IQL PAVILION CONSTRUCTION11th of September 2019
The construction of the timber pavilion located in the International Quarter London is making rapid progress. Foundation and ground works were completed in July, allowing the assembly of the timber frame to start. The completion of the structure is expected in September. The pavilion sits over the DLR tunnel, imposing severe restrictions on weights, which helped to make the case for a timber frame of glulam with CLT walls and slabs. The timber allows for reduction of on-site assembly, lower operational and embodied carbon, a better internal environment and it looks better. In total, the Pavilion will include around 34 m³ of timber sourced from FSC certified forests.
MELIA HOTEL IN LEEDS VICTORIA REVEALED29th of August 2019
In the first phase of Leeds Victoria, ACME completed the award-winning John Lewis department store, arcade and car park. Since 2017, we are working on the second phase of Eastgate Quarters, to create a mixed-use quarter of residential, office, culture and leisure uses on the remainder of the site. The first part will be a 205 room hotel, a visual bookend for the scheme at the eastern edge, replacing a temporary surface car park. Located opposite the playhouse, the 14 floor hotel will create a townscape marker and delineate the bank of the Lady Beck, a culverted river that runs through the site.
The hotel fenestration is designed to a pattern visually related to the neighbouring buildings of Victoria Leeds. Each room with have multiple windows, dissolving the scale of the building into a more abstract sculpture, and allowing for the emergence of a diagrid pattern when seen from afar.
Following discussions with the Leeds Plans Panel and public consultation in September, a planning submission for this next stage of Eastgate Quarters is expected in October, with a possible commencement on site in 2020.
CASTLE SQUARE SWANSEA10th of June 2019
We are delighted that ACME has been appointed to redesign Swansea's Castle Square.
The central public space of Swansea has an interesting topography, bridging a level difference of 4m, and has served as the main square of the city for 70 years.
Originally designed as a garden, the space has evolved into a very hard urban space with very little civic use.
We look forward to work with the Swansea City Council team to explore new directions for this space to strengthen the regeneration of the High Street and the wider city centre.
ACME CYCLING TO BRIGHTON FOR BHF7th of June 2019
On the 16th of June, the 10 rider strong ACME peloton will participate again in the London to Brighton bike ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
This year will see the team debut the newly designed ACME cycling jerseys.
As in previous years, we are raising money to support the British Heart Foundation undertaking pioneering research into many different heart conditions, their diagnosis and treatments.
ACME STUDIO LATES4th of June 2019
ACME will open the doors of its studio in Shoreditch on the 21st of June as part of the Studio Lates series.
During your visit you will also have the chance to see ACME's projects, both past and present, through physical models, 3d printed maquettes and our virtual reality headset.
Located in an old warehouse in Shoreditch that we refurbished ourselves, you are welcome to join us for a drink, meet the team and explore our work space - including our sculptural staircase and Yayoi Kusama inspired toilette.
We would love to see you from 5pm at our office in 76 Tabernacle Street EC2A 4EA.
Registration at the link below.
2019 RIBA HAMPSHIRE LECTURE17th of May 2019
ACME has been invited by the RIBA Hampshire to speak as part of the 2019 Lecture series on Wednesday the 22nd of May. Friedrich Ludewig will present some of ACME’s new projects in Folkestone Harbour & Southampton as well as the recently completed Bumpers Hall in Kent.
We would love to see you at 6 pm at the Winchester Discovery Centre in Winchester.
Registration at the link below.
SAB BANK TOPPING OUT28th of March 2019
The concrete frame of the SAB Neubau Leipzig has been completed. Construction started in 2017 and after extensive basement retaining works, the 5 Storey structure is now 21m high. Along the perimeter, slender, 21m tall, spun-concrete columns were craned into position before the slab was cast. The concept of the perimeter columns is that they will evolve into a forest of columns to define a forum facing the historic city centre. Completion of the project is expected in 2020.
IQL PAVILION BREAKING GROUND25th of March 2019
The IQL Pavilion in Stratford has started on site. The groundbreaking on the 19th of March marks the official start of construction for the 1,000 sqm pavilion in the International Quarter London (IQL) in Stratford. The building will house a visitor centre with a café, restaurants over two floors and a public rooftop terrace with amazing views over the footbridge towards the London Aquatics Centre, Queen Elizabeth Park and the London Stadium.
FOLKESTONE VIADUCT LIFT PROGRESS22nd of March 2019
The final element of the Folkestone Harbour viaduct is nearing completion. In 2017 the viaduct across the harbour opened to the public, creating a new public promenade to the renovated Harbour station platforms and the Harbour Arm. The new lift and staircase will provide access to the viaduct from Harbour Square. Matching the neighbouring harbour sheds, the lift is clad in dark waney-edge timber larch boarding.
ACME AT AJ SUMMIT18th 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.