are actively recruiting an architect with housing and regeneration experience to join our senior team at our expanding London studio.

CV's to recruitment @ 5thstudio.co.uk

After years in planning there is now exciting activity along the banks of the River Lea.

The neglected landscapes around the A13 at Wharfside Road are being transformed by the London Borough of Newham to the designs of 5th Studio with JCLA. This scheme will create an accessible riverside, and transform Wharfside Road into a shared surface with new street tree planting and street furniture.

At Twelvetrees Crescent Bridge work has just commenced on creating a major Leaway project designed by 5th Studio in collaboration with Alan Baxter and JCLA. The Twelvetrees ramp will allow for the first time a connection between the towpath from Three Mills and the eastern riverside walk of the River Lea to Cody Dock, and is due to open in Autumn 2016.

These projects are key phase 1 projects in longer-term delivery of the Lea River Park. Together these, and a series of other planned projects will create the connective infrastructure needed by the housing zones of the Lower Lea Valley

5th Studio have won planning consent for the redevelopment of the Ferry Boat Inn site in Norwich, following our award-winning project at the City’s Westlegate.

The proposals provide 41 homes around a landscaped courtyard creating a new frontage to the River Wensum and the Novi Sad bridge. The project aims to repair the King street frontage and refurbish the listed but derelict inn.

Tom Holbrook joins a stellar cast, including Nathalie De Vries, Nicholas Serota & Selina Mason on the newly established independent design panel for HS2, Britain’s second high-speed rail-line. The Panel, chaired by dRMM director Sadie Morgan, will be the project’s independent adviser, helping it to deliver on its key design principles and will ‘mentor and inspire HS2 to design a transformational railway system which will exceed all of our expectations’.

HS2 Ltd chief executive, Simon Kirby said:

“I’m delighted the Independent Design Panel has now been formed. It’s a mark of HS2’s significance that it’s attracted such a wealth of talent to help us deliver this transformational piece of infrastructure for the nation.”

5th Studio is proud to be part of the Practice Network supporting the newly-launched London School of Architecture which opens in the autumn.

With fees of £6,000 a year, the school offers an alternative Part 2 route into the profession, and is designed to cut the cost of architecture education. Students spend half their time working in practice.

5th Studio’s Tom Holbrook is the school’s Leader of Urban Studies.

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