RIAS Conservation Accreditation for A-S:L’s Catherine Cosgrove

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RIAS Conservation Accreditation for A-S:L’s Catherine Cosgrove

Catherine Cosgrove
Catherine Cosgrove

Huge congratulations to Catherine Cosgrove, who has recently achieved her RIAS Conservation Accreditation.

Catherine joined Austin-Smith:Lord in 2006 and became and Associate in 2015. Her recent projects include the restoration of the Great Pagoda at Kew Gardens, and the Confucius Institute for the University of Strathclyde.

David Millar, Head of Conservation at Austin-Smith:Lord said: “I am delighted to say that Austin-Smith:Lord has yet another RIAS Conservation Accredited Architect, namely Catherine Cosgrove, who obtained her certificate from the RIAS in late February. She has worked on some very high status listed buildings in the UK and her careful attention to detailing and technical understanding of traditional construction are reflected in this award. She continues to be a key member of our ever growing Conservation Team across the practice, as well as Sustainability Champion across our five studios.”


You can view our conservation projects here

You can view Catherine’s web page here

(Y)our Future City Centre – Broomielaw Regeneration Framework published for consultation

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(Y)our Future City Centre – Broomielaw Regeneration Framework published for consultation

Glasgow city centre is vital to the economic, social, environmental, cultural and civic health of the city region, and Scotland. Optimising the city centre’s future performance is pivotal if we are to benefit from the great assets Glasgow has including incredible architecture and heritage; renowned reputation for innovation, enterprise and creativity; immense knowledge capital; an urban riverfront and, of course, Glaswegians.

A multi-disciplinary team led by Glasgow-based architecture practice, Austin-Smith:Lord, working in collaboration with leading international architects and urbanists, MVRDV, were appointed by Glasgow City Council to develop regeneration frameworks for four of the nine districts identified in the City Centre Strategy.

Glasgow City Council have recently published the Broomielaw District Regeneration Framework (DRF) for public consultation  between 9 February and 5 April 2019 offering all Glaswegians an opportunity to help shape the plans, after which the final Broomielaw DRF and Action Plan will be produced. The DRF area encompasses Broomielaw, parts of Anderston and the northern portion of Tradeston.

BroomielawHaving canvassed the opinion of thousands of Glaswegians bold plans for (Y)our City Centre are emerging. Local resident, business, civic and cultural communities, developers, investors and visitors to the city were invited to share ideas and shape a dynamic vision of what should go where and why.

Analysis and evidence confirmed the lack of activity along the city centre riverfront, severance caused by the motorway and excessively wide roads, a lack of quality green public space, too few people living in the city centre, an under-performing urban mobility network and a strong desire to make the changes necessary and capitalise on committed investment including City Deal funded projects such as the ‘Avenues’ streetscape improvement projects.

BroomielawThe plans include a proposal for a world-class River Park along both banks of the Clyde; an examination of the benefits and negative impacts of the M8 motorway on the area; establishing a vibrant mixed-use riverfront community featuring high-quality contemporary design; creating new public and green spaces; and instilling a collaborative approach to attracting investment and funding.

Seven strategic themes have been developed for the Broomielaw DRF and associated draft action plan:

  • (Y)our River Park: this is a proposal to create a world-class linear public space along both banks of the River Clyde. This continuous urban park would transform the river, kick-start development and become a key destination and attraction in the city centre. The aim is to create a quality urban park amenity characterised by water, green and public spaces activated by events and play spaces, recreation and cultural activity for all ages in all seasons, all weather, all day, for all Glaswegians and visitors;
  • (Y)our Urbanised M8: this aims to maintain the benefits of an urban motorway while reducing its negative impacts. Many consultees have highlighted the convenience and connectivity benefits of the motorway, however the majority of consultees recognised its negative impact – separating neighbourhoods, creating a physical barrier between the city centre, and its West End and North, and exacerbating the area’s pollution and traffic congestion. Anderston Cross, for instance, is currently an unpleasant experience for pedestrians and cyclists, but it should be a great gateway to the city centre.
  • (Y)our Great Streets and Spaces: this theme seeks to respond to the car-dominated character of the district, with excessive spaces for motorised vehicles and address the shortage of quality green and public spaces. Broken connections need to be restored throughout the district and investment in public spaces and the physical environment is essential.
  • (Y)our Great Buildings: this theme promotes actions to respect Glasgow’s historic built heritage with the highest quality contemporary design. Clear guidance about the desired qualities of new design will assist development, and the DRF promotes the development of character-specific areas with an emphasis on pedestrian and cyclist accessibility.
  • (Y)our Updated Mobility: this incorporates proposals to enhance the city centre’s public transport and active travel networks to create a sustainable, walkable city, and will include a review of the City Centre Transport Strategy in the context of the DRF objectives and the recommendations of the Glasgow Connectivity Commission;
  • (Y)our Vibrant Broomielaw: this theme proposes the establishment of a lively, attractive mixed-use riverfront district and a significant uplift in the residential population so that the area becomes more lively, with more convivial night-time economy, leading to more viable amenities and a sustainable, walkable and activated district;
  • (Y)our Transforming Broomielaw: this focuses on the creation of agile policies and shared objectives to attract investment, secure funding and foster collaborative working in the district. Transforming this district cannot however be delivered by the council alone; this must be a truly collaborative partnership between all stakeholders. Despite the lack of public ownership, GCC confirm that they will look to work with partners to develop masterplan strategies for both sides of the river.

The Broomielaw DRF will become Supplementary Planning Guidance once it and the City Centre Strategic Development Framework is approved by the council. This will allow it to have the status of a material consideration, and it will be referenced and used to make development decisions in the district.

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “These ambitious plans will help the council and our partners to bring Broomielaw to its full potential and allow the area to take its proper place in the life of the city. This is a part of Glasgow that has enormous scope to influence the future development of the city centre and the river corridor, so please take the opportunity to help shape the final plans by taking part in the consultation on the Broomielaw District Regeneration Framework.”

Graham Ross, Project Partner at Austin-Smith:Lord, said, “It has been a real honour to progress the (Y)our City Centre project. We’ve been immensely grateful for the passion, energy and ideas everyone who participated in helping shape the proposed regeneration framework for Broomielaw.

Broomielaw’s regeneration is long overdue. If Glasgow city centre is to fulfil its potential in the future Broomielaw has a huge part to play. Broomielaw should be one of Glasgow’s signature 21st century urban destinations; a revitalised, mixed-use waterfront districts that secures Glasgow’s position as a leading European city.

Revitalising the River Clyde and ensuring Glasgow city centre thrives are projects of national importance. Broomielaw’s renaissance should supercharge the city region’s inclusive economic growth, creating jobs, cultural opportunities and city centre living for Glaswegians new and old.

Broomielaw is highly accessible with excellent connections become a clean, green, walkable city centre district adjacent to the Scottish Event Campus. Broomielaw should redefine Glasgow city centre’s relationship to the Clyde becoming the centrepiece of a great city centre River Park with a beautiful and continuous riverside promenade.

We look forward to finalising the plans for the Broomielaw DRF in response to the ongoing public consultation.

 Winy Maas of MVRDV, said “It has been a great privilege and big responsibility to work on the transformation of Glasgow’s heart because it touches people’s lives and the identity of their city. For this reason we have collaborated with Glaswegians on the (Y)our City Centre project. Glasgow has an amazing historical inner city that can be transformed into vibrant, unique neighbourhoods. Glasgow has a strong character and that should be used, preserved and strengthened through fantastic new developments. The River Clyde should become the best place in Glasgow’s city centre to create some wonderful, vibrant public outdoor space; creating an amazing River Park for all.”

The draft Broomielaw District Regeneration Framework can be found at: https://www.glasgowcitycentrestrategy.com/broomielaw-district-regeneration-framework-public-consultation.htm.

The public consultation, which will take the form of an online survey, or comments by email or post, can be found at the city council’s Consultation Hub at: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=17317 from 8 February.

A-S:L Selected for EHDC- RegenCo | Homes England Multidisciplinary Framework

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A-S:L Selected for EHDC- RegenCo | Homes England Multidisciplinary Framework

We are delighted to be selected by EHDC – RegenCo for inclusion on their Suppliers Framework to provide Architectural Services.

EHDC -RegenCo is a public sector based consultancy and advisory service helping public and private sector partners accelerate the delivery of large scale regeneration projects and maximize financial and social returns. Part of East Hampshire District Council (EHDC), it is the first local authority team to be appointed to the Homes England Multidisciplinary Framework.

RegenCo, alongside 19 other housing specialists, have been appointed to the Homes England’s new Multidisciplinary Framework, which will run from 2019 – 2023 to provide technical advice, services and design input to help Homes England prepare brownfield and surplus public sector land for residential development. This will help increase the pace, scale and quality of development and accelerate delivery of new homes in areas of greatest demand.

The Framework, which was launched on 2 February, 2019, will also be available to other public sector bodies and will form part of the suite of Homes England Frameworks.

Austin-Smith:Lord’s inclusion on the framework, as part of the EHDC- RegenCo supply chain, reflects our own expanding portfolio of housing-led regeneration projects and our approach to mixed use urban regeneration.

Austin-Smith:Lord supporting the London Stand at MIPIM

London Stand MIPIM

Austin-Smith:Lord supporting the London Stand at MIPIM

Austin-Smith:Lord is delighted to be supporting the London Stand at MIPIM 2019, the world’s leading property market, being held in Cannes from 12-15 March. 

Tope Balogun, Associate at Austin-Smith:Lord, said “Austin-Smith:Lord is looking forward to joining the London Club at MIPIM 2019. We are particularly delighted that this year’s attendance coincides with our 70th anniversary; a celebrated history with humble beginnings in London. Our recent work in London includes the restoration of the Grade I listed Pagoda at Kew Gardens and ongoing collaboration with Diller Scofidio+Renfro on the V&A East Collection & Research Centre. We are also at the early stages of very exciting regeneration schemes.

“London at MIPIM provides a great opportunity to reinforce relationships with our existing collaborators, meet new contacts, discuss potential opportunities, share best practice and be part of the debate in shaping the future of this exciting city.

If you would like to meet up with the Austin-Smith:Lord team at MIPIM please get in touch with:

Martin Roe, Partner
Martin.Roe@austinsmithlord.com
+44 (0)7879 402639

 

Graham Ross, Partner
Graham.Ross@austinsmithlord.com
+44 (0) 7795 608575

 

Tope Balogun, Associate
Tope Balogun@austinsmithlord.com
+44 (0) 7795 445032

 

We look forward to hearing from you.

To see the events planned at the MIPIM London Stand, click here.

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Austin-Smith:Lord sponsor the Scotland Pavillion at MIPIM 2019

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Austin-Smith:Lord sponsor the Scotland Pavillion at MIPIM 2019

Austin-Smith:Lord is delighted to be sponsoring the Scotland Pavillion at MIPIM 2019, the world’s leading property market, being held in Cannes from 12-15 March. 

This year Scotland’s cities, the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Property Federation, and Scotland’s private sector have come together to expand Scotland’s presence at MIPIM 2019.

Graham Ross, Partner at Austin-Smith:Lord, said: “This year Austin-Smith:Lord celebrates 70 years of delivering design excellence and we are very proud to sponsor the Scotland Pavilion at MIPIM 2019. It is fantastic that Scotland’s public sector are committed to promoting Scotland on the global stage and events like MIPIM provide unrivalled access to international investors. Our creative collective of talented architects and designers are involved in exciting and innovative projects in collaboration with our clients across Scotland, and throughout the UK. Our portfolio of work in key sectors includes mixed-use urban regeneration, residential, higher education, transportation and advanced manufacturing projects that align with strategic ambitions for sustainable development and inclusive growth. Austin-Smith:Lord look forward to being part of the Scottish delegation at MIPIM and exploring future opportunities together.

If you would like to meet up with the Austin-Smith:Lord team at MIPIM please get in touch with:

Martin Roe, Partner
Martin.Roe@austinsmithlord.com
+44 (0)7879 402639

 

Graham Ross, Partner
Graham.Ross@austinsmithlord.com
+44 (0) 7795 608575

 

Tope Balogun, Associate
Tope Balogun@austinsmithlord.com
+44 (0) 7795 445032

 

We look forward to hearing from you.

To see the events planned at the MIPIM Scotland Pavilion, click here.

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Best Educational Building: National College for Nuclear Southern Hub

Bridgwater and Taunton College National College for Nuclear

Best Educational Building: National College for Nuclear Southern Hub

We are delighted that the National College for Nuclear Southern Hub, for Bridgwater & Taunton College, has been awarded Best Educational Building at the Somerset Building Control Partnership Awards.

This stunning new centre is focused on the development of new and innovative curricula to support the UK’s nuclear renaissance, closely linked to the nuclear development at the nearby Hinkley Point C. The project harnesses Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies to deliver specialist skills teaching programmes. The team included Austin-Smith:Lord, Midas Construction, Atkins and W T Hills. Our congratulations go to everyone involved!

The project will now be put forward to the South West LABC awards.

Read more info about the project here.

Meet Austin-Smith:Lord at MIPIM 2019

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Meet Austin-Smith:Lord at MIPIM 2019

Austin-Smith:Lord will be attending MIPIM 2019. We will be joining delegates in Cannes from 12-15 March to discuss our ongoing array of urban regeneration, mixed-use, commercial, residential, industrial and infrastructure projects from across the UK.

Our team is looking forward to discussing opportunities throughout the UK, drawing upon our design expertise from our studios in Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool and London.

Martin Roe, Partner at Austin-Smith:Lord said“MIPIM is an essential event for us, given our involvement in Regeneration projects throughout the UK from regional and city scale to neighbourhood and local. It provides a valuable opportunity to understand how common challenges and opportunities are being tackled around the world and to share our own intelligence and experience. The three day event brings together a global community of property professionals eager to engage with each other, share innovation and best practice.

“It is also an opportunity for us to help our clients, cities and regions promote themselves in what is badged as ‘the world’s leading property market’. With March 2019 now almost upon us, it is very pleasing to look back over the past year at the exciting work we have completed that either began with, or was helped along by conversations and the odd ’Eureka’ moment during MIPIM 2018, with both existing and new collaborators alike.

“We now look forward to MIPIM 2019, as the event celebrates its 30th anniversary in the year that Austin-Smith:Lord celebrates its 70th.”

If you would like to meet up at MIPIM please get in touch with:

Martin Roe, Partner
Martin.Roe@austinsmithlord.com
+44 (0)7879 402639

 

Graham Ross, Partner
Graham.Ross@austinsmithlord.com
+44 (0) 7795 608575

 

Tope Balogun, Associate
Tope Balogun@austinsmithlord.com
+44 (0) 7795 445032

 

Follow us on @AustinSmithLord to hear some exciting news about what we’re up to at MIPIM. To be announced soon…

 

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Making Falkland and Newton’s Future Community Links: Event on 12 December

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Making Falkland and Newton's Future Community Links: Event on 12 December

NEWS UPDATE:

Falkland and Newton of Falkland Community Council are holding a second Co-Design Studio as part of the Making Falkland and Newton’s Future Community Links project on Wednesday 12th December 2018. There will be the opportunity to join the design team to discuss the developing proposals for improving walking and cycling routes, and the key streets and green spaces within both villages.

At the successful Launch Event on 6th October, and the first Co-Design Studio event on 15th November, the following recurring issues were identified and these are being addressed within the developing proposals:

  • Vehicle parking making pavements inaccessible
  • Speeding vehicles through villages
  • Difficulty for mobility scooters to move around villages
  • Difficulty in accessing bus stops
  • Problems with visibility at certain road junctions
PROJECT OVERVIEW:

Falkland and Newton of Falkland Community Council (FNFCC) secured funding from the Scottish Government through Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme to develop plans to improve key streets and paths in both villages.  The project will encourage local residents and the business community to share their ideas to improve walking and cycling routes, connections to public transport, traffic management, parking and traffic speeds.

FNFCC have appointed a team comprising Austin-Smith:Lord (landscape architects, architects, conservation architects), Transport Planning Ltd, WAVEparticle (community facilitators, public arts), Baker Hicks (engineers), Neilson Partnership (cost consultants) and Icosse (heritage researchers) to work with the local community and key stakeholders to prepare plans for both villages.

The events planned for 12th December will be used to discuss the developing proposals for the Community Links project and the programme for the day includes:

Programme of Events in Falkland Community Hall – 12pm to 8.30pm

12.00pm to 8.30pm:     Community Hall Drop-In Studio focusing on: Green Spaces / Edge of Village Parking / Village Streetscapes

 12.30pm and 7.00pm:     Presentation – Update on the developing proposals

1.30pm:     Accessibility Session

Programme of Events in Newton of Falkland Village Hall – 4.30pm to 6.30pm

4.30pm to 6.30pm:     Village Hall Drop-In Studio focusing on: Newton Meadow / Village Hall Green Space / Main Street

 5.00pm:     Presentation – Update on the developing proposals

VIEW THE INFORMATION POSTER HERE

 


NOTE TO EDITORS:

About Sustrans:
Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. We connect people and places, create liveable neighbourhoods, transform the school run and deliver a happier, healthier commute.

Making Falkland + Newton’s Community Links has been funded by the Scottish Government, through Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme.

About Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links Programme:
Community Links is funded by Scottish Government and delivered by Sustrans Scotland in partnership with local authorities, statutory bodies and educational institutions for the creation of walking and cycling infrastructure for everyday journeys.  Since 2010 the programme has funded more than 500 projects across Scotland.

 About Making Falkland’s and Newton’s Future charrette:
The charrette was carried out in March and April of 2018 which was an intensive and collaborative plan-making process over several days.  The charrette was facilitated by a multi-disciplinary design team in collaboration with Falkland and Newton of Falkland’s Community Council.  The charrette was funded by Scottish Government’s Making Places Initiative Programme for community led design charrettes.

Making Falkland and Newton’s Future Community Links: Event on 15 November

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Making Falkland and Newton's Future Community Links: Event on 15 November

NEWS UPDATE:

Falkland and Newton of Falkland Community Council are holding a Co-Design Studio as part of the Making Falkland and Newton’s Future Community Links project on Thursday 15th November 2018. There will be workshops to discuss, sketch and test ideas and everyone with an interest in both villages is very welcome. The workshops will be an opportunity to share your ideas on improving walking and cycling routes, and key streets and spaces, within both villages.

At the successful Launch Event on 6th October, the following recurring issues were identified and these will be explored further on 15th November:

  • Vehicle parking making pavements inaccessible
  • Speeding vehicles through villages
  • Difficulty for mobility scooters to move around villages
  • Difficulty in accessing bus stops
  • Problems with visibility at certain road junctions

A workshop held in Falkland Primary School on 30th October, explained the project to schoolchildren, and the resulting thoughts from them included:

  • The importance of being able to access the local woods and hills to play in
  • Problems of cars parking where they shouldn’t be parked
  • Problems of cars speeding through the village
  • Difficulties for cyclists on some of the roads
PROJECT OVERVIEW:

Falkland and Newton of Falkland Community Council (FNFCC) secured funding from the Scottish Government through Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme to develop plans to improve key streets and paths in both villages.  The project will encourage local residents and the business community to share their ideas to improve walking and cycling routes, connections to public transport, traffic management, parking and traffic speeds.

FNFCC have appointed a team comprising Austin-Smith:Lord (landscape architects, architects, conservation architects), Transport Planning Ltd, WAVEparticle (community facilitators, public arts), Baker Hicks (engineers), Neilson Partnership (cost consultants) and Icosse (heritage researchers) to work with the local community and key stakeholders to prepare plans for both villages.

The events planned for 15th November will be used to discuss, sketch and test ideas for the Community Links project and the programme for the day includes:

Programme of Events in Falkland Community Hall – 12pm to 8.30pm

12.00pm to 3.00pm                 Co-Design Studio

3.00pm to 4.00pm                   Show & Tell – Work in Progress Review

4.30pm to 7.00pm                   Co-Design Studio

7.00pm to 8.00pm                   Show & Tell – Work in Progress Review

Programme of Events in Newton of Falkland Village Hall – 4.30pm to 6.30pm

4.30pm to 6.00pm                   Co-Design Studio

6.00pm to 6.30pm                   Show & Tell – Work in Progress Review

 

VIEW THE INFORMATION POSTER HERE

 


NOTE TO EDITORS:

About Sustrans:
Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. We connect people and places, create liveable neighbourhoods, transform the school run and deliver a happier, healthier commute.

Making Falkland + Newton’s Community Links has been funded by the Scottish Government, through Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme.

About Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links Programme:
Community Links is funded by Scottish Government and delivered by Sustrans Scotland in partnership with local authorities, statutory bodies and educational institutions for the creation of walking and cycling infrastructure for everyday journeys.  Since 2010 the programme has funded more than 500 projects across Scotland.

 About Making Falkland’s and Newton’s Future charrette:
The charrette was carried out in March and April of 2018 which was an intensive and collaborative plan-making process over several days.  The charrette was facilitated by a multi-disciplinary design team in collaboration with Falkland and Newton of Falkland’s Community Council.  The charrette was funded by Scottish Government’s Making Places Initiative Programme for community led design charrettes.

V&A East plans unveiled including a new Collection and Research Centre by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Austin-Smith:Lord

V&A East Collections & Research Centre

V&A East plans unveiled including a new Collection and Research Centre by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Austin-Smith:Lord

Internal render view of the new V&A collection and research centre at Here East, with Altamira Palace ceiling installed © Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The V&A has unveiled plans that will revolutionise how its world-leading collection of art, design and performance are accessed, explored and experienced. The V&A East project will create two interconnected sites in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – a brand-new museum, and a new collection and research centre – that will open in 2023. V&A East will also host a unique and unprecedented partnership between the V&A and the Smithsonian Institution – the largest museum and research complex in the world. 

V&A East will provide a 360-degree view of the V&A, and illuminate the breadth of its work in ways that have not been possible before. Situated within the vibrant creative hub of east London and surrounded by four of the city’s fastest-growing and most diverse boroughs, V&A East will be firmly rooted in its local neighbourhood and global in outlook.

At Here East, the new Collection and Research Centre will reinvent the idea of a museum store. With a design led by New York-based practice Diller, Scofidio + Renfro (and supported by Austin-Smith:Lord), the Collection and Research Centre will bring treasures out of storage and into public view for the first time in generations.

The centre will be a purpose-built home for 250,000 objects and an additional 917 archives from the V&A’s collection of fashion, textiles, furniture, theatre and performance, metalwork, ceramics, glass, sculpture, architecture, paintings and product design.

Visitors will be invited on a behind-the-scenes journey that uncovers and demonstrates how and why objects are collected, how they are cared for, conserved and researched and how they help make sense of our past, present and future as part of exhibitions and public programmes.

A central public collection hall will turn the storage inside out. A rich array of objects will be on display for visitors to explore – from some of the smallest curiosities in the collection to the largest and most significant rooms and building fragments.

Highlights announced today include Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1930s office for Edgar J Kaufmann Jr. – a unique and complete 20th-century plywood interior – and a 15th-century marquetry ceiling from the now destroyed Altamira Palace near Toledo, Spain, which will be resurrected within the centre as a real architectural element above a new public space for displays and events.

Internal render view of the new V&A collection and research centre at Here East, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro © Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Further spaces within the Centre will host pop-up displays, workshops, performances and screenings alongside live encounters with the museum’s work – from conservation and research to exhibition preparation. This new model builds on the continued success of The Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion located at Blythe House in West London where the V&A’s collection is currently stored.

A dedicated viewing gallery will be created to showcase a changing display of rarely-seen large rolled objects from the V&A’s extraordinary collection of theatre stage cloths, carpets, textiles, tapestries and paintings, including a 15-metre-wide theatrical backcloth designed by Natalia Goncharova for the 1926 Ballets Russes London production of Stravinsky’s Firebird.

Ten minutes’ walk away at Stratford Waterfront, a five-storey museum designed by Dublin-based architects O’Donnell + Tuomey will take a 360-degree view on the designed world. Two collection galleries and a programme of major exhibitions will offer cross-cultural and contemporary perspectives on the way we live today. The top floor will feature commissions, installations and interdisciplinary projects generated through collaboration across the East Bank campus and beyond. Three outdoor terraces will give spectacular views across the Park.

A pioneering partnership with the Smithsonian Institution – the foremost museum and research complex in the US – will deliver an innovative programme bridging art, design, science and the humanities, exploring topics of pressing global importance to society today. The inaugural exhibition in 2023 will be a world-first co-production by the two institutions, after which one in four exhibitions will be from the Smithsonian’s acclaimed programme, brought from the USA to London for the first time.

The museum at Stratford Waterfront will sit alongside UAL’s London College of Fashion, a new Sadler’s Wells theatre, and BBC spaces for performance, rehearsal and broadcast – its founding partners in the East Bank project – the £1.1bn powerhouse of culture, education, innovation and growth taking shape as part of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The partners are already active in east London with programmes of events, collaborations and activities developed together with local organisations and involving thousands of people from across the Olympic boroughs. Building relationships and networks across the many and varied local communities of east London is helping shape the collective East Bank project and ensure it is firmly rooted in its new neighbourhood by 2023.

V&A Director Tristram Hunt said “V&A East is timely and ambitious, allowing everyone to discover the national collections we look after in entirely new ways. With a 360-degree view of the V&A’s work – from collecting and conservation to experimental research and development – this future-facing project will bring art, design and performance into dialogue with current affairs, and will inspire the next generation of creative thinkers and the makers of the future.

 “Whether in Stratford, South Kensington, Scotland or Shenzhen, we are continuing to open up the vast collection that the V&A holds on the nation’s behalf, and we hope the V&A East becomes a place that sparks the imagination for generations to come.”

The V&A East project opens the latest chapter for the V&A in east London that began with the opening of the Bethnal Green Museum in 1872 – now the much-loved V&A Museum of Childhood which is itself undergoing a major transformation project in the coming years.

V&A East’s two venues will be open to everyone from school children, students, artists and designers to tourists, visiting academics and curious passers-by. People across the neighbouring boroughs are already helping to shape the project, and the V&A will continue to forge new partnerships as the project develops.

Tim Reeve, V&A Deputy Director and COO said “From the moment of an object’s acquisition, through its conservation, the research, enquiry and debate that follow, to its display as part of the story of an exhibition, V&A East will – for the very first time – illuminate the entire lifecycle of a museum and its collection in an ‘access all areas’ experience for visitors.”

 “It is vital that this latest member of the V&A family is developed collaboratively with its local community, and that we use this opportunity to deepen our long-standing relationship with east London. There is limitless scope for synergy and collaboration at Here East, and across the wider East Bank campus. Through our partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, we have the potential to support the next generation in east London and beyond – as change-maker, centre of innovation, and creative sourcebook for all.”

Elizabeth Diller, Partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro said:V&A East will be a new model for collection storage and public display. Planned from the inside out, this project will be like stepping into an immersive cabinet of curiosities—a three-dimensional sampling of the eclectic collection of artefacts, programmed with diverse spaces for research, object study, workshops, and back-of-house functions.”

Graham Ross, Partner at Austin-Smith:Lord, said; “We were thrilled to be invited by Diller Scofidio + Renfro to collaborate with them at the competition stage on this extremely exciting project for the V&A. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with the V&A and DS+R’s team, drawing upon our collective experience in delivering high profile arts and culture projects.”

Rob Firman, Project Director, Austin-Smith:Lord said; “The V&A’s vision for the V&A East is ambitious and pioneering. Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s design concept is a stunning architectural response. Having worked with Diller Scofidio + Renfro to develop the original concepts we look forward to working with the team through the next stages of the design and construction of this landmark project.”

Key project team members:
Client: V&A
Lead Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Executive Architect: Austin-Smith:Lord
Structures: Arup
Services: Arup
Cost Consultant: Gardiner & Theobald
Project Manager: Artelia
Principal Design Advisers: ORSA

 


 

For further PRESS information about the V&A East project please contact Benjamin Ward on benjamin@benjward.com / +44 (0)7837 134 193 (not for publication). A selection of press images is available to download free of charge from pressimages.vam.ac.uk

 Notes to Editors

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A) is the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity, spanning 5000 years of human creativity. It was established in 1852 to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. Today, its purpose is to champion creative industry, inspire the next generation, and spark everyone’s imagination.

Here East is located at the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London and provides over one million square feet of dedicated and versatile spaces for creative and digital companies. It is designed as a place for start-up entrepreneurial businesses to co-exist and collaborate with global established businesses and support genuine product innovation.

The Here East campus includes shared workspaces and public areas to foster a tight community, with space for discussion and events, a landscaped canalside and artisan cafes, shops and restaurants.

Here East is home to an array of organisations, including Studio Wayne McGregor, UCL/Bartlett School of Architecture and University of Loughborough London, as well as BT Sport, Plexal – a world class innovation centre and Ford’s European Smart Mobility Innovation Office. Online luxury fashion retailer MATCHESFASHION.com, UK charity Scope, and video game company Sports Interactive have recently moved to Here East. Here East is being developed by iCITY, a company owned by clients of Delancey, a specialist real estate investment advisory company.

Smithsonian Institution. Since its founding in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution has grown into the world’s largest museum, education and research complex.  It is composed of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoo, and nine research facilities. The Smithsonian is open 364 days a year (except for Christmas Day). There were more than 30 million visits to the museums and National Zoo in 2017.  The total number of objects, works of art and specimens at the Smithsonian is estimated at nearly 155 million. With museums in Washington, D.C. and New York City, as well as research programs and outposts in over 100 countries, the Smithsonian is shaping the future by preserving heritage, discovering new knowledge, engaging and inspiring people, and sharing resources with the world.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) is an interdisciplinary design studio based in New York. The studio has been distinguished with the first MacArthur Foundation fellowship awarded in the field of architecture and TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” list. The studio is responsible for two of the largest recent architecture and planning initiatives in New York City: the High Line and the transformation of Lincoln Center’s half-century-old performing arts campus.

The studio is currently engaged in two significant cultural projects, scheduled to open in 2019: The Shed, a cultural space that physically transforms to support artists’ most ambitious ideas; and the renovation and expansion of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). In addition to designing the V&A Collection and Research Centre, DS+R’s current projects in London include the London Centre for Music, a permanent home for the London Symphony Orchestra and a network of parks and riverside spaces spanning 5km in Greenwich Peninsula.

Austin-Smith:Lord is a leading multi-disciplinary design practice, with decades of experience and an impressive track record in successfully delivering high quality projects throughout the UK. The practice has a longstanding passion for arts and culture which is reflected in a distinguished list of completed projects. This portfolio includes internationally renowned museums, galleries and cultural archives providing some of the practice’s most rewarding experiences and signature projects.

Operating as a ‘creative collective’ from studios in London, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow and Liverpool, Austin-Smith:Lord delivers the highest degree of creative thought in architecture, landscape, conservation and urban design. There is an art to being practical. Current and recent art and culture projects include Shakespeare North near Liverpool, the Great Pagoda at Kew Gardens, G-Live Civic Concert Hall in Guildford, the People’s History Museum and John Rylands Library and Archive in Manchester, Liverpool Central Library and Archive, the Bluecoat and FACT in Liverpool, Shrewsbury Museum, Leeds Museum and Discovery Centre and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

O’Donnell + Tuomey is a studio-based practice, with offices in Dublin, Cork and London. Committed to the craft and culture of architecture, they have been involved with urban design, cultural, social and educational projects at home and abroad. The practice has an international reputation for its engagement with complex urban situations and sensitive landscapes. They have completed schools and university buildings, theatres and cinemas, community centres and social housing, art galleries and libraries in Ireland, the UK and on the European mainland. Winners of more than 120 awards, recent buildings include the Glucksman Gallery Cork, Timberyard Housing Dublin, Irish Language Centre Derry, Sean O’Casey Community Centre Dublin, Lyric Theatre Belfast, Photographers’ Gallery London, LSE Student Centre and the Central European University Budapest. They have exhibited six times at the Venice Architecture Biennale, with installations which advance their research into the useful beauty and poetic purpose of architecture, exploring areas of overlap with other art forms.