BDP & SOM Reveal Plans For New Covent Garden Market

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BDP and SOM have submitted plans for ‘The Garden’ a new market which will be the largest new development in the Nine Elms area around Battersea Power Station in London. The £2 billion plans replace the existing New Covent Garden Market, the UK‘s largest fruit, vegetable and flower market, in addition to adding a mixed-use neighborhood of 3,000 homes and over 200,000 square feet of office and retail space.

Working together, BDP and have created a “seamless masterplan” which extends from the detailed design of the new market structure through to a new riverside park connecting Battersea Power Station to Kieran Timberlake‘s US Embassy building.

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John Henry Brookes and Abercrombie Building / Design Engine

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Architects: Design Engine
Location: Brookes University – Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, , Oxfordshire OX3 0BP, UK
Architect In Charge: Richard Jobson
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nick Kane

St. Anne’s SureStart Centre / DSDHA

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Architects: DSDHA
Location: , Essex, UK
Project Team: David Hills, Deborah Saunt
Year: 2007
Photographs: Edmund Sumner


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Location: 151 Falls Road, , UK
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aidan McGrath

Feilden Clegg Bradley to Design Biological Research Labs in Scotland

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Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) has been awarded first prize in a competition to design a new facility hub and two laboratory buildings at the University of ’s School of Biological Sciences. The commission, FCBS’ first in Scotland, will also include the modernization of an existing 10-story laboratory tower which was built in the 1960s at the University’s Kings Building Campus.

The Observatories: Micro Living for UK Artists

Exterior view of the observatories. Visuals by Lauren Shevills, Ross Galtress, Charlotte Knight, Mina Gospavic

Five young design graduates based in Britain have recently won a competition to design an artist’s residency in the south-western region of the United Kingdom. Titled “The Observatories,” these residences are split into two separate volumes: a study and a workshop. Artists will be able to live in the private back section of the study, which has a fold-out bed and necessary amenities. The workshop will be more open, allowing artists to teach and engage with the public. Both volumes are capable of rotating 360 degrees, giving residents a fresh frame of view, and facilitating interaction between these residents and passerby.

Cliff House / Dualchas Architects

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Architects: Dualchas Architects
Location: , Isle of Skye, Highland, UK
Architect In Charge: Daniel Bär
Area: 115 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Andrew Lee

Everyman Theatre / Haworth Tompkins

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Architects: Haworth Tompkins
Location: Hope Street, , Merseyside, UK
Area: 4,690 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Philip Vile

The Evolving Symbiosis Between Architects & Developers in the UK

Victoria Library Housing and Office by Patrick Lynch for Land Securities. Image Courtesy of Design Curial

Although the design world has maintained a negative opinion of property for a very long time, the relationship between architect and developer has begun to evolve in the . In this article, first published in Blueprint issue #333 as “Why Architects Are Working for Property Developers,” the cultural shift is explained and explored through case studies.

Developers have not, traditionally, enjoyed a very good reputation within the architectural fraternity – or with the general public, for that matter. At worst they are seen as sharp-suited pirates of urban space, stripping out centuries-old residential or commercial buildings to replace them with shoddy, design-by-numbers structures, thrown up with no driving objective other than maximising their cash before they move on.

But times have changed. Whether it’s economic necessity – driven by the lack of buyers for bad housing or poor office space – or just good sense, there is a growing number of developers out there that appear to be cherry-picking some of the UK’s better practices to transform our urban wastelands and unloved spaces. This new breed appears to enjoy and understand the value of architecture and design. Some of them even consider architects their natural collaborators – the creative yang to their commercial yin.

Kew Tree Top Walkway & Rhizotron / Marks Barfield Architects

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Architects: Marks Barfield Architects
Location: Kew Gardens, Brentford Gate, TW9 3AB, UK
Year: 2008
Photographs: Peter Durant, Courtesy of Marks Barfield Architects

The Lightbox Gallery Woking / Marks Barfield Architects

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Architects: Marks Barfield Architects
Location: , Surrey, UK
Project Manager: Hornagold and Hills
Year: 2007
Photographs: Geoff Banks, Peter Cook, Morley Von Sternberg

Doncaster Civic Office / Cartwright Pickard Architects

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Architects: Cartwright Pickard Architects
Location: Waterdale, , South Yorkshire, UK
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hundven Clements Photography

17a Highbury Terrace Mews / Studio 54 Architecture

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Architects: Studio 54 Architecture
Location: , UK
Contractor: Fullers Builders
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sarah Blee

Sasanbell to Design £200m Exhibition Center in Aberdeen

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Sasanbell has been chosen to design the UK’s “most sustainable facility:” the £200 million Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC). The Glasgow-based company will provide a new home for the city’s existing exhibition and conference center, which will be redeveloped by Cooper Cromar, freeing up space for future development and providing a sizable venue that can accommodate ”large and popular events.” 

Ace Hotel London / Universal Design Studio

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Architects: Universal Design Studio
Location: 100 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JQ, UK
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Ace Hotel, Andrew Meredith, Mandee Taylor

Quality Chop Shop / Fraher Architects

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Architects: Fraher Architects
Location: Farringdon, , UK
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jack Hobhouse

One Church Square / Paul Davis+Partners

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Architects: Paul Davis+Partners
Location: , UK
Area: 2,400 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adam Parker

Tree House / 6a Architects

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Architects: 6a Architects
Project Team: Stephanie Macdonald, Tom Emerson, John Ross, Alice Colverd, Cécile David
Area: 57.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Johan Dehlin