Category: Public Buildings
Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve Competition
RHA ‘s Nature and Wellbeing Centre for an international competition run by the RIBA is an exemplar in sustainability. The competition brief asked for a new £2M flagship visitor centre for the Kent Wildlife Trust on their existing reserve in Sevenoaks. The concept for the competition entry consisted of re-imaging and extending the existing concrete frame building to create a bridge between the formal welcome area and wild reserve beyond. Projecting from the building is a viewing platform formed from stacked recycled shipping containers, that rises above the trees and offers visitors a new perspective on the nature and activity within the woodlands.
Marketing Building Shortlisted for Two Offsite Awards
Our Marketing and Management Suite at SEGRO Park Rainham has been shortlisted for the Offsite Awards 2018 in two categories: ‘ Commercial Project of the Year’ and ‘ Best Use of Steel’. The Awards focus on projects that have represent ‘outstanding examples of prefabrication and factory based methods’. The Marketing and Management Suite is constructed from recycled shipping containers and it was pre-fabricated off site and craned in to position to streamline the construction. The building and RHA’s adjacent innovation village form part of SEGRO’s wider East Plus masterplan for regeneration of London Riverside delivered in partnership with the GLA.
The Yarrow Hotel Wins RICS Award 2017
RHA are delighted that the Yarrow Hotel has been awarded an RICS South East Award in the Commercial category. This award honours ‘an outstanding commercial property development whether retail office or leisure’ and was described by the judges as an ‘exemplar practical learning centre for apprentices in the hospitality trade.’ The Yarrow Hotel is a former children’s hospital that has been converted into a 28 bedroom hotel with 4 star facilities. The hotel is owned and run by East Kent College and opened to the public in July 2016. The project has now been submitted into the national awards which take place in November.
Lewisham Southwark College Phase 2 Now Operational
The second phase of a £40M investment for Lewisham Southwark College is now operational at Waterloo. RHA have lead the team working with Platform 5 Architects in developing the project since inception. Phase 1 was completed in 2015 and included a major refurbishment and new build element to the existing college. Phase 1 received the AJ Retrofit Higher Education Award and was praised for the dramatic atrium and greatly improved efficiency. Phase 2 provides new facilities for drama and the performing and digital arts, a business school and a new suite of teaching spaces. The atrium space and entrance provides a heart to the college encouraging interdisciplinary interaction across the campus. The development of the site, has provided the college with exemplary facilities.
See more photos from Phase 1 by Alan Williams Photography http://alanwilliamsphotography.com/lesoco/
Langley Vale Woods Visitor Centre
Our submission for this recent RIBA competition proposed a community-built gateway between the arrival point and exploration of the extensive woodland. The imaginative design maximised the use of the natural landscape and contours to provide a platform to host a range of outdoor activities and showcase the WWII interpretation.
Lewisham Southwark College has won the AJ Retrofit Higher Education Building of the Year. The judges commended the dramatic stair and improved efficiency of the design.
Our design for this major international competition for a new library was based on creating a democratic space with a free flowing publicly accessible concourse.