30 Oct 2020 • shedkm
a recap of october’s news
one practice news
© Jack Hobhouse + © House by Urban Splash
October has seen our studios assigned to different national coronavirus tiers but both studios remain open and we are collective in our business continuity plan and servicing of sites across the UK. It feels like we are embarking on a new wave in lots of ways so we have bid a fond farewell to our ‘grid’ social media campaign, which created a well received insight into the practice’s unity during the initial six months of the pandemic. This month we have instead launched our new ‘pinboard’ so please follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with our live projects.
Townhouse, Piercy Street © Urban Splash
As our homes become increasingly important during the pandemic, we continue to enjoy being a significant partner in the growth of Urban Splash’s bespoke modular business.
With many new products in different phases of design and production, we are also seeing a number of schemes evolve on site. This month has seen a number of completions and purchasers were able to occupy their new ‘consumer choice’ homes; with layouts chosen ahead of factory production by individual occupiers, relevant to their particular lifestyles. Piercy Street in Manchester is one of many such sites, as the innovative approach to design and delivery continues with placemaking-led masterplans across the UK.
Station Quarter, BXS masterplan CGI © Argent Related Cityscape
This month our client Argent Related unveiled their plans for Brent Cross Town, with sustainability, sport and social lives at the heart of the £5 billion north London development. We have enjoyed adding our proposals for the new station commercial zone to the Allies and Morrison masterplan over the past year and have been working in collaboration with Studio Egret West to challenge and innovate the workspace environment and its contribution to the overall masterplan. We are very excited about the next stages of this project; working alongside many more leading practices, to create an exceptional place for post-pandemic lifestyles.
We truly believe that a sustainable and collaborative approach to placemaking can create richer neighbourhoods!
pre-covid team visit to the modular factory
We’ve been fortunate enough to have ploughed through the pandemic to date as strong as ever and have taken the opportunity to reflect on our roots and the belief of our team. Having undertaken an in-house staff survey late last year, we are currently going through the same process with a client survey in order that we can ensure we harness valuable opinions of shedkm and it’s growth to date. We remain a client focused practice and it seems that our core values of innovation, clarity of thought and bold architecture still shine through. As we strategise growth and bolster the team for the next era, we intend to remain true to our founding principles whilst ensuring freshness in project solutions and robustness in support roles across the one practice/two studios ethos. Watch this space as we evolve through our 23rd year!