KENT DESIGN AWARDS9th 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.
SWANSEA CENTRAL GO AHEAD4th 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.
FOLKESTONE HARBOUR EXHIBITION28th 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.
RISING STARS 201826th of September 2018
Friedrich Ludewig is one of the judges for the Rising Stars 2018 organised by RIBA Journal.
The awards seek to reward the most gifted young architects and designers of the year, looking for evidence of original thinking, leadership, collaboration and hard graft. Results will be announced in the November RIBA Journal.
ACME AT 100% DESIGN18th of September 2018
100% Design London opens this week. In the 100% Talks series, Friedrich Ludewig from ACME will speak about New Common Spaces. Public space is increasingly being built by the private sector, in places where the public sector is struggling to provide them. ACME will explore the potential of new common spaces as public anchors and attractors in Melbourne, Brisbane and Southampton. The talk is on the 20th of September at 12:00 pm at Olympia London.
MINORIES CONSTRUCTION5th of September 2018
Our Minories construction site in the Aldgate in the City of London is rapidly progressing.
The 360 bed Canopy by Hilton hotel consists of existing elements and new structures. Internal demolition of partitions has completed and the basement and ground floor transfer structures are now in place, with the new frame rising at a speed of one level per fortnight.
Construction works on the 15 story residential structure has reached the halfway point of level 7 this week with a 2 weeks turnaround per level, and should see the concrete frame topped out in January.
SWANSEA CENTRAL22nd of August 2018
Over the last years, Swansea Council has spent considerable resource redefining Swansea as a city of education, sustainable energy and digital technology. ACME have worked with the Council since 2015 on a new masterplan for the centre of Swansea.
The first phase of Swansea Central which is now under way will create 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. Future phases of Swansea Central will be able to grow and evolve around them.
PLANNING FOR STRATFORD TIMBER PAVILION25th of July 2018
ACME has received unanimous planning approval for a new timber pavilion in Stratford. The building will act as a focal point for the central space of the International Quarter development. It will mark the transition from the dense urban fabric of the International Quarter to the more open landscape context of the river Lea, the Aquatics, the future East Bank and the Elizabeth Park.
We designed the adjacent Olympic Bridges over 12 years ago, very much with a future legacy in mind, and we’re delighted to be back all those years later to contribute to the legacy of the games and create a small building to anchor the public space of the International Quarter and provide a place for events, for celebrations and to pause and watch the world go by.
The pavilion will house a visitor centre with a cafe, restaurants over two floors and a public rooftop terrace with amazing views over the Bridge towards the park and London Stadium. The public realm will extend from the square to the roof, generating a number of lookout points and sitting places from which to enjoy the views.
We have been working with Lendlease for some time to develop innovative timber structures, and we are delighted that this pavilion will be the first timber structure developed with them to receive planning.
LEEDS BRONZE TERRACOTTA17th of July 2018
Some keen Leeds citizens have noted in late 2016 that the John Lewis Building in Leeds was not finished. While the store is certainly open and trading, the facade has a few blank areas, where our planning drawings showed glazed terracotta.
The original supplier of the material had gone into liquidation during the construction period, and it took a long time to develop an alternative product with new suppliers and to get the right warranties. We have finally inspected the new mock-up with the new tiles this week.
The decorative pattern is created by terracotta tiles coated in a bronze metallic finish, inspired by the rich terracotta heritage from the former Burmantoff terracotta works located close-by.
We designed 4 hexagonal tiles, which can be rotated during installation to create the appearance of a random, non-repetitive pattern.
The terracotta tiles were pressed in Germany by NBK. The innovative metallic coating is by Teamwork in Italy. The mock-up was built by Adept in Nottingham.
TABERNACLE BATHROOM4th of July 2018
Bath-, rest- or washroom, lavatories, toilets, privy, loo, WC, whatever we call this place, we all go there approximately 2,500 times a year. We rarely spend much time there. Any opportunity to design a fleeting experience, a mesmerizing place that can continue to surprise and entertain. Inspired by the works of Jeppe Hein and Yayoi Kusama, the faceted mirrors create a vision of moving, fractured infinity, enhanced by kaleidoscopic lights. Wash basins made from plates of Mirror Polished steel, dryers and cubicles hidden behind mirrors. A toilet experience that is making the brief time spend here a bit more memorable.