It's been another busy and enjoyable year at UNIT Architects with a number of significant commissions and planning successes.
Commencing with our competition win at the beginning of the year, our appointment on Whitechapel Square has seen our practice venture into a new scale of architecture and landscape. A series of public spaces, framed by a backdrop of nine buildings, draw on contextual typologies and their materiality and detail. Through our design development over the past nine months we have worked closely with Tower Hamlets and their Design Review Panel, the GLA, Crossrail, the Idea Store, Whitechapel Gallery and all the site's surrounding neighbours to bring together proposals that will hopefully fulfil the ambitions of Tower Hamlets' Whitechapel Vision. Subject to ongoing consultation we aim to submit our application in early spring.
Our recent planning permission for the headquarters of Sainsbury's in Warwickshire is our first major commercial project. It's been a great project to work on and we hope to progress to the technical and construction stages in the New Year. At a smaller scale but of equal importance to our practice, we gained planning earlier in the year for a 31 unit residential scheme in Brixton as well as for a bank shopfront in Westminster. Other highlights from the past year have included several residential commissions from Augur Buchler as well as a masterplan and concept design for a 5 star beach resort in Ghana. We completed the first stage of a private residence in Battersea and in the summer our projects for St.Joseph’s Hospice were included in an exhibition at the Venice Biennale. We have a number of exciting projects at feasibility and bid stages across a wide range of sectors that we look forward to progressing in 2015.
Founding Partner, Ross Hutchinson and Associate Director, Jason Cully were accepted onto the Wandsworth Design Review Panel and Associate, Tom Wynne relocated to Wales, setting up a satellite UNIT office to progress our mixed use and residential projects in Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and Birmingham. On a lighter note, we all enjoyed a day out in Brussels for the annual Summer Party, taking in the Belgian delights of beer, mussels, waffles and asymmetric architecture. Finally, our year ended as it began on a further high with our appointment on another major mixed use scheme in London that will commence in the New Year. Thank you to all our Clients and Collaborators for your continued support and to the very talented and dedicated team at UNIT Architects.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.