Eastside City Park
Patel Taylor and Allain Provost successfully emerged from two stages of an international competition as the winners of the commission to design Birmingham’s first new park for over a century. This is a wonderful opportunity and one which has had our highest attention. The site is a long, narrow site which joins the city centre along the frontage of Millennium Point eastwards to the Digbeth canal and lies within the city’s Eastside regeneration precinct.
Lowther Primary School
Barnes, London 2012
Another of our buildings that we have revisited is Lowther Primary School, in Barnes, west London. Previously we designed a multi-award winning children’s centre for the school as part of a masterplan that we drew up. Now we have gone back and recently completed a dining hall with classrooms for final-year students above it – a building that is both physically and metaphorically at the heart of the school.
Making the most of London
London is such a successful and busy city that it is often surprising to realise that there are still areas, large and small, that are not reaching their full potential. We are involved in projects on a range of scales that are playing a part in helping the city to work even better.
On the large scale, we are part of the team working on the new masterplan for Earl’s Court, where we are focussing particularly on the public realm and on creating a landscape framework. This draws on the idea of London’s lost rivers, those waterways that played vital roles in the growth of the city, only to become almost entirely submerged. It is time to celebrate them again.
At city-block scale, we are currently working on a residential building, one of seven in a masterplan to redevelop the area around the South Bank’s iconic tower, the Shell Centre.
In both of these projects we are working with respected masterplanners, but on another London site we are ourselves the masterplanners. St George have commissioned us to develop proposals for the re-use of Fortress Wapping, east London, previously occupied by News International. Currently out to consultation, this residential-led, mixed-use scheme will draw inspiration from the area's dockland heritage and is to be rebranded as London Dock.
University of Essex
Having won an international competition, we are designing a new student centre for the University of Essex in Colchester, which will also include an addition to the university’s Albert Sloman library. When complete in 2014 it will be the largest new building on campus. The student centre is our second project for the University of Essex, as we also designed a lecture hall there which won Civic Trust and RIBA Awards in 2008.