5th Studio – appointed through a competitive tender via the GLA’s ADUP II Framework – is leading a multidisciplinary design team to produce a concept masterplan for Harrow Road and its environs. Following on from the masterplan, the team will develop detailed design for three strategic sites, working closely with residents and stakeholders, to be delivered via the GLA’s Good Growth Fund.

The project seeks to transform and revitalising the high street and canal to bring forward much needed improvements to the area. Public realm projects at Maida Hill Market – the heart of the high street – and Westbourne Green and Canal Terrace (Queen’s Park) – the intersections of the high street and canal – are due to be implemented in 2022.

5th Studio is leading a consultant team that includes regular collaborators Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects (JCLA), Studio Dekka, Expedition Engineering, Accertum, Daisy Froud (leading the consultation work) and Waterway Projects. The team has recently worked with the Council on ‘Paddington Places’, the public realm and connectivity strategy for neighbouring North Paddington.

Harrow Road has a diverse and close-knit community but suffers from severances caused by the Westway and the railway corridor. Its inclusion in the North Westminster Economic Development Area recognises that regeneration and growth is required to improve employment and social opportunities. The Council and the community have established four objectives for the Harrow Road Place Plan: create a 21st century high street; improve access to public open space; ensure a socially sustainable future; benefit from future development. This next phase, particularly the delivery of the three key public realm projects, aims to be a catalyst for wider regeneration and investment to meet these objectives.

Cllr Matthew Green, Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning, said:

"Local high streets have been lifelines for our communities during the Coronavirus pandemic and none more so than the iconic Harrow Road. As retail and hospitality emerges from the Covid crisis, the Council is providing unprecedented levels of support to shopping areas across our City. On Harrow Road, we will ensure that the street responds to the needs of its communities while sustaining commercially successful businesses that are sources of jobs and revenue for local residents.

Improving access in the Harrow Road area while delivering better public spaces and more greenery will help to create a 21st century high street. Working alongside the local community, we will co-design a scheme that will increase opportunities for both businesses and residents alike."

Image credit: Oliver Goodrich

5th Studio – appointed through a competitive tender via the GLA’s ADUP II Framework – is leading a multidisciplinary design and planning team to produce a planning and development framework. Their work is focused on Stratford Station, how it can be improved as an interchange and how it links to the nearby International Station. A key part of this study will also assess how better connectivity could be formed between Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Stratford Town Centre. The team will also identify strategies to enable the station to be more accessible and passenger friendly.

In 2019, The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) identified Stratford Station as the seventh busiest Network Rail station in the UK and it is estimated that there are 128 million passenger movements a year across all lines. The passenger demand is expected to continue to increase in the future, even post-Covid.

5th Studio is working with Expedition Engineering, Momentum Transport, Turner & Townsend and Giorgia Sharpe with Thomas Matthews to develop a vision and urban design framework. This work will inform the strategic business case for the long-term redevelopment of Stratford Regional Station that is being progressed by LLDC, Network Rail, LB Newham and TfL.

The scale of transformation needed is similar to what has been seen at Kings Cross and London Bridge.

LLDC, the regeneration agency responsible for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, is leading on the procurement of this project as part of its work alongside Network Rail, LB Newham and TfL.

Rosanna Lawes, Executive Director of Development at LLDC, said:

“The scale of regeneration on and around the Park has meant that passenger usage at Stratford Station has trebled over the past ten years.

“This essential work will not only help us make a case to government which secures Stratford as an appealing place to work, live and visit, but it will also help us identify ways in which we can improve local connectivity and job opportunities for nearby residents.”

Tom Holbrook, Director of 5th Studio, said:

“Stratford has been shaped by the railway, but the railway has set up some challenging obstacles to movement and connectivity that have baked in inequality. We are delighted to win this important commission, which builds on previous work over the last decade to ‘improve connectivity on and around the Olympic park and Legacy Boroughs.

The project presents an opportunity to ensure strong, well-designed connections between Stratford Town Centre and the growing social, cultural and economic assets of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and its neighbouring communities across East London.

In doing so we hope to unlock a much better interchange around Stratford Regional Station and bring the International station more into play.”

5th Studio was invited by the Internationale Bauaustellung 2027 to participate in the urban planning competition based in the Stuttgart Region of Germany.

Our collaboration with ARUP and Taktyk landscape architects, Brussels has been awarded a Special Prize.

The aim of the competition was to develop radical ideas for a sustainable urban quarter on a former industrial site in the town of Backnang in Baden-Württemberg. The 30-year project will transform the district into an environmentally friendly light industrial and residential neighbourhood featuring educational and cultural facilities. The development will be part of Germany’s International Building Exhibition which has been held since 1901 (including the Weissenhof Siedlung, 1927) and will focus on Stuttgart in 2027.

5th Studio was one of six teams pre-invited to participate in the competition, joining White Arkitekter, KCAP, Rotterdam and Denmark’s Cobe. Invited teams were joined by 18 teams of global architects and urban designers who qualified through an international ideas competition.

We warmly congratulate Teleinternetcafe Architektur und Urbanismus, Berlin, working with Treibhaus Landschaftsarchitektur, Hamburg on winning this competition and look forward to seeing the exhibition of the shortlisted schemes and the built results at the Internationale Bauaustellung in 2027.

You can read more about our submission here, or download the full boards.

5th Studio is an award-winning unique spatial design agency, working across the fields of architecture, urban design, infrastructure and landscape. The practice combines strategic thinking at the very large scale with understanding the concrete implications on the ground: we are interested in the practical skills of making and building as well as planning and infrastructure.

We are currently working in some of the most challenging parts of London, Cambridge and Oxford, with a focus on masterplanning and the realisation of buildings within those larger plans.

5th Studio is seeking talented and enthusiastic Part 1 & 2 designers to join our London and Cambridge studios. We are currently seeking applications for positions starting as soon as possible. Our design teams are currently working both remotely and in our covid-secure studios, and we continue to put the safety of our staff forefront in our flexible working practices.

Applicants should be:

  • ambitious and engaged with a strong interest in public projects

  • skilled designers with excellent drawing and model making skills

  • enthusiastic with a positive attitude and strong communication skills

  • proficient across a range of software including Adobe Creative Suite, Microstation & Revit

  • proficient in written and spoken English and eligible to work in the UK

Please send applications to recruitment@5thstudio.co.uk, to include the following:

  • a brief cover letter including details of when you are available to start work, and any notice periods or university term dates

  • a CV

  • a short portfolio (maximum 10MB)

5th Studio is an equal opportunities employer. We actively encourage qualified applicants who are Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, disabled, women and LGBTQIA+, as these groups are under-represented throughout the built environment professions.

No hard copy applications. Please note that due to the volume of applications we can only respond to shortlisted applicants.

5th Studio is a core industry partner in RMIT University’s €9 million European Doctoral Innovators (REDI) COFUND doctoral training program, funded through the European Union’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND grants scheme.

The programme will be led by RMIT Europe and support 41 new PhD positions across a network of 24 academic partners in 11 countries, including the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris, Politecnico di Milano, and the Max Plank Institute, Dusseldorf.

5th Studio will host a doctoral researcher placement, who will work with the academic network and also complete a year's secondment at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Details will follow on researcher recruitment.

More information here.

A landscape that’s a joy to explore and that has everything you need. A place where natural beauty and historic artefacts are thoughtfully highlighted, and where every route is accessible, intuitive and suitably lit.

That is the vision for public realm in the Royal Docks, and now the Design Guides that set out a detailed code for how to achieve this have been published.

Developed by 5th Studio in collaboration with JCLA and Studio Dekka, the Guides draw on engagement sessions with stakeholders and the community on both the overarching strategy and their specific recommendations. These conversations are detailed in the Guides’ engagement appendices, and build on several years of prior consultations, such as Join the Conversation, which gathered perspectives from nearly 2,000 people during the course of last year.

The Design Guides provide a unified handbook for wayfinding, lighting and landscape, as well as guidelines for accessibility and inclusive design. They’re a detailed toolbox for architects, developers, community groups and designers – or indeed anyone who is creating design and public realm work for the area. The Guides will ensure that new projects in the Royal Docks contribute to a public realm that is coherent, legible and socially inclusive – a group of distinct neighbourhoods united by subtle and beautiful elements of continuity. Shaped by a culture of innovation, the Guides posit the Royal Docks as “an urban testbed… a site of innovation and experimentation for London”. They cover everything from light fittings, planters, species of trees and flowers, and how a banner might be attached during a special occasion.

Read more about the Guides and the GLA and LB Newham's work towards regenerating the Royal Docks here.

Tom Holbrook will be discussing 5th Studio's ongoing work in cities and landscape in RMIT's forthcoming webinar – The Future is Landscape.

The European Commission's €750B recovery plan to kick-start the economy and to invest in a long-term future for Europe prioritises the green and digital transition that Europe needs. ​

The commitment to a green recovery and a healthy environment has brought into focus the importance of our buildings and the impact they have on people’s lives. Homes, schools, hospitals and office buildings suffered the effects of the pandemic and had to be re-adjusted to the new reality.​

This presents a unique opportunity to rethink, redesign and modernise Europe’s buildings and urban landscapes to meet the demands of a greener and digital society.​

RMIT's Global Webinar brings together leading academics, designers, policy makers, industry leaders and practitioners to explore and discuss the crucial role of the built environment in creating a greener and more sustainable future.

More details here.

Tom will be contributing to a webinar on the UK Innovation Corridor at Real Estate Live 11.00am, Wednesday 7th October 2020.

The session will be chaired by Helen Crane, property editor, City AM, and will feature Monika Jain, Principal City Planner at Transport for London and Professor Greg Clark, Global advisor on future cities.

This year has been one of upheaval – and it has changed our outlook on life, work, and leisure, and on how we move between those parts of our lives.

Do the changes in the housing, labour, and transport markets offer a new set of opportunities for the places in the UK Innovation Corridor? Can there be a new mix of functions and activity in places like Harlow, Stevenage the Upper Lee Valley and towns close to Cambridge? Could there be a hybrid model in which we can find a new paradigm for our towns and cities?

Sign up here.

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.

As part of New London Architecture's focus on London's Royal Docks, Tom Holbrook will chair a panel of experts on public realm and inclusivity to find out ways we can ensure our public spaces are fit for all.

The Royal Docks is providing a range of unique opportunities for London across Public Realm, Transport, Culture, Communities and the Economy. At this extraordinary moment as we struggle through a period of social unrest and the impacts of lockdown on our City, how can areas like the Royal Docks help to champion innovation? How can the built environment sector contribute to more democratised public space? And what is the role of public realm in equalising opportunity?

The panel will feature:

Daniel Bridge, Programme Director, Royal Docks

Maria Adebowale-Schwarte, CEO, Foundation for Future London

David Ogunmuyiwa, Partner, ArchitectureDoingPlace

Bridget Snaith, Senior Lecturer Landscape Architecture, University of East London

Fahmida Rahman, Research and Policy Analyst, Resolution Foundation and Commissioner, Newham Democracy and Civic Participation Commission

Wednesday 15 July 2020

14:00 - 15:00

Book here.

Greater Berlin will be 100 years old this year, an occasion marked by a public exhibition at the Kronprinzenpalais, Berlin Mitte.

Over the past 100 years Metropolitan Berlin has changed and reinvented itself under a variety of influences. Exhibition themes include diversity of centres, planning, housing, transport, sustainability and major projects. A key focus of the exhibition will be a comparison with the peer cities of Moscow, Vienna, Paris and London.

The London contribution will illustrate key topics and projects shaping London and will feature two 5th Studio projects: The Crossrail Atlas (2010), and ongoing work on the Royal Docks.

The Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, is the lead patron; the main curator is Professor Harald Bodenschatz. The initiator is Berlin 2020, which is part of the Architekten und Ingenieurverein zu Berlin e.V. AIV in cooperation with the Architekturmuseum of the Technical University Berlin.

More on the exhibition here.

5th Studio has been invited by the IBA Internationale Bauaustellung 2027 to participate in the urban planning competition based in the Stuttgart Region of Germany.

The aim of the competition is to develop radical ideas for a sustainable urban quarter on a former industrial site in the town of Backnang in Baden-Württemberg.

5th Studio is one of six teams pre-invited to participate in the competition, joining Netherlands-based MVRDV, Herzog & De Meuron of Basel, KCAP from Rotterdam and Denmark’s Cobe. Invited teams will be joined by up to 12 teams of architects and urban designers qualifying through an international ideas competition. The competition will conclude in October 2020.

The Internationale Bauausstellung (International Architecture Exhibition) began in Darmstadt in 1901 and has been a consistent source of innovation and a platform to explore progressive thinking in architecture and urbanism.

More about the project here.

5th Studio has been appointed by regeneration specialist LCR to deliver a masterplan for Chester City Gateway.

Chester City Gateway is a bold vision to regenerate the historic railway station and its surrounding area, having the potential to attract significant investment into Chester and deliver the One City Plan.

Supporting lead local partner Cheshire West and Chester Council, and in collaboration with Network Rail, regeneration specialist LCR will lead on development management to advance the regeneration, public realm and transport connectivity improvements.

Following a highly competitive process, the parties have appointed 5th Studio as lead consultant, supported by a local team. Over the next six months, the team will create the masterplan and delivery strategy, working alongside engineering consultancy Arup together with CBRE and Faithful & Gould. LCR led on the appointments of the consultant team to develop the masterplan for the Chester City Gateway programme, the major regeneration and infrastructure project that will transform Chester’s railway station and surrounding land.

Alex Bowker, Development Manager in LCR’s regional North West team, said: “The formation of our consultant team marks a key milestone in a project that will help to create public value and unlock significant economic growth for Chester. Our masterplan will ensure that the railway station and its surrounding land reach their full potential, helping to deliver new homes, jobs and community assets.

“We’re excited to begin delivering on the Council’s exciting vision for Chester and realising the benefits of investment in the city’s key transport hubs, creating an outstanding experience for residents, commuters and visitors alike.”

Dr Tom Holbrook, director at 5th Studio, added: “Chester City Gateway lies at a crossroads of the key Northern Powerhouse economies of Liverpool and Manchester, the anticipated HS2 hub at Crewe, and is the North West’s gateway to Wales. This is an opportunity to maximise the potential of Chester’s railway station, cementing its role as a key Northern transport hub.
“We know that successful placemaking is greater than the sum of the project’s individual parts, and we’re excited to transform this site to tie it firmly into the life of the city.”

The Chester City Gateway regeneration project is being delivered through LCR’s ongoing partnership with Network Rail, which aims to realise the full potential of land around a portfolio of the UK’s of railway stations. Including Chester, the collaboration currently has 16 active schemes across the UK that have the potential to deliver over £2 billion GDV and 4,000 homes.

LCR and Network Rail’s partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council will see all three parties contribute equally to the cost of producing the scheme’s masterplan and spatial framework.

LCR is a purpose-led, sustainable regeneration company that strives to maximise public value from underutilised public sector assets, with emphasis on those assets connected to the UK’s network of railway stations. Through collaborations and key strategic partnerships, LCR has delivered major regeneration schemes including the £2.4 billion IQL project in Stratford, Manchester Mayfield and the transformation of King’s Cross.

Our work on the New Cross Area Framework has been shortlisted for the Planning Awards 2020.

The Framework – jointly commissioned by the London Borough of Lewisham, the Greater London Authority and Transport for London – has been shortlisted in the Award for plan-making category. More details of the project are available here.

The Planning Awards reward excellence in professional planning work. The awards presentation will take place on 24 September 2020 at The Mermaid London – more details here. The New Cross Area Framework won the New London Award last year in the Masterplans and Area Frameworks category.

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.

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