VICTORIA GATE AND WATERMARK SHORTLISTED20th of November 2017
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 WAF17th of November 2017
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.
THE CRAFT OF CONCRETE FACADES16th of November 2017
The Cafe Concrete talk at the Building Centre is now available online, a 20 minute talk about the development of Victoria Gate and the facades for the arcade and the department store as brick and polished concrete composites.
MAPIC AWARD FOR VICTORIA GATE16th of November 2017
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 AWARDS13th of November 2017
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 CONFERENCE10th of November 2017
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.
Tickets available here.
CREATIVITY IN CONCRETE AWARDS 20176th of November 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.
FOLKESTONE EDGE - BORDER3rd of November 2017
Edge is a trio of day-long symposia, presented as part of Folkestone Triennial 2017, explores the concept of situated practice in contemporary art, architecture and urbanism. The events bring together practitioners and thinkers at three ‘edge’ locations connected by the High Speed 1 railway, which acts a geographical link and embodies ideas associated with community, connectivity and escapism.
ACME/ Friedrich Ludewig will speak at the third and final event on the 4th of November in Folkestone on the subject of borders and regeneration. For 150 yeas, Folkestone was the gateway from England to France, until the construction of the tunnel brought faster connections but rendered ferries superfluous. The harbour and water edge of the town centre have been vacant since then, patiently awaiting new uses to colonize the existing historic harbour and station. We are challenged to imbue this long neglected part of the town with a renewed purpose and function that is at once new but respectful of its past and makes it an inclusive and integral part of Folkestone.
The Symposia are organised by the UCL Urban Laboratory and Folkestone Triennial 2017, with additional support from the Slade School of Fine Art, UCLand The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Tickets available here.
BANK HQ IN LEIPZIG PROGRESS27th of October 2017
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 BUILDINGS20th of October 2017
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.