ACME AT AJ SUMMIT

ACME AT AJ SUMMIT

The AJ Summit on the 4th of April will explore the relationship between architects and clients. Friedrich Ludewig from ACME and Robin Dobson from Hammerson will speak in the afternoon about their collaboration in Leicester, Leeds and Southampton, and explore how architects and clients can jointly manage design and procurement, opportunities, and risks.

ALDGATE QUARTER COMMENDED AT AR FUTURE PROJECTS

ALDGATE QUARTER COMMENDED AT AR FUTURE PROJECTS

Aldgate Quarter in the City of London has been commended in the Mixed-use category at the AR Future project awards 2019 at Mipim Cannes.
The project for 4C Hotels and The Guinness Partnership regenerates the site currently occupied by the 194 unit Mansell Street Estate and two abandoned office buildings.
As part of the comprehensive regeneration of the entire site, one existing concrete frame is converted into a new 360 room Canopy by Hilton Hotel, complemented by 212 new affordable and 320 private residential units, and a 30.000 sqm office building on Aldgate High Street.
The first two buildings are under construction at present, with an expected completion of last phase by 2025. 
ENLARGED EC3 MINORIES OFFICE BUILDING

ENLARGED EC3 MINORIES OFFICE BUILDING

Following the successful planning consent in 2014 for an office building in the City of London, we have worked with the client and London Underground to improve the project, developing a larger building sitting above the Metropolitan Line tunnels, and to rebuild the local pub as part of the scheme.
The Still and Star is an historic pub on site, which has lost all internal features over the years, and ultimately closed some time ago. We have worked with a number of stakeholders to rebuild it in a slightly better location on the site, with a frontage onto Aldgate High Street, and with proper service access.
The Still and Star started as a gin distillery in the 1730s, and we are committed to create a new micro-gin-distillery, with herb farming in the building, to resurrect the original vocation.The new pub will be formed from green pigmented concrete, preserving an imprint of the existing pub.
The office building is a state of the art 38.000sqm steel structure, with a ground level foyer and arcade made in iron oxide concrete to span over the underground tunnels below. The structure is our third Minories Building for 4C Hotels, sitting alongside the 342 rooms Canopy by Hilton hotel and a residential tower, which are both under construction and due to complete in 2020.
WORLD FIRST METALLIC TERRACOTTA INSTALLE

WORLD FIRST METALLIC TERRACOTTA INSTALLE

For the last 5 years, ACME has worked on a metallic glazed terracotta that can be used in external facades. Glazed terracotta has been produced for millennia, but metallic glaze usually oxidises in external environments, quickly turning black.
Following extensive development and testing work with Teamwork Italy with NBK, the tiles are finally ready for installation in Leeds. The design of the John Lewis store in Leeds was inspired by the textile history of Leeds. The concrete diagrid frames the glazed windows and the terracotta panels are used where no windows could be located.
Each of the four hexagonal Terracotta panels is installed in 6 rotated positions, thereby creating the illusion of an infinitely changing field without clear repetition. Installation should complete in March 2019.
ACME AT SURFACE DESIGN SHOW

ACME AT SURFACE DESIGN SHOW

Catherine Hennessy from ACME and Alex Patrick-Smith from Ketley Brick  will speak jointly at the Surface Design Show in London. Their talk Victoria Gate: Contemporary Brick Facades, will explore how the collaboration between architect and supplier has shaped a complex three-dimensional pleated elevation, creating a multitude of shadows, patterns and warm shades across the building.
Please join us on the 7th of February at 3.45 pm at the Business Design Centre.
MINORIES RESIDENTIAL

MINORIES RESIDENTIAL

The concrete frame of Minories residential building has finally reached topping out. The 16th floor of the building was poured in the second week of January. Eleven levels of precast stairs have been installed on site with the rest to follow in the next two weeks. Scaffolding will rise from February with the facade scheduled to commence installation in  May 2019.
The forward and backward stepping of the concrete frame allows for the maximum in development area while minimising overlooking and overshadowing of adjacent spaces.

ACME AT ARCHITECT@WORK

ACME AT ARCHITECT@WORK

Stefano Dal Piva from ACME will talk at the seminar Brave New World during the event Architect@Work London.
The talk, chaired by Helen Parton, will explore the work of design and architecture practices that are creating the places and spaces of the future, inspiring the next generation.
Stefano Dal Piva will present a selection of ACME’s projects have been shaped by upcoming innovations and evolving trends.
Please join us on the 31st of January at 5.30 pm at the Old Truman Brewery.
FOLKESTONE PLOT B GOES AHEAD

FOLKESTONE PLOT B GOES AHEAD

Folkestone and Hythe Council planning committee voted in favour of a motion to grant ACME's reserved matters application for Plot B, a sub-phase of Phase 1, part of the consented mixed-use development in Folkestone seafront and harbour.
Plot B buildings will include 60 apartments ranging from 1 to 4 beds and a lower, sea-facing volume made up of 24 townhouses and duplexes. A communal garden on the podium roof will be directly accessible from the private gardens and from the bookend cores. The podium will house car and cycle parking, private storage units and communal plant space.
The main facade will be clad with crushed recycled glass aggregates, a contemporary take on the robust pebble dash finish, that will give the building a reflective quality in the changing light.

SAB LEIPZIG CONSTRUCTION

SAB LEIPZIG CONSTRUCTION

The concrete frame of the SAB building is nearing completion. The scaffolding has been removed from the triple height auditorium on the eastern edge of the building, and the undulating floors of the upper levels are becoming more visible. The roof slab of the building with the first full height columns should be complete at the end of January 2019.
HAPPY 2019

HAPPY 2019

Happy 2019 from everyone at ACME.
LECTURE AT KASSEL UNIVERSITY

LECTURE AT KASSEL UNIVERSITY

As part of the Lecture Series -Fusion Beton-, Friedrich Ludewig from ACME will speak on the 19th of December at Kassel University. The talk will focus on four recent projects located in Melbourne, Leeds, Leipzig and Chester, where ACME has tested how the plastic potential of concrete can be used in new and cost effective ways, using serial production and repetition to create spaces of textural and spatial complexity. 

WAF AWARDS JUDGING

WAF AWARDS JUDGING

ACME are at WAF. Friedrich Ludewig will be one of the judges for the WAF Superjury at the World Architecture Festival 2018. Last year ACME won the WAF Award for the best Commercial Project with Victoria Gate Leeds. We would be delighted to see you in Amsterdam on the 29th and 30th of November.

FOLKESTONE WINS KENT DESIGN AWARDS

FOLKESTONE WINS KENT DESIGN AWARDS

Folkestone Harbour has won the 2018 Kent Design Awards. When the Folkestone Harbour Station closed in 2014, ownership passed to the harbour company, and the decision was made to make the Harbour Arm and the Station accessible to public.
Following years of restoration, the harbour arm has been opened as a food and leisure destination. The station has been restored, railway tracks retained, and the viaduct repaired. They are now forming a green pedestrian walkway, linking the town to the harbour and bringing into public use an essential part of Folkestone's Marine Infrastructure.
Duarte Lobo Antunes and João Bras from ACME were delighted to pick up the award as winners of the Infrastructure category.
CARPARK CYCLE RACE

CARPARK CYCLE RACE

The Victoria Gate Carpark hosted Leeds Carpark Cycle Race, the first urban hill climb. 165 people of any age took part to the non-competitive race. Each sprint race consisted of two riders competing to climb the 12 level carpark, with each winner progressing to the next round. The charity race was fundraising for LandAid Yorkshire, working to end youth homelessness. Brief video of the action is here.

AJ SPECIFICATION AWARDS JUDGING

AJ SPECIFICATION AWARDS JUDGING

Catherine Hennessy will be one of the judges for the AJ Specification Awards. The Awards recognise completed projects that successfully combine products with design and fruitful collaborations between architects and product suppliers/manufacturers.
The judging panel includes James Davies from Paper House, Ana Moldavsky from Walters & Cohen and Andy McConachie from SimpsonHaugh.
The finalists will be announced in the November issue of AJ Specification and the awards ceremony will take place in Manchester in February 2019.

OAST FACADE COMPLETE

OAST FACADE COMPLETE

Our Oast House is getting closer to completion. Last week the scaffolding came down revealing the outer skin of the family home nestled among apple orchards in the Kent countryside. 
The highly energy-efficient house is a contemporary interpretation of traditional Kentish Oast houses.  However unlike the traditional form, the glazed clay roof tiles also form the vertical wall cladding, with a special hip tile dealing with the junction between the roof and the wall.  The tile glazing ranges from red through blue and yellow to give a gradation of colour from bottom to top.  A highly-insulated timber frame and panel system forms the structure, sitting on a blue engineering brick plinth. 
The five oasts are pulled apart to create openings to the garden, with triple-glazed windows and doors spanning the double-height volume. The triple-glazed windows have lead soaker reveals, and lead sills and heads.

SAB LEIPZIG BANK HQ OCTOBER

SAB LEIPZIG BANK HQ OCTOBER

The SAB concrete frame has reached level 4. The concrete will be activated with cast-in cooling pipes, visible on the formwork tables before the concrete is poured. The emerging two wings of the building are organized around four open staircases, allowing for a fully glazed perimeter with views into the Forum and streets beyond.

SWANSEA CENTRAL GO AHEAD

SWANSEA CENTRAL GO AHEAD

ACME has received planning approval for the first phase of Swansea Central.
Swansea Central creates new sight lines and pedestrian routes from the city centre to the beaches of Swansea Bay. The new bridge, a major new park and the Concert Arena are major public investments, complemented by residential uses and parking spaces in Phase 1.
The 8,825 sqm arena has been designed with a capacity of 3,500 people and able to accommodate major theatrical event, as well as exhibitions and conferences. The development strategically places this major events venue, Swansea Arena, in the area of the old Dockland Coal Drops, as a leisure attraction bringing people back into this part of town.
FOLKESTONE HARBOUR EXHIBITION

FOLKESTONE HARBOUR EXHIBITION

The Folkestone harbour exhibition will take place in Customs House in the Harbour from the 27th to the 29th of September.
The development obtained a revised outline planning permission in April this year from Folkestone and Hythe Council.
The first parts of the development have been completed over the last years, including the viaduct promenade, the renovated station platforms and the new boardwalk. Folkestone’s Harbour Arm has become an popular visitor attraction, with half a million visits this summer, enjoying live music and street food. The next phases of the development will deliver 1,000 homes as well as new public spaces and cultural uses along the beach and the harbour.
RISING STARS 2018

RISING STARS 2018

Friedrich Ludewig is one of the judges for the Rising Stars 2018 organised by RIBA Journal.
The awards seek to reward the most gifted young architects and designers of the year, looking for evidence of original thinking, leadership, collaboration and hard graft. Results will be announced in the November RIBA Journal.

ACME AT 100% DESIGN

ACME AT 100% DESIGN

100% Design London opens this week. In the 100% Talks series, Friedrich Ludewig from ACME will speak about New Common Spaces. Public space is increasingly being built by the private sector, in places where the public sector is struggling to provide them. ACME will explore the potential of new common spaces as public anchors and attractors in Melbourne, Brisbane and Southampton. The talk is on the 20th of September at 12:00 pm at Olympia London.
MINORIES CONSTRUCTION

MINORIES CONSTRUCTION

Our Minories construction site in the Aldgate in the City of London is rapidly progressing.
The 360 bed Canopy by Hilton hotel consists of existing elements and new structures. Internal demolition of partitions has completed and the basement and ground floor transfer structures are now in place, with the new frame rising at a speed of one level per fortnight.
Construction works on the 15 story residential structure has reached the halfway point of level 7 this week with a 2 weeks turnaround per level, and should see the concrete frame topped out in January.
SWANSEA CENTRAL

SWANSEA CENTRAL

Over the last years, Swansea Council has spent considerable resource redefining Swansea as a city of education, sustainable energy and digital technology. ACME have worked with the Council since 2015 on a new masterplan for the centre of Swansea.
The first phase of Swansea Central which is now under way will create new sight lines and pedestrian routes from the city centre to the beaches of Swansea Bay. The new bridge, a major new park and the Concert Arena are major public investments, complemented by residential uses and parking spaces in Phase 1. Future phases of Swansea Central will be able to grow and evolve around them.

SAB LEIPZIG - BANK HQ AUGUST

SAB LEIPZIG - BANK HQ AUGUST

SAB construction is continuing apace, with the ground floor finally emerging from scaffolding. The six meter tall level will include reception areas, a conference center, auditorium and restaurants. Recesses have been cast into the concrete where walls will be installed in the coming month. All concrete slabs will remain exposed in the final building, and all cooling and lighting has been cast into the concrete. 

SAB LEIPZIG - BANK HQ AUGUST

SAB LEIPZIG - BANK HQ AUGUST

SAB construction of the auditorium on concrete has commenced.  
The auditorium is positioned in the North-East corner and its steep rake rises from ground to first floor opening views from the 260 seats into the public space beyond. The double curvature of the seating bowl has required a high level of precision carpentry to achieve exposed concrete quality for the future foyer below.

PLANNING FOR STRATFORD TIMBER PAVILION

PLANNING FOR STRATFORD TIMBER PAVILION

ACME has received unanimous planning approval for a new timber pavilion in  Stratford. The building will act as a focal point for the central space of the International Quarter development. It will mark the transition from the dense urban fabric of the International Quarter to the more open landscape context of the river Lea, the Aquatics, the future East Bank and the Elizabeth Park.

We designed the adjacent Olympic Bridges over 12 years ago, very much with a future legacy in mind, and we’re delighted to be back all those years later to contribute to the legacy of the games and create a small building to anchor the public space of the International Quarter and provide a place for events, for celebrations and to pause and watch the world go by.

The pavilion will house a visitor centre with a cafe, restaurants over two floors and a public rooftop terrace with amazing views over the Bridge towards the park and London Stadium. The public realm will extend from the square to the roof, generating a number of lookout points and sitting places from which to enjoy the views.
We have been working with Lendlease for some time to develop innovative timber structures, and we are delighted that this pavilion will be the first timber structure developed with them to receive planning.

LEEDS BRONZE TERRACOTTA

LEEDS BRONZE TERRACOTTA

Some keen Leeds citizens have noted in late 2016 that the John Lewis Building in Leeds was not finished. While the store is certainly open and trading, the facade has a few blank areas, where our planning drawings showed glazed terracotta.

The original supplier of the material had gone into liquidation during the construction period, and it took a long time to develop an alternative product with new suppliers and to get the right warranties. We have finally inspected the new mock-up with the new tiles this week.

The decorative pattern is created by terracotta tiles coated in a bronze metallic finish, inspired by the rich terracotta heritage from the former Burmantoff terracotta works located close-by.
We designed 4 hexagonal tiles, which can be rotated during installation to create the appearance of a random, non-repetitive pattern.
The terracotta tiles were pressed in Germany by NBK. The innovative metallic coating is by Teamwork in Italy. The mock-up was built by Adept in Nottingham.
TABERNACLE BATHROOM

TABERNACLE BATHROOM

Bath-, rest- or washroom, lavatories, toilets, privy, loo, WC, whatever we call this place, we all go there approximately 2,500 times a year. We rarely spend much time there. Any opportunity to design a fleeting experience, a mesmerizing place that can continue to surprise and entertain. Inspired by the works of Jeppe Hein and Yayoi Kusama, the faceted mirrors create a vision of moving, fractured infinity, enhanced by kaleidoscopic lights. Wash basins made from plates of Mirror Polished steel, dryers and cubicles hidden behind mirrors. A toilet experience that is making the brief time spend here a bit more memorable.
WORLD'S COOLEST CARPARK

WORLD'S COOLEST CARPARK

Our multi-storey car park in Leeds Victoria has been shortlisted as one of 10 projects for the World's coolest car park 2018. Voting is open until 8th of July.

WESTQUAY WINS CLADDING AWARDS

WESTQUAY WINS CLADDING AWARDS

Watermark Westquay has won the 2018 Schueco Awards for Commercial Building of the year.
Entries have been judged on innovation, technical skill and collaboration to deliver architectural intent.
The building is defined by a soaring cantilevered cinema volume wrapped in curving stainless steel tubes that projects out over a new public plaza.
Below the cinema, a two-storey glazed body houses restaurants and a winter garden, while a more solid precast concrete plinth grounds the scheme. Both these curved facades utilize a number of  cladding profiles and louvres to express the horizontal layering of the building, to create depths and shadow and give solar protection to the wintergarden.
ROBINA MARKET WINS QUEENSLAND ARCHITECTURE AWARDS

ROBINA MARKET WINS QUEENSLAND ARCHITECTURE AWARDS

Robina Market won the Queensland Architecture Awards for Commercial Building of the year 2018.  The award was created by the Australian Institute of Architects with the aim of promoting good architecture in Australia and internationally.

The judges singled out the contribution that Robina Market makes to unify Robina Town Centre, to open it to the outside and create a space embracing the surrounding open landscape, and to transform a previously utilitarian space into a new, unique destination for locals and tourists.

The awards ceremony will take place in November.

ACME AT NEGRONI TALKS

ACME AT NEGRONI TALKS

As part of the Negroni Talks series hosted at Ombra during the London Festival of Architecture, Friedrich Ludewig will be among the speakers of the talk 'Ending the architecture export' on the 25th of June.

The event organised by Fourthspace provides a ‘freespace’ for an open discussion around architecture and the role it plays in shifting the identity of places, spaces and groups.

Together with Paul Finch, Emilia Terragni and Vicky Richardson, Friedrich will discuss how the London design landscape will adapt post-Brexit and how we can make the best of unexpected circumstances.

ACME FARM

ACME FARM

We are currently working on a number of large scale projects involving commercial urban indoor farming. So before we unleash ACME Salad on everyone else, we thought we should try it on ourselves.
We have completed our first Vertical Hydroponic Urban Farm in our London office. Utilizing a brass shelving designed for this purpose, we have installed three different hydroponic systems; NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) channel systems for growing herbs such as Basil and Mint, DWC (Deep Water Cultivation) Systems for growing lettuces, and trays for growing Microgreens and Edible Flowers. The plants are grown under a variety of LED grow lights, timed to emit light throughout the day.
We are now growing 20 varieties of salads and herbs for our office lunches.At the same time, we are monitoring the energy and water usage to better understand efficiency and to evaluate quality of produce versus energy input.

LONDON TO BRIGHTON FOR THE BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION

LONDON TO BRIGHTON FOR THE BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION

On the 17th of June, ACME will take part in the London to Brighton bike ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation, the heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research. Our team of eight talented archicyclists will ride 54 mile to raise money that will help to undertake pioneering research into many different heart conditions, their diagnosis and treatment. We are grateful for any support of the riders and the cause, all money raised will go directly to the British Heart Foundation.

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SAB LEIPZIG - BANK HQ

SAB LEIPZIG - BANK HQ

The first of our 280 spun concrete columns have arrived at our Leipzig Construction site. Some of the columns support the Bank HQ, while the majority will define the public Forum. Manufactured by Europoles, the majority of the columns are 21m tall, with widths of 40cm, 60cm and 120cm, depending on their function and place. Each columns is individually positioned by the tower cranes and fixed into position with pre-installed base plates.

PRIX VERSAILLES FOR WATERMARK SOUTHAMPTON

PRIX VERSAILLES FOR WATERMARK SOUTHAMPTON

Against strong international competition, Watermark WestQuay has won two Prix Versailles in Paris, for Best Shopping Centre Europe and for Best Shopping Centre Worldwide. The ceremony was held on May 15th at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The jury included the president of UIA Thomas Vonier and a number of renowned architects, among them Manuelle Gautrand, Wang Shu and Ma Yansong.

DIGITAL BUILDING AT JUNG ARCHITECTURE TALKS STUTTGART

DIGITAL BUILDING AT JUNG ARCHITECTURE TALKS STUTTGART

As part of the JUNG architecture talks series, Friedrich Ludewig will speak on the 17th of May in the Stuttgart Staatsgalerie designed by James Stirling. The event is part of a lecture series running since 2006 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The event will start at 18:30 and is accessible upon registration. See you there!

ICSC AWARDS

ICSC AWARDS

At the ICSC awards in Barcelona, Victoria Gate has been commended for Best New European Development 2018 and Watermark Westquay for Best European Extension 2018 by the International Council of Shopping Centers. 
Every year since 1977, the ICSC European Shopping Centre and Retailer Awards recognise excellence, innovation and creativity within European’s real estate industry honouring outstanding achievement in the design and development of retail properties and stores.
MUSCAT MARSA PLAZA COMPLETED

MUSCAT MARSA PLAZA COMPLETED

Marsa Plaza, our new public space for Al Mouj in Oman had its grand public opening on 11th of April. 
His Excellency Sayyid Badr bin Hamed Al Busaidi, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a number of dignitaries came to open the new public square to music and fireworks.
Located at the intersection between the main boulevard and the marina promenade, the Plaza forms the public heart of Al Mouj, the award winning new urban development that is expanding the Muscat coastal strip towards the airport. Shaded by a series of canopy inspired by the patterns of traditional Omani architecture, the Plaza is a  gathering space for residents, a leisure destination for visitors and a performance arena for events.
 The canopies and trees provide shading from the sun and the plaza terraces towards the marina, opening views out to sea and forming a number of benches inviting occupation . The water feature at the centre of the Plaza has quickly turned the space into a family play destination, and regular concerts and performances will take place on the main stage in the weekends.

LSA ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION

LSA ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION

IBA Yorkshire and the Leeds Society of Architects are exhibiting in our Victoria Gate Arcade in Leeds. The exhibition entitled “Architecture Leeds” showcases the work of more than 30 Leeds- based architecture practices. If you are in Leeds, we'll be delighted to see you at some of the lectures and events taking place until the 12th of May 2018.
BRITISH PARKING AWARDS 2018

BRITISH PARKING AWARDS 2018

The Leeds Victoria Gate Carpark has won the British Parking Awards 2018. The site-specific award recognises outstanding car park design built around UK.
The Leeds Carpark is located in the eastern part of Leeds City Centre, replacing a brutalist 1960s police station by a busy roundabout. 
The façade reinterprets the Victoria Leeds diagrid motive into an open performative skin, providing natural ventilation and daylight while producing a recognizable identity. 
Anodised aluminium fins produce an interplay of light and shadow that appears as a diagonal grid pattern when seen from afar.

SWANSEA ARENA

SWANSEA ARENA

Swansea City Council announced the signing of a deal with the global leader in live entertainment, the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), to run Swansea Arena, with construction set to begin late on this year.
As part of phase one of the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal, the arena designed by ACME for City and County of Swansea is on schedule to throw open its doors to the public in 2020.  
The arena form is a fluid arrangement of bifurcating curves, shaped by the spatial requirements of the internal programme, each peel representing a specific use that sits above the glazed plinth. The digital facade consists of a pleated anodized aluminium facade with integrated LED lighting to broadcast events and performances to the adjacent digital square and the wider city.

ACME APPOINTED FOR DUBLIN CENTRAL

ACME APPOINTED FOR DUBLIN CENTRAL

 ACME are delighted to work with Hammerson on the vision for a new quarter in Dublin’s north inner city. Often referred to as the Carlton site, the prime six acres stretches from Upper O’Connell Street to Parnell Street to Moore Street & Henry Street.  The location has a historic connection with the Easter Rising of 1916, as a place of refuge for the Irish leadership, the location of the final council of war and the subsequent capitulation of the Irish Volunteers. The site is at the heart of the commercial and retail centre of Dublin, and the last remnant of the Dublin Market Quarter. 
We look forward to developing the vision for a vibrant mixed-use quarter, to integrate and enhance the existing street market, to create new squares and routes through the site, to provide an appropriate setting for the key buildings from 1916 and to bring Upper O’Connell Street back to life as a major European boulevard.

FOLKESTONE HARBOUR STATION CLOSE TO COMPLETION

FOLKESTONE HARBOUR STATION CLOSE TO COMPLETION

Our new Folkestone Seafront Boardwalk and the refurbishment of Lewis Cubittt's 1844 harbour viaduct were completed in 2017, in time for the opening of the Folkestone Triennial. Work has continued throughout the winter on the refurbishment of Folkestone Harbour station, which is slowly getting ready for an Easter opening. The route through the renovated former station will complete the new network of footpaths and walkways in and around Folkestone Harbour and Seafront.

Folkestone Harbour Station was built by South Eastern Railways in 1850 to serve the steam boat express service to Boulougne, and was one of the two main gateways to France until the opening of the Channel Tunnel. It allowed passengers of the all Pullman Golden Arrow train from London to transfer directly onto fast boats to connect to Paris and onwards to Venice and Istanbul.

The project includes the repairs of the 1904 and 1930s canopies and the conversion of the old trackbed into a pedestrian route. All train tracks found on site have been retained and integrated into the scheme.
Timber benches and steps have been added to reduce the gap between the platform and the track bed as well as creating a space for seating and rest. All colours for the station have been based on colour traced found on site from the original South Eastern Railways works, and matching lighting and bilingual station signs will be installed in the weeks ahead.
SAB PROGRESS

SAB PROGRESS

Construction works are progressing for the new bank headquarter for SAB in Leipzig. Due to the high ground water table, extensive piling works were needed to create a watertight box extending 40m below ground. This has allowed for the demolition of the 3m thick Robotron foundations that had previously remained stuck in the ground below the water. With all demolition now completed, works have finally commenced on the new basement slab, and the cores are scheduled to rise in February.

MUSCAT HARBOUR PLAZA UPDATE

MUSCAT HARBOUR PLAZA UPDATE

The Al Mouj central square in Muscat, Oman is starting to take shape. Located at the intersection between the main boulevard and the harbour, this plaza will form the public heart of Al Mouj, the award winning new urban quarter that is expanding the Muscat coastal strip towards the airport.
Shaded by a canopy inspired by the patterns of traditional Omani architecture, the Plaza will be a shaded gathering space for residents, a leisure destination for visitors and a performance arena for events. The ground will be stepped to for a natural auditorium to host a variety of uses. Open on two sides to the harbour, the space will form the public edge of the marina, allowing pedestrians to enjoy the proximity of the water, its changing reflections and its coolness.
HAPPY 2018

HAPPY 2018

Happy 2018 from everyone at ACME.
CANOPY BY HILTON GUESTROOM

CANOPY BY HILTON GUESTROOM

The first room has been completed for the new Canopy by Hilton hotel in Minories, City of London. The hotel is a part refurbishment, part new construction, reusing an old office building that is not deep enough for contemporary office uses.
Through material and patterns, the hotel seeks to evoke the vernacular and sometimes forgotten history of the Whitechapel context. The interior design of the rooms seeks to stay true to the late modernist origins of the existing concrete frame, exposing the waffle slab ceiling where possible in the rooms. Furniture and wardrobe are designed as lightweight steel and timber structures, temporarily inserted between floors and ceilings. Carpets, cushions and wall fabrics are inspired by the woven legacy of the Huguenots, by reworking an abstracted floral pattern of Anna Maria Garthwaite (1728-1763). In conjunction with Dais Contemporary, ACME have commissioned a number of local artist to create miniature editions for each room and the common spaces. 

OAST HOUSE CONSTRUCTION

OAST HOUSE CONSTRUCTION

The Oast House in Kent is finally taking shape, with the structural framing of the five oasts visible for the first time. The house has been designed as a 21st century interpretation of the formal language of Kentish Oast Houses. The five towers are slightly separated from each other, creating inward-looking spaces in each tower and a more outward-looking central space opening out into the surrounding apple orchard. Each of the towers houses private functions such as bathrooms, bedrooms and service spaces, and framed window openings allow for framed views over the adjacent apple orchards. 

SAGE HOTEL COMPLETED

SAGE HOTEL COMPLETED

Our Sage Hotel in Ringwood/ Melbourne has opened its doors. The  hotel is the next stage of the ongoing transformation of Eastland into a mixed use town centre, adding new urban building blocks alongside and atop of existing structures around our new Town Square. The hotel has 120 rooms over 6 floors. The simple volume of the rooms is dressed in a glass curtain wall, fritted to give the impression of a pleated curtain falling gently over 6 floors. The podium of the hotel as a flexible workspace members club, building on the success of the start-up office space located in the adjacent library for young tech-entrepreneurs. 
VICTORIA GATE AND WATERMARK SHORTLISTED

VICTORIA GATE AND WATERMARK SHORTLISTED

Watermark Westquay and Victoria Gate are among the fifteen finalists of the ICSC European Shopping Centers Awards as Best Refurbishment and Expansions and Best New Development. Since 1975, the International Council of Shopping Centers has presented awards for the most outstanding new and refurbished shopping centers in Europe. The jury will announce the winners at the ICSC Conference on the 26th of April 2018 in Barcelona.
 

VICTORIA GATE WINS AT WAF

VICTORIA GATE WINS AT WAF

Victoria Gate has won the award for best retail project worldwide at the 2017 WAF - World Architecture Festival in Berlin.
The judges singled out the project's contributions to the wider urban fabric of Leeds and its beautiful interior spaces in their validation to award Victoria Gate against strong international competition. 
MAPIC AWARD FOR VICTORIA GATE

MAPIC AWARD FOR VICTORIA GATE

Victoria Gate has won the award for Best New Shopping Centre in Cannes at MAPIC, the international property conference. We are delighted that the scheme is recognized in this way by the professional development community. 

VICTORIA GATE WINS BRICK AWARDS

VICTORIA GATE WINS BRICK AWARDS

Delighted that Victoria Gate has won the award for Best Commercial Building and Best Innovative Use of Brick and Clay Products at the Brick Awards 2017.
We enjoyed working with Ketley Brick and Thorp Precast to design the external façade.
 
ACME AT CHESTER CONFERENCE

ACME AT CHESTER CONFERENCE

Catherine Hennesy from ACME will speak on the 15th of November at The Chester conference, an exploration of how Conservation Areas can add value to the quality of life in our cities, towns and villages.
Chester is famous for its historic Rows- recessed walkways set above street level which line the two main routes through the city. These streets subdivide the centre into quarters, one of which is the site of ACME’s masterplan to rejuvenate Chester's ailing retail offer and the Market. The new Northgate scheme will feature a sequence of new public spaces, a new department store, hotel, market and cinema, to bring renewed footfall and activity to this ancient heritage quarter.

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CREATIVITY IN CONCRETE AWARDS 2017

CREATIVITY IN CONCRETE AWARDS 2017

British Precast has awarded ACME the 2017 Creativity in Concrete Awards for Victoria Gate in Leeds. ACME designed two buildings in concrete, a John Lewis Department store with polished and acid etched reconstituted stone, and an arcade with a precast pleated façade creates a multitude of shadows and depth across the building, with an external face created by 360,000 individually drawn and located bricks.
BANK HQ IN LEIPZIG PROGRESS

BANK HQ IN LEIPZIG PROGRESS

The construction of the new headquarters of the SAB near the main station of Leipzig is finally commencing in earnest. Following on from the demolition of the old Robotron foundations, a 100x100m pit has been excavated, illustrating the scale of the building. 33m deep sheet piling was used to create a dry pit against a high pressing ground water table. The contract for the concrete frame has been awarded and building works are scheduled to start in November 2017.
ACME AT GREAT BRITISH BUILDINGS

ACME AT GREAT BRITISH BUILDINGS

Victoria Gate will be featured on Thursday 9th of November as part of Great British Buildings organised by RIBA to explore this year's RIBA Award winning buildings, through a series of talks and tours across England. 
Victoria Gate, winner of RIBA Yorkshire Building of the Year 2017 and RIBA National Award, is a complex of three buildings in the city centre of Leeds, developed and inspired by the local historic architectural context of Harewood and Eastgate, while being unashamedly contemporary and designed and built using the latest advances in digital technology and production.
The President of the RIBA, Ben Derbyshire, has kindly agreed to give the opening address, followed by a talk by Friedrich Ludewig and a tour of the building.
ACME UNVEILS STAIRCASE PROTOTYPE

ACME UNVEILS STAIRCASE PROTOTYPE

ACME has completed a staircase prototype combining modern methods of construction with an adaptive design approach, created to work with a minimum of intervention within any building. The solid timber stair was designed in 48 weeks, manufactured in four weeks and constructed in just 5 days, and has been installed on the ground floor of ACME's offices in London.
Inspired by Coco Chanel’s mirror stair in 31 Rue Cambon in Paris that enabled anyone perched at the top to observe the comings and goings on all levels of her atelier, two sides of the stair have been clad in mirrors to ensure the space of the stair is a visual as well as physical link
ACME SHORTLISTED FOR AJ AWARDS

ACME SHORTLISTED FOR AJ AWARDS

Victoria Gate and WestQuay Watermark have been shortlisted in the Mixed Use and Retail categories at the AJ Architecture Awards 2017. The AJ Architecture Awards seeks to highlight the very best UK projects across a range of key categories – from community schemes and cultural projects to tall buildings and workplace designs. Winners will be revealed on the 7th December.

ARTWORKS FOR CANOPY ALDGATE

ARTWORKS FOR CANOPY ALDGATE

ACME have worked with Dais Contemporary to commission a series of artworks for the new Canopy by Hilton opening in Aldgate in the City of London. Made by London-based artist, the works address aspects of the East London context of Whitechapel, Spitalfields and Shoreditch. Selected artists include Tom Gidley, Janne Malmros and Steven Quinn.
The art will be a key part of the hotel interiors design and will include large scale portraits in the corridors by artist Mia Bergeron showcasing the faces of everyday characters living and working in the surrounding neighbourhoods.
A selection of collages by Steven Quinn will be included in room cabinets. These refer to his street art project ‘Face Off’ (2014) where he took to the streets tearing up and combining images from old magazines and printed archival imagery, which he then pasted into public areas around Brick Lane and Shoreditch.
The art will appear in every room and the common areas, including smaller works in bespoke cabinets like prints, potteries and textiles.
ACME AT CAFE CONCRETE

ACME AT CAFE CONCRETE

Friedrich Ludewig from ACME is talking on the 3rd of October at Cafe Concrete describing the design evolution and the making of the precast concrete facades for Victoria Gate, Leeds. The project pushed the boundaries of manufacture through early collaboration with the specialist precasters and a full 3d workflow from concept design to concrete moulds.
BRICK WORKS TALK IN LONDON

BRICK WORKS TALK IN LONDON

Friedrich Ludewig from ACME will present at the forthcoming Brick Works Talk on Tuesday 3rd October in Southwark, London. The evening event will provide three in-depth, contemporary case studies on some of the most notable new clay brick architecture in the UK.
Friedrich Ludewig will talk about Victoria Gate in Leeds, the new twin arcade building continuing the grand history of Leeds’ 19th century arcades.
VICTORIA GATE AND WESTQUAY WATERMARK SHORTLISTED

VICTORIA GATE AND WESTQUAY WATERMARK SHORTLISTED

Victoria Gate and WestQuay Watermark have been shortlisted in the Re:new and Re:lax categories at the Revo Gold Awards. The Gold Awards celebrate the best examples of development and innovation in the retail property and placemaking sector. The winners will be announced on the 6th of December.

BOARDWALK IN FOLKESTONE OPEN

BOARDWALK IN FOLKESTONE OPEN

Over the last 6 month, extensive earthworks have taken place to dredge Folkestone Harbour and raise the land levels behind the beach as future flood defence. These works have now been completed and a new boardwalk has been installed at the crest of the raised shingle beach. The 800m long wooden walkway connects the Lower Leas Coastal Park and the Folkestone Harbour Arm. 
The boardwalk is made from 1960s railway sleepers, made from extremely tough tropical hardwood that is saltwater resistant. The shape of the boardwalk corresponds to the Folkestone Harbour masterplan which will be built behind it. 
During the Folkestone Triennial (2 September – 5 November 2017), several artworks are accessible from the new path, including Out of Tune by A K Dolven, a holiday home by Richard Woods, Jelly Mound Pavilion by Lubaina Himid and Casa Anacaona by Sol Calero. 

ROBINA CENTRE WINS QUEENSLAND PROPERTY OF THE YEAR

ROBINA CENTRE WINS QUEENSLAND PROPERTY OF THE YEAR

We are delighted that Robina Town Centre has won the Queensland Retail Property of The Year for 2017, and Excellence awards for marketing and food retailing.

The expansion of Robina Town Centre seeks expands the previously indoor nature of the Town Centre to create a new civic square. The Kitchens, the new fresh food market works with local artisans and food producers to shape a new destination that combines fresh food shopping, cooking, tasting, learning and eating.

Coles Mall, Central Market and South Mall are unified by an undulating timber clad roof creating shaded apertures. A series of south-facing notches, like gill slits, brings daylight inside with minimal solar gain. Inside, the volume evokes a reversed nave, defined by the regular ribs and layers of locally sourced honey-coloured timber.

FOLKESTONE VIADUCT OPENED

FOLKESTONE VIADUCT OPENED

Folkestone Harbour viaduct was built in 1843 by the South Eastern Railway Company, and was designed by William Cubitt, Chief Engineer of the line. The structure crosses the harbour with 13 arches. The current steel swing bridge replaced the orginal  timber bridge in 1930. In its heyday, this viaduct carried the Boat trains from London to Folkestone Harbour station, connecting via boat to Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. Since the Channel tunnel has opened, ferry traffic has receeded, and the harbour station has fallen out of us. This has allowed the reuse of the Viaduct as a new public and pedestrian space, linking the Old High Street to the Harbour arm. Work is ongoing to transform the Harbour Station, which is scheduled to open to pedestrians in October.

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FOLKESTONE TRIENNIAL

FOLKESTONE TRIENNIAL

The fourth edition of the Folkestone Triennial has opened on Saturday; this year's topic is "Double Edge". We were delighted to collaborate with Diane Dever and the Decorators to complete the Urban Room. This work is located in parts of the old Customs House and creates a reading room and place for discussions about Folkestone's past and its future.
GEORGE STREET COMPLETED

GEORGE STREET COMPLETED

Six years after our first proposal, the first phase of Victoria Gate in Leeds is coming to its end. The facade on George streets are now fully complete, with both rooftop restaurants open to the public through the new timber staircase. The shades of the brick, terracotta and Corten cladding are designed to work in harmony with the historic buildings of Victoria Quarter built around 1900. 
We look forward to see future developments on the Market side of George Street, opposite Victoria Gate, and a new entrance to the Playhouse at the bottom of George Street, to complete the urban regeneration of this historic route. 
VICTORIA GATE AND EASTLAND SHORTLISTED AT WAF

VICTORIA GATE AND EASTLAND SHORTLISTED AT WAF

Victoria Gate and Eastland have been shortlisted for best Shopping and Mixed use buildings at the WAF Awards 2017.
Eastland Melbourne is a new town square surrounded by commercial units and restaurants, a new David Jones department store, the public realm and a new central library as part of the extension of the existing Eastland Centre. 
The Victoria Gate Arcade is designed as a two storey, twin arcade with a complex roofscape continuing the grand history of Leeds’ 19th century arcades.

AERIAL VIEWS OF VICTORIA GATE

AERIAL VIEWS OF VICTORIA GATE

The first aerial pictures have arrived showing the completed Victoria scheme in the urban context of Leeds. The Multi-storey car park, John Lewis Store and the Victoria Gate Arcade are the first phase of a larger regeneration project, and it was important to us that the first phase gives flexibility for future developments to come forward. The buildings appear as three distinct elements with individual identities that relate to each other and the vernacular of Leeds. New streets and connections create movement into and through the spaces, reconnecting disparate part of the city.
VICTORIA GATE SHORTLISTED FOR BRICK AWARDS 2017

VICTORIA GATE SHORTLISTED FOR BRICK AWARDS 2017


We are delighted that Victoria Gate has been shortlisted for three categories, Urban Regeneration,Commercial Building and Innovative Use of Brick and Clay Products at the Brick Awards 2017.
The exterior of new arcade building evolves from the 19th and 20th century language of the surrounding Blomfield and Victorian brick and terracotta buildings in Leeds, and consists of sculpturally pleated brick elevations, changing in rhythm and scale to respond to the context. The bricks have been specially selected with Ketley to ensure that they will weather well when exposed to Yorkshire rain, and have been pointed off site as prefabricated units with concrete backing by Thorp.
The winner projects will be announced on the 9th of November 2017.

THE WAVE PLAZA CONSTRUCTION

THE WAVE PLAZA CONSTRUCTION

Construction works have started in Muscat/ Oman for ACME's new Harbour Plaza. The Wave is a new urban quarter of Muscat, expanding the city along the coastal strip towards the airport, with a new Marina and Harbour at its heart. The Plaza is designed as an auditorium type event space for the new quarter and a place to enjoy view from the new restaurants out to the boats and the sea. The first steel structure have been installed to set out the position of the eleven canopies, which will create shade and shelter across much of the plaza.

THINKCITY TALK AT PAM

THINKCITY TALK AT PAM

ThinkCity was founded in 2009 as a subsidiary of Khazanah, the country’s sovereign wealth fund, and has been working as a key placemaking agency involved in the regeneration and urban planning of a number of projects in Penang, KL and other parts of Malaysia. ACME, Lacaton & Vassal and Kayoko Ota have been invited as part of the current lecture series to speak on the subject of creativity in construction. Friedrich Ludewig will explore as part of his talk the contemporary use of regional references and materials and construction methods in our buildings. Please join us on Monday 24th of July at the main lecture theatre of Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) - the Malaysian Institute of Architects. 

KUALA LUMPUR ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL

KUALA LUMPUR ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL

ACME will give one of the Keynote lectures at DATUM:KL, the conference of the Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival 2017. This years theme is the relatonship between Power and Architecture, and Friedrich Ludewig will present a number of recent ACME projects from Leipzig, Leeds, Hamburg and Melbourne and discuss their power to change public and private spaces, neighbourhoods and cities. Please join us on Saturday the 22nd of July at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
MINORIES CONSTRUCTION

MINORIES CONSTRUCTION

Our Minories construction site in Aldgate, within the financial heart of the City of London, has started construction. Following detailed planning consent for an office building, a 360-bed Hilton hotel and an apartment tower, and following demolition of existing buildings last year, McAleer and Rush have completed the shared basement under the entirety of the site. The basement will serve all three new buildings and provide a route to the back of house areas of each typology whilst keeping disturbances for residents in the area to an absolute minimum. A landscaped park will be created over the basement to provide green grass, allotments, shade and playgrounds, open to all residents and workers of the local neighborhood.

ROOFTOP OPENED IN VICTORIA LEEDS

ROOFTOP OPENED IN VICTORIA LEEDS

The rooftop at Victoria Gate has opened its doors with Issho, a 725 sqm Japanese restaurant, bar, and outside dining terrace. This location offers splendid south facing views over the skyline of Leeds.
The top floor of the arcade is clad with Corten steel; its rust-like color was chosen to complement the bricks used in the arcade and the surrounding historic buildings. The vertical folds strongly punctuate the facade, providing rigidity and a strong reading of light and shadow.
HAWK EMPLOYED AS NATURAL BIRD DETERRENT

HAWK EMPLOYED AS NATURAL BIRD DETERRENT

Our Harris Hawk has arrived in Watermark Southampton, a key member of our building maintenance team for the new Watermark building. The facades are designed with pigeon and seagull deterrents in mind, however seagulls normally love to sit on the roof ridges to oversee proceedings. The Hawk will visit the building regularly to ensure that pigeons and seagulls don't ever feel too comfortable here. It is fed before being let loose, to make sure that it only scares away the birds rather that creating a bloodbath. This is the most cost effective natural deterrent, and two brief visits per month will ensure that other birds will remember to avoid Watermark despite the steady supply of crumbs from the outside restaurant tables.
WATERMARK WESTQUAY COMPLETED

WATERMARK WESTQUAY COMPLETED

Watermark WestQuay, a major public square and leisure development in Southampton, is now completed. ACME have been working with Hammerson on this project since 2010, when we won an invited competition to create a new masterplan for the site.

The now completed first phase contains a 10-screen multiplex cinema, bowling alley, 24 restaurants and cafés, and a new public plaza and esplanade. Watermark sits adjacent to the medieval town walls, the High Street and WestQuay Shopping Centre, drawing people back to the historic waterfront. A soaring cantilevered cinema volume wrapped in a skin of curving steel tubes projects out over the new square, forming a gateway and visual signifier for guests arriving and departing from the adjacent Cruise Terminal.
MINORIES SHORTLISTED TO NLA AWARDS

MINORIES SHORTLISTED TO NLA AWARDS

Delighted to learn that Minories for 4CHotels has been shortlisted for the New London Architecture Awards 2017.
Located in Aldgate, on a site with a rich historic and cultural background spanning centuries, the proposal aims at reinstate lost streets and create new urban squares and landscaping as well as three new buildings, an office block, a residential tower and a hotel. A new green courtyard is created between these three buildings, and the Paleys upon Pilers installation built for the London Festival of Architecture in 2012 will be reinstated here for public enjoyment.
CEILING COMPLETE IN VICTORIA GATE ARCADES

CEILING COMPLETE IN VICTORIA GATE ARCADES

In the coming weeks, Leeds Victoria will get two new rooftop restaurants with great views over Kirkgate. A spiral stair and oak lined atrium connects them to the new arcade, lit from above by a sculptural ceiling. The computer generated dome design was built with 18,000 pieces of stained oak. The offset in three dimensions between the oak pieces allows daylight through and creates sensations of levity and movement, despite the weight of 4 tonnes. The continuity of oak on walls, balustrade and the domes seeks to unify walls and ceiling, to evoke the visual sensation of a tall and mysterious contemporary grotto.

BERLIN BRIDGE LIGHTING

BERLIN BRIDGE LIGHTING

First lighting tests have been undertaken on site for our footbridge in Berlin. The continuous light track in the handrail reveals the structural steel pattern by emphasising the changing perforations cut into the thickness of the balustrade.

The bridge will be seen from the S-Bahn next to Dan Flavin's light installation for the facade of the Hamburger Bahnhof, and we remain keen to find an acceptable coloured light for the bridge to complement this.
SWANSEA CENTRAL GETS PLANNING PERMISSION

SWANSEA CENTRAL GETS PLANNING PERMISSION

Swansea Central, ACME's major new culture, leisure, employment and residential quarter in the centre of Wales’ second largest city, has received Outline Planning permission. Located on the site of the former St David’s shopping centre and the old Coal Drops of Victoria Dock, the new development is part of the £1.3bn Swansea City Deal signed by the government earlier this year.

Our project will re-establish a network of pedestrian streets and squares aligned to the historic character of the city. New North-South routes will create a clear and direct path from the centre to the beach, bringing the city back to its coastline at Swansea Bay. 
BERLIN BRIDGE MOCK-UP

BERLIN BRIDGE MOCK-UP

The mock-up for our footbridge over the Berlin-Spandauer Schifffahrtskanal has arrived on site. This footbridge will connect the newly developed Europacity area to the east, across the canal where the Berlin Wall separated Berlin from 1961 to 1989.

The 2m long mock-up gives a first  impression of the steel work for the laser cut balustrade which forms the main structural beam of the bridge. The degree of openings of the perforation reflects the gradient of forces within the structural balustrade, more solid to the abutments, more open to its centre.

VICTORIA GATE WINS RIBA YORKSHIRE BUILDING OF THE YEAR

VICTORIA GATE WINS RIBA YORKSHIRE BUILDING OF THE YEAR

At last night's awards ceremony in Hull, RIBA Yorkshire awarded Victoria Gate the award for Best Building of the Year and an RIBA Regional award. It is a great honour to see a decade of work from many people at Hammerson, ACME, McAlpine and the wider design team recognized in this way. 

The RIBA Yorkshire awards follows on from recent success of Victoria Gate at Mipim in Cannes where it won the award for Best International Shopping Centre and from the Irish Concrete Society where it won the award for Best International Project.

We look forward to the next award ceremony in Melbourne, Australia, where our Library and Public Square in Eastland has been shortlisted for the Victorian Architecture Awards by the Australian Institute of Architects.

LEIPZIG BANK HQ GETS PLANNING PERMISSION

LEIPZIG BANK HQ GETS PLANNING PERMISSION

Planning permission has been granted for the new headquarters of the Sächsische Aufbaubank (SAB) in Leipzig. Located in the city centre close to the main station, the building will include conference, consultation and office space for 600 members of staff spread over 20.000sqm, as well as a major new public space. While bank buildings are historically characterized as temples of stability and wealth, the new SAB Forum seeks to find a contemporary interpretation of the traditional typology of a bank as an imposing institution representing stability, permanence and strength. Construction of the basement box has started in February 2017, and the Bank is scheduled to move into the new building in late Spring 2019.
LEIPZIG BANK EARTHWORKS PROGRESS

LEIPZIG BANK EARTHWORKS PROGRESS

Preparation works for the construction of the excavation pit are progressing on site. A diaphragm wall construction will go down to ca. 31 metres below ground in order to deal with the high water levels and enable construction of the retaining walls for the basement. Construction started with the installation of concrete guide walls to set out the position of the diaphragm walls around the site measuring 100 m x 100 m. Currently four drills are on site to carry out the drilling of ca. 6.400 metres length. Two diaphragm wall grabs are preparing the diaphragm wall in which the retaining walls will be inserted as sheet piles. Explosive ordnance surveys were carried out in advance of construction as this part of the historic city centre of Leipzig had been severely bombed in 1943.
CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS MELBOURNE HOTEL

CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS MELBOURNE HOTEL

The installation of the fritted glass panels for the facade of the Sage hotel in Eastland, Melbourne has commenced. The facade has been designed to mimic the pattern of a curtain when seen from afar, through a graduated pattern of screen printed diamonds that vary in size and proximity. The hotel is built above the mixed use development of Eastland that we completed last year, utilizing some of the extra capacity of the stuctural columns and beams that had been allowed for in anticipation of future expansion.
VICTORIA GATE WINS MIPIM WORLD'S BEST SHOPPING CENTRE AWARD

VICTORIA GATE WINS MIPIM WORLD'S BEST SHOPPING CENTRE AWARD

Victoria Gate has beaten strong competition from Europe, Japan and China to win the Award for Best International Shopping Centre at the World's largest property conference in Cannes, Mipim.

Hammerson, ACME and Waterman were delighted to collect the award on behalf of the entire design team which has worked incredibly hard over a period of 9 years to deliver the first new retail arcade in decades. 
VICTORIA GATE WINS BEST NEW BUILDING IN LEEDS 2016

VICTORIA GATE WINS BEST NEW BUILDING IN LEEDS 2016

Victoria Gate Arcades has won the award for best building of 2016 at the Leeds Architecture Awards. We are delighted that the building has been recognised in this way to acknowledge all the work from a large group of dedicated people across Leeds City Council, Hammerson, Waterman Structures, Hoare Lea, Gardiner & Theobald, ACME and others. 

LEIPZIG BANK CONSTRUCTION STARTED

LEIPZIG BANK CONSTRUCTION STARTED

Construction works have started on site in Leipzig for our new headquarter building for SAB. Concrete guide walls have been installed to set out the position of the diaphragm walls around the site, making the extent of the 100 m x 100 m site visible for the first time. Contaminated groundwater is expected 3m below ground level, so a watertight wall around the site has to be installed before any further works can commence.

SOUTHAMPTON OPENING

SOUTHAMPTON OPENING

Following the soft launch of the Watermark Westquay in December last year most of the restaurants and the bowling alley at Watermark are now open. This Friday, 10th February, the project reaches another major milestone with the opening of the ten screen Cinema. From it's elevated position the foyer offers fantastic new views to the waterfront and the plaza below, between the curving stainless steel tubes of the facade.

More than 12 years have passed since the inception of the project, we can't wait to see this last key piece of the Watermark puzzle in place and the people of Southampton enjoying a new corner of the city and a stroll through the new square along the medieval city walls.