RECENTLY INSTALLED: CARPENTERS LAND BRIDGE AT STRATFORD WATERFRONT

Over the recent Christmas break, the first element of Stratford Waterfront was installed. The Carpenters Land Bridge, a pedestrian and cycle bridge connects the future East Bank cultural and education quarter with the International Quarter, Stratford and beyond. Providing step-free access at both ends, the steel bridge lands between the buildings for the London College of Fashion and V&A East. It is a key part of the infrastructure for the new culture and education district, providing new access to the site.

The bridge has been designed by Arquitecturia Camps Felip and engineered by Buro Happold, who are part of the collaborative design team for East Bank led by Allies and Morrison and including architects O’Donnell + Toumey.

Photography by Graham Wilson – Stort Images

NEW WORK: VICTORIA STATION ENVIRONS STUDY

Allies and Morrison has been appointed by the Victoria Business Improvement District (BID) working closely with Westminster City Council to develop a concept masterplan for Victoria Station and environs, for the transformation of Victoria Station hub and its surroundings.

The strategy will be a catalyst for wider improvements, supporting job creation housing delivery, improvement of the public realm and pedestrian accessibility. Allies and Morrison is leading a consultant team including Weston Williamson + Partners, Mott MacDonald, Avison Young and Snapdragon.

‘We are delighted to be leading a strong team who are all looking forward to engaging with local residents, business owners and operators, landowners and visitors to Victoria,’ says Jo Bacon, managing partner, ‘The project is an opportunity to strengthen the public realm while exploring opportunities for development and improvement of this important part of Westminster and London. The qualities of the adjoining neighbourhoods are clear and distinct. We hope to build on these strengths to deliver a compelling vision to guide London Victoria’s future.’

HOUSING IN LONDON

Several of the practice’s housing projects in London will be reaching completion and are already welcoming their first residents. These include Keybridge, Lampton Road Phase 1 and Kingsbridge at Gascoigne Estate.

Containing a mix of building typologies – two tall buildings, linear blocks, maisonettes, mansion blocks and even ‘rooftop’ houses, Keybridge provides a welcome contextual response to its setting in Lambeth. The first phase of a new neighbourhood at Lampton Road for Notting Hill Housing is one of London‘s largest affordable housing projects. And in Barking, Kingsbridge introduces two new streets of shared ownership terraces at the south eastern side of the Gascoigne Estate.

At a time when London is seeking to accommodate growth within its existing boundaries, all three housing projects offer different ideas on how to plan and build for these changes while responding to local context.

NEW RESEARCH PROJECT: BALANCING HERITAGE AND GROWTH IN CATHEDRAL CITIES AND HISTORIC TOWNS

The Historic Towns and Villages Forum (HTVF) and the Alliance of Historic Cathedral Cities and Towns (ACT) have appointed Allies and Morrison to undertake a new piece of research, studying how growth is being accommodated in historic towns in England and how heritage and growth can be better balanced.

The study will focus on historic towns and cities to produce practical, policy-relevant recommendations designed to help local authorities to tackle the challenges of development in relation to heritage and empower local communities to assist this. The project will be built around the contributions of local civic societies in identifying local character and local challenges to heritage. It will deliver a method for assessing the types and characteristics of development likely to be sympathetic to historic places and it will provide guidance for planners, civic societies and conservation specialists on how to ensure positive benefits from development in historic places.