20.04.2017 Bundestag Visitors’ Centre to be in NLA Exhibition

UNIT Architects is proud to have been selected to take part in ‘London Design Capital’, a major New London Architecture Insight Study, publication and exhibition uncovering the global reach of London’s built environment industries.

The study showcases a selection of worldwide projects conceived by London based design teams, with the intention of highlighting the Capital's exceptional design, engineering, and technological skills, developed for both global markets and the future for London’s built environment.

UNIT Architects’ proposal for the historically contextual concept for the Bundestag Visitors’ Centre in Berlin, in collaboration with the London offices of Buro Happold and Atelier Ten as well as ARUP's Berlin Office, has been chosen by the panel as a highly co-ordinated and sustainably advanced building for the future. The exhibition will be held in the building centre from the 17th of May until the first week of July.

31.01.2017 Marketing Suite Appointment

UNIT Architects have been appointed to design a marketing suite in Kings Cross for Stanley Sidings. Located on a site between Granary Street and the Regent’s Canal, the temporary building will provide a space for our Client to market their 101 Camley Street development, comprising 121 apartments and 3,000m2 of commercial space due for completion in 2019. We will be collaborating on the proposals with Savills and LDA.

22.12.2016 A Review of 2016

2016 has been a year of highs and lows both in the world as a whole and for our practice.

The year started enjoyably with the practice visiting a very cold Berlin and working up proposals for our Reichstag Visitor Centre submission. A second competition quickly followed in early Spring for a site in south west London that, if successful, would see a town centre rejuvenated with new retail and potentially over 200 new homes. We hope to hear back on the result early in the New Year.

The summer brought the disbelief of the Referendum. We picked ourselves up for our rather wet but very enjoyable summer party and were cheered by appointments to work on a new project in Brixton, followed by appointments on two very exciting projects in Camden for a prestigious new Client. A particular high point of the year came in August when we saw off competition from three other London based practices to win the Colindale Gardens project.

Joy was followed by disappointment, when despite recognition of the high quality of design, our Chapel Square project in Ilford was refused on the basis of the affordable offer. One of many examples of local authorities failing to grasp that the closure of our client's existing trading asset limits the viability of affordable housing. The low was countered by the highs of September when we were appointed on a challenging project in Loughborough Junction, gained planning approval of a £1.4m house extension and refurbishment in Chobham and were appointed by a major developer on a bid for a 1000 home mixed use regeneration scheme in south east London.

The year has ended sadly with the news that, having undergone 12 months of Pre-Application meetings, DRP's, and extensive Public Consultation followed by a further 12 months of post-application amendments, Whitechapel Square was refused at committee last night on the basis of our proposed taller building appearing above the already compromised ridge line of Trinity Green Almshouses. This was despite strong GLA support and despite us having followed Tower Hamlets own Whitechapel Vision Masterplan which promoted the use of a  landmark building in the position of our taller building for which our application was refused. It is particularly sad for Whitechapel that councillors chose to overstate the past instead of looking towards Whitechapel's future and sad to see that a project can be so vulnerable to changes in Case Officer and Tower Hamlets change of administration. The site will now forever be a Sainsbury's store, petrol filling station and fenced off car park instead of providing 559 new homes and heralding one of the most significant new public spaces in London which provided the only opportunity to connect the east of Whitechapel to the new Crossrail Station. A truly unbelievable decision.

Despite these setbacks our practice has grown by a third in the past 5 months and we have a rich and diverse range of projects coming into the office to look forward to and to provide us with good reason for optimism in the year ahead.

 

13.12.2016 Bundestag Visitor's Centre Competition Entry

UNIT Architects have revealed their competition entry for the Reichstag Visitor's Centre in Berlin. The building is conceived as a 'pavillion in the landscape' - not only reflecting Schinkel's urban design philosophy for the city but also the building's servient programme in the setting of the Tiergarten. 

The building is composed of two principal elements: a portico and a rotunda - both hewn from the Silesian Sandstone of the still operational quarry once used to construct the Reichstag itself. The building is entered under the germanic length of the building name and through the open cornered collonade of the portico, before travelling through the requisite lanes of security checks to arrive at a reception in the base of the rotunda. From here a gradually rising path encircles the solid stone walls of the rotunda's inner core to form a transitory exhibition space. The path continues on its circular ascent, pausing only at the entrance to the inner core's cinema space, before emerging out of the rotunda's monolithic base to provide elevated views over the landscape. The path ends its journey at the second floor entrance to the circular rooflit space of the Plenary Forum before opening up into a restaurant from which to stop and enjoy tree top views over the Reichstag and Platz de Republik beyond. From here a direct vertical descent into the basement takes the visitor down into the umbilical underground tunnel that connects the visitors centre to the Reichstag. Our grateful thanks to our collaborators Atelier 10, Buro Happold and Arup Fire in Berlin.

09.12.2016 Private House, Chobham, Surrey Planning Permission

UNIT Architects have gained planning for the extension and internal reconfiguration and refurbishment of a late 19th century, seven bedroom, family home in Chobham, Surrey for a private Client.

The single storey extension is expressed as a simple rectilinear bronze form framing a fully glazed western façade to the living spaces and patterned folding metal doors to the new garage space on the western façade. The building, set within a re-landscaped garden with outdoor pool, spans almost the full width of the property to create a more balanced composition and relationship between built form and landscape and to increase the privacy and security of the western rear garden.

The extended and reconfigured interiors all benefit from the new aspect and access provided by the seven sets of glazed sliding doors, including the kitchen which benefits from a new 5m glazed opening onto the eastern courtyard garden. Alignment of the halls and the doors between the west and east of the house provide long vistas through the interior and onto the gardens beyond.  

12.08.2016 Colindale Gardens Competition Win

UNIT Architects are delighted to have won a competition, entered by three other London based practices, to develop the second phase of Redrow Homes' Colindale Gardens Masterplan. UNIT Architects will take forward the next phase of Feilden Clegg Bradley and Studio Egret West's original Outline Planning Permission to a Reserved Matters Application. The phase is characterised by three blocks of differing scales and typologies, lining 2 sides of a grand square. When fully complete, in addition to circa 3,000 new homes, the masterplan will also deliver a new primary school, 4ha of public open space as well as retail and leisure facilities together with a new Colindale Underground Station.

11.04.2016 Canterbury Crescent Planning Permission

UNIT Architects have gained planning permission for a nine storey building with 37 apartments above a co-working space on Canterbury Crescent, Brixton for their Client, May Developments. We had previously gained consent for 31 apartments in 2014 but this latest consent rationalised the boundary conditions with the adjoining site, and in the process enlarged the building footprint. The increased number of apartments also led to an increase in the affordable provision and the number of dual aspect flats. The architectural approach retains many of the features of the previous consent, such as the double height residential entrance and rhythm of fenestration derived from Electric Avenue, but the expression of piers has been simplified and stonework has been introduced in lieu of metal work at the ground floor and roof level, to abstract the materiality of the vernacular.

21.03.2016 Gypsy Hill Planning Submission

We have recently submitted a planning application on behalf of a private client in the London Borough of Southwark for a rear extension to a Victorian villa in Dulwich. The Client’s brief was to resolve the existing disconnect between the home’s first floor living spaces and lower level garden without impeding light, aspect and access to a ground floor apartment.

The new connection between living space and garden is formed by a double height volume that provides a new open plan dining space to the kitchen at first floor with stairs down to a double height garden room on the ground floor. Externally, the minimal rectilinear form is dressed in metal panels with a five metre tall glazed corner opening up views from ground and first floor on to the centre of the garden beyond. A floral pattern cut into the surface of the metal panels references Victorian motifs in the existing house to provide a moment of decoration and ornament.

18.12.2015 A Review of the Year 2015

2015 has been a significant year for UNIT Architects with a combination of projects reaching key stages together with a number of exciting new commissions and recognition for our work through exhibitions and awards.

The year started well, with the public realm we designed for Whitechapel Square featured in the NLA's Public London Exhibition in February, whilst in March we received a Commendation for Ansty Park at The Architectural Review's Mipim Future Project Awards. In April we submitted a major planning application for a £200m mixed use regeneration scheme in Whitechapel for which we hope to receive determination in early Spring 2016. We also enjoyed a successful collaboration with dRMM Architects and the LLDC for a masterplan in Bromley-By-Bow. Over the summer months we undertook a number of studies that looked at new ways in which to sensitively provide much needed housing within edge conditions of Greenbelt land. August saw us gain planning for a residential development in St.Albans whilst later in the month we spent a very warm and pleasant day in Amsterdam for our office summer party.

In October our work on Whitechapel Square was again featured by the NLA at their New Ideas For Housing Showcase Exhibition. At a smaller scale but of equal importance to our practice, the Autumn also saw us appointed on the extension of a 7 bedroom house in Surrey for a private client as well as an extension for a six bedroom house in Gypsil Hill, South London. We also undertook studies on behalf of Imperial College for temporary event buildings as well as a raft of other studies that we hope will come to fruition in the coming months. In November we submitted our second major planning application of the year, on this occasion for a £190m mixed use scheme in Ilford, which if successful could help to provide a catalyst to the regeneration of the once prosperous town centre. The year has ended with the submission of an updated scheme for Canterbury Crescent in Brixton together with a commission from Regal Homes for a site in Tower Hamlets and appointments on projects in Catford, Barnet and St.Albans.

Thank you to all of our clients, colleagues, conspirators and collaborators for your continued support, enthusiasm and opportunities. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

09.12.2015 Canterbury Crescent Planning Submission

We have recently submitted a planning application on behalf of May Developments to the London Borough of Lambeth for 37 apartments for a site on Canterbury Crescent, Brixton. The application follows our previous consent for 31 apartments and follows the same design principles albeit with an increase in the building’s width and length to fill the site following boundary agreements with the adjacent landowner. The opportunity has been taken to develop and refine the material palette and detailing with a datum of architectural stonework to the base and shopfronts with bands of stonework registering the floors above and a subtle double ordering.

16.11.2015 Ilford Planning Application

Today UNIT Architects submitted a planning application to regenerate the site of an existing supermarket in Ilford Town Centre into a major mixed use scheme set within a revitalised public realm. The site has been highlighted as one of the key opportunities for regeneration within the metropolitan centre, and if successful is anticipated to act as a catalyst to an extensive raft of new development in the area, capitalising on the impending arrival of a new Crossrail link and the recent Housing Zone status that has been awarded to Ilford Town Centre. The project, for developer Sainsbury's Property Investments, includes a new supermarket, cafes, restaurants, employment space, and over 680 mixed tenure homes. The scheme comprises ten different buildings and two new rows of terraced housing arranged around a series of landscaped squares and gardens.

21.10.2015 UNIT at MIPIM Architecture Tomorrow Gallery 2015

Our Ansty Park and Whitechapel Square projects have been selected for Architects Journal’s Architecture Tomorrow Gallery as part of the Architecture Tomorrow Pavilion at MIPIM UK. Architecture Tomorrow is a curated gallery of future British architectural projects and will be on show from 21-23 October at Olympia, London.

14.10.2015 Whitechapel Square at NLA's Showcase Exhibition

UNIT Architects is delighted to have been chosen to participate in NLA’s ‘New Ideas for Housing’ exhibition. Our Whitechapel Square scheme was submitted as a case study and will be included in the Showcase of some of the most exemplary new, or proposed, housing developments in London. The scheme includes extensive public realm including seven new public squares, a supermarket, cafes, restaurants, education facilities, extensive residential gardens and over 600 mixed tenure homes. The Showcase exhibition is on display at the Building Centre from Thursday 14 October – Thursday 17 December 2015.

04.10.2015 Pavillion Bid

We have recently submitted a bid on behalf of a residential developer for a site in North West London. The 180 unit scheme is comprised of a series of townhouses and three pavilion apartment buildings set between raised courtyard gardens that address the proposed new park. The pavillions share a tripartite composition and are differentiated by their heights, ordering and the tonality of their brickwork. Further differentiation is found in the angled end elevation of the middle building, registering its status at the centre of the scheme. Loggias between the pavillion buildings frame views from the courtyard gardens through to the park beyond.

14.08.2015 UNIT Summer Party Amsterdam

UNIT Architects took a day trip to Amsterdam for its annual summer party. The day began with a scenic walk along canals through old town and into the City Centre admiring the brickwork of the old buildings as well as the modern ones. We ventured further to a quieter part of the city to the Rijksmuseum, which was founded in 1800 and is the most visited museum in the Netherlands. We strolled through Vondel Park, enjoying the landscape whilst dodging cyclists! To end our day, we dined at a local Dutch restaurant, Rons Gastro Bar, before journeying back to London.

04.08.2015 Ziggurat Planning Permission

Last night UNIT Architects won full planning approval for the proposed re-elevation of the existing Ziggurat office building in St.Albans. The approval follows the successful permitted development application submitted in November 2014 for the office building’s change of use to residential. The proposals for Augur Buchler Limited will see the existing blue mirrored glazing of the office building and eponymous entrance feature replaced with a new façade to the building that will house 125 apartments over 8 floors with a new entrance and landscaping at ground level and a rooftop garden providing views to St Albans Cathedral and the city beyond. The proposed re-cladding of the building draws upon the historical use of brick, stone and flint and the rich brick patterning predominant in St Albans to articulate the new facades and break down the overall massing whilst introducing an elevational approach more appropriate to its new residential character and the neighbouring conservation area.

11.07.2015 Ilford Public Consultation

This week UNIT Architects took part in a public exhibition to share with the local community our proposals to regenerate the site of Sainsbury’s existing store in Ilford into a major new mixed use scheme. There was lots of support from the general public, with over three quarters of those who came to the exhibition being in favour of the project. The proposal, located on the site where the world renowned Ilford Photographic Film company was founded, will potentially provide much needed new homes in the London Borough of Redbridge. If successful the scheme would also provide a series of new public spaces lined with cafes and restaurants alongside a new Sainsbury’s store. The integration of the active ground floor uses to the north of the site will transform the sense and quality of public realm and relink the site to the metropolitan centre. The architecture draws reference from the factory and administration buildings of the former Ilford Photographic Company as well as Ilford’s notable Art Deco architecture. We were pleased to have the opportunity to discuss the scheme with the local residents and look forward to further consultation with the aim to submit the planning application later this year.

28.04.2015 Whitechapel Planning Application

UNIT Architects have recently submitted planning on behalf of Sainsbury’s Property Investments (SPI), the proposal seeks to fulfil the ambitions of Tower Hamlets’ Whitechapel Vision by regenerating the site of the existing supermarket into a major mixed use scheme set within a series of significant new public squares. The programme includes a new supermarket, cafes, restaurants, education facilities, extensive residential gardens and over 600 mixed tenure homes. The scheme comprises sixteen different buildings arranged to recall historic street patterns and to provide new connections through the site. A landmark residential tower draws on the typology of the campanile referencing Whitechapel’s historic bell foundry, as well as the terracotta materiality of the Whitechapel Gallery. Three ‘palazzo buildings’ form a backdrop to a new tree-lined avenue; each re-interprets the rational openings, brickwork and stone banding of the neighboring  listed Albion Yard Brewery buildings, whilst their crenelated crowns are an abstraction of the brewery’s clock tower pediment. Six ‘mansion blocks’ form a central quadrant, that plays of the formal symmetry of such buildings within the local area. Two ‘warehouse’ buildings drop down in height to register the lower scale of the existing context, their chamfered elevations echoing the articulation of local building corners. The composition of built form is completed by a series of townhouses that are based on the simple articulation of terraced houses that once existed on the site.

01.04.2015 LLDC Bromley-By-Bow Masterplan

We have recently completed a Masterplan Framework Study for the London Legacy Development Corporation working alongside dRMM Architects. The study will provide a framework within which the combined landowners of a large site in Bromley-By-Bow will develop their proposals. The site runs between the A12 and Three Mills Island adjacent to the River Lea. Our contribution to the study looked at the constraints and opportunities of accommodating a major food retail led mixed use development within the proposed masterplan. As the key first phase of this masterplan we looked at options for the integration and positioning of the development site within the district centre and the public realm whilst respecting the principles and parameters set out within dRMM's masterplan.

12.03.2015 Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project Awards

UNIT Architects have been awarded a Commendation in the Office Sector of the Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project Awards for their Ansty Park project, Warwickshire. The award was presented by the editor of the Architects Journal, Rory Olcayto, at an awards dinner in Cannes yesterday evening. Paul Finch, the awards host and editorial director of the Architectural Review and the Architects Journal praised the scheme for 'creating a sense of place in a typology where typically there is no sense of place'.

Ansty Park's Commendation was published in a special edition of the Architectural Review and on the Architectural Reviews' website.

Architectural Review: Weblink

26.02.2015 Whitechapel Square to Feature in Public London

UNIT Architects Public Realm Proposals for Whitechapel Square have been selected for inclusion in the NLA's forthcoming Insight Study and 10th year anniversary exhibition 'Public London: Ten Years of Transforming Spaces'.

The exhibition, to be held at the NLA Galleries in the Building Centre from the 23rd April to 12th July, will look back on some of the best examples of public realm from the last ten years and explore the drivers that have led to a shift in attitude towards the design of the capital's public spaces. The exhibition will also being looking forward to the next ten years by looking at how new infrastructure and initiatives as well as the challenges of London's growth will inform projects over the future decade.

Whitechapel Square, which will be submitted for planning in March this year, seeks to fulfil the ambitions of Tower Hamlets’ Whitechapel Vision by regenerating the site of an existing supermarket into a major mixed use scheme centred around a series of significant new public squares and spaces that would form much needed new places and connections in the rapidly evolving and emerging context of Whitechapel.

05.01.2015 Promotions

We are pleased to announce new promotions for Jason Cully who has been made Associate Director and Tom Wynne who has been made an Associate. Jason, (pictured on the right) joined us in 2011 after spending ten years with Allies & Morrison. Jason became an associate in 2012 and becomes an Associate Director following his key role in the architectural development of the practice and for his major contribution to a range of the practice’s most significant projects including Whitechapel Square, Ansty Park, and Canterbury Crescent, Brixton. Tom joined UNIT in 2008 and has been a key contributor to the practice from the outset. Tom was made a Senior Architect in 2011 and has received his most recent promotion to Associate in recognition of his significant contribution to Whitechapel Square and Canterbury Crescent, Brixton, alongside his financial administration role within the practice’s Senior Team and his heading up of UNIT West’s office which he set up in January this year.

19.12.2014 A Review of the Year

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.

10.12.2014 Ansty Park Planning Permission

UNIT Architects have recently won planning consent for a new headquarters campus in Ansty Park, Warwickshire. The approval came with unanimous support from Rugby Borough Council, with the case officer praising the project for its sensitive design approach. Once completed the proposals will provide additional office space and amenity for 1200 people. It is hoped the project will begin its next phase in the Spring.

UNIT were responsible for the architecture and the landscape in order to fulfil the Clients' brief to create a strong synergy between internal and external spaces. Forbes Massie, have recently completed a commission to express our proposed scheme across the four seasons. The visualisations play upon the buildings' relationship with the landscape and the notions of enclosure and exposure which were at the heart of the architectural approach.

05.12.2014 Whitechapel Square Public Consultation

UNIT Architects' Whitechapel Square scheme has featured in today's Evening Standard in a week of public consultation events for the scheme. The proposals seek to provide a series of new public spaces lined with cafes and restaurants together with over six hundred residential apartments and townhouses and a new supermarket for developer Sainsbury's Property Investments.

Subject to feedback from the public consultation and ongoing reviews with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets we hope to submit a planning application in March 2015.

24.10.2014 UNIT West

Tom Wynne, who has been with us since 2008, is leaving our London office and relocating to set up UNIT West at the beginning of November. Tom's relocation and the new office will assist us in progressing our mixed use and residential projects in Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and Birmingham.

22.09.2014 Swanlea School Fair in Whitechapel

This weekend, UNIT Architects took part in the Swanlea School Family Fun Day in Whitechapel. The event was also an opportunity to engage with both current and prospective pupils, as well as parents, on our proposed scheme in Whitechapel. The children came up with lots of ideas as to how the proposed public space could be used by all ages. Ideas were expressed in a series of media from plasticine to comments on reference images. The proposals outlined the aim to connect Cambridge Heath Road in the east to Brady Street in the west through a series of public spaces including a new civic square. The day included talks with pupils on architectural education and practice.

16.09.2014 Wandsworth Design Review Panel

Ross Hutchinson, Founding Director of UNIT Architects, has been accepted onto the Wandsworth Design Review Panel. Ross has been a resident of Wandsworth since 2003 and is honoured to be assisting the borough with reviewing it's future townscape and built environment. Ross' duties will commence later this month with his first Design Review.

22.08.2014 Ansty Park Planning Submission

UNIT Architects have submitted a detailed planning application to Rugby Borough Council for the enhancement of a new corporate headquarters. UNIT’s scheme, for Sainsbury’s Property Investments, rationalises two existing Allies & Morrison buildings into a new campus masterplan. The proposals are centred around a cloistered landscaped square that forms the social heart of the scheme and serves as an organising device to connect two new office buildings with the existing buildings. The buildings are set between a series of linear gardens and courtyards providing amenity and framing views to the rural landscape beyond. The architecture, materiality and landscape draw upon the notable local ‘campus’ precedents of Rugby School and Coombe Abbey. The proposals are completed by a new energy centre and car park.

11.08.2014 Ghana Resort Master Plan

UNIT Architects have prepared a master plan for a luxury five star peninsula beach resort in Ghana. The low lying site enjoys contrasting aspects onto the beaches and lagoons fronting the Volta River as well as the open seascapes of the Gulf of Guinea. Guests will embark from a remote site and journey by boat some 3km downstream to experience a unique luxury stay within an unspoilt environment. The brief consists of some 350 bedrooms split between one, two and three bed suites together with conferencing facilities, a luxury spa, marina and hotel. Our design focus has been to integrate the built form into the site without overpowering the natural beauty of the peninsula. The resort’s central hotel nestles itself into the landscape to minimise its impact. Elsewhere an exploration of African village typology has created a master plan that engages with the site’s environments, allowing guest suites to provide a variety of experiences whether as villas within sandy ocean-side palm groves or clustered as villages on the waters of the Volta. The contrast between the simple typologies, the natural environment and the resort’s luxury surroundings will provide guests with a memorable and unique experience.

10.07.2014 Whitechapel Commission

UNIT Architects have been appointed to design a major mixed use scheme on one of the key sites identified in Tower Hamlets' Whitechapel Vision. The project, for specialist mixed use developer Sainsbury's Property Investments (SPI), will seek to fulfil the ambitions of the Whitechapel Vision drawn up by BDP, to provide a scheme centred around a new public space connecting Brady Street and Cambridge Heath Road together with a new supermarket, cafes, education facilities, and potentially up to 650 new homes.

The 1.87 ha site was formerly part of the Albion Brewery before it was developed as a supermarket in the 1990's. In 2010 Crossrail took occupation of part of the site to aid their construction, which lead to UNIT’s design of the current temporary car park on the site. As part of UNIT’s proposals for the long term future of the site it is also planned to improve the setting of the remaining locally listed Albion Brewery Buildings through the creation of a landscaped private garden as well as to create a new active frontage to the rear of the Whitechapel Idea Store to face on to the new public realm.

04.07.2014 Summer Party in Brussels

UNIT Architects went to Brussels for the day, starting off with a visit to the Cantillon Brewery, a small traditional family brewery specialising in lambic beers, which has kept its traditional brewing methods the same since 1900, the only change being a shift to the use of organic ingredients in 1999. Following a traditional Belgian lunch, we had time to see some of the sights in and around the Grand Place where this group photo was taken - the asymmetry of the group photo reflects the asymmetry of the Town Hall building. Also in the vicinity was the famous, if slightly underwhelming Mannekin Pis. Belgian Waffles were also consumed, then a short spell watching the France vs Germany game, then back to London on the Eurostar.

04.06.2014 St. Joseph's at Venice Biennale

UNIT Architects' work for St. Joseph's Hospice forms part of an exhibition at the Venice Biennale this summer. 'Death in Venice: The Shape of Death in Modernity', has been curated by Dutch architects Alison Killing and Ania Molenda and seeks to explore the evolution of the relationship between modern architecture and our understanding of and approach to death over the last century and features photographs and drawings of a number of buildings in London related to death and care of the sick and dying. UNIT worked with St. Joseph's on a charitable basis in gratitude of St. Joseph's care for Enid Massingham. Our work covered a series of projects from 2011-2013 including designs to Stage D for St. Joseph's St. Annes' Room and St. Joseph's Garden as well as a Site Strategy Masterplan for the St. Joseph's estate. Death in Venice runs from 4-11 June at Ludoteca Santa Maria Ausiliatrice, Venice, Italy.

Death in the City Weblink

17.04.2014 Brixton Planning Permission

UNIT Architects have recently won planning for a nine-storey residential-led scheme in the heart of Brixton. The scheme, for Client May Developments, will see the existing Canterbury Arms public house replaced with 31 apartments above commercial space on the ground floor. The development site, located off Brixton Road on Canterbury Crescent, is directly adjacent to Lambeth's East Brixton Regeneration Arc site. Our architectural approach took its inspiration from the elegance and delight found in Brixton’s rich building stock and from an aspiration to create an architecture that would respect Brixton’s vernacular and meet the same quality of built form, whilst creating a new architectural language for Brixton’s future. Analysis of local precedents informed the building’s ordering and materiality. The use of brick, stone, metalwork and tiling in the expression of entrances, windows, doors, cornices, corners and rooflines referenced local buildings but were differentiated from the vernacular by our use of contemporary detailing and the building’s form and scale.

Building Design article 02.05.2014 PDF Weblink

16.04.2014 House Refurbishment in Battersea

Works have completed on the first stage of a house refurbishment in Battersea. The Victorian property has had former period features restored whilst new interventions are registered by a lining of light grey panels that wrap around the house to form bathrooms, kitchen, doors and wardrobes. Brass fittings by Arne Jacobsen complete the composition. The following phases will be staged in line with the Client's budget.

28.02.2014 Chaabi Bank Planning Permission

UNIT has gained planning permission for a shopfront on Edgware Road. Following a detailed historical and cultural investigation for a prominent Moroccan Bank, UNIT proposed a design that draws upon the architectural traditions of late nineteenth century shopfronts typically found in Westminster, whilst also presenting a contextual and contemporary face to the bank. The designs seeks to restore the elegant proportions typically found in buildings of this period, whilst introducing pattern of arched profiled mullions to frame the opening. The lobby behind this has been lined with a bespoke bichromatic ceramic tile lining, inspired by detailed geometric design and floral arabesques commonly found in traditional Moorish architecture.

01.11.2013 Tonbridge Public Exhibition

We have recently presented our proposals for the regeneration of Tonbridge’s town centre at a public exhibition held over two days at the Tonbridge Castle. There was a lot of support for the scheme from members of the public, local businesses and societies, with over three quarters of those who came to the exhibition in favour of the project. The proposals are centred around a new piazza, lined on three sides by a grand colonnade that forms a frontage to new shops, restaurants and a cinema. The framing of the colonnade continues to form the envelope of the buildings and then wraps around the perimeter of the scheme to echo the city walls of the town’s medieval past.

17.10.2013 Selly Oak Planning Approval

UNIT Architects have gained outline planning approval for an ambitious project led by the Harvest Partnership that will see a former industrial and landfill site regenerated into an exciting mixed-use development. UNIT have designed the proposals for a new high quality retail and leisure quarter together with 400 unit student residential building and canal side public realm. The approved design will allow Selly Oak to become a destination of choice for people from across the area. UNIT have worked together with Glenn Howells Architects, who have developed the Life Sciences proposals, to achieve the overall master plan.

Building Design article 13.12.2013 PDF Weblink

17.09.2013 Edgware Road Shopfront

UNIT has recently submitted a detailed planning application for a shopfront on Edgware Road. Following a detailed historical and cultural investigation for a prominent Moroccan Bank, UNIT have proposed a design that draws upon the architectural traditions of late nineteenth century shopfronts typically found in Westminster, whilst also presenting a contextual and contemporary face to the bank. The designs seeks to restore the elegant proportions typically found in buildings of this period, whilst introducing pattern of arched profiled mullions to frame the opening. The lobby behind this has been lined with a bespoke bichromatic ceramic tile lining, inspired by detailed geometric design and floral arabesques commonly found in traditional Moorish architecture.

22.07.2013 Brixton Submitted for Planning

UNIT Architects have submitted a planning application, to the London Borough of Lambeth on behalf of May Developments (Brixton) Limited, for a new residential development in the heart of Brixton, adjacent to the Brixton Conservation Area. The scheme is comprised of 31 apartments over 8 floors, above a ground floor community use and a communal ‘London Square’ garden.The form of the building emerged through a careful analysis and understanding of the site constraints and its important role as a point of transition between the lower scale of the Conservation Area to the north and the potential taller scale redevelopment of the sites to the south. Brixton’s rich architectural detail, strong Victorian heritage and the areas rich diversity provided an inspiring setting and reference point for the creation of new architecture.

17.07.2013 Emerging Architects Exhibition

UNIT’s Emerging Architects Exhibition at Buro Happold is now open for public viewing. Our exhibition focuses on a selection of recent work united by a common approach of engagement with contextual symbology and detailing. The show will communicate our fascination with the material presence of architecture, our respect for historical precedent and our focus on considered contemporary detailing. We have re-modelled Buro Happold’s reception into an elegant salon which reveals the splendour of a once divided room. The exhibition will be open to the public from 17th July to 1st November, Monday to Friday, at Buro Happold,17 Newman Street, London, W1T 1PD.

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08.07.2013 Fortune Green School, North London

Unit Architects design for an independent primary school at 37-63 Fortune Green Road, West Hampstead, London has been submitted for planning. The school working closely with the architects have created a ‘home from home’ for the students with a light touch modern approach to an existing shell. The application proposes a 1096m² school with 7 classrooms for 180 students between the ages of 8 to 13 which will include new music rooms, a science lab, an art room and ancillary flexible break out spaces for reading, art, role play and break times.

11.03.2013 Battersea House Refurbishment

UNIT Architects have been appointed to extend and refurbish a Victorian townhouse in Battersea. The project will involve the creation of a set back fourth storey, extension on three levels of the rear elevation, restoration of period features and the insertion of a new lining to the interior spaces that provides a language of intervention in the existing fabric of the building.

22.02.2013 Tonbridge Town Centre Regeneration

This joint venture project between Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and Sainsbury’s is progressively moving towards planning. It proposes the redevelopment of an existing outdated town centre site into a modern leisure and retail development. The scheme offers a new cinema, café/restaurants, large comparison retail provisions and a new Sainsbury’s flagship store within the town centre. A joint public consultation/exhibition is scheduled for late August.

14.12.2012 New Associates

UNIT announces three new associates. Mat Eastwood will be joined by Dieo Weeranarawat, Paulo Costa and Jason Cully. Prior to joining UNIT in 2008 Mat was a Design Director at MCM Architecture. Dieo joined in 2007, having previously worked at Saunders Partnership Architects. Paulo joined UNIT in 2010 after spending 6 years at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, and Jason joined in 2011 from Allies and Morrison. Congratulations to them all.

17.08.2012 UNIT is Five

To celebrate five years in practice, UNIT went on a field trip to Paris, France.

The day included lunch in L’Opera restaurant, a walk around the Louvre, visit to L’Institut du Monde Arabe and Mobile Art Pavillion by Zaha Hadid. The day finished with a delightful champagne reception on the roof terrace of the Centre Pompidou, watching the sun set over the Parisian skyline.

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