18th of March 2019

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.


15th of March 2019

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. 


12th of March 2019

Following successful planning consent granted 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.


5th of March 2019

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.


4th of February 2019

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.


28th of January 2019

100 columns defining the edge of the SAB project in Leipzig. Each column is a continuous, 21m long spun concrete object, 0.4 to 0.7m in diameter. 
The concrete frame of the building has finally reached the roof level, so the first full height columns have started to arrive on site, ready for installation by mobile crane. Once all perimeter columns are lifted into position, the final concrete roof slab can be cast, at the end of January 2019. 
There will be 280 spun concrete columns across the SAB Forum columns upon completion.


25th of January 2019

The concrete frame of Minories residential building has finally topped 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.


23rd of January 2019

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.


17th of January 2019

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.


8th of January 2019

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.