26th of November 2018

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.


12th of November 2018

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.


8th of November 2018

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.



26th of October 2018

Duarte Lobo Antunes will talk on the 1st of November about coastal regeneration of Folkstone Harbour at the networking event Opportunity area briefing: East Kent organised by Kent Design.
The half-day event will be a showcase for major developments in Dover, Folkestone, Canterbury and Thanet. The panels of speakers includes developers and designers working on major projects as well as local authorities and other public bodies involved in developments happening in East Kent.
The event will start at 9 am and take place at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury.


23rd of October 2018

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.


19th of October 2018

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.


15th of October 2018

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.


9th of October 2018

We are delighted that Folkestone Harbour has been shortlisted for the Kent Design and Development Awards 2018 by Kent County Council.
The works to Folkestone Harbour has transformed the previously closed port and station area into publicly accessible buildings and places for residents and visitors to enjoy, reconnect the seafront to the town, and putting the harbour and its heritage back at the heart of Folkestone.
Winners will be announced in November at County Hall in Maidstone.


4th of October 2018

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.


28th of September 2018

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.