Spot the Cat
If you are in need of entertainment during the Christmas break 'spot the cat' in our NHBC Foundation guide: The advantages of new homes with illustrations by Victoria Kirk. Download here! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Studio Partington to all our clients, colleagues and supporters!
22nd December 2016
Camden Road Planning Application
After revising the scheme we have resubmitted Camden Road to Islington Council Planning ahead of the Christmas break and hope it will go before the Planning Committee early in the new year. Have a look at the Camden Road page on our website to see the latest visualisations.
16th December 2016
NHBC colleagues and a few members of the NHBC Foundation's expert panel joined us for lunch to talk about 'homes in the future' in preparation for a new commission from the NHBC Foundation. Excellent food from the Barge House as always and panettone made by Fabienne.
9th December 2016
Derwenthorpe Featured in New Book!
We are pleased that Derwenthorpe is one of just 25 housing schemes featured in 'Contemporary Vernacular Design: How British housing can rediscover its soul' by architect Clare Nash. Nash explains: "This book is showcasing really truly, great housing schemes in the UK and Europe that have community, a sense of place and identity.
They are also all sustainable in the true sense of the word. I know this, not just because I have interviewed the designers of these schemes but because I have also interviewed the residents – who are happy, very happy. These are schemes that have been produced with a long term mindset, rather than for a short term profit. They serve as inspiration for anyone designing or building housing in the UK today. They are also all linked to vernacular architecture." Buy here!
25th November 2016
NHBC Guide Published
We are pleased that the NHBC Foundation today published our latest guide 'The advantages of new homes' with illustrations by Victoria Kirk. Based on a survey of 2,000 people who had recently moved into a new home, it uses excellent consumer- and feline-friendly images and commentary to compare new with old and highlight the key potential benefits for buyers of new homes. It includes 12 themes, in each case setting out what is offered by a new home and making contrasts with the uncertain condition of older homes. Download here!
15th November 2016
Best Design Award at The National Housebuilder Awards 2016
We are very pleased that The Chocolate Works has won a prestigious Best Design Award at The National Housebuilder Awards 2016. The winners were announced at a black tie evening event on Thursday 3rd November at a new London venue, the InterContinental London - The O2. Congratulations to David Wilson Homes.
3rd November 2016
Resilient Housing Conference
Richard presented at the Resilient Housing Conference organised by The Concrete Centre and MPA. It was good to see Derwenthorpe featured on the cover of the event brochure. Good also to see Studio Partington illustrations used by two other speakers Tom de Saulles of The Concrete Centre and our collaborator on 'Homes through the decades' Clive Turner of NHBC Foundation.
3rd November 2016
Holmewood House Photographs
The latest photographs from Holmewood House School show the multitoned brick, pale precast and bronze windows in an autumnal afternoon light. The carefully chosen materials reflect the existed, listed kitchen garden wall that is used to form a west-facing courtyard.
3rd November 2016
Summer at Andover
Looking back we have had a very positive Summer at The Andover Estate attending well-received consultations, meeting local councillors and people doing good things on the Estate. We also welcomed two people, who were brought up on or nearby the Estate, into our office for two-week work placements arranged by Islington Council.
31st October 2016
Holmewood House School Site Visit
A group of us travelled to Tunbridge Wells on a sunny Friday morning to see the Holmewood House School site where construction is nearing completion ahead of the school carrying out there own fit out works over the Christmas holiday.
28th October 2016
Putney Plaza Practical Completion
Beacon Tower, the final piece of the re-development of the public space in front of the entrance to East Putney tube station, known as Putney Plaza, is now practically complete. SP have completed the detailed design of the tower, the external facade and the interiors, having revised an extant planning consent achieved by FCH architects in 2010. The facades are crisply detailed in a combination of natural Molianos limestone; engineered stone for columns and beams; and a textured Hoskin's white brick, chosen to compliment the language of the other buildings around the plaza space.
27th October 2016
Beacon Tower Stair
Richard was meant to be snagging Beacon Tower at Putney Plaza but photographed the precisely built stair instead. The curved balustrade is formed over a steel framework, which is tailor-made for each flight, to ensure that the sides of the stair align perfectly. A job well done by contractor Midgard.
1st October 2016
Barbican Thomas More House Gardens
We are very pleased to have been asked to undertake a number of small projects on the Barbican Estate, including the proposed upgrade to the gardens of Thomas More House, which will include amendments to paving, levels, drainage and irrigation systems.
SP is also looking across the Estate at opportunities to provide secure storage and to rationalise the parking areas. All of these minor interventions require Listed Building consent and extensive consultations with building managers and residents.
21st September 2016
Eagle House Planning Approval
We are pleased to have obtained planning consent to convert Eagle House, a 1980s office building, into residential accommodation. An existing planning consent was in place to cover the change of use and the changes to the external appearance of the building. Studio Partington's brief was to review the existing building and make proposals to rationalise the layouts and appearance of the building while working on a strategy to deliver completed facades of the building for April 2017.
15th September 2016
Mina Road Planning Approval
We are happy to have obtained planning consent for new housing at Mina Road just off the Old Kent Road on behalf of TLS Investments. The part three-, part five-storey scheme will provide seven apartments (mostly two-bedroom with two, one-bedroom) and a detached two-storey, three-bedroom house to the rear of the site. SP and TLS have worked together sucessfully previously on other developments in Southwark constructing four houses at Landells Road completed in 2014, a mixed use five-apartment building at Southwark Bridge Road finished in 2015 and a mixed use nine-apartment scheme at Peckham Road completed in April 2016.
26th August 2016
Andover Summer 2016 Consultation Events
SP have taken over a room at the Andover Estate and have held 'drop in' consultation events twice a week in July and August. A large 1:400 scale model set up in the middle of the room was used to discuss Estate regeneration. The numerous events involved many members of the office.
1st August 2016
Planning and Listed Building Consent
We are very pleased to have obtained planning permission and listed building consent for the refurbishment, internal alterations and extension of Marine Villas, a Regency building built on the beach as cold seawater baths, billiard and coffee rooms which later became part of Swanage Pier. The refurbishment will improve access for people with disabilities, enhance education facilities, provide high quality interpretation of the history of the Pier and offer better catering making the Pier a more attractive destination into the evening period. The inaugural Purbeck Pirate Festival will take place from 29th-31st July to raise funds for the project and Pier repairs. The festival will include a pirate battle, live cannons, Jack Sparrow impersonator, shanty singers and the tap dancing mermaid!
20th July 2016
Derwenthorpe Construction Progess
The latest photographs show construction progress at Temple Avenue & Fifth Avenue, the final phases of the Derwenthorpe development in York. The first phase Osbaldwick, which is now complete and fully inhabited, has earned exemplar status, having won several prestigious awards and received high praise from residents and industry professionals alike.
7th July 2016
Dartington is Changing
Visit the 'Dartington is Changing' microsite to find out more about how Dartington are working towards a new strategy and approach with the purpose of pioneering deep personal and societal change, inspired by Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst’s concept of a ‘many-sided’ life – and underpinned by strong human and ecological values.
4th July 2016
Charities Aid Foundation 20 Year Revisit
Roderic Bunn and Richard revisited Charities Aid Foundation Headquarters (which Richard was project architect for at NHA) this month twenty years on from the original Probe post occupancy study conducted by Roderic and Bill Bordass and published in the CIBSE Journal. It was wonderful to see such a well looked after building though there are some signs of strain with the number of people that are working there (in places double the number designed for).
14th June 2016
Peckham Road Completion
We have recently completed our Peckham Road project for TLS Investments. The new apartment building with a retail unit on the ground floor is immediately adjacent to the Brutalist Camberwell College of Arts Peckham Road Building and is constructed from a mixed palette of York Handmade bricks.
10th June 2016
Derwenthorpe Facebook Page
A photo recently posted on JRHT's Derwenthorpe Facebook page. The page is used to advertise community events and report issues. Recent events include: coffee morning with the Landscape Team at the Energy Centre; yoga; and Mud Pie Arts storytelling children's group.
21st April 2016
NHBC Foundation Guide to New Home Technology
The NHBC Foundation have published their practical and easy-to-understand guide to getting the most out of new home technology designed and illustrated by SP.
To download and read the guide, please click here.
Many people struggle to get to grips with the operation and maintenance of ventilation, solar, heat pump and control systems commonly used in today’s homes. 'Home Comforts: Guidance on using ventilation, heating and renewable energy systems', gives homeowners much-needed free advice on how to use these systems.
The guidance has been developed for inclusion on the NHBC Home User Guide (HUG), a secure online portal for homeowners containing all of the information about their NHBC Buildmark warranty and insurance policy as well as useful guidance about moving into and living in a brand new home.
17th March 2016
Richard at Ecobuild Concrete and Masonry Pavillion
Alongside a wealth of other industry experts, Richard shared his experience and knowlege at a seminar held in the Concrete and Masonry Pavillion at this year's Ecobuild. He presented a case study of The Chocolate Works, York discussing creating new housing and apartments in a historic setting, working with developers and concrete materials.
8th March 2016
Dartington Open Public Meeting
Dartington held an open public meeting on Tuesday 16th February to share initial thoughts around the emerging Estate Framework. For more information about the Estate Framework and to download the information boards presented at the public meeting please visit Dartington's bespoke web page.
The information boards introduce the following draft principles put in place to guide development decisions in the coming years:
- Build an integrated rural community that offers a many sided approach to livelihood
- Create places for exchange
- Work with nature
- Create places that allow experimentation, learning and 'research through action'
- Create opportunities for community innovation and the growth of a new economy
Photograph by Jan O'Highway
16th February 2016
Dartington Estate Framework
SP are very pleased to have been asked to lead the development of Dartington's Estate Framework. The new Estate Framework will be a high-level vision and plan reflecting Dartington’s unique ‘story of change’ and guiding all future land use and ‘place-making’ across the estate.
The Estate Framework will take into account Dartington’s unique heritage and landscape including its listed buildings, scheduled ancient monuments, gardens, farmland, conservation areas and woodland as well as its history of experimentation, innovation and social justice. The Estate Framework will also incorporate past and on-going land use reviews.
2nd February 2016
Life at Derwenthorpe 2012-2015
New research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation evaluated early resident experiences of creating a socially and environmentally sustainable community at Derwenthorpe. Researchers found that:
- Derwenthorpe residents had lower than average carbon footprints from energy use in their homes compared with national survey respondents, as a result of their homes’ energy-efficiency standards.
- Nine out of ten residents were satisfied with their homes, similar to national satisfaction levels for owner occupiers, but exceeding those for social renters.
- A significant early achievement has been the high level of community activity and involvement. Residents’ level of connectedness was very high; on average, households cited eight other residents as friends.
- Challenges were evident, including how to support residents to make best use of energy-efficiency measures.
For further findings or to download the full report click here
25th January 2016
Beacon Tower Nearing Completion
Beacon Tower is nearing completion and with the scaffolding down the clean lines of the stone and glass facades are now visible from the platforms at East Putney station. Beacon Tower fronts onto the public space at the entrance to the station, which has been sadly neglected since its celebrated 'post-modern' makeover by Terry Farrell in the 1980's. In the foreground is one of the original Farrell 'sentinel' name markers.
18th January 2016
Happy New Year!
SP had a great year in 2015 with:
- Three people qualifying as architects;
- Blocks C and D completed at Putney Plaza;
- The Chocolate Works under construction and moving into Phase 2 this year;
- New and exciting projects including: Golden Lane, Swanage Pier and Andover Estate; and
- Rebranding as Studio Partington and launching our new website!
1st January 2016