30 Sep 2020 • shedkm
a recap of september’s news
one practice news
large-scale strategic urban masterplan vision for South Digbeth. CGI by Uniform
This month we are reflecting on our diverse growth over the past 12 months. We reviewed our current portfolio at last week’s quarterly staff meeting and were encouraged by the breadth of our projects in modular housing, homes, workspace and place. Each work-stream embodies a strong sense of social value, be that via public sector housing or affordable workspace and regeneration of neighbourhoods. In an ever changing world we are proud to be addressing some very topical issues and consistently driving forward our founding principal of innovative regeneration.
the sales pavilion at Northstowe
completions + kickstarts
September marks the completion of our House sales pavilion for Urban Splash at Northstowe.
The strong, geometric form of the suite is assembled from panelised cross laminated timber with the whole building designed to be entirely demountable and delivered in one lorry load. The low carbon approach equates to the avoidance of adding 16 metric tonnes of CO2 to the atmosphere over traditional construction methods which is the equivalent of taking 12 cars off the road for a year or the energy to operate six homes for a year.
Meanwhile, this month has marked the much anticipated and exciting commencement of the Littlewoods building regeneration, with developer Capital & Centric announcing deals with both Twickenham Studios and Liverpool John Moores University – watch this space for the emerging plans!
the pilot home arriving on-site
prototypes + pilots
This month saw the installation of our pilot modular home as part of the Greenwich Builds contract.
The team enjoyed a socially distanced site visit to see the highly sustainable home delivered and critiqued on a test site and look forward to emerging plot assemblies.
On another note, we’ve taken to the regions and submitted a commercial planning application in Bracknell as part of a gateway regeneration to the area and an exemplary permitted development application in Croydon; keen to answer the needs of both workspace and housing supply during the ongoing pandemic.
Working from home and social distancing in our Golden Lane office
hybrid working + team building
We’ve been recruiting and replacing year-out assistants, keen to ensure we all play our part in ensuring there is no skills gap created by lack of placement for graduates in the pandemic. Both studios remain open, maintaining our business continuity plan and providing a creative base for our staff but with a large proportion of staff continuing to work from home. We remain committed to ensuring a healthy balance of studio creativity and influence with a responsible safe working environment. Keeping the team together mentally is a number one priority so we enjoyed the interaction of a whole staff meeting on Zoom this month, complete with cake hampers!