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Christmas outing

This year SP visited Renzo Piano's exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts as part of the Christmas celebrations

20th December 2018

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Hathersage and Besant Courts Granted Planning Consent!

We are thrilled announce that our estate improvements proposal for Hathersage and Besant Courts for Islington Council has been granted planning consent! Located within the Newington Green Conservation Area, the two estates share a 1.26-hectare site, providing a combined total of 140 homes across three post-war housing blocks, which range from five to ten storeys in height. This community-led scheme proposes seven new infill apartment blocks, site-wide enhancements to landscaping and public realm and improvements to existing residential blocks, delivering 45 new homes across tenure-blind buildings, with 21 council homes, providing an affordable home for 74 Islington residents, and the rest for private sale. Massing, scale and materiality of the new homes have been carefully considered to compliment the Conservation Area setting and help to stitch the estate into the wider community.

12th December 2018

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Gingerbread City 2019

The Museum of Architecture's Gingerbread City is back in the V&A and SP is delighted to contribute with its baking! Candy Commerce celebrates all things food, sun and ... rain. Sifting the brief proved that a retail setting with a double height arcade encrusting commercial units, and folding on the return to enclose a community garden, was the sweetest solution. A sculptural glasshouse feeds the on-site eatery with produce. Living walls are the icing on the cake of this tribute to flour power and rainwater harvesting supports the sucrose drainage system, avoiding soggy bottoms while supplying the top-tier pool and irrigation systems. Colourful glazing sprinkles hundreds and thousands of rainbows come grain or shine, especially when illuminated during winter evenings.

7th December 2018

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Holmewood House in AJ Specification

Holmewood House is featured in this month's AJ Specification magazine in the full shortlist of 61 architecture practice and product supplier teams in the first AJ Specification Awards. Congratulations to all the shortlisted practices, companies and suppliers! 

26th November 2018

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Holmewood House shortlisted for AJ Specification Awards

We are delighted to have been shortlisted with specialist supplier, Brickmongers, for the inaugural AJ Specification Awards for Holmewood House School in the Brick and Stone category. These new awards both recognise the importance of collaboration between architects, suppliers and manufacturers to the success of any project as well as showcasing outstanding case studies where products and materials have been used creatively to make great buildings.

22nd November 2018

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Derwenthorpe wins Best Partnership Scheme

We are very pleased that David Wilson Homes and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust have won Best Partnership Scheme for Derwenthorpe, York at What House? Awards. The judges said: "These are lovely houses to live in, and indeed the whole development, masterminded by architects Studio Partington, provides a blueprint for sustainable living." Read the full Judges' Report here.

21st November 2018

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Derwenthorpe used as an exemplar for Birmingham extension

Our well-known Derwenthorpe development for Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust is prominently featured as an exemplar in Langley Sustainable Urban Extension Draft Supplementary Planning Document. The Langley Sustainable Urban Extension is one of the largest single residential developments in the UK. It will become a cornerstone of Birmingham’s growth plans as we deliver 51,000 new homes over the next 13 years. The draft SPD can be viewed here. The City is currently reviewing consultation comments and preparing the final SPD, which will be adopted by Cabinet in January 2019.

20th November 2018

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Shift Awards winner

We are pleased to announce that our Nottingham City Homes 2050 pilot project in colaboration with Meilus Homes won the Shift Awards 2018 Sustainable Retrofit of the year (under 50 homes) prize!

9th November 2018

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Civic Trust Awards 2019 - Regional Finalist

We are excited that our Golden Lane Community Centre has been shotlisted for yet another award. This time it is a 2019 Civic Trust Awards Regional Finalist!  

5th November 2018

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Derwenthorpe in RIBA report

Our multi-award winning Derwenthorpe Phase One scheme featured in RIBA Places Where People Want to Live report.The RIBA has produced a prospectus of exemplary places that demonstrate high quality design in response to Sir Oliver Letwin's independent review of build out rates. 

2nd November 2018

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Richard at AJ Specification Awards

Judges announced for AJ Specification Awards, with Richard being among this year's inaugural panel! The finalists will be announced in the November issue of AJ Specification and the winners will be revealed at a special awards lunch in February 2019 in Manchester.

18th October 2018

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Housing Design Handbook Launch

Studio Partington attended the launch of the beautiful revised edition of the Housing Design Handbook at the NLA last night. Derwenthorpe Phase 1 is included as a case study in this essential guide to housing by Jo McCafferty and David Levitt. This book sets out design principles for all the essential components of successful housing design – including placemaking, typologies and density, internal and external space, privacy, security, tenure and community engagement.

17th October 2018

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Our Nottingham deep retrofit is needed nationwide

New research by the Institute of Engineering Technology and Nottingham Trent University has found that meeting government targets of 80% cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century would require a national programme of deep retrofit and use our low-carbon Energiesprong homes in Nottingham as an example. Read articles by The Guardian and ITV News and download the full 'Scaling Up Retrofit 2050' report.

11th October 2018

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British Construction Industry Awards 2018

We are delighted that Chocolate Works Phase One in York was highly commended for British Construction Industry Awards 'Housing Project of the Year' announced at last night's ceremony. Congratulations to all the winners!

11th October 2018

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Factory-made Housing: a solution for London?

We are proud that Nottingham City Homes 2050 Pilot features in the Factory-made Housing research, events programme and exhibition by NLA. Adam and Suzanne attended the opening tonight. Download the report here. "Pioneering international whole-house refurbishment using factory fabrication, developed in the Netherlands, and now being applied in a pilot programme in Nottingham, shows the potential for using innovative net zero energy approaches to not only improve environmental performance but also to drastically reduce household energy bills in existing buildings."

9th October 2018

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Golden Lane Community Centre AJ Architecture Awards 2018 Finalist

We are very pleased to have been shortlisted for Golden Lane Community Centre in the 'Community & Faith Project of the Year' category at the AJ Architecture Awards 2018! Full shortlist for 'Small Project, Civic and Education' here.

8th October 2018

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UK can learn from Nottingham Energiesprong Pilot

A powerful report Reducing UK Emissions – 2018 Progress Report to Parliament by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says the UK can learn from Energiesprong whole-house retrofits including our first UK pilot in Nottingham. Transition Zero's article looks at some of the committee's concerns and shows how Energiesprong is tackling these head-on.

Energiesprong UK is adapting the Dutch approach for the UK and developing a volume market that can deliver net zero energy retrofit financed by energy and maintenance savings, without public subsidy. Formerly hard to heat homes are transformed into desirable, comfortable and affordable homes for everyone, for life. Net zero energy performance isn’t just expected – it is guaranteed for 30 years.

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2nd October 2018

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Nottingham Pilot featured in AJ Specification

Our innovative 2050 pilot for Nottingham City Homes is featured in AJ Specification September 2018. "Recasing 1960s housing with super-insulated panels while the residents stay put... offers a powerful model for future-proofing homes to reduce household bills, one that enables people to continue their lives surrounded by the spaces they know."

27th September 2018

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Nottingham City Homes 2050 Pilot CIBSE Journal Article

Following our Nottingham City Homes 2050 Pilot project's shortlisting for the Shift Awards 2018 in the Sustainable Retrofit Project of the Year category, read the CIBSE Journal article on the project and Energiesprong housing process posted in June 2018. Energiesprong is a Dutch process that encourages developers to consider real-world performance. CIBSE Journal looks at the first UK pilot and developer Melius Homes' strategy for guaranteeing outcomes in a retrofit. Read more detail here.

19th September 2018

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SP wins Planning Approval for Great Arthur House

We are delighted to announce that our planning application for the conversion of the ground floor of Great Arthur House from ancillary uses and storage, to three flats, obtained Planning Approval at committee! The proposals demonstrate how much-needed housing can be successfully provided  for City residents without compromising the heritage status of this celebrated building.

13th September 2018

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We’re hiring

We are seeking to recruit talented and enthusiastic Part 2 Architectural Assistants with sound technical skills and experience post-qualification to join our team.

The successful candidates will join our busy design-led practice and contribute to projects across a variety of sectors. Applicants should have excellent communication skills, technical experience, and an interest in design, regeneration and sustainability. 

Please send your CV and examples of work to

Studio Partington is an equal opprtunities employer.

11th September 2018

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AJ First Look Golden Lane Community Centre

Our refresh of Chamberlin, Powell and Bon's Golden Lane Community Centre is today's Architects' Journal First Look. The £1 million refurb has stripped away incremental alterations to the 1950s building and restored its original colour scheme. We were commissioned by the City of London Corporation to restore and update the facility to better cater for the various community groups who use it.

11th September 2018

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Shift Awards shortlist

We are delighted that our Nottingham City Homes 2050 pilot project for Nottnham City Homes in collaboration with Melius Homes has been shortlisted for Shift Awards 2018 in Sustainable Retrofit Project of the Year Category! 

10th September 2018

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Historic Villas Reopen After Restoration Project

The reopening of grade II-listed Georgian Villa at Swanage Pier is featured in South West regional news. Read the full story here. Ben Adeney, chief executive, Swanage Pier Trust said: "Thanks to the incredible support of the local community, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Trusts, Foundations and local authority, we are delighted that the Swanage Pier restoration project is now complete... Marine Villas will be an amazing location for the local community and public to enjoy for generations to come."

4th September 2018

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Hox Park Sectional Completion

We are very pleased that Hox Park our new student accommodation in Egham minutes from Royal Holloway University now has Sectional Completion in time for the new academic year. Hox Park offers spacious rooms kitted out with the latest technology and design touches. The development also provides a study hub with café area, pool table, ping pong and gaming area as well as a high-tech gym.

24th August 2018

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Open House London 2018

A month to go until Open House London 2018! Visit Golden Lane Estate and see our refurbished Community Centre 22-23 September. Golden Lane is one of Britain’s most important post war housing developments - Grade II and II* listed. The Estate includes a community centre, recently restored tower block and new children's playground and the allotments. Find out more.

23rd August 2018

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Studio Partington is now an accredited Bloom supplier

That means any member or associate member of NEPO may request a proposal or call off our services through the Nepro solution for Construction, Design & Engineering (Architect); Housing and Community (Master Planning); and Social Value & Regeneration (Master Planning).

22nd August 2018

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Inside Housing Development Award 2018 Shortlist Announced

We are very pleased to have been shortlisted again this year for the Inside Housing Development Awards in three categories. Chocolate Works Phase One, York for Best residential development (over 71 homes) and Andover Estate Phase One for Best affordable housing development (26 -70 homes) and Best regeneration project (under 70 homes). A great achievement as there were more than double the entries compared to any previous years.

20th August 2018

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The 1859 Pier Cafe now open

The 1859 Pier Cafe & Bistro is now open at the foot of Swanage Pier in our recently refurbished and extended Marine Villas, grade 2 listed Georgian building. The minimal, highly glazed extension provides cafe seating and long reaching views over Swanage Bay to Old Harry Rocks. It is located on the west side of Marine Villas to face the town and promenade and catch the early evening sun. Food is served all day; we are looking forward to visiting!

17th August 2018

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Trip to Serpentine Pavilion 2018

Studio Partington playing with the reflecting elements of this year's Serpentine Pavilion designed by Frida Escobedo.

15th August 2018

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Derwenthorpe case study in social housing green paper

The government's social housing green paper, published today, singles out Studio Partington's Derwenthorpe project as a good example of mixed tenure sustainable communities. The project won a RIBA regional and national award for its design approach and its social and environmental sustainability credentials.

14th August 2018

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New London Awards exhibition

Our award winning Andover Estate Phase One regeneration is featured in New London Awards 2018 exhibition at The Building Centre. The winners presented in this exhibition, were selected for their contribution to improve the social, cultural and economic character of places across the capital. 

13th August 2018

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Brick Awards shortlist

We are thrilled that 'The Cloisters', Holmewood House School has been shortlisted for the Brick Awards Education category! 2018 has seen a new record for entries to the Brick Awards, welcoming over 330 submissions. “What is great about the Brick Awards is how they can be for both craftsmanship and innovation. The awards are about architecture in its broadest sense, and they consider a great range of building types, locations and densities,” Hilary Satchwell, Director at Tibbalds and Brick Awards 2018 head judge, said.

6th August 2018

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Swanage Pier Regeneration achieves Practical Completion

We are excited that our restoration and extension of historically important listed Georgian building Marine Villas on Swanage Pier has achieved practical completion! The refurbishment is part of a wider regeneration of the pier that includes landscaping improvements and accessible WC provision. The Victorian pier was built up around Marine Villas and is also a listed structure.

6th August 2018

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Education Estates Awards shortlist

We are delighted to announce that our Holmewood House School project, Kent has been shortlisted in three categories; Pupil/ Student Experience, Innovation in Delivering Value & Project of the Year in Education Estates Awards!

'Great news, it certainly does enhance the pupils experience! Good luck!' - Holmewood House School

1st August 2018

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Tyers Gate white washed timber

Scaffolding came down revealing the beautiful white washed timber cladding at our private house in Bermondsey for Tailored Living Solutions. 

26th July 2018

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New London Awards Exhibition

Our Andover Estate Phase One project is featured in the New London Awards 2018 Exhibition: London’s annual celebration of the best architecture, planning and construction in the capital. This year, over 150 projects across 15 categories of the built environment were shortlisted for their high-quality design and exemplar contribution to placemaking.

Monday 16 July – Monday 1 October 2018, free entry. Location: NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, WC1E 7BT

16th July 2018

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Derwenthorpe Featured in RIBA Directory of Chartered Practices

Our Derwenthorpe Phase One project is featured in this year's RIBA Directory of Chartered Practices - Residential 18. Derwenthorpe is a multi award winning exemplar new community on the edge of York for Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust. 40 per cent affordable, 540 energy efficient homes are all served by an on site biomass energy centre, which is also used as a community centre.

12th July 2018

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Factory-made Homes at Derwenthorpe

An exciting new chapter in Derwenthorpe’s evolution has begun - with work starting on two innovative low energy homes. Melius Homes are built off-site, with the walls and roofs constructed in a factory and then brought on-site when the foundations and floors are completed.

Rob Lambe, Melius Homes Managing Director, said "We are very pleased to be working with Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust to deliver an innovative approach to building new homes. The new townhouses, designed by Studio Partington for sustainable greener living, are being built using a highly engineered timber cassette system incorporating optimum use of renewable energy, including battery storage, to deliver assured low energy bills for homeowners.

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12th July 2018

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AJ Retrofit Awards Listed Building shortlist

AJ Retrofit Awards finalists 2018 for Cultural and Listed Buildings revealed and our Golden Lane Community Centre for City of London Corporation has been shortlisted! 

10th July 2018

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Derwenthorpe Featured as Example of Best Practice

This book embeds the principles of how we should approach the design of future housing for an ageing population, reminding us that this is not about ‘other people’, but about each of us. Richly illustrated with case studies alongside contributions from a range of experts and examples of best practice, this comprehensive resource will inform and empower architects, designers, planners and clients to be braver and wiser in designing with older people in mind.

10th July 2018

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AJ Retrofit Awards Housing shortlist

AJ Retrofit Awards 2018 finalists revealed and we are pleased to announce that our pilot project for Nottingham City Homes 2050 in collaboration with Melius Homes and Energiesprong has been shortlisted for the Housing category! 

9th July 2018

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New London Architecture Awards Winner

We are very excited that our Andover Estate Phase One regeneration project, for London Borough of Islington, won the New London Architecture Awards 2018 Masterplans & Area Strategies prize! Directors Adam Cornish and Victoria Kirk accepted the award at the Guildhall. This year's New London Awards were attended by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who gave a keynote speech.

4th July 2018

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Tyers Gate timber cladding

Blue sky white washed timber cladding at Tyers Gate, Bermondsey. A private residential development for Tailored Living Solutions.

3rd July 2018

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Sunny Runnymede

Sunny days! Our Hox Park student housing project in Runnymede is nearing completion.

29th June 2018

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Derwenthorpe in Detail magazine supplement

Our Derwenthorpe project is featured in the Spring 2018 issue of the Daylight & Architecture magazine, which Detail magazine publish in cooperation with the Velux company.

This issue focuses on the performance evaluation of green buildings, both in terms of energy and user satisfaction. In this context our Derwenthorpe project has been chosen as an exemplary scheme that has undergone building performance evaluation. 

19th June 2018

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Plans for 2050

We are pleased to see Stephen Cousins' online article 'Plans for 2050: More technology and living with Gran' in RIBAJ Intelligence summarising our future-gazing report for the NHBC Foundation that 'anticipates multi-generational living, mini power plants and smart gizmos in homes'.

19th June 2018

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BCI Awards jury visit

Great to meet the British Construction Industry Awards jury yesterday at our 'delicious' Chocolate Works scheme in York! 

'The Chocolate Works providing delicious housing in York - innovative design and high quality = fully occupied!' - BCIA judges

19th June 2018

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Golden Lane Community Centre in Open House

This year, to celebrate the reopening of the Community Centre, the building of the playground and the refurbishment of Great Arthur House, it is planned to take part in London Open House.

The event takes place on Saturday and Sunday 22/23 September 2018.

14th June 2018

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New London Architecture shortlist

What a great end to the week! Excited to be shortlisted in the Masterplanning Category of New London Architecture Awards 2018 for Andover Estate Phase One, Islington regeneration project!!

8th June 2018

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BCI Awards Shortlist

We are delighted to see The Chocolate Works Phase One, York shortlisted for yet another award -  this time for Housing Project of the Year 2018 at the British Construction Industry Awards ! 

7th June 2018

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Futurology: the new home in 2050 Published

Prepared by Studio Partington, Futurology: the new home in 2050, looks at how the physical characteristics of homes will need to adapt to address future demographic and societal changes, and proposes the emergence of a range of appropriate model home types. It also explores emerging technologies that will become an important everyday part of our lives. 

The latest NHBC Foundation guide looks ahead three decades to a world that could be very different to today, providing insights into the likely opportunities for both designers and residents of future homes. 

5th June 2018

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Derwenthorpe Apartments Opening by Lady Gillian Barron

Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust has officially opened Barron House shared ownership apartments, the latest part of the Derwenthorpe development completed in York. Lady Gillian Barron, who was the guest of honour at the opening, said that Barron Court was a tangible tribute to her husband, Sir Donald Barron, and his achievements. 

Photo Copyright: Jonathan Pow.

4th June 2018

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RIBA Competition Shortlist

Studio Partington was one of the five teams shortlisted for the RIBA organized competition on behalf of Shinfield Parish Council and Wokingham Borough Council.

A community space should be purposeful, functional and adaptable. We have developed our proposal with the aim of making a building that is a delight to use with spaces that are uplifting and inspiring. 

The building itself is a marker on the corner of the green with a recognisable presence and civic purpose and is configured to meet the needs of the local community including a multi purpose hall, cafe, crèche with council offices and meeting rooms .

1st June 2018

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Final countdown

Five weeks to go until our Runnymede Campus, Hox Park achieves completion!

24th May 2018

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Another Successful ISO: 9001 Audit

Our Quality Management System continues to meet the standards required for ISO: 9001 accreditation and we are now moving to ISO:9001 - 2015!

15th May 2018

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Housing Design Awards jury visit

Great to meet the Housing Design Awards jury yesterday at our shortlisted Chocolate Works scheme in York!

10th May 2018

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UK Housing Awards Innovation of the Year

Nottingham City Homes 2050 project has been named the Innovation of the Year at UK Housing Awards. This is the first EnegrieSprong project in the UK where Studio Partington in collaboration with Melius Homes have worked on ten pilot homes for Nottingham City Homes.

3rd May 2018

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Two SP projects have been shortlisted for the Housing Design Awards

We are delighted to have been shortlisted in both the completed and project categories in the Housing Design Awards 2018; Andover Estate Phase One regeneration for Islington Council and The Chocolate Works for David Wilson Homes.

26th April 2018

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RIBA Journal besties

Exciting start of the week! We are delighted to feature in RIBA Journal besties. SP placed joint 41st among this year's 94 most awarded practices!!

4th April 2018

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Mina Road House Steels

The house steels at our Mina Road residential project are starting to appear!

23rd March 2018

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Tyers Gate Steels

The steel frame is getting well under way for our private residential project next to the Leathermarket Gardens in Bermonsdey! 

14th March 2018

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SP wins Planning Approval for Windsor Street

We are excited to announce that our Windsor Street project obtained Planning Approval at committee yesterday evening. It is a much needed supported living residential building for adults with learning disabilities in the heart of Islington.

2nd March 2018

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The List 18 by RIBA

Our RIBA national award winning project Derwenthorpe is showcased in The List 18, RIBA Directory of Chartered Practices: "the Derwenthorpe development brings together the complex ideas of identity, community, material sensibilities, public spaces and landscape into a singular harmonious place for the residents, where the community is the focus and inspiration, creating a beautiful sense of place and identity for the local community."

"The generosity of the public space is equally extended to the spatial standard of the individual houses, with shared approach to sustainability and where the house becomes a home. The project's aims as defined by the design team: 'to provide both a socially and environmentally sustainable community inlcuding energy efficient homes, incentives for lifestyle change, the promotion of community participation and long-term custodianship' have been met with great success."

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2nd February 2018

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Nottingham City Homes 2050 Pilot EnergieSprong Homes Revealed

The first ten pilot homes for Nottingham City Homes are close to completion! Residents are "delighted" with their new retrofitted homes which have "transformed their street and made a real community." The super-insulated retrofits radically improve the buildings energy performance, dramatically reducing energy bills and increasing comfort while using a combination of photovoltaic and ground sourced heat to generate energy.

22nd January 2018

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Facade Inspections

The scaffold is gradually coming down revealing the buildings in our Runnymede student accommodation project!

18th January 2018

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SP on the shortlist for Shinfield Parish Council (SPC) Competition

What a great start for the New Year! Studio Partington has been shortlisted for Shinfield Parish Council (SPC) Competition and will now begin working on design proposals for a new community centre to provide facilities to meet the needs of the local community.

9th January 2018

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