King's Cross Square amongst the winners for 2015 Civic Trust Awards

King's Cross Square has been selected as a Civic Trust Award winner.

The Civic Trust Awards is "the longest standing architectural & built environment awards scheme in Europe. Established in 1959, it recognises the very best in architecture, urban design, planning, landscape, public realm and public art. Successful projects make an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment and must be universally inclusive for all users, whilst offering a positive social, cultural, environmental or economic benefit to the local community."

All awards and special mentions will be revealed at the ceremony on 6th March 2015.



The first of the new Next Stores completes

Stanton Williams were appointed to work as concept architects for the new Next Stores. Next plans to design and build a number of stores throughout the UK over the coming years. In close collaboration with Next, we have developed an overall architectural concept that significantly enhances the store’s identity and presence and can be adapted to many different locations.



25 Savile Row receives planning approval

Stanton Williams’ scheme for Derwent London has been granted planning permission by Westminster City Council. It will replace the existing office building, which serves as Derwent's headquarters, with a new high-quality mixed-use building.

The proposed building will provide up to 29 new apartments and significantly increase the current provision of retail space by providing active frontages along both Savile Row and Boyle Street.

Our design employs a refined palette of materials using natural stone set against fine metal detailing to give the building a unique character befitting the prestigious site and context.

The façade has been sculpted with recessed entrances at the base and deep window reveals on the upper levels.



Stanton Williams taking part in this year's 10x10 London in support of Article 25

Paul Williams, director at Stanton Williams, created a piece of photographic artwork, entitled "51.5049° N, 0.0911° W," for this year's 10x10 Drawing the City: London, in support of Article 25.

Article 25 is the UK’s leading architectural aid charity, named after Article 25 of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which declares that adequate, dignified buildings and housing are fundamental to our human rights.

This year, a grid of 100 squares was imagined around The Shard, within which artists, architects and photographers produced a piece of art inspired by their individually assigned square.

Paul's image is about two buildings that are a manifestation of contrasting values – community and individualism. The nurturing and sheltering roof canopy of the 19th century Borough Market frames the vertical cut and thrust form of the 21st century Shard, which epitomises the hierarchical and competitive nature of commerce. They are neighbouring structures that reflect very different types of ambition, but, Paul believes, they co-exist and ultimately need and vitalise each other.

The 10x10 London live auction took place at the Shard on 27th November 2014. Paul's piece raised £675 for the charity.



Stanton Williams invited to exhibit at this year's Salon d’Automne

Stanton Williams were invited to exhibit at this year's Salon d’Automne in Paris from 16th to 19th October. Our new 1:100 model of the Musée d’Art de Nantes was on display, alongside three new visuals from the project.

The Salon d'Automne is an annual art exhibition held in Paris since 1903, showcasing innovations in painting, drawing, sculpture, engraving, architecture and decorative arts.

The model has now been relocated to the Petit Palais in Paris and will be on display until 11th January 2015 as part of the current exhibition highlighting a collection of masterpieces from the Musee des Beaux-Arts, which is presently being transformed into the Musee d’Art de Nantes.



Stanton Williams' director Patrick Richard to give a public lecture at Petit Palais

Accompanying the forthcoming exhibition "Changement de décor - De Ingres à Polke, 7 chefs-d'œuvre du Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes", Patrick Richard will be giving a public lecture on the transformation of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes currently underway, alongside Museum director Blandine Chavanne on 1st October 2014.

Lecture details:
Wednesday, October 1 at 17:30
Auditorium of the Petit Palais
Free admission, limited seating available

Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts of the City of Paris
Avenue Winston Churchill 75008 Paris



V&A Masterpieces of Chinese Painting shortlisted in this year’s FX Awards

V&A Masterpieces of Chinese Painting has been shortlisted for Best Museum/Exhibition Space in this year's FX International Design Awards. Organised by FX magazine, the prestigious FX Awards invite both UK and International design talent from all over the world to enter the very best of interior products and projects.



Four Stanton Williams buildings featured in Open House events this September

Stanton Williams’ Sainsbury Laboratory will be part of Open Cambridge on Saturday 13th September while Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Hackney Marshes Centre and the public areas of the Granary Building at King’s Cross will be open during Open House London, on Saturday 20th September. Please see the websites or printed guides for information about opening times, tours and how to book.



Archikids: Bugs, Birds and Butterflies Building Bonanza

Last Sunday, Stanton Williams hosted a Building Bonanza workshop in Leadenhall Market for the annual ArchiKids Festival, a weekend programme of free architectural activities for families. The Festival is organised by Open City, with all activities taking place in the City of London’s Square Mile.

We encouraged children to build houses for our butterflies and doves, leafy lairs for our ladybirds. Some of their stunning schemes will be entered for this year's Archi-Art Competition.



Musée d'Art de Nantes featured in Blueprint

Blueprint interviewed Patrick Richard, Stanton Williams' Director in charge of the Musée d’Art de Nantes, highlighting 'the challenges of mixing the old with the new.'

The article touches on the new technology developed by Stanton Williams in collaboration with Saint Gobain for the south façade. A thin marble sheet is placed between two pieces of glass to create translucent cladding, mimicking the way alabaster was once used in medieval times to bring natural light into buildings, enhancing a sense of connection between the new extension and the 19th century building.



Britten-Pears Archive included in AJ as one of Britain's greenest buildings

The Britten-Pears Archive was featured in the Architects' Journal (27.06.04) as one of the greenest buildings amongst this year's RIBA National Award-winners.

In the article, Hattie Hartman writes that "The bar for sustainability is noticeably higher among this year's RIBA Award-winners, showing that intelligent green design is central to the design ethos of the best UK practices."

The Archive is naturally ventilated throughout: "Windows and rooflights provide ample daylight to naturally ventilated staff and visitor areas. Timber wall linings create a warm and elegant interiors for archive staff, researchers and visitors."



Exhibition: Fit London

Stanton Williams’ Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre features in Fit London, an exhibition organised by NLA celebrating active design and innovative solutions which contribute to a healthier lifestyle for individuals and communities in London and New York.

The project is introduced in this exhibition as "Accessible tennis and hockey Olympic legacy venue to develop the next generation."

Forming part of an outdoor installation on Store Street Crescent, Fit London is on display until 25th July.



TOUR: The Architecture of King’s Cross 28th June 2PM to 3PM

Join an architectural tour to learn about the history, heritage and design at the cultural heart of the King’s Cross development and how it will unfold over the next ten years.

Lead by Richard Wardle, Associate at Stanton Williams, and Maxine Howard, Visitor Centre coordinator, the tour will include the transformed Granary Building and Transit Sheds, now home to University of the Arts London and a series of office, retail and leisure spaces, along with an introduction to the wider King’s Cross redevelopment site.

This tour has been organised as part of London Festival of Architecture.

Booking essential by email



The RA LEGO Architecture Challenge

Stanton Williams participated in the Royal Academy’s LEGO Challenge, organised as part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture.

We were pitted against three other Stirling prize-winners, namely, Zaha Hadid Architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour Partners and Witherford Watson Mann.

For our model, we imagined a dynamic city consisting of various elements: the landscape – rivers, hills, trees – and the buildings, which were represented as sculptural elements – some gridded, others more abstract – all linked by the movement and connectivity of people, vehicles and infrastructure. We believe that linking these elements and thinking about spaces between buildings are just as important as the design of the buildings themselves. A truly dynamic city is, in fact, one which is greater than the sum of its parts and not just a collection of isolated elements.

Stephen Hadley and Kalpesh Intwala from our team said:“It was great fun working with students and a small team from our studio to create an imaginary city in the fantastic setting of the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. Spontaneous input and help from children of all ages and other members of the public was especially rewarding.”

It was announced on Twitter that Stanton Williams' LEGO model was officially the public's favourite.

Photo credit: Agnese Sanvito



Britten-Pears Archive wins RIBA National Award

The Britten-Pears Archive has been named as one of 56 winners of a RIBA National Award. The project is now eligible for the 2014 Stirling Prize, with the shortlist announced later this summer. RIBA National Awards are the most rigorously judged awards for architectural excellence, given in recognition of each projects’ significant contribution to architecture. Judges praised the “beautifully finished” Britten-Pears Archive by noting that “every element is considered and resolved to create a comfortable, refined and holistic building.”



Alan Stanton and Paul Williams receive OBEs in Queen's 2014 birthday honours list

Each of Stanton Williams’ founding directors has been awarded an OBE in recognition of their services to architecture. Alan and Paul commented: “We are both honoured to receive OBEs for our services to architecture, which we believe reflects our commitment to the quality of design and the collaborative aspect of architecture. The success of our work over the years is not only due to the commitment we have made to each other but also to our fellow directors, colleagues at Stanton Williams, all our collaborators and, especially, our families. This recognition is as much for them as it is for us.”



Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre launches

The Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre is officially launched on 17th June. This London 2012 legacy venue marks the final stage of transformation of the Eton Manor site, the Stanton Williams designed facility forming the northern gateway to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Following its success as a Paralympic venue, the centre will now host world class hockey and tennis events and international tournaments, while serving as a hub for disability tennis and community activity.



King's Cross Square featured in Domus 981

King's Cross Square is featured in Domus' June issue.

The 12-page article reiterates the elegant sculptural quality of the new square: "The use of granite, selected in part for its robust quality, is consistent across the square and forms both the paving and cladding. This provides an uncluttered and understated visual coherency for the new square, enabling the original Cubitt facade to play the central role once again and restoring a sense of connection to the history of the place."



King's Cross Pavilion receives planning approval

A new canalside Pavilion at King’s Cross, designed by Stanton Williams, has been approved by Camden Council. The three storey building is located to the east of Granary Square, adjacent to Regent’s Canal. When complete in 2015, the 9,200 sq ft space will become a brand new restaurant and bar.

King’s Cross Pavilion will operate as as a modern addition to its location, but one that also complements the industrial heritage of the area. The linear brick façade of the new structure is in keeping with the nearby Granary Building and other examples of Victorian era architecture.

The Pavilion’s position means that it will help to enclose Granary Square, while creating even more activity in the space. At the same time, the Pavilion will create new pedestrian connections; at first floor level the building will connect with Granary Square, while at ground floor level it will connect with the canal towpath.



Stanton Williams projects featured in AJ King’s Cross publication

Published in May 2014, 'A Walk Around King's Cross' celebrates the transformation of the area with descriptions of the projects, insights into the wider neighbourhood and a suggested walking tour taking in UAL Campus for Central Saint Martins, King's Cross Square and Western Transit Shed.



Stanton Williams announced as finalist in 4 categories for AJ100 Awards

Stanton Williams was one of 6 practices shortlisted for the sought after Practice of the Year honour in the AJ100 Awards the only prize in architecture that recognises exemplary practice based on employee satisfaction, design quality and business growth. The practice was also in line for Employer of the Year for the 2nd year running, and Fastest Growing and Sustainable Practice of the Year. Stanton Williams was the only practice to be nominated in 4 categories for the awards and winners will be announced on 22nd May.

The Architects' Journal (23.05.14) reported after the practice was named the Fastest Growing Practice that: "[...] the quality of the firm's work matches its impressive expansion, with 100 per cent of respondents in our survey of employees stating they are 'very proud' of the work produced by the company."



Britten-Pears Archive wins RIBA East Regional Award

The Britten-Pears Archive was named as one of 10 winners of a RIBA East Regional Award at last night's ceremony in Cambridge. The project is now put forward for a RIBA National Award, with winners announced in June. The prize marks the 5th award won by the building since its opening in June last year. Judges praised the 'clarity and elegance' of the 'comfortably refined and holistic building'.



Stanton Williams wins Architectural Practice of the Year at the 2014 Building Awards

Stanton Williams was announced as the winner of the Building Awards 2014 Architectural Practice of the Year. The Awards recognise those who play a key part in outstanding building projects and who are shaping the future of construction.

The judges were impressed by the practice’s “excellent client testimonials, staff training, design CSR and financial performance.”



Britten-Pears Archive wins AIA UK Excellence in Design Award

The Britten-Pears Archive in Aldeburgh has received the American Institute of Architects UK Excellence in Design Award 2014 at last night's award ceremony, adding to the growing number of commendations the building has received since its completion in June 2013. The three professional winners and three honourable were selected by an esteemed jury chaired by A. Eugene Kohn.

The project has also received a Civic Trust Award at the 55th annual awards ceremony, and in November last year, it was selected as the winner in Best Public Building category for Brick Awards 2013.



Stanton Williams’ transformation of Musée d'Art de Nantes receives green light with an opening date set for 2016

Stanton Williams’ €48.8 million transformation and extension of the Musée d’Art de Nantes has entered into the next stage of development. Following the appointment of the contractor Quille Construction, a subsidiary of Bouygues, the Mayor of Nantes announced a shorter timeline, set by the contractor, with the museum opening in one phase in 2016, instead of a phased opening by 2018. The Musée d’Art de Nantes is one of the six largest Fine Art Museums outside Paris, alongside Lyon, Grenoble, Montpellier, Rouen and Lille.

The existing historical museum building will be comprehensively renovated, whilst the new 4200m² extension will accommodate the additional exhibition spaces for contemporary art. The project will also include the creation of new educational facilities, an auditorium, a library, a storage space for graphic arts collection and an external sculpture court.

Stanton Williams’ design strategy will effortlessly merge the past with the present, offering a blend of architectural and cultural promenade that will take full advantage of its intricate setting. Simultaneously, it aims to improve public access throughout the museum and transform its image from a closed and introverted institution to one which is open and transparent, fully engaging with its urban context.



Britten Pears Archive is in amongst the finalists for this year’s Building Awards

The Britten Pears Archive in Aldeburgh has been shortlisted in the Small Project of the Year category, along with Stanton Williams being shortlisted in the Architectural Practice of the Year category, for this year’s Building Awards.

In November last year, the project was selected as the winner in Best Public Building category for Brick Awards 2013. It was praised as having a deceptively sophisticated solution.

The judges commented: "The building works both internally and externally and fits superbly well into the mature gardens that surround it and also compliments and enhances the grade II listed former home of Britten himself. The apparent solution of two interlocking rectangles also integrates well into its listed surroundings."

The judges were also very impressed with the “sustainable attributes” the building offers. The potentially highly serviced building is controlled by using high thermal mass and user controlled cross ventilation. The archive is kept at a stable temperature and humidity without mechanical aid.



Major Transformation is underway at Birmingham's Mailbox

Transformation of Birmingham’s Mailbox, designed by Stanton Williams, is on site following the appointment of Galliford Try as contractors for the scheme. Works on the building are planned for completion in 2015.

The client’s brief challenged Stanton Williams to re-think the public and retail areas of the building and transform the existing pedestrian route to enhance the relationship between different social activities taking place within it and reinforce Mailbox’s significance within the broader public context of Birmingham’s city centre.

The transformation requires significant alterations to the interior of the existing building, with the removal of large parts of the existing structure to create a new 70m long “Urban Room,” which is designed to function as an internal public space, capable of hosting various events, exhibitions and other social activities - a new type of social meeting place, which also provides a focus for the retail and office areas.

Gavin Henderson , Director at Stanton Williams in charge of the Mailbox redevelopment, says: “The Urban Room is envisaged as an internal urban space, much as an Assembly Room would have been in the eighteenth century, or the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall is today. It will play an important role within the on-going regeneration of Birmingham’s public realm.”



Wood Wharf neighbourhood submitted for planning

Canary Wharf Group has submitted planning applications for a new 9.23 ha. mixed-use urban neighbourhood immediately east of Canary Wharf in central London. The new masterplan proposes the development of more than 3,000 homes and over 240,000 (GIA) sq m of commercial offices offering a range of floor plates that will appeal to a wide array of occupiers including the fast expanding TMT sector.

The detailed Planning Application submitted for Phase I includes 884 residential units in 3 buildings designed by Stanton Williams and Herzog de Meuron; and 2 office buildings totalling over 20,000 sq. m designed by Allies and Morrison Architects

Stanton Williams' two new residential buildings are located around a communal courtyard, waterways and green space at the western end of Wood Wharf. These will include views onto the surrounding water, which is intended to be animated with events, retail and leisure activity.



University of the Arts London Campus wins Camden Business Award 2013

The University of the Arts London Campus for Central Saint Martins at King's Cross was named Best Large Development at the 2013 Camden Business Awards.

Led by the Camden Business Board, the Camden Business Awards celebrate Camden businesses and acknowledge the contribution they have made to the local community. The Camden Business Board brings together the leading business representative organisations in the borough.



Stanton Williams appointed on North West Cambridge Development

Stanton Williams has been appointed by the University of Cambridge as one of the architects for the first phase of the North West Cambridge development.

The practice will work on the architectural designs in Lot 2 of North West Cambridge situated within the local centre of the development, which includes a mixture of University housing alongside shops and amenities.

The appointment builds on Stanton Williams’ successful track record in Cambridge, following the Sainsbury Laboratory and masterplan for the extension of the Cambridge Judge Business School.

Roger Taylor, Project Director of North West Cambridge said "Stanton Williams has an impressive track record for delivering high quality, innovative architectural design. As a practice they have a superb approach for creating architecture from the inside-out; placing the user at the heart of their design. We look forward to working with the team to create architecture that both the University and the city can be proud of.”

The University is working with 15 architectural practices to create an urban extension to Cambridge. The University will be submitting a series of Reserved Matters Applications to the local authorities. Works on infrastructure start in 2013 and Phase One completions will begin from late 2015 into 2016.



King's Cross Square opens to the public

An exciting new chapter in the 160-year history of King’s Cross station began today when the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin, Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and Network Rail’s chief executive, Sir David Higgins today declared the new King’s Cross Square officially open.

Designed by architects Stanton Williams, the 75,000 sq ft public space is the final part of the £550m redevelopment of King’s Cross station to be completed and offers rail users, local people and those now moving to work and study in the area a brand new open space as well as improved entrances to the London Underground, an area dedicated to public art, and a stunning lighting scheme to highlight the area’s architectural features.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said, “The transformation of King’s Cross is not only beautiful but it has also triggered all sorts of regeneration, with new jobs, huge numbers of homes being built and businesses relocating here. What has emerged is a fantastic open space which has led to the creation of a whole new vibrant district. It is the perfect example of a point I have always made, if you support good transport links the jobs and growth will follow.”

Alan Stanton, director of Stanton Williams, said, “As architects, we were delighted to work on King’s Cross Square and to develop a response to one of the most exciting urban challenges in the city. The design of this unique new public space takes into account all complexities of the site, from its function as arrivals concourse for the station, to the structures of the London Underground system below, to create a welcoming orientation and meeting space as the final step to the regeneration of this landmark station."

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