Royal Opera House 'Open Up' project receives planning approval

Westminster City Council’s Planning Department has approved Stanton Williams’ scheme to ‘open up’ the Royal Opera House. The planning consent will allow the Royal Opera House to enhance their core values of creativity, excellence and inclusivity.

The design, which has been developed by Stanton Williams in collaboration with Arup, will make the physical entrances and street-level public spaces of the Royal Opera House more open and inviting to everyone, encouraging artists, audiences, as well as the general public to explore the building and engage with the artistic activities within.

Open Up will also make the Royal Opera House a must-see destination. Existing spaces, such as the Linbury Studio Theatre and Foyer will be transformed, a new terrace off the Paul Hamlyn Hall will be created and other spaces developed to make the creative, technical and education work of the Royal Opera House more visible.



Fitzroy Park House and King’s Cross Square on shortlist for RIBA London Award

Fitzroy Park House and King's Cross Square are two of 68 projects shortlisted for a RIBA London Award. The awards recognise architectural excellence, with winners put forward for RIBA National Awards in June. King’s Cross Square also received a Civic Trust Award at the ceremony on 6th March.



Plans to create new Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children approved

Plans to create a world-leading new Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children were approved by councillors at Camden Town Hall last night.

The centre is being developed as a partnership between Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), University College London (UCL) and the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

The new building will enable clinicians and researchers to work side-by-side in advancing our understanding of rare diseases, identifying new and better treatments and manufacturing innovative medical devices.

Situated adjacent to the hospital, it will incorporate an outpatient department that will host clinics for children and young people with a range of rare and complex conditions. It will also house a variety of laboratories, specialist equipment rooms and workspaces where more than 350 experts will develop diagnostic procedures, manufacture gene and cell therapies and create personalised medical devices.

Stanton Williams' design is sensitive to its context within a conservation area, aimed at revitalising the streetscape and giving public expression to the important scientific endeavours within.

Extensive glazing offering views into the lower ground laboratories and a carefully articulated network of vertical terracotta fins gives a strong visual identity to the facades opposite Coram's Fields, reflecting the public significance of the building.

Internally, the design of the new centre promotes interaction between patients and research staff.

Construction of the Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children is expected to commence in October 2015 and the building will open in 2018.



Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre named as Finalist in Building Awards

Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre has been shortlisted for Building of the Year in this year’s Building Awards. Selected from a record number of entries, the award showcases the best in design, innovation and collaboration from 2014. Winning projects will be revealed on 22nd March 2015.



Stanton Williams projects shortlisted for RICS London Awards

Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre and King's Cross Square are on the shortlist to receive a RICS London Award. The awards celebrate the most inspirational contributions to London’s built environment. Winners are announced on 30th April 2015.



Planning approval for Lot 2 of the North West Cambridge Development

Stanton Williams' design for 264 key worker homes, shops and social spaces as part of the University of Cambridge's proposal for the North West Cambridge Development has been approved by the local authorities. The scheme also includes public realm designed by Townshend Landscape Architects.

The University is working with 15 architectural practices to create an urban extension to Cambridge. As a whole, the development meets the University’s objectives of delivering affordable housing for its staff, while providing the opportunity to expand post-graduate accommodation as well as sites for new research buildings.

Stanton Wiliams' approach to this challenging and ambitious project, which forms the heart of the new community, was to focus on the design of spaces, rather than buildings: creating a network of public spaces which encourage interaction and support communal life. These varied spaces create a social landscape, recalling the differentiated spaces of the traditional city or the historic collegiate spaces of central Cambridge.