Earlier in the year we worked with Emily Seabrook, a graduate civil engineer based in Oxford, to develop and illustrate her winning entry to the Vision 2050 Competition organised by England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) - the collaborative partnership of 11 transport authorities and four local enterprise partnerships that covers the Oxford to Cambridge Arc.
The competition was aimed at students, recent graduates and apprentices, with the intention of encouraging fresh perspectives on the future of transport in the region – an endeavour that we wholeheartedly support.
The vision has recently been published and Emily will be presenting it today at EEH’s annual conference.
The judging panel was chaired by Professor Sadie Morgan OBE who said ‘Emily's vision covered many different aspects of connectivity, considering both urban and rural needs, and those of freight as well as people. It contained a number of innovations and was an example of the type of forward-thinking approach we need to meet the challenges of the future.’
Emily has commented that she ‘enjoyed trying to piece together all the interconnected features of a transport system and the varying nature of its users’ .
Here at 5th Studio we were really pleased to support the competition and to work with Emily to develop and illustrate the spatial and design aspects of her vision for future mobility as a continuation of our work in the Arc for the National Infrastructure Commission, and for England’s Economic Heartland – and as part of our commitment to support the next generation of designers and engineers to work in innovative and collaborative ways.
More information about the competition can be found here.
Our vision for the public realm of London's Royal Docks has now been published: the Public Realm Framework, describing the overall strategy, is available to download here. More information on our work in the Royal Docks can be found here.
The Royal Docks are the largest area of impounded water in the world: a globally significant man-made structure. Laid over central London, the docks would stretch from Marble Arch to Whitechapel.
The overarching principle of the Framework – ‘Occupy the Docks’ – reflects the ambition to create a more varied, rich, and well-connected set of distinctive places, converting a huge piece of infrastructure into a successful piece of city. Within the coherent overarching vision, the Framework will develop tactical interventions, each deploying a palette of landscape, wayfinding, lighting and design interventions keyed to the overall design principles.
The Royal Docks is one of the most significant regeneration projects in the UK – home to London’s only Enterprise Zone – with an ambitious £314 million investment programme over the next five years.
5th Studio has opened a studio in Oxford to support our ongoing work in the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Arc and projects with Oxford-based clients who need our close attention. Look out for details of some key Oxford college projects on our Projects page soon.
The studio is at 2 King Edward Street, Oxford and we will have a formal opening in the Autumn.
The new studio is part of a rebalancing of 5th Studio’s spaces: the main London Studio at Wren Street is expanding with the addition of a great new Project Space (Unit 10). A reorganisation of the original Darkroom in Cambridge has created a fantastic event space - look out for a programme in the near future.
5th Studio's New Court has been featured in the CIBSE Journal.
The "highly sensitive upgrade that sets the standard for the green retrofitting of UK’s historic buildings" received its first monitoring report in June, confirming the success of all planned sustainabilty improvements.
The full article is available to read on the CIBSE journal, and in the publications section of this website.
Sustainable Building Conservation, a collection of case studies and essays edited by Oriel Prizeman for RIBA Publications, will be launched on 15 December at our London Studio. The book features an essay by Oliver Smith, describing our groundbreaking work in sustainable retrofit on the Grade 1-listed New Court at Trinity College Cambridge.