VICTORIA GATE AND EASTLAND SHORTLISTED AT WAF15th of August 2017
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 GATE10th of August 2017
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 20174th of August 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 CONSTRUCTION31st of July 2017
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 PAM18th of July 2017
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 FESTIVAL16th of July 2017
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 TIMELAPSE14th of July 2017
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 LEEDS6th of July 2017
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 DETERRENT30th of June 2017
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 COMPLETED27th of June 2017
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.