ZAK WORLD OF FACADES 2022

ZAK WORLD OF FACADES 2022

Mark Broom, Associate Director at ACME, joins the Zak World of Facades Conference this afternoon for discussion of Stratford Pavilion's timber façade, completed in 2021.

RED DOT DESIGN AWARD 2022

RED DOT DESIGN AWARD 2022

ACME designed REWE Green Farming is the Grand Prix - Red Dot Design Award Winner 2022!

This highest distinction at the Red Dot Award acknowledges REWE Green Farming as Europe’s first green farming supermarket. The ACME designed prototype is a highly adaptable and sustainable market concept, able to fit any site typology. Following optimization of the prototype, the concept will be rolled out by REWE for all new stores.

BIG DESIGN CONFERENCE 2022

BIG DESIGN CONFERENCE 2022

Friedrich Ludewig, Founding Director of ACME, joined the Big Design Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The conference offers a place for interdisciplinary dialogue on the role of design and architecture in the framework of accelerating global changes.

More information here

DUBLIN CENTRAL

DUBLIN CENTRAL

Landmark O’Connell Street site at Dublin Central submitted for planning - part of Hammerson’s proposal for the regeneration of an important 2.2 ha site in Dublin’s north inner city.

ACME designed masterplan is a sensitive regeneration of this historic part of Dublin, ensuring the site’s important heritage is retained and celebrated. An ACME collaboration with RKD, Grafton Architects and Mola Architecture.

SHORELINE CRESCENT - UNDER CONSTRUCTION

SHORELINE CRESCENT - UNDER CONSTRUCTION

The curved façade of ACME designed Shoreline Crescent is revealed as scaffolding is removed on site. Building works are progressing very well, with completion for the 84 beachfront homes expected for early 2023.

View project here.

GOLD KEY AWARDS 2022

GOLD KEY AWARDS 2022

Canopy by Hilton, London City is a finalist for the Best Guestroom at Gold Key Awards 2022, which celebrates excellence in hospitality design and the best of hotel interior design.
 
The winners will be announced on the 14 November in New York City.
SOCIAL PROJECT BRECKNOCK PRIMARY SCHOOL

SOCIAL PROJECT BRECKNOCK PRIMARY SCHOOL

Luka Anic and Tobias Himawan from ACME’s Euston Design Team were on site at Brecknock Primary School to improve play spaces for local children.
SWANSEA ARENA

SWANSEA ARENA

 Swansea Arena is 6 months old today! This flexible multi-purpose Arena hosts up to 200 performances a year, including music, theatre, comedy and conference events.

The Arena is one part of the ACME designed masterplan, Copr Bay Phase One. An highly ambitious regeneration scheme linking Swansea city centre back its coastline.

AHEAD AWARDS EUROPE 2022

AHEAD AWARDS EUROPE 2022

Canopy by Hilton, London City has been shortlisted in two categories for the AHEAD Awards Europe 2022: Event Spaces and Visual Identity. The award recognises exceptional design for overall visual identity of the hotel and for its events space.

The winners will be announced on the 18th November in London.

AA STUDENT VISIT

AA STUDENT VISIT

ACME welcomed a group of Architectural Association students to its office. Leading them were Naiara Vegara and Marie-Isabel de Monseignat-Lavrov - the programme directors for the AA Semester Programme and some of ACME’s first employees!

FOLKESTONE PLOT E

FOLKESTONE PLOT E

Folkestone Plot E will create 100 new homes on Folkestone's shoreline with stunning harbour and viaduct views. The scheme includes a shingle beach garden linking to Marine Parade and the boardwalk.

More details here.

 

CARBON AUDIT 2021

CARBON AUDIT 2021

ACME’s latest annual Carbon Audit (2021) is complete and available for download here.

We continue discussions with clients to move more buildings to timber and stone frames to radically reduce carbon per sqm. We encourage more architecture practices and developers to carry out annual carbon audits. To encourage uptake, we make our Carbon Audit including all calculations and formulas available to enable others to build on the work we have done.

BAUWELT FEATURE

BAUWELT FEATURE

ACME is featured in Bauwelt 15.2022. Read article here.

Our German speaking Directors, Friedrich, Heidrun and Tim discuss ACME and one of its most pivotal and adventurous projects SAB, Leipzig.

CITY OF LONDON: BUILDING OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2022

CITY OF LONDON: BUILDING OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2022

Canopy by Hilton, London City has received a Commendation for City of London - Building of the Year 2022.

This project is an example of creative retention and re-use of existing London building stock. Seven projects were shortlisted by City of London and we are thrilled to receive this award.

View project here.

LEAS LIFT, FOLKESTONE

LEAS LIFT, FOLKESTONE

ACME is delighted to be commissioned for the restoration of Leas Lift, Folkestone. Originally installed in 1885, this Grade II* listed water-balanced funicular railway is one of the oldest water lifts in the UK. 

It is an honour to be part of the team that will bring the Leas Lift back into working life once again, celebrating this destination and rich heritage asset in Folkestone.

ABOVE THE ROOFS - REWE GREEN FARMING

ABOVE THE ROOFS - REWE GREEN FARMING

This panel discussion explores current discord on the use of rooftops in urban areas, maximising the limited space by using them for public life or the cultivation of food. ACME presented the successful implementation of a rooftop greenhouse in the REWE Green Farming project.

Watch the discussion here.

LONDON FESTIVAL OF ARCHITECTURE LATES

LONDON FESTIVAL OF ARCHITECTURE LATES

ACME opened its doors as part of the Studio Lates series for the London Festival of Architecture. LFA is a month long celebration of architecture and city-making, taking place every June across London.

ARCHITECTS BENEVOLENT SOCIETY: CHICKEN RUN 2022

ARCHITECTS BENEVOLENT SOCIETY: CHICKEN RUN 2022

ACME joins the Architects Benevolent Society 5km fun-run event through London - raising awareness and funds to help those in need within the architectural community.
ACME is the winner for biggest team - a huge thanks to all who organised and participated!

ASSOCIATES 2022

ASSOCIATES 2022

Michel Bosauder, Ann Ravens, Keigo Yoshida and Emma Buckley are appointed Associates in 2022.

We thank them for their commitment to the practice and welcome them into ACME's management team.

SENIOR ARCHITECTS 2022

SENIOR ARCHITECTS 2022

Álvaro Madrazo and Amanda Callaghan are appointed Senior Architects acknowledging their ongoing dedication to ACME practice projects.

ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS & DIRECTORS 2022

ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS & DIRECTORS 2022

As ACME turned 15 in May 2022, Mark Broom and Eleni Meladaki become Associate Directors. Heidrun Schuhmann, James Denner and Tim Laubinger become Directors. 

We acknowledge their leadership qualities, perseverance and ongoing commitment to the practice.

FOLKESTONE PLOT A AND LEAS LIFT SQUARE

FOLKESTONE PLOT A AND LEAS LIFT SQUARE

Located at the most westerly edge of the masterplan, adjacent to the Lower Leas Coastal Park, Plot A has been designed in parallel with Leas Lift Square, a new piece of public realm adjacent to the Grade II* listed Leas Lift, supporting its rebirth.

ACME's design consists of 13 apartments within a eight-storey signature building, each providing panoramic views of the English Channel and the cliffs.

See more information here.

AWARDS: STORE OF THE YEAR 2022 - WINNER

AWARDS: STORE OF THE YEAR 2022 - WINNER

REWE Green Farming, Wiesbaden is awarded Store of the Year 2022 by Handelsverband Deutschland (HDE) at the German Retail Real Estate Congress. The jury acknowledge the REWE prototype store as a sustainable industry leader - with its extensive range of local produce, an aquaponic rooftop farm and sustainable, modular construction methods.
CASTLE SQUARE SWANSEA

CASTLE SQUARE SWANSEA

ACME is designing a revitalised Castle Square - a more distinctive, vibrant civic space in the heart of Swansea.

The scheme includes two new pavilions, terraced seating areas, new access routes and green infrastructure such as enhanced planting and biodiversity, green roofs and SuDS and a playful water feature. See details here.

 

DAEDALUS WATERFRONT

DAEDALUS WATERFRONT

ACME is thrilled to be working with Homes England and Daedalus Development Company for the regeneration of the historic 42 acre waterfront site at Daedalus, Lee-on-the-Solent.

ACME's scheme will restore historic buildings, create 450,000sq ft of workspace, c.350 new homes and generous public spaces - celebrating the site's rich history and creating a welcoming place to work, live and visit. More information here.

INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR WOOD ARCHITECTURE 2022

INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR WOOD ARCHITECTURE 2022

REWE Green Farming, Wiesbaden is one of five projects shortlisted for the International Award for Wood Architecture 2022. An iconic and highly visible simple timber structure forms the main element of a new architectural identity for REWE.

The award winner will be announced at Forum Bois Construction, France on 7 April 2022.

CAMBRIDGE NORTH MASTERPLAN

CAMBRIDGE NORTH MASTERPLAN

In collaboration with Chesterton Partnership, planning has been submitted for a sustainable and inclusive mixed-use neighbourhood on a brownfield site adjacent to Cambridge North Railway Station. The socially responsible development will include 425 new homes, a transport mobility hub, new workplaces including research & development lab buildings, shops, cafés, restaurants and public spaces for all.

RIBA ARCHITECTURE AMBASSADORS

RIBA ARCHITECTURE AMBASSADORS

John Keats Primary School partners with ACME for RIBA's Architecture Ambassador programme.

ACME Architects, Ifigeneia Dilaveraki and Maria Perez Vera, facilitate a workshop with students exploring the possibilities of designing in their built environment - experimenting with materials, shape, height, light, transparency and colour.

COPR BAY PHASE ONE OPEN

COPR BAY PHASE ONE OPEN

The £135m Copr Bay Phase One development is now open for all - including the 1.1 acre Copr Bay Coastal Park and the 3,500 capacity Swansea Arena, which hosts its first City Centre Conference tomorrow.

A ZERO CARBON PROJECT: EUSTON OSD

A ZERO CARBON PROJECT: EUSTON OSD

Since 2019, ACME has been working as Masterplan Architect for the Euston Over-Station Development (OSD) - the UK's first large-scale project to have an ambition to deliver absolute zero carbon development.

The new development will seek to positively change local residents’ lives, economic opportunities, and physical and mental health. More details here.

SWANSEA BRIDGE OPEN

SWANSEA BRIDGE OPEN

Swansea bridge opens to the public today. The new pedestrian and cyclist footbridge across Oystermouth Road connects Swansea's city centre with its 3,500 capacity Swansea Arena, the new Coastal Park and the Marina.

Perforations on the bridge side panels, designed in collaboration with Swansea artist Marc Rees, are inspired by the abstracted silhouette of the Swansea emblem, the swan.
SWANSEA ARENA OPENING CEREMONY

SWANSEA ARENA OPENING CEREMONY

Official opening ceremony of Copr Bay Phase One, home to Swansea’s state-of-the-art 3,500 capacity arena – a truly momentous milestone in the city’s transformation.
EXTRAORDINARY ESCAPES HUNSETT MILL

EXTRAORDINARY ESCAPES HUNSETT MILL

ACME designed Hunsett Mill in Stalham, Norfork features on Channel 4’s Extraordinary Escapes with Sunetra Sarker and Sandi Toksvig.

Book in your next escape here.

SWANSEA ARENA HOUSEWARMING

SWANSEA ARENA HOUSEWARMING

ACME designed Swansea Arena prepares to open its doors to the public! Two housewarming shows are scheduled for 25-26 February 2022 featuring local Welsh talent. Book tickets here for a first glimpse of UK's newest arena.
SCHWARZBROTREIHE LECTURE

SCHWARZBROTREIHE LECTURE

Join ACME and knippershelbig discussing the exemplary sustainability project REWE Green Farming - Market of the Future.
When: 02.02.2022, 18:00hrs GMT
SLEEPER MAGAZINE: CANOPY BY HILTON

SLEEPER MAGAZINE: CANOPY BY HILTON

ACME is delighted that UK's first Canopy by Hilton hotel situated Aldgate, London is featured in Sleeper Magazine's 100th edition.

Read article here.

POLIS MAGAZINE: METRO CAMPUS

POLIS MAGAZINE: METRO CAMPUS

ACME's vision for Metro Campus - a diverse, lively, sustainable urban quarter in the middle of the Rhine metropolis of Düsseldorf is featured in Polis magazine.

Read article here.

RE-USE: REWE MARKET OF THE FUTURE

RE-USE: REWE MARKET OF THE FUTURE

Very relevant theme of RE-USE for Bauwelt's first issue of 2022. REWE Market of the Future (Green Farming) is featured.

Read article here.

HAPPY 2022

HAPPY 2022

Happy 2022 from everyone at ACME.
ACME IS NET CARBON ZERO

ACME IS NET CARBON ZERO

The ACME Carbon Audit for 2020 is complete and available for download here.
In addition to reviewing our projects and office carbon use, we have included a carbon audit of our office renovations and working from home due to COVID-19.

ACME key sustainability targets include:
- Reduce embodied carbon
- Assess operational carbon of completed ACME buildings
- Evaluate and increase biodiversity within our projects
- Audit the positive impact of green spaces and trees within ACME projects
GOLDA-MEIR-STEG, BERLIN OPEN

GOLDA-MEIR-STEG, BERLIN OPEN

Berlin's newest pedestrian and cycle bridge, Golda-Meir-Steg, designed by ACME opens to the public today!

Spanning the Berlin-Spandauer-Schifffahrtskanal, it creates an East-West link between two divided districts: the new Europacity and the Mitte district.

View project here

GRAND DESIGNS: RIBA HOUSE OF THE YEAR 2021

GRAND DESIGNS: RIBA HOUSE OF THE YEAR 2021

ACME designed Bumpers Oast is shortlisted for RIBA House of the Year 2021 and will feature on Channel 4’s Grand Designs this evening at 9pm! Watch online here.

Kevin McCloud, Damion Burrows and Michelle Ogundehin visit the homes competing for UK’s most prestigious award for a new house or extension. 

STRATFORD PAVILION LONDON SITE VISIT

STRATFORD PAVILION LONDON SITE VISIT

ACME enjoys a winter site visit to the recently completed Stratford Pavilion. This vertical piazza is a new place in Stratford to gather, relax and enjoy views of the Olympic Park and the developing East Bank from the publicly accessible rooftop.
FOLKESTONE HARBOUR & SEAFRONT ON SITE

FOLKESTONE HARBOUR & SEAFRONT ON SITE

Site work continues to progress well for Folkestone Harbour & Seafront residential development. Phase one, consisting of 84 homes, is due for completion late 2022.  Each new home will have spectacular views out to sea and along the coastline, as well as access to a new shared communal green space. 
LONDON BUILD EXPO 2021 SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT

LONDON BUILD EXPO 2021 SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT

ACME joins the Sustainability Stage at London Build Expo 2021 for a discussion about Healthy Buildings, Spaces and People with Hawkins\Brown, PRP, UCL, Manea Kella and Morris+Company.
CANOPY BY HILTON LONDON CITY OFFICIAL OPENING

CANOPY BY HILTON LONDON CITY OFFICIAL OPENING

Canopy by Hilton London City Hotel and Portsoken Community Centre in Aldgate celebrate their official opening today!

City of London’s Alderman and Sheriff Nicholas Lyons led the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

RIBA HOUSE OF THE YEAR 2021 BUMPERS OAST

RIBA HOUSE OF THE YEAR 2021 BUMPERS OAST

Bumpers Oast has been selected as a finalist for RIBA House of the Year 2021. The winner will be announced during Channel 4’s Grand Designs: House of the Year, which will air later this year.
CANOPY BY HILTON, LONDON CITY OPEN

CANOPY BY HILTON, LONDON CITY OPEN

UK's first Canopy by Hilton opens in London! Located in Aldgate, the hotel design by ACME is inspired by the area's rich local heritage. Open for bookings here

METRO CAMPUS, DUSSELDORF VISION

METRO CAMPUS, DUSSELDORF VISION

ACME's mixed-use Metro Campus scheme will create a diverse, lively urban quarter for the city of Düsseldorf.

A collaboration with Stadt Land Fluss, Kieran Fraser Landscape Design and Transsolar.

STRUCTURAL TIMBER AWARDS 2021

STRUCTURAL TIMBER AWARDS 2021

IQL Pavilion in Stratford is the overall winner at the Structural Timber Awards 2021. Split over three floors, the Pavilion is an extremely lightweight timber structure that sits on top of a DLR tunnel with limited allowances for additional weight or foundations. 

Constructed using cross-laminated and glue-laminated timber panels, only shallow concrete foundations were needed. Timber has a much lower carbon footprint than more traditional materials and provides warmth and tactility to the interior.

ETTERSBURGER GESPRACH 2021

ETTERSBURGER GESPRACH 2021

Friedrich Ludewig and Heidrun Schuhmann of ACME join the discussion about urban redevelopment, innovation and sustainability strategies at Ettersburger Gespräch 2021. REWE Market of the Future prototype is presented as an exemplary case study. More information here

HAUGEN AT THE PAVILION, STRATFORD

HAUGEN AT THE PAVILION, STRATFORD

Haugen, Stratford's new alpine-inspired D&D food destination opens today! Located on Endeavour Square, the BREEAM Outstanding Timber Building designed by ACME provides two floors of restaurants and bars, and a rooftop terrace open to all, with stunning views of London's Olympic Park, London Aquatics Centre and the emerging East Bank.

SAB, LEIPZIG OFFICIAL OPENING

SAB, LEIPZIG OFFICIAL OPENING

SAB building was opened with over 100 guests, including CEO of Sächsische Aufbaubank, Dr. Katrin Leonhardt; Prof. Roland Wöller; Thomas Schmidt; State Minister of Finance of the Free State of Saxony, Hartmut Vorjohann; Prof. Philipp Oswalt; and Lord Mayor of the City of Leipzig, Burkhard Jung. 

ACME looks forward to seeing Leipzig citizens exploring the new public space and invites all to attend the Open House day on 16 October 2021.

A GIFT TO THE CITY: SAB, LEIPZIG

A GIFT TO THE CITY: SAB, LEIPZIG

Sächsische Aufbaubank (SAB) building in Leipzig, Germany was officially opened today with a ceremony of over 100 guests to mark the occasion.

“The architecturally outstanding ensemble expresses the bank's serving function for the community. With its forum, it creates a high-quality public space in the centre of Leipzig. The innovative forest of columns impresses with its play of light and shadow and its transparency and permeability." - Philipp Oswalt, Professor at the University of Kassel, former head of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

SAB, LEIPZIG STAIRS

SAB, LEIPZIG STAIRS

For the Sächsische Aufbaubank (SAB) in Leipzig, ACME has developed the building cores to prioritise stairs over lifts. The usual fire escape stair void has been widened to ensure daylight on all levels. Acoustic absorption has been installed in the soffit to allow the core to remain open to the offices. The core enclosure has been cast in-situ, with precast steps and railings. To invite more use of the stair, the concrete for steps and railings has been precast and polished, making it feel more precious.

SAB, LEIPZIG OPENING

SAB, LEIPZIG OPENING

Final construction site visit before the public opening of the SAB building in Leipzig, Germany. The new office headquarters of Sächsische Aufbaubank (SAB) is nearly complete and will be officially opened on 9th September 2021. 

ACME won the international competition in 2013, and after a long construction journey, we look forward to the citizens of Leipzig exploring the public space for the first time. Located next to Leipzig's main train station and occupying an entire block in the city centre, the site is defined through an L shaped building framing a new public space. The building provides 500 workspaces, a conference centre, auditorium, consultation rooms and a restaurant.

PLANNING SUBMITTED: H1, ELEPHANT PARK

PLANNING SUBMITTED: H1, ELEPHANT PARK

H1 development, one of the most sustainable new office buildings in London, progresses to planning stage. This is ACME's tallest timber building to date and it sets a new benchmark for timber structures in the city.

Located directly beside Elephant Park, greenery surrounds the ground floor level and extends up onto the south-facing stepped outdoor terraces located on every level of the building. The new building form sensitively responds to site constraints and provides modern, flexible, and open workspace that is adaptable for the future. 

RIBA SOUTH EAST AWARD 2021: BUMPERS OAST

RIBA SOUTH EAST AWARD 2021: BUMPERS OAST

Bumpers Oast, Kent wins RIBA South East Award 2021. The jury felt that was a very successful, enjoyable and thought-provoking work of architecture. It is a celebration of a client-architect relationship that has led to such an unusual building.
FOLKESTONE SEAFRONT

FOLKESTONE SEAFRONT

The first residential building within phase 1 of Folkestone Seafront in Kent is well underway, creating 84 new beachfront homes.

In a playful nod to adjacent Victorian seaside estates, the development creates new urban crescents, articulated with curved bay windows and balconies. Expansive sea views on the beach side will be complemented by a raised communal garden on the wind-protected side of the crescent.

WAF 2021 FINALIST

WAF 2021 FINALIST

Bumpers Oast is shortlisted for World Architecture Festival 2021 - House & Villa (Rural/Nature) - Completed Buildings Award.

The traditional oast house form has been reimagined by ACME to create a new home within the rolling landscape and apple orchards of Kent. The building is highly insulated and designed to passive house standards of airtightness, with the oast cones used to encourage slow air movement and purge ventilation from high level openings during the summer.

MOVING IN: SAB, LEIPZIG

MOVING IN: SAB, LEIPZIG

The new office building for Sächsische Aufbaubank (SAB), the Development Bank of the Free State of Saxony, nears completion. Employees begin to move in this month and the official opening will take place in September 2021.

ACME won the international competition in 2013. Our design revisits the typology of a bank as an imposing institution: the usual front of columns has been dissolved into a forest of supports. These new columns work hard - supporting, shading, sheltering the open space and geothermally cooling and heating the SAB building.

METRO CAMPUS, DUSSELDORF

METRO CAMPUS, DUSSELDORF

ACME wins Metro Campus urban planning competition. The jury, consisting of renowned architects, urban planners and landscape architects, representatives of Metro Properties, as well as Düsseldorf politicians and administrators unanimously voted for ACME's sustainable design which references the local history of the site. 

This mixed-use scheme will create a diverse, lively urban quarter for the city of Düsseldorf. A collaboration with Stadt Land Fluss and Kieran Fraser Landscape Design.

THE PLAN: VIRTUAL PERSPECTIVE FORUM

THE PLAN: VIRTUAL PERSPECTIVE FORUM

ACME joins The Plan's Virtual Perspective Forum - Panel Discussion: Creating Experiences on the 29th of June 2021 at 1:30PM BST. Sheena Seeley and Tim Laubinger discuss how design skills and sensitivity toward context, materials and natural elements build a multi-sensory journey for the end-user.

DUBLIN CENTRAL PLANNING SUBMITTED

DUBLIN CENTRAL PLANNING SUBMITTED

Planning has been submitted for 3 of 6 plots for the ambitious mixed-use 2.2ha site, Dublin Central. The masterplan proposals include two new public squares, new pedestrian routes, a fully integrated metro link station for O'Connell Street and the restoration of historically important streets and laneways. 

The scheme will ensure the area around Nos.14-17 Moore Street, a National Monument due to its role in the Easter Rising is appropriately restored. An ACME collaboration with Grafton Architects, Mola Architecture and RKD for Hammerson.

SWANSEA CENTRAL PHASE 1 ON SITE

SWANSEA CENTRAL PHASE 1 ON SITE

During these final months on site, construction continues at speed. Phase 1 - which includes the iconic Swansea Arena, a coastal park, a pedestrian and cycle bridge, 33 homes, a carpark and 500mof commercial space - is due for completion in Autumn 2021.
REWE WIESBADEN OPEN

REWE WIESBADEN OPEN

REWE’s Market of the Future in Wiesbaden is now open. This is a prototype for a new adaptable and sustainable market concept, able to fit any site typology. An iconic and highly visible timber structure forms the main element of a new architectural identity for REWE. 

REWE MARKET OF THE FUTURE ON SITE

REWE MARKET OF THE FUTURE ON SITE

Metalwork packages are delivered and installed, and basil planting has begun on site. Locally farmed and prepared produce will be openly showcased at this new market hall in Wiesbaden, Germany. An aquaponic farm is housed within the building and a modular greenhouse above. 

REWE’s Market of the Future opens to the public on 27 May 2021.

COPR BAY BRIDGE INSTALLATION

COPR BAY BRIDGE INSTALLATION

Swansea's new Copr Bay bridge was eased into place in a major construction operation over the weekend of March 6-7. The 150 metric tonne bridge is now in place over Oystermouth Road. It's up to 12 metres wide, 49m long and features 2,756 laser-cut origami shapes. Commissioned and developed by Swansea Council, the footbridge will be pivotal in improving access between the city, the Marina and the coastline.

The bridge will be a stepping stone for a greener and more liveable Swansea city centre. It's expected the bridge will be ready for use in the second half of 2021, ahead of the opening of the arena which is on schedule to be completed this year.

 

COPR BAY BRIDGE INSTALLATION

COPR BAY BRIDGE INSTALLATION

Set to be a new architectural landmark for the city, Swansea’s new bridge, designed by ACME, is getting ready to be installed this weekend. After six months of assembly work, the new pedestrian and cycle bridge linking the City Centre to the new Arena and the waterfront is getting ready to be lifted in place.

The arch shape stabilizes the bridge and offers glimpses of the city’s new Copr Bay district including a new 1.1-acre Coastal Park. The bridge will open to the public in late 2021. The installation of the footbridge (from Sat 10pm to Sunday 6am GMT) will be streamed live: link.

STRATFORD IQL PAVILION PROGRESS

STRATFORD IQL PAVILION PROGRESS

The Pavilion in the International Quarter Stratford is starting to take shape. In 2017, ACME won the invited competition, and over the last four years, we have been working with Lendlease and Blumer Lehmann team to construct a lightweight timber structure above the DLR tunnels at the entrance of the Queen Elizabeth Park.

The Pavilion accommodates an Olympic Park visitor centre, a cafe, a restaurant, and a public rooftop terrace overlooking the Eastbank and the London Stadium. D&D will commence fit-out of the spaces shortly, for opening in Fall 2021.

SURFACE DESIGN AWARDS FOR BUMPERS OAST

SURFACE DESIGN AWARDS FOR BUMPERS OAST

Bumpers Oast won the Surface Design Awards 2021 for best "House Exterior" and best "House Interior". The jury was impressed by the contemporary interpretation of the Kentish oast houses, traditionally used to dry hops.
ACME IS NET CARBON ZERO

ACME IS NET CARBON ZERO

The ACME Carbon Audit for 2020 is complete and available for download here. In addition to reviewing our projects and office carbon use, we have included a carbon audit of our office renovations and working from home due to COVID-19.

ACME key sustainability targets include:
- Reduce embodied carbon
- Assess operational carbon of completed ACME buildings
- Evaluate and increase biodiversity within our projects
- Audit the positive impact of green spaces and trees within ACME projects
TALK AT BAU ONLINE

TALK AT BAU ONLINE

ACME will speak in the Forum "Facing the Future", for BAU Online, the German Building Congress. Friedrich Ludewig will outline in a few projects how emerging 3D tools are affecting how we manage complexity, and how BIM is changing the way we communicate and evaluate space.

The talk on Friday the 15th at 1pm (GMT+1) and will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Boris Schade-Bünsow, the Editor of Bauwelt. Registration here.

HAPPY 2021

HAPPY 2021

Happy 2021 from everyone at ACME.
PLANNING APPROVAL FOR 60 ALDGATE

PLANNING APPROVAL FOR 60 ALDGATE

60 Aldgate, our new 25,000 sqm office block, has received approval from the City of London’s Planning & Transportation Committee. The building is part of the next phase of Minories Masterplan, which is delivering major regeneration, economic growth, and attractive new architecture to the Minories and Aldgate area. 

60 Aldgate will close an urban void between the City and Whitechapel, and create a new architectural landmark with a vaulted structure bridging over the London Underground tracks in the basement. 

TABERNACLE NEIGHBOURS

TABERNACLE NEIGHBOURS

We are delighted to welcome Mizu-Iro to 74 Tabernacle Street; a hair and project space to explore the world beyond hairdressing. We would like to work in a building full of friends and family, and we are really happy that Takeshi, Sei and Tomoko have decided to join us on the second floor.

The interior by Ed Crooks was conceived as an adaptable space with blue objects that can both stack to form a large monolith, and scatter to provide over 20 individual elements for storage, seating and showing the salons collection of objects and books. Please check here for appointments and 2021 workshop dates.

THE COLLECTIVE BLACKHORSE LANE

THE COLLECTIVE BLACKHORSE LANE

The Collective Blackhorse Lane, our new 300-room co-living building, has received approval from the London Borough of Waltham Forest. The building will create a new 350 capacity cultural & music space on this important corner in Walthamstow, opposite Blackhorse Road Underground station.

Together with The Collective, we have envisioned a new form of community building centred around a light-filled central space surrounded by shared workspaces, library, gym, living space and communal kitchens, giving every member a space of their own, within a larger collective shared by all. The project is due to complete in 2023.

INSTALLATION OF THE GOLDA-MEIR-STEG

INSTALLATION OF THE GOLDA-MEIR-STEG

The Golda Meir Steg, a new footbridge in the centre of Berlin bridging across the old Berlin Wall, is finally in place. The 200t deck structure was assembled by Streicher in Bavaria, on the banks of the Danube river, throughout September. After a 1,600km barge journey, up the Danube and down the Rhine, traveling over 12 days through 64 locks, the boat carrying the bridge deck finally arrived in Berlin.

The 78m long bridge deck was designed to be impossibly thin. With a thickness of only 20cm, the bridge is held aloft by the steel handrail with a lasercut pattern of interlocking circles. Over the next few months, the new town square will be completed, with a ceremonial opening scheduled for Mid 2021.

STRATFORD PAVILION TIMBER FINS

STRATFORD PAVILION TIMBER FINS

The Stratford Pavilion facade has progressed quickly since the glazing was closed in August. Blumer-Lehmann, the Swiss timber contractor, is installing the 2200 Accoya wood fins of the soffit to a carefully designed setting out schedule to create a sculptural underside for the timber structure.

The Pavilion is due to open in 2021.

WIESBADEN REWE MARKET TOPPING OUT

WIESBADEN REWE MARKET TOPPING OUT

Since 2016, ACME has been working on a REWE Green Building Market. Construction of the prototype in Wiesbaden Erbenheim in Germany commenced in 2019. The timber structure by company Amann has raced to completion over the last 8 weeks, concluding with a socially distanced topping out celebration by the carpenter team this month. 
ACME IN BRENT CROSS TOWN

ACME IN BRENT CROSS TOWN

We are proud to play a part in Brent Cross Town, the regeneration project by Argent Related with Barnet Council. The £5 billion north London project will transform the 180-acre area between the Brent Cross Shopping centre and the train station to create a new town with sustainability, sport and social lives at its heart.

By 2030, it will be a net-zero carbon town, driving down the embodied carbon in buildings and infrastructure as well as the carbon used in energy supply – and offsetting the remainder. We look forward to sharing more on our office building at Brent Cross Town.

GOLDA-MEIR-BRIDGE SETS SAIL

GOLDA-MEIR-BRIDGE SETS SAIL

The Golda-Meir Bridge for the Europacity in the centre of Berlin has left the Bavarian factory, and is now on its way to Berlin. Travelling by barge, the bridge has left Harbour of Deggendorf in southern Germany via the Danube river and will cover a distance of 1600km and 64 locks over 12 days. Upon arrival in Berlin, the bridge will be lifted directly from the barge onto the bridge bearings with 800t cranes. Once installed, the 4.5m wide pedestrian and cycle bridge will create a new link between the former East and West Berlin territories, previously separated by the canal and the Berlin Wall. The bridge should appear simple and effortless, spanning 70m with a bridge deck of just 20cm thickness, held aloft by the handrail made from a 20mm steel plate.  Openings in the handrail follow the structural stress distribution, with larger openings placed in the middle of the bridge, fading to smaller openings towards the supports. Coloured lighting is integrated in the handrail to transform the bridge into an orange glowing beacon after dark.

SAB LEIPZIG - ACOUSTIC PANEL

SAB LEIPZIG - ACOUSTIC PANEL

Acoustic absorption and low level lighting are important for a sense of wellbeing and privacy in a workplace. Suspended ceilings are not the answer. As we design more office buildings with raw and exposed concrete and timber soffits, we need elements that can hang below and provide light and silence.
ACME & Bartenbach Lighting have developed a pad with acoustic and lighting properties that can be arranged freely in the space. Covered in a wooly fleece, and with invisibly recessed LED lights, the pad provides high sound absorption and a localized, invisible task light. The first large scape implementation will be at our 25.000sqm office project for SAB in Leipzig, due to open in 2021. The pad will be available commercially from Nimbus here.

SWANSEA BRIDGE ASSEMBLY

SWANSEA BRIDGE ASSEMBLY

The deck for the new Swansea bridge over Oystermouth Road has finally arrived on site. Fabricated by SHS in Yorkshire, who also made our Leicester footbridge, the deck arrived in 4 parts on low loaders, travelling overnight. The as yet missing arch of the bridge  will arrive over the coming days in arch segments.  The deck and arch segments will be welded together in October, ready for installation next year.
The entire bridge has been cut and bent from one continuous thin sheet of steel. The sides of the arch have been laser cut with a swan pattern that will come to life at night as a coloured glowing lantern.
The 49 metre long bridge is a key link for Swansea Central Phase, connecting the city centre to the new Swansea Arena and coastal park and strengthening the connection between the city and the beach.
SWANSEA CHURCH HALL

SWANSEA CHURCH HALL

Planning permission has been granted for St David's Church Hall, with ancillary spaces, a cafe and a new public square.
The building will sit adjacent to St David’s Church, replacing an existing facility that will be demolished as part of the wider Swansea Central development, which includes a 3,500-capacity indoor arena, a new footbridge and a major new park.
The hall has been designed with careful consideration of its relationship to the Grade II listed St David’s Church. This is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Swansea, first established in 1808 and rebuilt by Charles Hansom in 1847.
The building footprint wraps around three trees including a large mature oak, while an articulated roofscape helps break up the massing and keep the roof line below that of the existing Church. The majority of the facade is local Blue Pennant stone and is designed as a contemporary interpretation of the external walls of the existing Church. The roof is traditional slate tile and the use of copper colour aluminium on the elevation pays tribute to the historical role of Swansea in the copper industry.