30 Nov 2020 • shedkm
a recap of november’s news
one practice news
This month has seen us return to national lockdown as the pandemic’s second wave washes over the UK. It gives us all chance to reflect on a post-pandemic existence and the role of good design in placemaking. We are constantly challenging our own perceptions of what streetscapes of the future will demand and November has seen our masterplanning thoughts presented in a number of forums; from client debate, via existing projects, new project kick-starts, through virtual conference panels and whilst leading a mini-ideas competition for one of our recent masterplan commissions. We are certain that this time in relative isolation will inform a greater awareness of people-focussed regeneration of the future.
Neighbourhood – Nowhaus typology
CGI by Wearelut
November has seen us move into gear
on Neighbourhood; a new residential community to be delivered in Rochdale in association with Rochdale Borough Council with Wilmott Dixon and Capital & Centric.
As the first in the roll out of C&C’s Neighbourhood concept, we’ll be playing our part in re-inventing town centre living and creating a new community of homes centred around shared landscape, fitness and independent businesses. We are also delighted to be part of the Capital & Centric team delivering the new garden neighbourhood Kampus Manchester which this month received a Festival of Place Pineapple Award for ‘Place in Progress’, celebrating places designed for humans and communities.
Circus Street, U+I Plc
Photo credit dcoolimages.com
This month we have seen the residential elements of our Circus Street project in Brighton reach practical completion.
The phasing of the scheme is allowing the neighbourhood to transition from former market building to mixed-use masterplan; “growing the site” as envisaged in our competition winning design some eight years ago. With student buildings completed and occupied for 12 months, the residential elements will inject the next level of occupation into the masterplan and will be followed by commercial and dance building delivery early 2021. The phased delivery of this vibrant neighbourhood to create long term social sustainability thoroughly embodies our placemaking narrative.
Delivering Port Loop, Birmingham’s new island community
Creation of place is not limited to our imaginations and we are very much committed to delivery. For 23 years, shedkm have insisted on a role in delivery of all of our projects and, as the portfolio and complexity of schemes grows, we have expanded our delivery capabilities with a senior appointment in each studio. Randal Turner has returned to shedkm having ran his own practice for 17 years and will work with the Liverpool team in strengthening the delivery of our modular range of products from the north. Meanwhile Ilias Spanakis has joined our London studio to ensure we bolster our housing deliveries in the south. We maintain that design quality is the culmination of a constant approach from inception to occupation and offer clients this full service.