Our final newsletter of the year and what a year it’s been. anniversaries come and go but it’s safe to say that we won’t forget our 25th year in a hurry.
Celebrating success and purpose in equal measure, we –
- Became an EOT, consolidating our strong internal ‘One Practice’ culture, providing continuity and strength for our clients.
- Launched our new website, updating our shedkm story to underline our purpose and values and recommitting to our founding principles.
- Featured in AJ100 for the first time, also winning the New Member of the Year award.
- Enjoyed extraordinary awards success including AJ100 ‘Building of the Year’ for our Circus Street scheme in Brighton, and the Housing Design Award ‘Winner of Winners’ for our Kampus scheme in Manchester.
- Shared our UK wide success with our friends, clients and colleagues with project tours in the north and south of the country.
- Celebrated a great milestone year with our own staff, finally returning to our pre-pandemic whole-practice gatherings with an overnight trip to Brighton.
The industry is moving into uncertain times with acute challenges around financial viability, reducing carbon and safeguarding quality in the built environment. As architects, we’re excited by the opportunities inherent in those agendas, and look forward to progressing a number of innovative schemes which will continue to deliver the transformative change shedkm has always sought to make across the UK.
Regeneration remains at the heart of our offer. The end of 2022 saw the completion of Crusader, a Manchester mill conversion which will create a characterful residential offer centred around a landscaped courtyard. We look forward to progressing Beaverhall, our first project in Scotland which will deliver 205 Build to Rent homes, including 52 affordable homes and creative workspace, and which has just gained planning consent.
Affordable housing will continue to inform our work through the delivery of Greenwich Builds where high quality modular housing is being delivered on a number of sites across the borough as part of a 10 year plan, and at Abbey Place, where our first 21 storey tall building will shortly complete to deliver 70% affordable housing with improved public realm around the area’s new Crossrail station.
Placemaking. Our approach will evolve across a number of public interface schemes throughout the UK, from Wandsworth to Wirral. Our role in Brent Cross Town will move into delivery mode in 2023 as the new station entrance completes and following the recent announcement of Sheffield Hallam University’s occupation of our first commercial building on the station plaza.
Showcasing our approach to carbon saving and public/private initiatives, we look forward to working together to develop more solutions to the core challenges ahead in our rapidly-changing society.
Onward and upward!