ACME FARM15th of June 2018
We are currently working on a number of large scale projects involving commercial urban indoor farming. So before we unleash ACME Salad on everyone else, we thought we should try it on ourselves.
We have completed our first Vertical Hydroponic Urban Farm in our London office. Utilizing a brass shelving designed for this purpose, we have installed three different hydroponic systems; NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) channel systems for growing herbs such as Basil and Mint, DWC (Deep Water Cultivation) Systems for growing lettuces, and trays for growing Microgreens and Edible Flowers. The plants are grown under a variety of LED grow lights, timed to emit light throughout the day.
We are now growing 20 varieties of salads and herbs for our office lunches.At the same time, we are monitoring the energy and water usage to better understand efficiency and to evaluate quality of produce versus energy input.
LONDON TO BRIGHTON FOR THE BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION7th of June 2018
On the 17th of June, ACME will take part in the London to Brighton bike ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation, the heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research. Our team of eight talented archicyclists will ride 54 mile to raise money that will help to undertake pioneering research into many different heart conditions, their diagnosis and treatment. We are grateful for any support of the riders and the cause, all money raised will go directly to the British Heart Foundation.
PRIX VERSAILLES FOR WATERMARK SOUTHAMPTON16th of May 2018
Against strong international competition, Watermark WestQuay has won two Prix Versailles in Paris, for Best Shopping Centre Europe and for Best Shopping Centre Worldwide. The ceremony was held on May 15th at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The jury included the president of UIA Thomas Vonier and a number of renowned architects, among them Manuelle Gautrand, Wang Shu and Ma Yansong.
DIGITAL BUILDING AT JUNG ARCHITECTURE TALKS STUTTGART7th of May 2018
As part of the JUNG architecture talks series, Friedrich Ludewig will speak on the 17th of May in the Stuttgart Staatsgalerie designed by James Stirling. The event is part of a lecture series running since 2006 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The event will start at 18:30 and is accessible upon registration. See you there!
ICSC AWARDS4th of May 2018
At the ICSC awards in Barcelona, Victoria Gate has been commended for Best New European Development 2018 and Watermark Westquay for Best European Extension 2018 by the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Every year since 1977, the ICSC European Shopping Centre and Retailer Awards recognise excellence, innovation and creativity within European’s real estate industry honouring outstanding achievement in the design and development of retail properties and stores.
FOLKESTONE HARBOUR GETS PLANNING PERMISSION2nd of May 2018
Folkestone and Hythe District Council's Planning and Licensing Committee approved last week the application to make amendments to the existing planning consent for the Folkestone seafront development.
The challenge of the project is to imbue this long neglected, but highly attractive part of town with a distinctive character that is at once new and an integral part of Folkestone.
During the last year further sections of public realm have been completed: the viaduct promenade, the renovated station platforms and the new boardwalk. These have added to the Harbour Arm, which has proved to be immensely popular, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors in 2017.
MUSCAT MARSA PLAZA COMPLETED26th of April 2018
Marsa Plaza, our new public space for Al Mouj in Oman had its grand public opening on 11th of April.
His Excellency Sayyid Badr bin Hamed Al Busaidi, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a number of dignitaries came to open the new public square to music and fireworks.
Located at the intersection between the main boulevard and the marina promenade, the Plaza forms the public heart of Al Mouj, the award winning new urban development that is expanding the Muscat coastal strip towards the airport. Shaded by a series of canopy inspired by the patterns of traditional Omani architecture, the Plaza is a gathering space for residents, a leisure destination for visitors and a performance arena for events.
The canopies and trees provide shading from the sun and the plaza terraces towards the marina, opening views out to sea and forming a number of benches inviting occupation . The water feature at the centre of the Plaza has quickly turned the space into a family play destination, and regular concerts and performances will take place on the main stage in the weekends.
LSA ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION20th of April 2018
RIBA Yorkshire and the Leeds Society of Architects are exhibiting in our Victoria Gate Arcade in Leeds. The exhibition entitled “Architecture Leeds” showcases the work of more than 30 Leeds- based architecture practices. If you are in Leeds, we'll be delighted to see you at some of the lectures and events taking place until the 12th of May 2018.
BRITISH PARKING AWARDS 201813th of April 2018
The Leeds Victoria Gate Carpark has won the British Parking Awards 2018. The site-specific award recognises outstanding car park design built around UK.
The Leeds Carpark is located in the eastern part of Leeds City Centre, replacing a brutalist 1960s police station by a busy roundabout.
The façade reinterprets the Victoria Leeds diagrid motive into an open performative skin, providing natural ventilation and daylight while producing a recognizable identity.
Anodised aluminium fins produce an interplay of light and shadow that appears as a diagonal grid pattern when seen from afar.
SWANSEA ARENA9th of April 2018
Swansea City Council announced the signing of a deal with the global leader in live entertainment, the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), to run Swansea Arena, with construction set to begin late on this year.
As part of phase one of the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal, the arena designed by ACME for City and County of Swansea is on schedule to throw open its doors to the public in 2020.
The arena form is a fluid arrangement of bifurcating curves, shaped by the spatial requirements of the internal programme, each peel representing a specific use that sits above the glazed plinth. The digital facade consists of a pleated anodized aluminium facade with integrated LED lighting to broadcast events and performances to the adjacent digital square and the wider city.