13th of October 2017

Victoria Gate and WestQuay Watermark have been shortlisted in the Mixed Use and Retail categories at the AJ Architecture Awards 2017. The AJ Architecture Awards seeks to highlight the very best UK projects across a range of key categories – from community schemes and cultural projects to tall buildings and workplace designs. Winners will be revealed on the 7th December.


5th of October 2017

ACME have worked with Dais Contemporary to commission a series of artworks for the new Canopy by Hilton opening in Aldgate in the City of London. Made by London-based artist, the works address aspects of the East London context of Whitechapel, Spitalfields and Shoreditch. Selected artists include Tom Gidley, Janne Malmros and Steven Quinn.
The art will be a key part of the hotel interiors design and will include large scale portraits in the corridors by artist Mia Bergeron showcasing the faces of everyday characters living and working in the surrounding neighbourhoods.
A selection of collages by Steven Quinn will be included in room cabinets. These refer to his street art project ‘Face Off’ (2014) where he took to the streets tearing up and combining images from old magazines and printed archival imagery, which he then pasted into public areas around Brick Lane and Shoreditch.
The art will appear in every room and the common areas, including smaller works in bespoke cabinets like prints, potteries and textiles.


3rd of October 2017

Friedrich Ludewig from ACME is talking on the 3rd of October at Cafe Concrete describing the design evolution and the making of the precast concrete facades for Victoria Gate, Leeds. The project pushed the boundaries of manufacture through early collaboration with the specialist precasters and a full 3d workflow from concept design to concrete moulds.


2nd of October 2017

Friedrich Ludewig from ACME will present at the forthcoming Brick Works Talk on Tuesday 3rd October in Southwark, London. The evening event will provide three in-depth, contemporary case studies on some of the most notable new clay brick architecture in the UK.
Friedrich Ludewig will talk about Victoria Gate in Leeds, the new twin arcade building continuing the grand history of Leeds’ 19th century arcades.


20th of September 2017

Victoria Gate and WestQuay Watermark have been shortlisted in the Re:new and Re:lax categories at the Revo Gold Awards. The Gold Awards celebrate the best examples of development and innovation in the retail property and placemaking sector. The winners will be announced on the 6th of December.


15th of September 2017

Over the last 6 month, extensive earthworks have taken place to dredge Folkestone Harbour and raise the land levels behind the beach as future flood defence. These works have now been completed and a new boardwalk has been installed at the crest of the raised shingle beach. The 800m long wooden walkway connects the Lower Leas Coastal Park and the Folkestone Harbour Arm. 
The boardwalk is made from 1960s railway sleepers, made from extremely tough tropical hardwood that is saltwater resistant. The shape of the boardwalk corresponds to the Folkestone Harbour masterplan which will be built behind it. 
During the Folkestone Triennial (2 September – 5 November 2017), several artworks are accessible from the new path, including Out of Tune by A K Dolven, a holiday home by Richard Woods, Jelly Mound Pavilion by Lubaina Himid and Casa Anacaona by Sol Calero. 


12th of September 2017

We are delighted that Robina Town Centre has won the Queensland Retail Property of The Year for 2017, and Excellence awards for marketing and food retailing.

The expansion of Robina Town Centre seeks expands the previously indoor nature of the Town Centre to create a new civic square. The Kitchens, the new fresh food market works with local artisans and food producers to shape a new destination that combines fresh food shopping, cooking, tasting, learning and eating.

Coles Mall, Central Market and South Mall are unified by an undulating timber clad roof creating shaded apertures. A series of south-facing notches, like gill slits, brings daylight inside with minimal solar gain. Inside, the volume evokes a reversed nave, defined by the regular ribs and layers of locally sourced honey-coloured timber.


8th of September 2017

Folkestone Harbour viaduct was built in 1843 by the South Eastern Railway Company, and was designed by William Cubitt, Chief Engineer of the line. The structure crosses the harbour with 13 arches. The current steel swing bridge replaced the orginal  timber bridge in 1930. In its heyday, this viaduct carried the Boat trains from London to Folkestone Harbour station, connecting via boat to Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. Since the Channel tunnel has opened, ferry traffic has receeded, and the harbour station has fallen out of us. This has allowed the reuse of the Viaduct as a new public and pedestrian space, linking the Old High Street to the Harbour arm. Work is ongoing to transform the Harbour Station, which is scheduled to open to pedestrians in October.

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Credits: Freddie Lee Thompson


4th of September 2017

The fourth edition of the Folkestone Triennial has opened on Saturday; this year's topic is "Double Edge". We were delighted to collaborate with Diane Dever and the Decorators to complete the Urban Room. This work is located in parts of the old Customs House and creates a reading room and place for discussions about Folkestone's past and its future.


30th of August 2017

Six years after our first proposal, the first phase of Victoria Gate in Leeds is coming to its end. The facade on George streets are now fully complete, with both rooftop restaurants open to the public through the new timber staircase. The shades of the brick, terracotta and Corten cladding are designed to work in harmony with the historic buildings of Victoria Quarter built around 1900. 
We look forward to see future developments on the Market side of George Street, opposite Victoria Gate, and a new entrance to the Playhouse at the bottom of George Street, to complete the urban regeneration of this historic route.