BCO Conference News
23 May 2017

On Wednesday 10 May, Fletcher Priest team members Steve Barton and Claire Donnelly assisted in hosting the Paddington tours as part of the BCO conference. Attendees of the conference had the chance to sign up and tour 20 Eastbourne Terrace and the Brunel Building. Client Land Securities led three tours through 20 Eastbourne Terrance with Steve’s assistance, and client Derwent London led a single tour of the Brunel Building with Claire and the project’s mechanical engineer, Cundall, on hand to help.

Both tours were a success and received positive feedback. A highlight of the 20 Eastbourne Terrace tour was the building’s communal roof terrace which really impressed the visitors as a lovely oasis with panoramic views of London. As the Brunel Building is still under construction, with just the core completed up to ground level, the group met outside the hoarding. The tour participants had many questions about the Brunel Building plans and in general were excited to follow its progress.

Overall BCO has received excellent feedback from the delegates who attended the Paddington tours, and the final registered number of attendees for these two tours was 60 visitors.

If you would like to learn more about 20 Eastbourne Terrace or the Brunel Building, please go to:

Eastbourne Terrace
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Collaborative Practice: dialogues between Architecture and Engineering
9 May 2017

On Wednesday 10 May Jonathan Kendall will be speaking at Collaborative Practice: dialogues between Architecture and Engineering, hosted by Loughborough University as part of their new architecture programme.

The seminar is organised around a handful of short talks from industry experts who operate in dialogue with architects and can offer insightful links between what the school currently does and its growth of architecture and urban design.

Jonathan will be speaking to attendees on his experiences of working collaboratively between disciplines and across scales in practice. He will provide expertise in how to shape a vision and how that vision can come to life through interdisciplinary teams in the urban design realm. Jonathan, who is also a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, will use a case study of recent and ongoing project work in practice to explore and discuss these themes.

This one day event will include a range of experts from across the built environment sector covering a wide portfolio of topics in two sessions: Opportunities & Challenges in Practice, and Informing Teaching & Research.

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One New Ludgate Wins LEAF Awards 2016 for Developer Project of the Year
17 Oct 2016

Fletcher Priest is thrilled that One New Ludgate has won the Developer Project of the Year with our client Land Securities at the LEAF awards. Entries were received from all over the world for this prestigious award which also saw Calatrava receive a lifetime achievement award.

This landmark development transforms a City block into a generous and lively new quarter for London. It sets up a dialogue between two striking and complementary new buildings whilst reinstating and improving the public realm around it and new routes through the city block.

It is, in essence, a new piece of city.

Around the site, street lines, grades and views have been repaired and improved. Trees are placed on the enlarged, generous pavement of Limeburner Lane while a new public route has been established running along the north side linking an existing pedestrian route to a new public piazza with a new mature tree.

Quality was foremost from the outset with this project, it’s a hallmark of Land Securities that the offices be of the highest quality to meet the market expectations. The building boasts superb external amenity with three floors benefitting from stunning outdoor spaces including a loggia on the 7th floor and an extensive south-facing terrace on the 5th floor with uninterrupted views across Central London. This terrace features a curvilinear white bench with colourful bands of perennial plants mixed with ornamental grasses in loose, natural arrangements.

For further information about the LEAF Awards please visit the website:

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Related project: New Ludgate


A New Neighbourhood for Newham - Jonathan Kendall at London Build 2016
07 Oct 2016

On October 26th Jonathan Kendall will speak at the London Build 2016 Expo at Olympia, the leading construction event for London and the South East of England. He will be focussing Silvertown, London’s major new regeneration site in the heart of the Royal Docks. With superb connectivity including Crossrail, DLR and London City Airport, Jonathan will present the masterplan for the site. Shaped by its heritage as an innovative global trading port, it will be a place for contemporary businesses, to interact with their audiences and consumers and to attract and retain the innovators who work in them. It will also be a destination to engage with the products and services they create. Seven million sq ft of development across sixty two acres including new hybrid building typologies for international brands, innovative infrastructure, up to 3,000 homes, higher education institutions and community facilities all connecting to new dockside public realm will be created.

The designs for Silvertown follow on from the practice’s earlier experience in Newham, designing the masterplan for the Olympic Village and Stratford City, transforming this part of London into the multi award winning East Village community.

The two day conference, with over 100 top level speakers from Government, developers, contractors and architects, will cover a wide portfolio of topics including planned and future construction projects and key opportunities arising in the next 5 years.

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Related project: Silvertown


Bartlett Lecture Series 2016
15 Sep 2016

This Autumn sees the start of the latest series of lectures at the Bartlett sponsored by Fletcher Priest. Established as a trust 10 years ago, the endeavour is aimed at supporting architecture and architectural education in the UK. The work of the trust takes a variety of forms, including the sponsorship of events, exhibitions, publications, research and bursaries. Rather than undertake these activities directly, the trust provides funding to institutions and organisations who are best placed to carry out this work with the greatest expertise. Projects supported by the trust include an international lecture series, financial bursaries for students to undertake their diploma studies, and the part-funding of postgraduate research.

The programme for October’s lectures include: Odile Decq, Farshid Moussavid, Jonathan Hill and Thom Mayne.

For further information about the lectures, please visit the website: https://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/architecture/latest/events/lectures

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Fletcher Priest’s East Village has been named as the ‘Development of the Decade’
14 Sep 2016

At a ceremony held at the RESI Conference 2016, East Village E20 was given the prestigious prize of Development of the Decade.

East Village, which famously was the Athletes' Village during the London 2012 Games, was praised for fuelling further development in the surrounding areas, bringing much-needed investment and jobs for the local community and creating a brand-new part of modern London. Those voting at the conference were impressed that 6,000 people and 23 retailers now called East Village home, especially as it is on land formerly occupied by low-rent industrial units.

Fletcher Priest’s masterplan for the Olympic Village emerged from their work on Stratford City which transformed a formerly inaccessible and polluted area of brownfield land in East London into the venue for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the most successful in history. It was the largest ever planning application in London comprising a major new employment district and the largest urban retail centre in Europe, new public open spaces, a new mixed-tenure residential neighbourhood complete with infrastructure and 4,500 homes. Most significantly, Fletcher Priest led its acceleration to accommodate the Olympic Village, working with Vogt and multiple architects to deliver nearly 3,000 homes for 17,000 athletes that converted to form a new and multiple award-winning community, now known as East Village.

For further information, see the East Village website: http://www.eastvillagelondon.co.uk/news/east-villa...

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Related project: New Ludgate


New Ludgate Wins City Of London Building Of The Year Award 2016
13 Jul 2016

New Ludgate has won the City of London Building of the Year Award 2016. Fletcher Priest was asked to masterplan the site in collaboration with Sauerbruch Hutton separating it into two headquarter-sized office buildings – Two New Bailey to the north, designed by Sauerbruch Hutton with Fletcher Priest as executive architect, and One New Ludgate designed by Fletcher Priest.

Organised by The Architects’ Company, projects across the City of London were nominated by City organisations.

New Ludgate was selected on the basis that it supports the ambitions of the City of London in delivering a world class working environment, and the impact is has on the city street scene.

“In respect of the winner, the judges felt that an area of the City where you would not have wished to walk or linger has been transformed. An eyesore had been removed and a destination created, which through the skilful deployment of colour lifted both the eye and the spirit.”

Paul Finch, Chairman of the Judges, City of London Building of the Year Award 2016

This is the second time the award has been presented. In 2015 our building at 6 Bevis Marks was shortlisted, becoming runner up to The Leadenhall Building.

Further information about Architects’ Company:

Related project: New Ludgate


Design your own city
26 Jul 2016

Once again we have supported the ArchiKids Festival as part of Open City with great success. In the reception of 6 Bevis Marks we challenged children and their families to design their very own city on an imaginary city map using the rubbish that most of us would recycle, including a host of redundant material from our samples cupboard.

We had such a good time helping the children imagine their own buildings as had the Archikids and their families building the world funkiest city. Roof gardens, crazy towers, bridges and dream houses along with a perfect replica of 6 Bevis Marks - just to name a few of the many creations.

Thanks to everyone who helped making the event such a success. See next year.

For more information, see the Archikids website: http://www.archikids.org.uk

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Related project: 6 Bevis Marks


Silvertown shortlisted as a shining example
07 Jun 2016

Fletcher Priest’s transformative masterplan for a new urban district at Silvertown has been shortlisted for the ‘Future Economic Growth’ category in this year’s Planning and Placemaking Awards. It is London’s major new regeneration site in the heart of the Royal Docks, responding to superb connectivity including Crossrail, DLR and London City Airport. The masterplan is shaped by the site’s heritage embedded in innovative global trade and expresses the rapidly changing needs of the modern city.

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Related project: Silvertown


Silvertown - the cream of the crop for Economic Growth
23 Jun 2016

We are delighted to announce that Silvertown has won the Award for Planning and Economic Growth. This major new generation site in the heart of the Royal Docks was described by the judges as a “tremendous project with massive benefits”. The Planning & Placemaking Awards celebrate outstanding work in regeneration, economic development, urban design, sustainable development and community development as well as planning.



Related project: Silvertown


One New Ludgate shortlisted for NLA Award
01 Jun 2016

Fletcher Priest’s One New Ludgate has been shortlisted for the NLA Office Building of the Year Award. The 35,040 sq m building in the City of London for Land Securities recently won the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyor’s (RICS) Commercial Building Award and has just been nominated for the City of London Building of the Year Award.


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Related project: New Ludgate


London Stone moves to Museum of London
12 May 2016

London Stone is moving from its home at 111 Cannon Street to the Museum of London, where it will be on temporary loan. The stone, which is surrounded by mystery, will be displayed in its new temporary lodgings in the popular, War, Plague and Fire Gallery whilst we redevelop 111 Cannon Street. Our proposed mixed use scheme for London & Oriental exploits the unique nature of the site with frontages on three historic City streets and will create a much improved setting for London Stone when it is returned to its historic home.

As part of the planning process we consulted a number of interested parties and working with MOLA established the method for it removal and temporary relocation to the Museum of London.

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Nomura’s roof garden becomes part of BBC TV’s ‘Secret History of British Gardens’
27 Nov 2015

Monty Don’s new 4 part BBC2 series explores the fascinating history and evolution of the British garden from the 17C through to the modern day. Catch the episode featuring Nomura’s garden at 9pm Sunday 6th December or on i Player. The gardens include an allotment run by staff that supplies the restaurant, and the rooftops house bee hives among the satellite dishes and PV panels that supply honey to the cafe  

The two roof gardens, 25,000 sq ft in total, enjoy spectacular Thames panoramas. See One Angel Lane on this website for more project details, and the roof gardens are usually open to the public as part of the annual Open House Weekend.  



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5 Fletcher Priest projects featured in Open House 2015
10 Sep 2015

We are very pleased that so many of our clients have engaged with Open House and this year five of our projects are open for the public to visit. These include three in the City of London - 6 Bevis Marks with its 16 storey covered roof garden; One Angel Lane on the river with an award winning vegetable garden on the upper terrace and Tower 42 one of the tallest buildings in the City. Outside the City, the former Olympic Village now known as East Village and Woodberry Down have both organised tours.

Open House is London’s largest festival of architecture and urban design and is just one part of the year-round work of Open-City, a charity set up 23 years ago to open eyes and minds to the power of good design. In excess of 700 building across London will be open to the public during the weekend of the 19th and 20th September, many of which are normally closed to the general public.

For further information, see the Open House website: http://www.openhouselondon.org.uk/


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Blueprint Award Shortlist 2015
19 Aug 2015

2 projects shortlisted for Blueprint Awards 2015

Fletcher Priest is delighted to have been shortlisted with 2 projects in the ‘Best Non-Public Use Project, Commercial’ category. Carmelite Riverside and 6 Bevis Marks, both in the City of London, have both been selected by the judges to go forward to the final round of judging.

For further information about these please visit the project section of our website.

Related project: Carmelite Riverside


Come and build your own bubble at 6 Bevis Marks with Fletcher Priest
22 Jul 2015

As part of the 2015 Archikids Festival this year, we will be hosting the “Build your own Bubble” event on the covered roof garden on the 16th floor of our recently completed 6 Bevis Marks building. Taking inspiration from the air cushion canopy above the roof top garden, we will be inviting children (and parents) to create their own lightweight structures on Sunday 26th July from 11am to 5pm. Please come and join us.

The Festival runs from the 25th to 26th July at 5 separate hubs in the City of London.

For more information, see the Archikids website:  http://www.archikids.org.uk




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Related project: New Ludgate


City Architecture Forum tour of One and Two New Ludgate
21 Jul 2015

The City Architecture Forum, supported by the NLA is continuing its programme of activities exploring quality architecture and public space in the Square Mile with a visit to the recently completed New Ludgate project. Hosted by the client Land Securities, Keith Priest, Stephen Barton and Marco Montariello will present the buildings followed by a tour and reception.

Masterplanned by Fletcher Priest in conjunction with Sauerbruch Hutton, the previous outdated 1980’s office buildings on the site have been replaced by two new buildings. 1 New Ludgate, designed by Fletcher Priest and 2 New Ludgate to the north, designed by Sauerbruch Hutton. Landscaping was designed by Gustafson Porter.

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Related project: New Ludgate


Carmelite Riverside shortlisted for AJ Retrofit Awards 2015
12 Jun 2015

We are delighted that Carmelite Riverside has been shortlisted for the AJ Retrofit Awards 2015.   Our sensitive re-development of the site preserves and restores the listed façade whilst replacing an outdated 1990’s intervention with a building which sympathetically responds to its environment whilst re-using the modern structure of the former building. Throughout we make thematic use of the original design, recreating its decorative motifs with new materials and fabrication techniques to make the basis for contemporary features, such as 3d ceramic tiles in the washrooms, ventilations grilles and rooftop cladding.

Related project: Carmelite Riverside


New Ludgate Launches
21 May 2015

New Ludgate is the transformation of a City block into a generous and lively new quarter near St Paul’s Cathedral in London. The new development designed by Fletcher Priest, Sauerbruch Hutton and Gustafson Porter sets up a dialogue between two striking and complementary new buildings whilst reinstating and improving the public realm of the entire area including a new pedestrian route and public square or piazza.

Fletcher Priest was asked to masterplan the site by client Land Securities, separating it into two buildings – 1 New Ludgate, designed by Fletcher Priest and 2 New Ludgate to the north, designed by Sauerbruch Hutton. The two practices collaborated to create a new pedestrian route through the site that leads to an urban square or piazza to the east.

Gustafson Porter were asked to provide the ¬¬ landscape treatment of this new ¬¬public realm which ties the new development seamlessly into the surrounding urban fabric whilst giving an unmistakable character to New Ludgate as a whole.

Around the site Fletcher Priest have repaired and improved the street lines, grades and views, including the processional route to St Paul’s. The positioning of street furniture and trees by Gustafson Porter, increases the sense of space and creates a new meeting and gathering place in the lively City.

1 New Ludgate comprises nine storeys, plus a ground floor animated by retail and bars under glass awnings using a façade of a masonry grid that provides shade. White precast concrete frames, simply detailed, respect their neighbours and set off the floor-to-ceiling glazing, while amber Kathedral glass fins are used on the piazza façade in the new public space.

The building boasts extensive external private space accessible from every office floor. This includes a loggia and a substantial south-facing terrace that provides uninterrupted views towards St Paul’s Cathedral. This terrace features a curvilinear white bench with colourful bands of perennial plants mixed with ornamental grasses in loose, natural arrangements.

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Related project: New Ludgate


Silvertown Quays Wins Planning
22 Apr 2015

Our masterplan for Silvertown Quays, in the heart of London’s Royal Docks, has just been approved by Newham’s planning committee, who have unanimously resolved to grant planning permission for the transformative project.

The proposals, incorporating the work of an international team, will see a visionary new piece of city become a reality.

The 25 hectare development includes buildings that address new types and combinations of activities for the evolution of the digital age in which brands need to physically engaged and interact with the audiences they serve, including the opportunities of big data and new forms of manufacturing. As a major new destination, the project will contain approximately three million square feet (300,000sqm) of brand experience spaces, up to two million square feet (200,000sqm) of workspaces and headquarter offices, and up to 3,000 much-needed homes to help meet London’s pressing housing needs. In addition to leading the masterplan and developing prototypical building typologies, we are fully designing residential proposals in the heart of the first phase of the project, creating a new setting for the listed Silo D building that forms a powerful legacy of the site’s industrial heritage.

This is an entirely new type of development, with impacts that are simultaneously local and global. Silvertown Quays will become a new home, workplace and destination for thousands of people, and will also become the focus for the rapidly emerging evolution of the wider Royal Docks, building on regeneration already underway. As London’s centre shifts eastwards the project is both unifying and catalytic. It will link both sides of the Royal Victoria Dock via an accessible new pedestrian bridge that will connect to Crossrail and ExCel, building further on the site’s excellent connections to London City Airport and the Docklands Light Railway. The masterplan is shaped by the heritage of the site, embedding the relationship to the past in the fabric of new streets and spaces. Retained buildings form the heart of new neighbourhoods and are brought back into active economic use.

The project is being developed by The Silvertown Partnership, a consortium of Chelsfield, First Base and Macquarie Capital. The land is owned by the Greater London Authority, and forms part of the Mayor of London and the Mayor of Newham’s wider vision for London’s docklands, bringing thousands of jobs and homes back to the capital’s waterways and building on the momentum of recent development in East London.

Landscape and public realm: West 8
Site wide infrastructure & environmental testing: Arup
Conceptual masterplanner: Civic Arts
Heritage consultants: Donall Insall Associates
Planning consultant: Quod                                                                      
Cost consultant: Alinea
Public transport modelling: iCube
Spatial accessibility & pedestrian movement modelling: Space Syntax

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Related project: Silvertown


Fletcher Priest co-sponsors of the NLA Public London Exhibition
22 Apr 2015

Fletcher Priest are proud to be co-sponsors of the NLA Public London Exhibition which officially launches tonight. Several of our projects are featured in the exhibition, including our masterplan for Silvertown Quays which was granted planning permission last night. The exhibition is the result of an ‘Insight Study’ conducted by the NLA exploring the major changes in public realm that have been implemented over the last decade.

The exhibition can be seen at The Building Centre from  23 April to 11 July.

Full details: http://newlondonarchitecture.org/

Related project: Silvertown


Fletcher Priest will be at MIPIM in March
19 Feb 2016

Jonathan Kendall, Ed Williams and Stephen Barton look forward to seeing you at MIPIM. Please contact them if you would like to arrange a meeting.

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Fletcher Priest at BCO Amsterdam
06 May 2016

The BCO conference returns to Europe in May and Anne, Joe and Nick will be there. Please contact them if you would like to meet up.

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Shortlisted for Masterplanning Architect of the Year Awards
21 Jan 2016

Fletcher Priest is very pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted for the BD Masterplanning Architect of the Year Awards 2016.

The project submission included completed work for Stratford City/2012 Olympic Village/East Village and Woodberry Down. Projects recently commenced include Silvertown in the Royal Docks, London and Waterbeach in Cambridge.

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Keith Priest speaks at Ravensbourne Institute of Ideas
24 Feb 2015

On Tuesday 24th February 2015, Keith Priest will host a lecture at the Institute of Ideas at Ravensbourne College.

The Institute of IDEAs is a student run society to help organise lectures, work on live projects and bring the industry into Ravensbourne to meet the Interior Design Environment Architectures and Architecture students.

Ravensbourne is a university sector college innovating in digital media and design, with a vocationally focused portfolio of courses, spanning fashion, television and broadcasting, interactive product design, architecture and environment design, graphic design, animation, moving image, music production for media and sound design.

For further information, see the website: http://www.instituteofideas.org/

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Jonathan Kendall to speak at LEAF International 2015
08 Oct 2015

The LEAF International Forum takes place in London from the 15th – 16th October. Now in its 15th year, it brings together senior decision makers in an international discussion platform. We are delighted that Jonathan has been invited to take part in this forum.

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Jonathan Kendall discusses housing and sustainable urban futures at King's College London
08 Oct 2015

Jonathan will be giving a presentation and participating in a panel discussion at King’s College London on 27th October 2015.

The event is part of a twelve-week Chevening Gurukul Leadership Programme, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s flagship fellowship scheme for India aimed at early to mid-career young professionals from diverse backgrounds with a strong and demonstrable leadership potential. The course is designed to introduce the Fellows to a variety of themes of pressing global concern and of vital interest in the developing strategic partnership between the UK and India.

This discussion, entitled ’Beyond Smart Cities’, will focus on shared challenges between India and the UK on urban issues - from infrastructure to sustainable solutions to community cohesion.



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Jonathan Kendall appointed as Built Environment Expert
11 Dec 2015

Design Council CABE has announced the recruitment of 150 national Built Environment Experts (BEEs), and we are delighted to announce that Jonathan Kendall, Partner and Director of Urban Design, is one of them. Jonathan becomes part of a network of design experts drawn from a range of professions and disciplines, the largest and most skilled group of its kind in the country. The BEEs will work closely with Design Council CABE to champion design in the built environment. Together they will provide independent expert advice and support to promote well designed buildings, spaces and places that improve the public realm.

The new BEEs also include: Angela Brady OBE, award winning landscape architect Martha Schwartz and Chair of the RIBA Housing Advisory Group, Andy Von Bradsky.

Clare Devine, Director of Design Council CABE, said:

“We have been laying the foundations for our future, building on what we do best, refining and developing new services, expanding our skills set and building relationships to deliver our programmes. To support this, we have expanded our BEE network both in its geographical spread and range of disciplines and skills.”


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Keith Priest invited to speak at the International Architecture Congress in Essen in January
15 Dec 2015

On 13th January 2016, the trade fair Deubaukom will take place in Essen, Germany discussing “New Building with Steel– creating synergies with complementary materials”. Keith will talk about several of the practices recent buildings, including the multi award winning One Angel Lane for Nomura, recently completed 6 Bevis Marks in the City of London and the Brunel Building in Paddington Basin due to start demolition on site in 2016.

Renowned architects and engineers from Europe and the United States will present international projects and innovative solutions using steel.



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Piccadilly Circus for Land Securities gets Resolution to Grant Planning Consent
21 Dec 2015

We are delighted that our project for Land Securities has been given resolution to grant planning consent by Westminster City Council.

This prominent island site, home to the famous Piccadilly Lights, will see the regeneration of this world-famous landmark. Our scheme will deliver new, prime office space, a better retail and leisure offering and will also improve the public space in the area.

As part of the regeneration, Rainbow Corner will also be commemorated. Now sadly forgotten, it was once the ‘hub of empire’ and became home away from home for thousands of American troops during WWII, introducing hamburgers and Coca-Cola to the UK for the first time.

During the works, the existing retail units to the south of the site and the famous Piccadilly Lights will remain fully operational.

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Keith Priest is keynote speaker at World Architecture Festival Dubai, February 2016
03 Feb 2016

Keith will be speaking on ‘Architecture and Identity’. He will draw upon his experience as a founding partner at Fletcher Priest and the years he spent working as a design director at Wolff Olins after graduating from the AA.

This important topic is one of the great drivers of the practice’s work.

This 2 day event features, talks and presentations by leading architects and designers with a world-class exhibition of more than 300 designs by international architects, shortlisted in the world’s biggest architectural awards programme.

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One New Ludgate Shortlisted for BCO Awards
10 Feb 2016

We are delighted to be shortlisted for the BCO Awards with our project at One New Ludgate.

The design aim for One New Ludgate specifically was to create a contemporary building which would fit naturally into its surroundings, referencing the scale, style and materials of nearby City buildings. The design emulates the planning efficiency of rectangular blocks with an organic shape sympathetic to its position on the important Processional Route up to St Paul’s Cathedral.

One New Ludgate sits on a site redolent with history. From here, the 17th Century Belle Sauvage coaching inn welcomed or saw off numerous fictional and real travellers, including Pocahontas. The new building respects the viewing constraints of St Paul’s, opening up the views and reinstating the historic curve to Ludgate Hill as the processional route to the western façade of St Paul’s.

Around the site, street lines, grades and views have been repaired and improved. Trees are placed on the enlarged, generous pavement of Limeburner Lane while a new public route has been established running along the north side linking an existing pedestrian route to a new public space with a new mature tree.

The building itself comprises nine storeys of flexible modern office workspace plus ground floor retail. It is animated by restaurants and retail outlets under fixed white glass awnings. The new office entrance, marked with two white revolving door cylinders is positioned on the prominent corner opposite the Thameslink station. The entrance leads to a large double height reception in marble and limestone with a bespoke art commission by Nika Neelova which delivers an expression of welcome light and space.

One New Ludgate features extensive outdoor spaces at high levels, from the loggia with its unique view of St Paul’s at level 7, to the intimate enclosed open light well at level 2 and the stunning open terrace with its break out spaces at level 5. The latter is capable of accommodating 300 people.

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Related project: New Ludgate


Jonathan Kendall on Location at the Royal Docks with the NLA in February
10 Feb 2016

Jonathan Kendall has been invited to speak at NLA’s February On Location Progress Report on February 25th. Together the Royal Docks and Greenwich Peninsula will create more than 21,000 homes and around 60,000 jobs for London in the future.

In particular Jonathan will be discussing Silvertown Quays, a transformative urban district in the heart of the Royal Docks. Jonathan is leading the masterplan design team and is working on a number of individual architectural projects, including proposals for new ultra-flexible large volume workplace buildings for international businesses. The fascination of the project is a multi-scalar design challenge in which we are seeking to create a genuinely mixed piece of city in which uses overlap and integrate. The creation of a destination characterised by hybrid typologies that are collectively coherent in their character and individually distinctive in the manifestation of their occupants is one that we are continuing to work through. Outline planning permission was granted in April this year and we are now working on the detailed plans for Phase 1.

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Related project: New Ludgate


2 projects shortlisted for RICS Awards 2016
10 Feb 2016

We are very pleased that both One New Ludgate and Carmelite Riverside have been shortlisted for the 2016 RICS Award.

Both in the City of London, One New Ludgate open up views and reinstates the historic curve to Ludgate Hill along the processional route to St Paul’s Cathedral. It is the transformation of a City block into a generous and lively new quarter for London. It sets up a dialogue between two striking and complementary new buildings whilst reinstating and improving the public realm around it and new routes through the city block.

Carmelite Riverside revives a listed 19th century building transforming it into the headquarters for a contemporary publishing house. Our sensitive re-development of the site preserves and restores the Listed façade whilst replacing the 1990s intervention with a building which sympathetically responds to its environment whilst re-using the modern structure of the former building.

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Related project: Carmelite Riverside


One Angel Court in the City of London Tops Out today
28 Apr 2016

Today, Fletcher Priest, together with clients Mitsui Fudosan and Stanhope, celebrate the traditional Topping Out ceremony on the 27th floor of One Angel Court. The translucent tower hovers above Angel Court, now improved with additional public realm lined with shops and restaurants which catch the midday sun.  The tower’s skin flows as a continuously curved surface across its entire volume; during day time it is entirely translucent and appears to draw clouds and sky down to earth: as external light fails and internal lights take over, this apparently uniform skin becomes more earthbound; its glass panels become transparent while those covering the gridded frame remain opaque.  These effects come from a double frit added to the glass panels, and which allows views from inside to out in any light.

One Angel Court is one of a handful of towers close to the Bank of England and overlooking the heart of the financial centre. The views from the upper floors are hard to beat. The design seeks to stress the contrast between the area’s solid stone character, physically and symbolically reflecting the presence of the Bank of England, with this ethereal tower.

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Related project: Angel Court


One New Ludgate wins RICS London Commercial Building Award 2016
05 May 2016

Fletcher Priest Architect’s One New Ludgate 35,040/sq m office and retail building for Land Securities in the City of London has won the Royal Institute of Charter Surveyors top prize for Commercial Office Building of the Year.

This transformation of an island site in the heart of the City of London replaces outdated 1980’s office buildings, essentially creating a new piece of City. On a site redolent with history, Fletcher Priest’s award winning design not only masterplans the whole site reinstating and improving the public realm, but creates prime Grade A commercial offices with extensive private roof terrace and a new public piazza.

One New Ludgate, which was pre-let to global law firm Ropes and Gray, Petronas and Commonwealth Bank of Australia, is the latest successful development in the City for the practice.  Other City projects include Carmelite House, the London headquarters of international publishers Hachette, which was also shortlisted for this award, and One Angel Court, a 25 storey tower for Mitsui Fudosan and Stanhope which topped out last week and will be completed this year.

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Related project: New Ludgate


Keith Priest invited to speak at Jonathan Tuckey Kings Cross Symposium
09 May 2016

On the 10th May 2016 Keith will be taking part in one of a series of lectures and talks exploring the opportunities, challenges and the nature of interventions within existing structures. Together with Robert Evans of Argent, Shumi Bose, one of the curators at the British Pavilion Venice, and chaired by Eddie Heathcote of the FT he will be discussing the various approaches to working with existing buildings, focussing on Building on the built on the scale of the City. This breakfast talk will take place from 8.30 – 9.30am at 6-8 Stable Street, Kings Cross, N1C 4AB

Jonathan Tuckey Design is one of the UK’s leading advocates for remodelling and radically transforming old buildings for modern use.

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Woodberry Down and East Village London shortlisted for Resi 10 for 10 Award
23 Jun 2016

Both of our schemes, for Woodberry Down and East Village, have been shortlisted for best residential scheme of the decade. The award, sponsored by Mansion Global, recognises trail-blazing residential developments from the last 10 years. The winner will be announced in September at the Resi Conference organised by Property Week.

Woodberry Down masterplan is the largest regeneration project in one of London’s fastest changing boroughs. Our design significantly increase the quality and quantity of new homes and public open spaces, narrowing and calming Seven Sisters Road which bisects the site. Extensive consultation with the local community led to strong support and unanimous planning approval for the proposals, delivering 3,900 homes including detailed designs for 185 homes.

Our masterplan for the Olympic Village emerged from our work on Stratford City which transformed a formerly inaccessible and polluted area of brownfield land in East London into the venue for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the most successful in history. It was the largest ever planning application in London comprising a major new employment district and the largest urban retail centre in Europe, new public open spaces, a new mixed-tenure residential neighbourhood complete with infrastructure and 4,500 homes.

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Related project: Woodberry Down


One New Ludgate Shortlisted for LEAF Awards 2016 for Developer Project of the Year
01 Jul 2016

Fletcher Priest is delighted that One New Ludgate has been shortlisted for the Developer Project of the Year.

This category celebrates and rewards a landmark development that contributes to the overall regeneration of the surrounding area, acknowledging the achievements of the developer, and we are delighted that our client Land Securities is being recognised for their foresight in developing this project.

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Related project: New Ludgate


Designing with St Anne’s
09 Sep 2016

The annual Oxford University Alumni Weekend this year is on the 17th September, and Keith Priest has been invited to give a lecture about the process of “Designing with St Anne’s”.

The practice has been working the college, building upon the distinctive character of the campus whilst exploring expansion in the context of significant works by Giles Gilbert Scott and HKPA set in their magnificent mature gardens.

It anticipates future requirements and builds upon and reinforces earlier masterplans by both architects. A revised college frontage to Woodstock Road recreates a generous entrance court and reveals a previously hidden Hartland House. It includes a new multi-purpose academic building that relieves pressure on the existing library and provides new academic facilities. A new kitchen replaces temporary facilities restoring views over the gardens from the dining hall and routes through the gardens.

St Anne’s have set an ambitious 400 year design life for the building and achieving this, together with future flexibility to change its use, has resulted in an innovative timber structure.

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Related project: New Ludgate


Fletcher Priest projects feature again in Open House 17th to 18th September 2016
12 Sep 2016

Again this year we are delighted that so many of our completed projects are taking part in the Open House weekend including Silvertown, 6 Bevis Marks, Tower 42 and Watermark Place.

For the first time this year, Watermark Place is hosting a tour with VocalEyes, a charity dedicated to providing access to the arts and architecture, and together with Nomura and ourselves they are leading a tour to bring the building alive for those with difficulty seeing or indeed no sight at all.

During the tour the building is brought to life by ‘describers’ supported by the architect and the client and together they lead a tour which literally describes the building – its volume, its materiality, its sounds and its textures and what it’s like to work there.

We wanted to go one step further and explain the very complex shape of the elements that make up 1 Angel Lane and so our model maker produced a set of 3D printed building shapes to be held and touched to understand how the building fits together.

We’re hoping that together with the guided tour these models really help blind and partially sighted people to experience Open House.

For further information, see the Open House website: http://www.openhouselondon.org.uk/

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Related project: Nomura, 1 Angel Lane


Fletcher Priest’s innovative workplace design at the NLA
06 Oct 2016

The NLA’s major Insight Study, WRK/LDN, launches on 12 October and showcases Fletcher Priest’s new thinking about London’s working environments. As part of the exhibition we have six exemplar projects on display representing the very best in workplace design – from new-build commercial offices, re-cycling and re-inventing outdated buildings to creating completely new ways of doing business.

Projects featured include Angel Court, a 25 storey tower in the City of London which will transform the public realm when it completes next year; The Brunel Building, a dynamic new workplace on the Grand Union Canal currently under construction; the multi award winning offices at New Ludgate and Silvertown Quays, one of the largest redevelopments in the capital which is being reimagined as a technology hot spot which will contribute £260 million to London’s economy annually.

For further information, see the NLA website: http://www.newlondonarchitecture.org/WRKLDN

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2 projects shortlisted for BCO Regional Award
19 Jan 2015

We are delighted that 2 or our projects have been shortlisted for the BCO judges’ visit. 6 Bevis Marks, our 14,756 sqm office development in the City of London has been selected in the Commercial Workplace Sector, and in the fit-out sector a 2,710 sqm workplace for a private US client.

For further information on the projects, please see the key project section on our website.

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Silvertown Quays Shortlisted for MIPIM UK Award
25 Sep 2015

Fletcher Priest is delighted that The Silvertown Quays development at the Royal London Docks is on the shortlist for this year’s MIPIM UK Award.

For further information about this project, please visit here

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Related project: Silvertown


3 projects shortlisted for NLA Awards 2015
12 Jun 2015

Fletcher Priest is delighted to have been shortlisted with 3 of our projects across a range of categories. 6 Bevis Marks has been shortlisted in the Office section, Carmelite Riverside for Conservation & Retrofit and Silvertown Quays for Masterplanning.


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Newham Recorder - East Village named Development of the Year at property awards
24 Jun 2014

Two years ago it was home to medal-winning athletes, and now East Village has won gold itself as it was named ‘Development of the Year’.

The neighbourhood received the award at the RESI Awards, which celebrate the best in the residential property marked.

East Village opened to residents in November 2013, and since then more than 1500 people have moved in.

The 2,818-home development includes both private and affordable housing owned by Triathlon Homes and Get Living London.

The win was not the only award for the development in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with it also being crowned ‘Property Newcomer of the Year’.

Derek Gorman, chief executive of Get Living London, said: “From Athletes’ Village to new homes for Londoners - East Village is the first of its kind and we are delighted to be named ‘Development of the Year’ as well as ‘Property Newcomer of the Year’ at this year’s prestigious RESI Awards.

“With hundreds of people living in East Village and more homes now available, the RESI Awards win is a great indicator that we are providing quality housing for Londoners and making a positive impact on the local community.”

The neighbourhood has a range of homes from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom townhouses, and also features a school, health centre and community facilities.

Elliot Lipton, executive director of Triathlon Homes, said: “This award for Development of the Year is a fantastic honour.

“The quality of the mixed-tenure of homes, excellent landscaping and the community facilities in East Village, not only supports the demand for homes for Londoners but, offers a housing option unrivalled in London.”


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Related project: 2012 Athletes Village


Fletcher Priest Wins Civic Trust Award for East Village Stratford E20
20 May 2014

Fletcher Priest Architects are delighted that our East Village masterplan has won a Civic Trust Award, presented at a ceremony on Friday night.

Our work on the masterplan of the Stratford City site in East London over the past decade has seen it evolve from a long-term regeneration project through to construction on site. From the outset, the guiding principle was of long-term city making, creating connections between the existing town centre and onward to the Lea Valley Park. The intention has always been that the project will ultimately blur into its context, seeding transformation in the nearby neighbourhoods, encouraging social integration and connectivity with the diverse population of East London and beyond.

Initially made possible by the construction of the high speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link, it created the vision, framework and process for the transformation of 73 hectares of former railway lands. The project was conceived and submitted for planning before it was accelerated by the London 2012 Olympic bid and was intended to grow in response to market demand over 20-30 years.

“We worked with the Olympic Delivery Authority, Lend Lease and Triathlon, as well as multiple architectural teams to deliver the project, and are delighted at its success.” Jonathan Kendall, Partner, Fletcher Priest Architects.

The international significance grew exponentially when London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It speaks volumes for the robustness of the design that it was able to withstand the immense scale of change. This robustness was illustrated by the way in which the project was able to accommodate the Athletes’ Village, home to 23,000 athletes and officials (inc. paralympics), before reverting to more than 2,800 homes to form a new urban community. More than 700 people have already moved into the high-quality new homes, with more set to move in.

The cultural, social, environmental and economic benefits of the project are vast. The project has delivered the transformation of a formerly inaccessible and polluted area of brownfield land, creating new public open spaces, connections to the transformed Lea Valley, new education and healthcare infrastructure and a new residential district supporting a fully mixed range of housing tenures.

Civic Trust Awards site

Image copyright: Get Living London / ODA

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Related project: 2012 Athletes Village


East Village big winner at London Planning Awards
24 Apr 2014

East Village has won the Mayor of London‘s Award for Planning Excellence and been recognised as the 'Best new place to live’.

East Village scooped the prestigious award for planning excellence at this year’s London Planning Awards, organised in partnership with the Mayor of London, London First, the Royal Town Planning Institute and London councils. It is the second year in a row that a project led by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has won the Mayor’s award. In a ceremony at City Hall, East Village also won the award for 'best new place to live'. 

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, praised the former Olympic Village, now transformed by the ODA and its contractors into the East Village residential development, for setting exemplary standards of design, environmental and accessibility, while providing all the amenities needed to support thriving communities. The first 250 apartments and townhouses are home to the Village’s first residents, and the rest of the 2,818 homes will be completed, handed over and occupied this year.

“It is hard to believe that less than two years ago, East Village was home to superstars Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis and David Weir as they prepared to do battle at London’s Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said the Mayor.

“Since then, the area has been transformed out of all recognition into one of London’s newest neighbourhoods boosting a range of high quality housing choices for Londoners.”

The design and construction of East Village was overseen by the ODA, with Lend Lease as Development Manager and sixteen architects working on distinct areas of East Village alongside Fletcher Priest Architects who developed the original masterplan.

ODA Chief Operating Officer Gerry Murphy said:

“We have invested a huge amount of time and effort into making sure that East Village would be a great place to live – building on the success of the Olympic Village to produce new homes of the highest quality, beautiful parklands, accessible for everyone, with unrivalled transport connections, and fantastic facilities to support the new neighbourhood.

“I am thrilled that East Village has picked up these two awards, which are testament to the hard work of everyone involved over many years.”

The scale and complexity of East Village is unique, and the planners had to rise to the challenge of accommodating 23,000 athletes and officials during the Games, to then be converted to more than 2,800 homes – far more than any traditional residential project would produce at one time. All homes have achieved Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, the largest project to so far reach this standard.

East Village also has a brand new Academy that opened last September, and a state-of-the-art Health and Wellbeing Centre with 500 Village residents and local people from the Newham area now on its books.

It has more than 25 acres of new parks and open space, with landscaping, spacious lawns, children’s play areas, and a wetland bowl that recycles water and links the site to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

More than 500 people have already moved into the high-quality new homes, with more set to move in this month. East Village offers both private rental homes with Get Living London and affordable housing through Triathlon Homes.

Derek Gorman, Chief Executive of Get Living London, commented:

“From Athletes’ Village to new homes for Londoners, East Village is a neighbourhood like no other and we are incredibly proud to be named London’s ‘Best New Place to Live’. With hundreds of people living in East Village and more homes now available, these award wins are a huge boost as we continue to create London’s newest neighbourhood.”

Elliot Lipton, Executive Director for Triathlon Homes, said:

“The awards acknowledge East Village as ‘Best New Place to Live’ and for ‘Planning Excellence’, both of which are a huge honour. The mixed tenure of housing available at East Village not only supports the demand for homes for Londoners but offers a housing option un-rivalled in London.” 

The annual London Planning Awards were created in 2003 to recognise projects, schemes and planning professionals and organisations that have made a vital contribution to the capital in making it a better place to live, work, do business or visit.

Last year the Olympic Park won the Mayor’s award for what the judges called the “dramatic transformation of east London and its spectacular showcasing of world-class planning, design and engineering skills.”


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Related project: 2012 Athletes Village


50 Victoria Embankment fully pre let to Hachette UK
11 Feb 2014

Hachette UK have agreed to take a long term lease on the whole of the 135,000 sq ft at 50 Victoria Embankment. Completion is in May this year following an extensive redevelopment of the original building.

“50 Victoria Embankment is a beautiful building in a great location on a spectacular stretch of the Thames. The building is being developed to the highest standard in a way that signals creativity and good design, both key components in our search for a new London headquarters. It will be a wonderful building to work in and to visit.”

Tim Hely Hutchinson
Hachette UK’s Chief Executive

“The redevelopment of Carmelite Riverside has been a great success . We are very proud of this superb grade A headquarters office building and securing Hachette UK ahead of completion in May 2014 . We are extremely pleased to have such a well-known and respected company moving in to 50 Victoria Embankment; they will enjoy one of the best locations in central London with unrivalled river views and one of London’s most spectacular roof terraces.”

Tristram Gethin
Managing and Founding Director of Quadrant Estates

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Related project: Carmelite Riverside


Francesca Gernone joins Fletcher Priest as a new Partner to head up the Interior Design department
04 Aug 2014

We are delighted to announce that Francesca Gernone has joined our Practice in a new role as Head of Interiors.

Francesca was previously a Director at Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will and is responsible for developing and expanding the interiors side of the business with us.


Open Garden Squares Weekend - East Village
14 Jun 2014

East Village is London’s first Olympic legacy neighbourhood, on the doorstep of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The new neighbourhood will deliver high-quality new homes for individuals, couples and families, with a range of options to suit everyone from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom townhouses, private rental to shared ownership and intermediate rent. 

Set in 75 acres of land (equivalent to St James’s Park), the neighbourhood is characterised by its green spaces, offering five park areas, traditional garden squares teeming with nature, courtyards and play areas. The East Village Wetlands, the largest new wetlands in western Europe, not only offers residents access to a plethora of wildflower meadows, lawns and wildlife but plays a fundamental role in the village’s innovative water recycling scheme. 

Inside the homes, similarly smart innovations are saving water by capturing water from sinks, showers and baths and re-using for things like flushing toilets and irrigating the grounds. Living green- and brown-roof gardens have been planted on all buildings over 100m high to complement the local environment. 

All apartments above ground floor level have at least one balcony and a partially-enclosed glazed winter garden. As well as this, every home in East Village is designed to offer spacious and comfortable living. This is evident in the deep and chamfered window reveals, full-height glazing and daylight-reflecting aggregate used in the pre-cast concrete. 

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London Festival of Architecture
28 Jun 2014

Come and join us on Saturday 28 June outside the Building Centre in Store Street as part of London's Festival of Architecture.



Fletcher Priest Photography Competition Results
03 Dec 2014

This recent photographic competition was designed to encourage us to showcase our buildings in a different light. Whilst getting a completed building documented accurately with skill and care is always a priority, this was an opportunity to capture some of the creativity and passion that goes into our work and present the buildings in unexpected ways. The winning image was by Thomas Hurrell

Related project: Fletcher Priest Photography Competition Results


Open Garden Squares Weekend - Nomura International PLC
14 Jun 2014

No.1 Angel Lane (formerly Watermark Place) is an architecturally distinguished 525,000 sq.ft. development occupying the largest area of open riverside space in the City of London. It forms the focal point of the new business district connecting the river and the heart of the City. 

The sixth-floor terrace - the size of eight tennis courts - has unobstructed, panoramic views of the river Thames. It is open to staff and clients to eat al fresco during the summer months while enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the gardens, its water features and London's breathtaking scenery. 

The formal gardens are planned and maintained by Tony and Matt of ISS Facilities Landscaping. With over 50 years' experience between them, the hedges, shrubs, herbaceous plants, ferns, herbs and grasses - as well as the lawns - are kept in pristine condition for employees and visitors to enjoy. 

The kitchen garden measures 56ft by 20ft. Managed voluntarily by the switchboard team of Eileen, Linda and Tessa, it was cleared to make 12 vegetable beds. The team designed and drew up a growing plan, the seeds started off from home and the garden came alive! 

Now in its third year with about 25 different varieties of vegetables and edible flowers, the garden provides an array of produce, enabling the chefs to pick fresh vegetables daily for client dining. 

The surplus is offered for sale to staff, with profits donated to charity. Last year, this well maintained and productive organic garden won the coveted Masters' Trophy in the ‘Flowers in the City’ competition, presented by the Lady Mayoress at the Mansion House. 

The kitchen garden also featured on the BBC television show Great British Garden Revival, hosted by chef and gardener James Wong, who spent the day filming on the roof terrace. 

Gardeners: Tony, Matt (ISS Landcapes) Eileen, Linda and Tessa (volunteers)


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Keith Priest speaks at Design Week Mexico
17 Oct 2014

At the invitation of UK Trade & Investment, Keith will be giving the architectural talk as part of the UK’s ‘Creative Industries’ at the Tamayo Museum of Modern art. UK Trade & Investment together with the British Embassy in Mexico have organised this exciting opportunity to explore the Mexican market as part of the GREAT Week in Mexico trade delegation. 

For more information about the event, see the website: https://www.greatweeks.co.uk/overseas-missions/Mexico


Fletcher Priest launch new website
10 Oct 2014


Planning Permission Received for Fletcher Priest's Buckingham Green
16 Sep 2014

We have received planning approval for the redevelopment of a significant site in Buckingham Gate, near St James Park tube station.

Buckingham Green sets new standards for public realm on this site at the edge of St James’s, close to Parliament and Westminster Abbey. The thousands of people who walk across it between the underground station and workplaces will pass attractive, high quality shops and restaurants which can spill into sunlit spaces catching midday and evening sun, rather than through a dark alleyway. 

Improving the public realm comes from reinforcing and imaginatively combining different characteristics of the site and its surroundings. The context is late Victorian ornamented brick buildings with mature trees marking axes. The replacement for a tired podium to a 1970s tower reflects this character with richly articulated red brick. It also beds the tower more comfortably in its setting, with a fully glazed lobby, a reduced and rationalised core cased in luscious marble and innovative dark bronze-cased openable windows. It has four floors of offices with twelve of long term tenancy apartments above. The new scheme will be 80% more energy efficient when complete.

Client: Anquila Corporation / London & Oriental

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Related project: Buckingham Green


See us at AJ's Architecture Tomorrow stand at MIPIM UK
06 Oct 2014

We will be attending the inaugural MIPIM UK Exhibition at Olympia, London from the 15th to 17th October. The exhibition, curated by the AJ, will feature projects which are currently on our drawing board.


Carmelite Riverside Completes
13 Oct 2014

We have transformed this listed 19th century building, originally the headquarters of Lord Northcliffe’s publishing empire, into the headquarters for the contemporary publishing powerhouse, Hachette. A new riverfront façade enhances its presence and make it legible from the South Bank, while a garden and glazed pavilion at roof level give occupants magnificent views across the river.

Related project: Carmelite Riverside


Orion and Quadrant Estates have topped out Carmelite Riverside
30 Jan 2014

Orion and Quadrant Estates have topped out Carmelite Riverside in London’s Midtown, with a ceremony held on site today alongside their contractor Morgan Sindall and Fletcher Priest Architects.

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Related project: Carmelite Riverside


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Finsbury Circus House and Bevis Marks in Estates Gazette
01 Jan 2011

Core Strategy. See the full article here.


Riga Passenger Terminal competition
01 Jan 2012

Jonathan Kendall, partner in charge of urban design, has served as international juror for the competition to find new designs for Riga’s passenger terminal and the surrounding area. Serving alongside the head of Aalto University’s School of Architecture and several local representatives, he helped select a winning project that will transform the rapidly growing facility to serve an increasing number of tourists arriving by cruise liner to the edge of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, linking the area to the surrounding waterfront and supporting the ongoing transformation of Latvia’s capital in the years ahead.


Hackney Picturehouse shortlisted in Cultural Buildings category Retrofit Awards 2012
01 Jan 2012

Fletcher Priest Architects Hackney Picturehouse Project has been shortlisted in the Cultural Buildings category of the Retrofit Awards 2012.

The full shortlist can be found on the Retrofit and the AJ Websites.



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Jonathan Kendall will be part of the international jury for 2012 WAN Awards
01 Jan 2012

The WAN AWARDS Urban Design Sector is a major international competition. The award celebrates and promotes the best in international urban design, landscape & infrastructure.

Jonathan Kendall is a Partner and Director of Urban Design at Fletcher Priest Architects. He is responsible for the masterplan of the New Urban Centre of Riga in Latvia, and has been involved with the masterplanning of Stratford City and the 2012 Athletes Village for the past 10 years. Jonathan also teaches on the Masters programme in Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and has spoken at conferences, seminars and universities around the world. 

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Partner Ed Williams work features in a collaborative exhibition: A Tribute to the Art of Tass Paintings
01 Jan 2012

The original, hand painted propaganda posters first began in Soviet Russia as a form of monumental graphic images, featuring poetry as a political, social or cultural commentary. These bold and colourful pieces were designed by the best artists and poets of this time, including Rodchenko and Mayakovsky.

Later the TASS WINDOWS studios modelled its use of stencil on the avant-garde ROSTA studios from the 1917-1923. In reproducing the original design, the stencil cutter had to interpret the source image by evaluating the forms, tone and structure of the initial design. Each poster was complete with a number and covered a wide range of topics including campaigns for: down with Illiteracy; anti-Nazi; emancipation of women; industrialisation; elections; exploring of the north; and sport.

As most of the TASS poster originals and stencils did not survive, the rare examples available for the exhibition will provide a revealing insight into the working process of one of the most creative artistic forms of the 1940-1950s Russia.

The impact of ‘News Through Art’ became a worldwide phenomenon (most extensive collections of the TASS Posters are held in the Chicago Institute and Tate Britain).

Three British artists/architects with an interest in the stencil process used in 1940’s Russia decided to work together to create a reworking of the TASS idea but left open to individual interpretation.

Studied at the Slade school of Fine Art in the mid 1980’s and in 1989 visited Russia as an artist andprintmaker. It was in Moscow that Russell met and married Olga Mamonova and together they collected Soviet art that was overlooked in the breakup of the USSR.

Architectural partner at Fletcher Priest Architects with a lifelong interest in drawing and painting and proud owner of a small collection of Russian art including two original TASS posters from the 1940’s.

Artist and printmaker who studied at the Royal College of Art in London and Cite Internationale des Artistes, Paris. www.markgodwinartist.com

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Latest Events at FPA
20 Dec 2013

We recently had the pleasure of hosting two events associated with the London Festival of Architecture 2013.

As part of a collaborative event between Fitzrovia-based architectural and engineering practices we pedestrianised Great Titchfield Street for a single day and erected a polycarbonate greenhouse to encourage people to pick up a pen and sketch. Termed ‘The Drawing Room’ passers-by were invited into the structure to draw directly onto the interior surface, tracing local landmarks and features.

Another drawing event and exhibition took place in the Hackney Picturehouse which was refurbished by Fletcher Priest Architects in 2011. Visitors were asked to draw their thoughts about their cinema experience on a postcard, some of the results can be seen here: www.buildingpostmark.com

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FPA appointed to London design panel
18 Dec 2013

We are delighted to have been appointed to a new panel of designers selected by the Greater London Authority and Transport for London. The Architecture, Design and Urbanism framework will also be used by the London Legacy Development Corporation, London boroughs and housing associations.



Architecture of Necessity Winner 2013
01 Dec 2013

The Virserum Art Museum in Sweden hosts Europe’s largest recurring wood exhibition and has selected Watermark /One Angel Lane by Fletcher Priest Architects as one of four winners for its ‘sensitive central London development’, which adds a significant public space along the Thames. Now a headquarters for Nomura, the building reuses part of existing structure and introduces rooftop urban agriculture in the centre of the city with a kitchen garden and beehives, making a distinct environmental statement.

Project Partner Ed Williams accepted the Architecture of Necessity award on behalf of the Fletcher Priest team at the Wood Summit this week where the winners were chosen from 100 projects from 30 countries.

Nomura, 1 Angel Lane


FPA double shortlisting for New London Awards 2013
27 Nov 2013

A shortlist of 130 projects across 14 categories has been selected, recognising the very best in architecture, planning and development in the capital.

Join the capital's leading decision-makers and professionals across development, design, planning and construction at NLA's Annual Lunch at the Guildhall on Thursday 11 July and be the first to hear the winners.

Full shortlist available here: www.newlondonarchitecture.org/

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RIBA Awards shortlisting
19 Nov 2013

Our masterplan for East Village (formerly the 2012 Athletes Village) has been shortlisted for the RIBA London regional awards, the first step towards the national awards and the 2013 Stirling Prize. The project was a collaborative effort between ourselves and multiple architectural, landscape and design practices and follows more than a decade of development, planning and construction since the original Stratford City masterplan, within which it is located.

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East Thames Masterplan


Fletcher Priest Architects finalists at National Urban Design Awards 2013
01 Nov 2013

Location: Royal Overseas League, Park Place, London

Date: Wed, 06/02/2013 - 6:30pm

The Urban Design Group's annual celebration of excellence in urban design will this year be held at the Royal Overseas League in St James's, Central London.

The event will showcase some of the best examples of urban design work produced in the UK and beyond over the past 12 months.

The evening will commence at 6.30pm with drinks and canapés in the Hall of India & Pakistan, followed by the presentation of awards in the Princess Alexandra Hall.

Awards will be presented in the following categories:
- Private Practice Project
- Public Sector Project 
- Student Project
- Urban Design Publisher Award
- Lifetime Achievement Award

The event is being generously sponsored by:

- Studio REALand URBED (joint winners of the 2012 practice project award)

- Routledge Publishers who will have books available to buy at the event.

In categories where monetary awards are made, this is kindly supported by the Francis Tibbalds Trust.

Shortlisted Projects:

UDG Website:

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Fletcher Priest Architects starts on site at Carmelite Riverside
26 Sep 2013

Fletcher Priest Architects has started on site at Carmelite, the 135,000 sq ft refurbishment at 50 Victoria Embankment. The multi million pound project for Orion Capital Managers and Quadrant Estates, and awarded to contractor Morgan Sindall, includes a new riverside façade which responds to the adjacent Grade II Listed building.

The site was home to Associated Newspapers Ltd, publishers of the Evening News and the Daily Mail in the 1900s. The prestigious position of the site on Victoria Embankment provides extensive 180 degree river views, extending to the West End, St Pauls and The City. The existing building has two distinct external elements, to the rear of the site the building incorporates a Grade II Listed façade, and to the front a 1990’s elevation. The proposal recognises the fine quality of the listed rear facades and leaves these untouched. The design strategy also retains the majority of the existing structural frame. The new proposal has been carefully designed to relate to the immediate context of the Whitefriars Conservation Area and the Victoria Embankment frontage, and in wider terms, of views of the Thames.

The refurbishment will also incorporate a new glazed 6th floor level set within a large accessible roof terrace, designed to increase biodiversity and provide panoramic rooftop views.

The refurbishment seeks to create a highly energy efficient envelope design, whilst increasing the quality of daylight on the floors. The energy strategy for the building is to achieve substantially reduced carbon emissions and comply with and achieve BREEAM Excellent for Offices on completion of the project. The building results in nearly 40% reduction in emissions and 60% reduction over the existing building for fixed services.

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Carmelite Riverside


Jonathan Kendall speaking at Abu Dhabi events
14 Aug 2013

Jonathan Kendall has been invited to give a panel presentation at the World Future Energy Summit 2013, held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The summit is the world’s largest gathering of experts in the fields of policy, technology and business relating to new ways of thinking about the future of renewal energy. The summit is the centrepiece of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, bringing together a series of conferences, events and activities to focus attention on a range of sustainability issues. The panel presentation is focussed on cities and community power, and includes representatives from Masdar, Sao Paolo, Berlin and the International Renewable Energy Agency.


Jonathan Kendall is also giving a presentation at Abu Dhabi University entitled ‘Freethinking and Scale’, showcasing a selection of projects by the practice. The lecture, which has been jointly organised with the RIBA Gulf Chapter, is part of a series of talks open to faculty, students and the wider professional practice community.


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One Angel Lane awarded 2012 Green GOOD DESIGN™ Award
01 Jan 2012

One Angel Lane has been awarded a  2012 Green GOOD DESIGN™ Award by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design

‘Architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning projects, product and graphic designs from over 20 nations were awarded with Green GOOD DESIGN 2012, representing the world’s most important manufacturers and design firms and leading FORTUNE 500 corporations that are forwarding a new emphasis on a more sustainable design and environment worldwide.’- The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum

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Nomura, 1 Angel Lane


NLA - The Developing City
01 Jan 2012

Fletcher Priest Architects are part of The Developing City Exhibition, which looks at the past present and future of the City of London as a centre for international trade.

One Angel Lane, 1 Wood Street, New Ludgate and 6 Bevis Marks all feature in the exhibition, which runs until 9th September 2012

For more information please see : http://www.newlondonarchitecture.org/exhibition.php?id=368&name=the_developing_city

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Book 3
01 Jan 2012

This book is the third in a series that shows our work and describes the issues that shape our evolution as a practice.

It illustrates a selection of projects undertaken, including some that were published previously at design stage.

Please contact london@fletcherpriest.com if you would like to receive a copy of the book.

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NLA - East Village: designing a lasting legacy for London
01 Jan 2012

East Village, situated on the doorstep of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will be the first residential legacy to result from the Games when it opens to residents in late 2013.

A series of NLA breakfast talks, to accompany the East Village: a lasting legacy for London exhibition on display at the NLA from 13-31 March, will illustrate the story of the incredible development of East Village and its part in the wider transformation of Stratford and East London.

In this first talk, hear the story of East Village from masterplanning to legacy, with presentations from masterplanners, including Fletcher Priest, on how the site has evolved a from long-term regeneration opportunity to constructed reality, and from legacy owners Qatari Diar Delancey (QDD) and Triathlon Homes on the future for this 2,818-home neighbourhood beyond the Games.

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Moravian Library - Stavební technologie v Olympijském Londýně
01 Jan 2012

Britské velvyslanectví v Praze a Moravská zemská knihovna v Brně si vás dovolují pozvat na odborný seminář s diskuzí. 
"Stavební technologie v Olympijském Londýně"
Hlavními hosty budou Jonathan Kendall, ředitel pro urbanismus ze společnosti Fletscher Priest Architects a Paul Hartmann, projektový manažer pro výstavbu Olympijského parkuz Olympic Delivery Authority.
Úterý 6. března 2012, 10 - 12 hod,
konferenční sál MZK v Brně, Kounicova 65a.
Tématem semináře jsou současné trendy ve stavebnictví a architektuře, aneb jak se dá z průmyslové zóny vytvořit moderní městská čtvrť. V rámci semináře bude věnována pozornost i trvale udržitelnému konceptu olympijského parku.
Seminář proběhne v anglickém jazyce, simultánní tlumočení do češtiny je zajištěno.
Po semináři následuje neformální pohoštění, na které jste srdečně zváni.
Prosíme, potvrdťe svou účast na semináři e-mailem na adrese: eva.zimova@fco.gov.uk nejpozději do čtvrtka 1. března 2012.


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Fletcher Priest Architects’ 6 Bevis Marks starts on site
01 Jan 2012

A 16 storey office building next to St Mary Axe has started on site this week . Designed by Fletcher Priest Architects for AXA Real Estate, MGPA ,EUROHYPO and CORE, the new 234,200 sq ft office will be a distinctive addition to the City, and its dramatic ETFE covered roof garden will enliven the surrounding roofscape.

The new building replaces a 1980’s office that over-sailed the pavement to form a dark colonnade that isolated the building from the street. Despite being double the floor area of the previous block, the new development reconnects the site to the neighbourhood. Fletcher Priest’s design sets the building back to align with adjacent property, enhances pedestrian routes through and around the site and creates an attractive public space from what was previously a service area.

Fletcher Priest have used an ETFE floating roof structure to create an all-weather open air roof garden for the enjoyment of the occupants, who can take the lift to the landscaped space and enjoy the spectacular views. Over 10,000 sq ft of roof gardens aim to give the scheme a unique character yet fit in with its architecturally distinctive neighbours that overlook the roof.

The new structure is 80% more energy efficient than the building it replaces. It also reuses over 50% of the original structural mass that is part of an extensive sustainability agenda that shortens the construction programme, and helps avoid risks in the ground.

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Garden Museum: Garden City to Green City Events
01 Jan 2012

Thursday 29th March 6pm doors open, event begins at 6.30pm

In the final week of our exhibition From Garden City to Green Cities architects, landscape architects and an historian celebrate five visionary projects which have achieved a balance between architecture and landscape, indoors and outdoors, and the green and the grey. What lessons can we learn from their creation – and, just as importantly, their on-going maintenance – at a time when the value of the planning is being questioned? Tonight’s event will feature a series of short talks on the topic of importance of planning and maintenance to the built green space. This event is being held in partnership with the Landscape Institute and the 20th Century Society.

This is our confirmed list of speakers and topics:

Christopher Woodward on Georgian Bath

Andrew Harland of LDA Design on Letchworth

James Lord, restorer of the New Town at Stevenage

Janet Jack, landscape architect of the Alexandra Road estate in Camden

Jonathan Kendall of Fletcher Priest, architects of the Olympic 2012 Athletes Village

The evening will be chaired by Alastair McCapra, Chief Executive of the Landscape Institute.

Following the discussion we invite you to join us for a two-course meal and a large glass of wine in our sustainable, vegetarian and locally sourced café to celebrate the great success of the exhibition. 

Tickets £10 / £8 Museum Friends and Members of the Landscape Institute

Dinner tickets £20

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Context and Sustainability: the architecture of Fletcher Priest
01 Jan 2012

Tuesday, 20 March 2012: 'Context and Sustainability: the architecture of Fletcher Priest' Fletcher Priest have several City of London buildings to their credit, most notably the Watermark Place building on the Thames, now occupied by Nomura and called 1 Angel Lane. They now have two new projects starting on site, at 6 Bevis Marks for AXA and at 1 & 2 New Ludgate for Land Securities. Bevis Marks partly recycles the previous building and will have a glazed roof garden next to the Gherkin; Old Bailey promises a fine public realm and a sophisticated use of colour in replacing a very dull mass with two buildings, the second by Sauerbruch Hutton. Keith Priest will address us, potentially with client and engineer contributions.

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Belgrade events
01 Jan 2012

Jonathan Kendall, Partner and Director of Urban Design, has been invited to speak at two prestigious events in Belgrade on 7 February showcasing British design expertise. He will be part of a UK Creative Industries panel organised by the RIBA and UKTI entitled Questions in Modern Architecture and will be focussing on the regeneration experience of the practice in the UK and across Europe. On the same day he will also be joining the British Ambassador to Serbia, Michael Davenport, to open an exhibition highlighting the legacy of the London Olympics, on which the practice has been working for many years.


Faces of British Architecture
01 Jan 2011

The Building Centre - London 9th January - 29th February 2012.

Britain has some of the world’s best architects and engineers. To celebrate this wealth of talent Icopal have commissioned a series of portraits by Timothy Soar, with commentary by Isabel Allen. This series of images represents UK’s leading experts, innovators and visionaries in architecture and engineering, responsible for many iconic buildings and landmark developments. The exhibition, curated by Lorna Soar, can be seen at The Building Centre in January and February 2012.


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NLA - London Global Design Hub Exhibition
01 Jan 2011

Fletcher Priest's masterplan for the new urban centre in Latvia's capital, Riga, features in an upcoming NLA exhibition:

This exhibition provides a snap shot of the wide variety of work that is being carried out by London-based architects and consultants in 51 different countries across the world, from major new city masterplans through to individual schemes. As the capital attempts to wean itself from its dependency on financial services the creative industries sector is one of a number that are expanding to fill the gap. London’s planning and architectural design skills, supported by a core of engineers, project managers and cost consultants, are world class - richly demonstrated by the range of international schemes on display.

Exhibition page on NLA website.

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Central St Giles is 'best of the best' at office awards
01 Jan 2011

Renzo Piano and Fletcher Priest’s Central St Giles development has been named 'best of the best' at the British Council for Offices (BCO) annual awards.

BDP, AHMM, HKS, Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher, Haa Design and CDA Group were also recognised in separate categories.

The awards list in full is:

Best Commercial Workplace and Best of the Best Award: Central Saint Giles, London by Renzo Piano and Fletcher Priest
Best Corporate Workplace: Graham New HQ Building, Hillsborough by BDP
Best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace: The Angel Building, London by AHMM
Best Fit Out of Workplace: Avon Cosmetics UK Headquarters, Northampton by HKS.
Best Project up to 2,000sq m: Scotstoun House, South Queensferry by Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher
Innovation Award: Electric Works, Sheffield by HAA Design
Test of Time Award: Skyways House, Liverpool by CDA Group
David Partridge, joint chief executive of Argent and BCO Awards chairman, said: "This year's winners are a testament to what can be achieved with a little courage in design.

"Many of these projects were created during a time of economic uncertainty, but their outstanding quality shows how office buildings can provide an excellent return on investment."

"This truly cosmopolitan new space for London clearly shows the empathy between developers and the architects. The fact that the building is fully let is a testament to the adaptability and attractiveness of the floor space."
The Judges at The British Council For Offices (BCO) Awards 2011.


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Neil Porter Presents - Urban Group Semi
01 Jan 2011

The BCO Urban Group will hear from Neil Porter, Gustafson Porter, on contemporary landscape architecture and public realm including his most recent work.

Venue: Fletcher Priest Architects, Middlesex House, 34/42 Cleveland Street, London, W1T 4JE

The development of Gustafson Porter’s design work has continuously pushed the boundaries of what constitutes the field of landscape. They have a reputation for creating innovative and contemporary landscape design, with the ability to deliver high quality design on high profile projects.

View Gustafon Porter’s recent projects on their website.

17.15 Registration & refreshments
17.30 Seminar

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BBC Radio 4 - Spirit of the Beehive - On the roof on Nomura, One Angel Lane
01 Jan 2011

Nina Perry's composed feature ‘Spirit of the Beehive’ explores our enduring relationship with the honeybee, lifting the lid of the beehive to hear some surprising lessons to be learnt through observing and working with bees, as well as how the life of bees inspires human endeavours in the arts and in business.

We follow a group of young people from Hackney in London who are passionate urban beekeepers. They work for The Golden Company, a social enterprise taking their beekeeping to new heights by installing bees on the roof of investment bank Nomura - where the bees are seen as a symbol of productivity and growth in the city.

Scientists at Sussex University explain how they are looking at ways to help the honeybee by eavesdropping in on their communication system, the waggle dance. We peek inside the bee-inspired Parisian Artist community La Ruche (the beehive) and are lead through the bee sanctuary of the Natural Beekeeping Trust to discover the virtues of listening to bees.

Musician: Oli Langford (Violin)
Composer: Nina Perry

Producer: Nina Perry
A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

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Shortlists announced for 2011 Architect of the Year Awards
01 Jan 2011

Small practices take on architectural giants in the running for this year’s awards, which celebrate bodies of work across 13 categories.

This year – the eighth in which they have been running – the awards drew a record 168 entries.

The judging will be conducted in October by a jury of architects, clients and built environment experts. They include Waheed Nazir, director of regeneration at Birmingham Council; Liz Peace, Chief Executive of the British Property Federation and Bridget Sawyers, Chief Executive of the Architecture Centre Network.

The Young Architect of the Year award will be assessed separately by a jury comprising architects Peter St John and John McAslan, the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Moira Gemmill and Julian Barwick of Development Securities.

The winners will be announced on November 15th at an award ceremony held at the Brewery in the City of London. Full details are available at http://awards.bdonline.co.uk/

Office Architect of the Year

Squire and Partners

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Kohn Pedersen Fox

Fletcher Priest Architects

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BDonline - Photography Competition
01 Jan 2011

Third Architect’s Eye competition now open for entries

Architect’s Eye, a competition which judges architects’ photography skills, has been launched.

The competition, for which BD is media sponsor, is open to all qualified architects practising in the UK and is split into two distinct categories: Architecture and Place and Architecture and People.

The former focuses solely on the aesthetics of the architecture and places it creates, while the latter explores the interaction of people with the environments created by the profession.

Any building can be used whether it be iconic or uninspiring, celebrated or pilloried.

The competition, being held for the third time, is organised by International Arts Consultants (IAC), which picked up on architects’ enthusiasm for photographing buildings and the fact that it is often part of architectural education.

The judges this year comprise former RIBA president Jack Pringle, architect Keith Priest, director of the British Architectural Library, Dr Irena Murray, BD’s editorial director Amanda Baillieu, leading architectural photographers Grant Smith and George Kavanagh and Nick Scott of the Royal Photographic Society.

Alex Heath, Managing Director of IAC said: “The competition is now in its third year and its growing success reflects architects’ continued commitment and increasing ability to capture images of the places which inspire them.”

The competition is also sponsored by specialist property marketing consultancy TTA Group and is supported by the Royal Photographic Society.

The closing date for competition entries is Monday 12th September with an exhibition of finalists and an award ceremony taking place in November.

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Planning consent has been received for a significant new central London development for Land Securities designed by Fletcher Priest Architects and Sauerbruch Hutton
01 Jan 2011

Fletcher Priest, in collaboration with Sauerbruch Hutton, developed the masterplan for the large site on Ludgate Hill, the City’s ceremonial route to St. Paul’s. Stretching back along the Old Bailey to the Central Criminal Court, it will include 34, 850m2 of new offices and retail space.

One New Ludgate and Two New Ludgate will replace a pair of existing buildings from the 1960s, such that the streetscape of the entire site is transformed. A new public space will be created between them which, inspired by the theatrical Piazza di San Ignazio in Rome, also addresses a distinctive historical terracotta façade on Old Bailey.

Amber cathedral glass provides colour to the piazzetta frontage, and a high level double-height loggia on the top floors reveals a dramatic view of the Cathedral west front and dome.

Working with landscape architects Gustafson Porter, streetscape improvements include remedial work to existing disconnected pavement levels and the introduction of a new public thoroughfare across the site that will connect the sweeping curved frontages along Old Bailey, Ludgate Hill and Limeburner Lane. Wider pavements and tree planting will benefit the new shops, cafes and restaurants, and selected landscaping for the roof terrace will provide year round texture and colour.

Two New Ludgate has been designed by Sauerbruch Hutton.

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Central Saint Giles wins the British Council of Offices best 'Commercial Workplace' award for London and South East Region
01 Jan 2011

Neil Thompson, Portfolio Director at Great Portland Estates and BCO Judging Chair for London and the South East, said:

“The focus of the BCO awards is to judge buildings from a multi-disciplinary point of view, placing an emphasis on aspects such as architectural flair, sustainable and economic construction with fitness for purpose for users of the space. We had a very high standard of entries once again this year, with the winners across London and the South East delivering fantastic workspaces for the end user and I’d like to congratulate our winners.”

Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive of the BCO, commented:

“This is the third year for the BCO regional awards and we’re excited to see the bar raised by this year’s entrants. The competition was fierce, with London proving once again that they are at the forefront of top quality design and functionality. We’re thrilled that developers continue to produce first class workspaces and it’s clear to see that the future is bright for London offices.”

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The City granted planning consent for 470,000ft new office buildings for TIAA-CREF
01 Jan 2011

The City has granted planning consent for 470,000 ft² new office buildings for TIAA-CREF

Angel Court is an important site located at the very heart of the City, equidistant from the Bank of England and the cluster of new office towers to the east.

Our design reconfigures the existing office tower into a distinctive addition to the City skyline. The proposal for a highly sustainable building retains the existing tower core and below ground structure, and with its new floors, servicing and high-performance cladding targets a BREEAM Excellent rating.

Our brief was to design a future proofed building with sufficient flexibility to meet anticipated 2013 energy standards. This has been achieved through careful consideration of the façade and services design resulting in energy savings of 74% when compared to the existing building.

The smooth curves and translucent form of the new 25 storey tower are achieved with floor to ceiling glazing, and a ceramic fritted pattern that provides solar protection as well as uninterrupted views across the City.

New podium buildings either side of the tower, expand the public space at street level by 35%, adding restaurants and cafes along Throgmorton Street and Copthall Avenue, and entrances on a widened and enhanced Angel Court.

Large open podium level floor plates are designed with large windows for good day lighting and adjustable external louvres that can be angled to protect exposed facades from overheating or to deflect day light deep into the office space. Clad in a rough honed grey limestone, the lower blocks frame the smooth surfaces of the tower.

Extensive landscaped roof terraces are accessible to all occupants and sculptural glazed roof lights above the first floor office reception create a dramatic day-lit space at the very heart of the building.

Project Team

Client: ND Properties, Inc/TIAA-CREF Asset Management UK Ltd

Project Management: CBRE

Architect: Fletcher Priest Architects

Structural Engineers: Waterman Structures

Services Engineers: Waterman Building Services

Quantity Surveyor: WT Partnership

Planning Consultant: DP9

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Marco Montariello seminar of FPA work at Politecnico di Milano
01 Jan 2011

FPA associate Marco Montariello will give a seminar of the practices work at Politecnico di Milano on Friday 15th of April at 9.30am.

University: Politecnico di Milano

Professor: Graziano Salvalai

Department: Building Environment Science and Technology

Course: Final Synthesis

Seminar: FPA work

FPA Freethinking : general overview on FPA approach on Planning and Infrastructure, Reuse and Best Use, Energy Conservation and Regeneration and The Changing Faces of the Buildings

30 Old Bailey - 60 Ludgate Hill - FPA and SH - City of London mixed use and office buildings

CSG and the role of executive architect – RPBW and FPA - West End mixed use and office buildings

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Devonshire Square 2011 Civic Trust Awards Commendation
01 Jan 2011

This project has enlivened the ground floor areas of the building originally built in 1793 as warehouses for the East India Company. New routes have been created to provide access throughout the complex for all users and a courtyard covered with a simple and elegantly structured ptfe pillow roof making it usable as a social and events space year round.

Unpromising spaces have been turned into an attractive and desirable urban environment which makes a valuable contribution to the enjoyment, comfort and pleasure of its users.

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Watermark Place wins LDSA Building Excellence Award 2010
01 Jan 2011

Watermark Place has won the LDSA Building Excellence Award 2010 for the Best Sustainability Project. Awarded by the London District Surveyors Association the City considers this acknowledgement of a major project achieving a standard that raises expectations and aspirations for subsequent developments. As a regional winner the project now enters the national awards.


Riga masterplan approval
01 Jan 2011

Our masterplan for the new urban centre of Riga, Latvia has just been granted formal planning approval by the city. The 46 hectare project will establish a new focus for the entire left bank of the city, on the edge of the UNESCO World Heritage Site boundary. The site will accommodate governmental, academic, residential and commercial functions, supported with new transport infrastructure and a network of public streets and open spaces.


Tyneside Cinema short listed for Crown Estate Conservation Award
01 Jan 2011

The Tyneside Cinema is one of five projects nationally to be short listed for the Crown Estate Conservation Award. The winner will be announced at the RIBA Sterling Prize Dinner 2009. The project has also been short listed for the RICS Building Conservation Award and Hadrian Awards, the principal awards scheme for architecture and design in the North of England.


Tyneside Cinema wins Project of the Year
01 Jan 2011

Tyneside Cinema swept the board at the North East Renaissance RICS Awards 2009, winning Project of the Year by 'excelling across all eight categories and above all other submissions'. The project also won the Building Conservation and Tourism & Leisure Awards. The judging panel commented that Tyneside is 'a successful commercial venture that has employed creative and innovative design to breathe new life into a leisure facility that is rare and in many ways unique - a project that is playing a regenerative role in the widest sense of the word'.


East Thames Headquarters Civic Trust Winner 2009
01 Jan 2011

East Thames Headquarters received a commendation from the Civic Trust at their 2009 awards celebrations. The jury writes: 'The scheme provides headquarters for one of London's largest registered social landlords. Accommodating 650 staff, the building is sited amongst family housing. The clear glazing engages well with the street, and encourages local people to use the ground floor public cafe. The courtyard is attractive, and the scheme is highly energy efficient. A new church was designed as part of the scheme, which enhances local engagement. It is inspiring to see a social landlord investing in a high quality building.'


Tyneside Cinema wins RIBA North East Region Award
01 Jan 2011

Tyneside Cinema has won first place at the RIBA North East Region Award 2009. Built by Dixon Scott, the great uncle of film directors Sir Ridley and Tony Scott, the opened in 1937 and is the finest surviving purpose-built newsreel cinema in Britain, and the only one still operating as a cinema. Fletcher Priest carefully restored the original auditorium, foyer and the popular Coffee Rooms that have been operating since 1938. Two new screening rooms have been added in a translucent rooftop extension, providing four screens seating over 500 people. The cinema is now the only multi-screen, art-house independent cinema between Leeds and Edinburgh.


BCO Sustainable Development seminar at One Wood Street
01 Jan 2011

One Wood Street the headquarters building we designed for Land Securities and occupied by Eversheds, the global firm of lawyers has been selected as an exemplar project by the British Council of Offices. It will be the venue for a BCO tour and seminar on sustainable development on October 14th 2008.


Central St Giles starts to take shape
01 Jan 2011

Renzo Piano Building Workshop's Central St Giles starts to take shape. Our role is to realise this scheme in collaboration with RPBW for Stanhope and Legal and General. The slip formed concrete cores have been completed ahead of programme.


Fletcher Priest Riga office
01 Jan 2011

Fletcher Priest has opened a new office in Riga, Latvia, to undertake projects in the city and the wider region. In late 2007 we won first prize in an international design competition for the masterplan of a new urban centre for the city, forming a government administrative quarter, and this has quickly been followed by a series of new commissions in the country. Our new office is located in an art nouveau building on the edge of the Old City, within the boundaries of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and will be staffed by a local team in addition to visiting members of the London office.


Second Riga competition success
01 Jan 2011

A joint team of FPA and local practice Grupa 93 have finished in second place in a prestigious public realm design competition for the transformation of the Castle Square in Riga, Latvia, in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The square is surrounded by historic buildings, including the presidential residence, and the square has to serve for civic and ceremonial functions as well as day to day uses for the general public. This competition follows our international success for the new urban centre masterplan in 2007, on which work is ongoing.


Boutique hotel in Montenegro
01 Jan 2011

Fletcher Priest has been appointed to design a Boutique hotel and nine holiday villas in Morinj, Montenegro. It's location, Boka Kotorska is a fjord-like bay set back from the Montenegro coast. It is sheltered on one side by a range of high mountains, while its secluded inlet location shields it from the open sea waves. As there are no tides the sea front is inviting and green. There are not many places in Mediterranean that are so beautiful and peaceful while being so close to international airport.


Fletcher Priest in Croatia
01 Jan 2011

We submitted a planning application for a new, landmark, low-energy office tower in the centre of Zagreb, Croatia. The building will generate 1500+ new workspaces in innovative and highly flexible workplace. It is developed in collaboration with local architectural firm, Agro Inzenjering, the tower will be part of a new cluster of buildings on Vukovarska Street that will mark Zagreb's new business district. Its floor-to-ceiling height glass facade will achieve spectacular panoramic views of the old town, the meandering Sava River and the mountains.


Brussels shortlist
01 Jan 2011

We are one of five international teams shortlisted for a prestigious design competition to transform a 12 hectare site at the heart of the European District in Brussels. The project is organised by the Brussels capital region and city in partnership with the European Commission. Submissions are due at the end of October and the winner should be declared by the end of this year. Our competitors are teams led by OMA (Holland), Christian de Portzamparc (France), Xavier de Geyter (Belgium) and Julien de Smedt (Belgium/Denmark).


Abu Dhabi masterplan
01 Jan 2011

We are currently developing a masterplan for a 120 hectare site in Abu Dhabi, containing a wide range of land uses and public realm, designed to respond to climate and provide shade and shelter. While the wider masterplan is currently moving through the planning and design processes, the first stage is currently on site, due to complete in 2011.


Watermark Place Timber Structure
01 Jan 2011

The Watermark Place site encapsulates London?s historic role in the international maritime trade. The line of the Roman Wharf marks the northern edge, the medieval Hanseatic settlement of Steelyard is to the west and the existing river wall defines the south. A robust five storey timber structure shades the riverside buildings and acts as a dramatic backdrop to a new sunny public square. It is a direct reference to the extraordinary maritime history of this section of the river. It can carry lights, banners and sound systems to enable and encourage street theatre.


One Angel Lane wins LABC Award - Best Sustainable Project
01 Jan 2011

Fletcher Priest Architects' recently completed One Angel Lane (Watermark Place) has won this year's Local Authority Building Control National Building Excellence Award for Best Sustainable Project. The new building, commissioned by Oxford Properties, UBS Global Asset Management, and CORE, and its setting form a strategic part of the City of London's initiative to encourage access to the river and develop a unified river walkway.

One Angel Lane has already won a clutch of prestigious awards including The Institute of Civil Engineers 'Project of the Year', 'City Deal of the Year' at the Property Week Office Awards 2010 and is shortlisted in several other important programmes. It was fully let to Nomura before completion last year when the bank consolidated its activities to the Square Mile.

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St Anne's College Oxford Library Gets Planning Permission
01 Jan 2011

Fletcher Priest Architects' proposed new library building for St Anne's College, Oxford is part of a larger strategic plan for the College. This includes a new catering facility and improvements to the College gardens. The strategic plan will give the College a stronger identity and will incorporate their existing collection of fine 19th and 20th century buildings. The new building connects to the existing listed Giles Gilbert Scott library with a below-ground link and includes reader and seminar spaces, additional book storage and areas for special exhibitions and events.

The existing Woodstock Road entrance to the College is framed by both buildings. Designed for a minimum life of four hundred years, the new library will provide the required flexibility for change, combining traditional construction methods with innovative structural solutions. The external load-bearing walls of locally sourced limestone support an engineered timber roof, configured and orientated to optimise environmental conditions internally. A low-energy strategy in the selection of materials and a tried-and-tested passive design for the internal spaces will give occupants full control of their environment. The project is designed as an exemplar for sustainable university architecture.

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Devonshire Square to receive Civic Trust Award, Commendation or Community Recognition
01 Jan 2011

As a finalist at the Civic Trust Awards, Devonshire Square is guaranteed to receive an Award, Commendation or Community Recognition at the Award Ceremony, which will be held at the Peoples History Museum, Manchester on Friday 4th March 2011. For further details please see www.civictrustawards.org.uk


FPA in City Office's list of The Top 10 Architects for office space
01 Jan 2011

Fletcher Priest Architects feature in City Office's list of The Top 10 Architects for office space built in central London over the last 10 years, contributing approximately 2m sq ft of projects. Full article http://www.cityoffices.net/uk/london/news.cfm


Property Week Offices Awards 2010 - City Deal Award Winner
01 Jan 2011

One Angel Lane (Watermark Place) won City Deal of the Year at the Property Week Office Awards 2010. The project was also shortlisted for City Development of the Year. Central Saint Giles was shortlisted for West End Development of the Year. Please see link below for list of awards and short listed buildings http://offices.propertyweek.com/shortlist and this link for all the results http://offices.propertyweek.com


SmartEST Conference
01 Jan 2011

Jonathan Kendall, Partner and Director of Urban Design, will be speaking at a major conference to be held at the Mansion House in the City of London. The SmartEST conference will explore development and investment in Estonia, which is shortly due to enter both the Euro-zone and the OECD.


BCCL Conference
01 Jan 2011

Jonathan Kendall, Partner and Director of Urban Design, will be speaking at a major conference organised by the British Chamber of Commerce in Latvia, to be held the City of London on 28th October. He will describe the experience of the practice working in Riga and the surrounding region since winning a major international design competition in 2007.


The Principles of Cinema Design
01 Jan 2011

Partner Keith Priest is giving a lecture on The Principles of Cinema Design to students at Bath University on Tuesday 5th Oct.


European Future Energy Forum
01 Jan 2011

The model of Fletcher Priest Architect's 46- hectare Riga Masterplan is to be exhibited at the European Future Energy Forum at London's Excel Centre from 19th- 21st October. The City council of Riga, Latvia, formally adopted the masterplan earlier in the year. For more details of the forum please visit www.EuropeanFutureEnergyForum.com


50 Years of London Architecture 1960-2010 Exhibition
01 Jan 2010

Fletcher Priest Architects have three projects, Odessa Wharf, One Wood Street, and One Angel Lane, featured in The 50 Years of London Architecture 1960-2010 Exhibition. For further details please see www.lfa2010.org


Exploring Fitzrovia's darker side. Fitzroy Tavern, 1 July 2010
01 Jan 2010

Extract from Fitzrovia News: Exploring Fitzrovia's darker side. Fitzroy Tavern, 1 July 2010 By Bohemian Wannabe "...The Fitzroy tavern is itself steeped in history: past regulars include Dylan Thomas, George Orwell, Michael Bentine, George Bernard Shaw, Richard Attenborough, Tommy Cooper and Coco The Clown. Authors Mike Pentelow, Marsha Rowe and Paul Willetts enthralled us with tales of notorious characters such as Julian MacLaren-Ross, Nancy Cunard and Aleister Crowley. ... I enjoyed the author's passion and enthusiasm for some of their obvious "favourites". 

Paul Willetts has written a biography of the author Julian Mclaren-Ross (Fear and Loathing in Fitzrovia) and he talked about how fascinated he was with the contrast between Mclaren-Ross' public persona and his private life as an author. Marsha Rowe talked about some fantastically outrageous women of the time, which is always great to hear. And you can tell that Mike Pentelow can't help but love the murderous, bizarre and criminally-insane types....." Written by FN

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Noho Noir, discover the real meaning of 'a sense of place'
01 Jan 2010

We are all familiar with today's fashionable fitzrovia... but come and discover the area's darker side. Thursday 1st July from 6.30pm a lively evening of readings, talks and reminiscences aims to discover the real meaning of 'a sense of place'. The Fitzroy Tavern, Charlotte Street.


Architecture and Politics - A Personal View by Keith Priest
01 Jan 2010

Architects have been running for parliament and some have made it into the House of Lords. But politics and architecture operate on wildly different timescales', says Keith Priest. Read more in the June edition of Blueprint: http://www.blueprintmagazine.co.uk


One Angel Lane wins New City Architecture Award
01 Jan 2010

Architects have been running for parliament and some have made it into the House of Lords. But politics and architecture operate on wildly different timescales', says Keith Priest. Read more in the June edition of Blueprint: http://www.blueprintmagazine.co.uk


Cinema Architecture
01 Jan 2010

Two of our projects have been included in the recently published book 'Cinema Architecture'. Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle is one of the UK's leading independent cinemas and since our multiple award winning transformation ticket sales have increased by 70%. 

Our Imax cinema for the London Science Museum was completed in 2001 and is part of the Wellcome Wing. It shows 2D and 3D films, hosts scientific lectures and helps to draw visitors up through the upper floors of the galleries. 

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Brussels European District masterplan in major public exhibition
01 Jan 2010

Our masterplan for the centre of the European District of Brussels, which finished as runner-up in a major international competition, is being shown in an exhibition opening on 22 March. Our proposals, developed with WIT Architecten, can be seen alongside designs from Christian de Portzamparc, OMA, JdS Architects and Xavier de Guyter. The exhibition takes place at Brussels Info Place, rue Royale 2-4, Brussels. Full details can be found at www.biponline.be


Riga masterplan in major public exhibition
01 Jan 2010

Our masterplan for the new urban centre of Riga, Latvia, is one of the main projects included in a public exhibition to be held in the city between 8 February and 30 April 2010. This follows from the successful public hearings that have been held in recent weeks as part of the formal adoption of the masterplan by the city. Details can be found at Olimpia - iepirkšanās un arhitektūras centrs


Riga masterplan shortlisted for World Architecture Festival award
01 Jan 2010

Our masterplan for the new urban centre of Riga has been short listed for an award in the prestigious World Architecture Festival, to be held in Barcelona in November. More than 600 entries from 80 countries around the world were received. Further details can be found at www.worldarchitecturefestival.com


Digital Hinterlands exhibition
01 Jan 2010

Michael Wihart from Fletcher Priest is exhibiting a project from his doctoral research at the Digital Hinterlands exhibition. The exhibition has been timed to coincide with the Digital Architecture London Conference, as part of London Digital Week. It will be held at the Arup PHASE 2 Gallery, 8 Fitzroy St, London W1T 4BJ. The exhibition runs from 8th September to 2nd October, from 9am - 6pm. Entry is free.


Nomura are moving their City HQ, taking the whole of the 525,000 square foot Watermark Place
01 Jan 2010

It is the biggest ever speculative building letting in the City and fully integrates their Lehman operations. Up to 4,000 banking staff will move into the building next year, many relocating from the former Lehman Brothers building in Canary Wharf. Watermark Place, designed by Fletcher Priest Architects for Oxford Properties and UBS Global Asset Management, extends over a whole city block and links the City to the river, creating the largest riverside public space on the north bank of the Thames. With panoramic views that extend from Tower Bridge to the London Eye, this highly visible landmark will regenerate the Thames walk with its distinctive design.

Instantly recognisable by the massive timber structure that shades the building, it is designed to be at the forefront of energy saving design. The carbon neutral riverside pavilion uses innovative motorised timber louvers to track and protect the interior from the heat of the sun. Higher up the building, are some of the largest landscaped roof gardens in London, amounting to over a quarter of a hectare, equivalent to four tennis courts. The colours and reflections of the Thames have been pixilated into a sophisticated glazing system, screening the interior but allowing unobstructed views of London and its river.

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Planning consent granted for Bevis Marks
01 Jan 2010

The City of London has granted planning consent for Fletcher Priest's 230,000ft (21,370 sqm) new office building at 6 Bevis Marks for the Monteverde Group. In the heart of the City, it replaces an outdated building and reconnects the existing streets, passages and outdoor spaces. It more than doubles the public space, enhancing the setting of a number of important buildings, including Lord Foster's Swiss Re, Sir Edwin Cooper's Baltic Exchange and H.P. Berlarge's Holland House. A series of stepped volumes create 10,000 ft (930 sqm) of private outdoor roof terraces that enjoy views of Swiss Re and the City skyline. Use of the rooftop gardens is extended by a light and open, ETFE-clad structure.

Environmentally, wall-to-wall depths are optimized to achieve excellent daylight penetration. South facing balconies are cantilevered to protect the interior from solar gain overlooking the new plaza below. The new building is highly efficient at many levels. For instance, it reuses and adapts the existing below ground structure, some 50% of the existing building an approach that has been successful on other Fletcher Priest projects. The spare structural capacity and the embodied energy of the existing structure are not wasted, resulting in savings with reduced risks and less disturbance during ground works. Recycled glass facades with its distinctive green tint contrasts with the clear transparency of the low iron windows. This exceeds current energy saving requirements by 40% and links architecturally to the faience and proportions of Holland House.

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10 Eastbourne Terrace shortlisted for the Office Development Awards 2009 Sustainability Award
01 Jan 2010

10 Eastbourne Terrace has been shortlisted for the Office Development Awards 2009 Sustainability Award sponsored by Property Week. Land Securities transformed Eastbourne Terrace in Paddington, where innovative ground source cooling and high performance recladding reduce energy consumption by at least 40%. The award comes on top of the buildings nomination as Commercial Building of the Year in the international LEAF Awards 2009.


Cinema Paradise
01 Jan 2010

Fletcher Priests' recently completed Tyneside in Newcastle has been selected by the Guardian newspaper in the 'Best for Kids' category in their summer round-up of the best film venues in Britain. So when in Newcastle, refresh your memories of Saturday Morning Pictures. It's for all the family and as the Guardian says it's 'Unique in offering four cinemas under one roof (The Classic, The Roxy, The Electra and The Digital Lounge), the Tyneside runs a Children's Film Club every Saturday at noon. Free lollies all round.' The Tyneside is also organising week long summer movie making courses for 13-15 year olds, a unique opportunity for budding filmmakers..


Multiple design awards
01 Jan 2010

Several of our projects have recently been shortlisted in prestigious awards programmes. Our Dashwood House project in the City of London has been shortlisted by the RIBA for recognition as one of the best buildings in London completed in 2009. Set in the historic churchyard gardens behind Old Broad Street, next to the Grade I listed St Botolphs church, the scheme for Land Securities has become an exemplar of how to transform and reuse an existing office building. The replacement of the existing top three storeys of plant with five new storeys of offices contributed to a 40 percent increase in lettable space without the need for new foundations.

Using the latest technology counterweightless lifts and high performance lightweight cladding, the existing building has been upgraded to meet the exacting demands of current City occupiers. The reuse of the existing frame and other energy saving measures ensured the building's 'Excellent' BREEAM rating and an EPC B classification, both remarkable for a refurbished building.

Three of our buildings (One Lothbury, Dashwood and Watermark Place/One Angel Lane) have been selected for the New City Architecture Award 2010, the winner of which will be announced in April. The award is given for the 'building or other work of architecture ... which makes the most significant contribution to the streetscape and skyscape of the City of London.'

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Keith Priest to speak at Harnessing Technology Conference
01 Jan 2009

Keith Priest will be speaking at New London Architecture, Store Street, as part of their Energy for London Series this Thursday 30th April. The conference focuses on 'Harnessing Technology', identifying solutions with the greatest potential to meet the capital's future energy needs. Keith will present a case study on Watermark Place, which is currently on site by Cannon Street Station and due to complete in Autumn 2009.


One Wood Street wins at BCO Awards 2009
01 Jan 2009

One Wood Street in the City of London for Land Securities has won the Corporate Workplace category at this year's BCO Awards. The jury writes: 'The winning buildings were hailed by judges as striking examples of buildings which overcame complex challenges, at the same time as delivering product to the absolute highest standards.' Completed in 2007, One Wood Street was pre-let to Eversheds the lawyers as their international headquarters.

Cornelius Medvei of Eversheds comments: 'There is no doubt that the building wins praise and plaudits on every level and is a wonderful building to work in.' As a winner the project will now be considered for the 'Best of the Best' at the National Awards in October.

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International competition runners-up
01 Jan 2009

Fletcher Priest have been awarded second place in the high profile competition to transform the heart of the European District in Brussels. The stellar shortlist for the competition included OMA and eventual winners Christian de Portzamparc. The judges praised our scheme for its human scale and public spaces and its particular emphasis on sustainability. An exhibition covering the five projects selected during the final phase of the competition will be organised in Brussels during summer 2009.


1000 days to go till 2012 - video
01 Jan 2009

31 October 2009 marks 1000 days until the start of the 2012 Games in London. New aerial video on the Guardian website shows the incredible construction progress that has been made across the whole site, including Stratford City and the Athletes Village.


Europan 10
01 Jan 2009

Jonathan Kendall, Director of Urban Design, has been invited to serve on the international jury for this year's Europan 10 competition. The competition takes place every two years and is open to architects under the age of 40 from across Europe. This year's theme is Inventing Urbanity. Jonathan will be reviewing entries for the sites in Estonia and Latvia alongside Klaus Kada (from Austria, chair), Carlos Arroyo Zapatero (Spain) and Oliver Thill (Netherlands) and five local representatives. Entries are due at the end of June 2009 and results will be announced in January 2010. Further details can be found on www.europan-europe.com


Award winning Watermark Place
01 Jan 2009

Watermark Place recently won ICE's Building Project of the Year Award, with the judges commenting 'This is an exemplary building for the quality of its urban space and attention to environmental design, but above all it has been delivered with real passion'. The award continues the projects successful track record. The project was awarded the Best London Project 2008 at the City of London Chairman's Cup and a Highly Commended Gold Award for the City of London's Considerate Contractor Scheme 2008. Watermark Place is due to complete Autumn 2009.


Architect's Eye photography competition
01 Jan 2009

Keith Priest is one of the judges of Architect's Eye, a nationwide photography competition for qualified UK architects. The competition, founded in 2007 by International Art Consultants, to recognise and encourage the many skilled photographers in the architects' community is judged by a prestigious panel of nine industry experts. Judges include leading architects, professional photographers and commentators. The panel is also supported by the Royal Photographic Society and RIBA who have each provided a judge. www.architectseye.co.uk


Long life, low energy: Retrofitting sustainability
01 Jan 2009

Stephen Barton will be speaking at a New London Architecture conference on 10th February 2009 on the design aproaches to maintain high sustainabilty credentials when refurbishing existing buildings. The conference will include examples from Fletcher Priests pioneering refurbishments on Eastbourne Terrace in Paddington for Land Securities. Speakers include Westminsters leading landowners,and developers, designers and sustainability experts.


freethinking - our take on sustainability
01 Jan 2009

Freethinking / n & adj / To explore with an open mind, to believe in factual and scientific enquiry, where necessary to question established views; not bound by dogma, bias or prejudice. click here for 'Freethinking' online. 'Freethinking' is not a design book; it is about how we design and how we address some of the most important issues in front of us all. We intend to build on this expertise. The case studies illustrated show the common threads that run through our work, and illustrate the practice's continued exploration of the thoughtful and responsible use of materials and resources. Arranged under four headings, these appear to us as common sense ideas rather than an ideological approach, and solutions evolve from our working method. Often not recognised, and occasionally not visible, they have given benefits and long-term value to clients and users since the practice was founded over thirty years ago.


Safe as houses
01 Jan 2009

A patented solution for a flood-proof house Please see FlodProfHouse.pdf The Environment Agency predicts as a result of climate change the number of people at high risk from flooding could rise from 1.5 million to 3.5 million by 2080, and the annual cost of damage from flooding could rise from the present level of 1 billion to 25 billion Which 2009 news Current ambitious housing plans to build three million houses by 2020 could be in jeopardy unless effective flood-proof measures are put in place to reduce flood risk. Fletcher Priest Architects with Price and Myers Structural Engineers have collaborated to develop and test a cost-effective proposal for a flood-proof house designed and patented by inventor Tom Meere.

The simple and effective idea is comparable to a vehicle airbag. It is an invisible and reliable mechanical device that is activated in an emergency and can be incorporated into a broad range of house types without compromising their appearance. The concept is simple. Traditional external masonry walls are built around a cellar. Lightweight internal timber walls and roof sit on a buoyant foundation. In a flood, the cellar fills and the inner shell rises held by posts fixed to the outside wall. When the water level falls, the house lowers with it. Importantly, the device works with the flood water, not against it and does not affect the flood storage capacity or the movement of water across the site.

Excavated material can be used to re-grade the site and the housing can be built using traditional building materials and construction methods. Houses can be fully DDA compliant. The next step is to test and refine a prototype to illustrate the merits of this approach.

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Pero Maticevic to speak at Real Estate Balkan Conference in Belgrade
01 Jan 2009

Leading its clients in sustainable design across its activities in urban design, architecture, interiors and research long before it became an industry catch phrase, Fletcher Priest continues to successfully integrate sustainability with affordability. Pero Maticevic, Partner, will be speaking on that subject at Real Estate Balkan Conference (REBEC) in Belgrade on 22nd June 2010.

The presentation will be followed by a dialogue and interactive workshop with a panel of leading designers and sustainability experts. REBEC conference which is a Balkans equivalent to MIPIM and EXPO Real, gathers the investment and construction industry experts with wealth of relevant international and local experiences. The conference will focus on current best-practice models and analyses of the recent projects and trends. www.rebec.rs

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