With only a few weeks left of 2017, we are taking a look back at some of our highlights and achievements of the year.
1. Fletcher Priest named Office Architect of the Year
This year we were thrilled to be awarded the BD Office Architect of the Year. We aim to design workplaces that will be enjoyed by their occupants and make a contribution to the life of the city, and were delighted this enthusiasm has been recognised.
2. HRH Prince Harry opening Chatham House
HRH Prince Harry opened the first phase of Chatham House – the Stravros Niarchos Foundation Floor – earlier this year, during which the simulation centre was used for a mock exercise, where participants examined response tactics for a humanitarian emergency in Angola involving the clearing of landmines.
3. Racing for a good cause
A team from Fletcher Priest stormed to 2nd place in this year’s Dig Deeper, the construction industry adventure race organised by Arup and Lipton Rogers. The team scored a massive 550 points and raised £1,700 for the 353 Trust and Anthony Nolan blood cancer charities.
4. The Olympic legacy – 5 years on
This August the practice came together to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the 2012 London Olympics, for which we led on the masterplan for the Olympic Village for more than a decade. The increased maturity of the landscape, successful estate management and influx of active retailers, community facilities and high-quality public green spaces, mean that the East Village is now bursting with life.
5. Open House for Angel Court
The doors of Angel Court were opened to the public for the 2017 Open House weekend, and more than 1,500 visitors walked through. Within the building, completed for Mitsui Fudosan and Stanhope this year, groups were shown, amongst other features, the Diorama in the reception and the spectacular 360 degree views from the sky floors over the City of London and beyond.
6. New Ludgate receives International Architecture Award
The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies presented New Ludgate with The International Architectural Award. This award honours new and cutting-edge design as well as promotes international architecture and design to their public audience globally.
7. St Anne’s College, Oxford’s Tim Gardam Building opens
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, Professor Louise Richardson, officially opened the Tim Gardam Building, a new library and academic centre designed by Fletcher Priest, as part of a fantastic day of celebrations led by Helen King, Principal of St Anne’s College.
8. BCO win for 20 Eastbourne Terrace
We were honoured that our work on 20 Eastbourne Terrace, the elegant tower in Paddington that we reinvented for Landsec, was recognised when it won the National BCO Award for Refurbished / Recycled Workplace 2017.
9. Piccadilly lights up
When one of the most famous advertising billboards in the world goes dark, the day it’s switched back on was always going to be a highlight. Having been switched off in January for a major overhaul, with Fletcher Priest’s role to assist with the design of the supporting structure, the 790 sqm digital hoarding, burst back into life in October to once again be seen by the 104 million people who pass by it every year.
10. Finishing 2017 with a win for Tall Building of the Year
A fantastic year was topped off by Angel Court winning the Tall Building of the Year Award at the AJ Architecture Awards evening, brining deserved recognition to the hard-working team behind the project.