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Foster + Partners designs the new Global Home for the PGA TOUR

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Foster + Partners  

A new HQ for the PGA Golf Tour will take its inspiration from the Florida landscape

Designs for the new PGA TOUR headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida have been revealed to the public. The new building, designed by Foster + Partners, exemplifies the values of the PGA TOUR by engaging with the surrounding green landscape and creating an uplifting and inspiring environment for its staff, players and visitors alike. Located to the south of the Clubhouse at TPC at Sawgrass, the new 187,000 sq ft headquarters will be nestled within the verdant landscape and surrounded by a large freshwater lake, echoing the iconic ‘Island Green’ 17th hole at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course. Envisaged as the new Global Home of the PGA TOUR, the innovative building embraces new ways of working and collaboration in response to changing media landscapes and audiences, as the TOUR looks towards the future. Nigel Dancey, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners said, “Inspired by the

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A façade that shines

A façade that shines

A Proteus bronze façade has transformed this building at the University of London

A design that is as respectful as it is exciting are the hallmarks of the £57m new Emily Wilding Davison Building at Royal Holloway, University of London’s Egham campus, clad using Proteus HR TECU Bronze materials. The east side of the striking 10,000 sq m building, which expands the university’s library provision, now features the brown-red to brown-grey and ochre tones of Proteus HR’s TECU Bronze cladding panels. The scheme, designed by Associated Architects, features Proteus HR panels which consist of an aluminium honeycomb core for strength and rigidity, structurally bonded between two thin gauges of TECU Bronze material, to create an optically flat face with tight radii. The Proteus HR cladding is fixed to composite panels that incorporate high levels of insulation. The Emily Wilding Davison Building is a striking design yet one that sits harmoniously in a site steeped in history, flanked on one side by the Grade I listed Gothic revival building and surrounded by one of the most beautiful natural campus landscapes of any university in the world. Proteus HR TECU Bronze was selected by Associated Architects because the ochre’s, browns and reds resulting from the natural weathering of the material was considered to harmonise with the colour of the brick and clay roof tiles of the Grade I structure beyond. The size and shape of the TECU Bronze cladding panels featured heavily during the design stage, with a decision taken to go with elongated portrait format panels with horizontal joints that aligned with projecting feature ‘tree-house’ meeting pods. The sensitive design response came out of a number of constraints imposed by topological aspects of the site, with one principal factor being a need to limit the height of the new building so that it remained clearly subservient to the Gothic Revival Grade I Listed Founders Building. In response, the Emily Wilding Building doesn’t exceed three storeys above ground, whilst use of the vertical module TECU Bronze cladding panels avoids the façade appearing squat. A basement floor was excavated into the sloping site, maximising the useable space. Proteus Façade’s TECU Bronze, which is an alloy of copper and zinc, provides the façade with outstanding mechanical abrasion and corrosion resistant properties as well as being maintenance free. The main contractor was Osborne, one of the leading construction businesses in the UK. The Proteus HR TECU Bronze cladding panels were installed by Colorminium, who were involved in all aspect of the façade from two years prior to commencement of the build, working with Associated Architects and Proteus Facades during the process and undertaking the design in a full 3D BIM Revit format. Proteus offers one of the widest ranges of TECU copper and copper alloys in the UK. This includes TECU Copper, TECU Bronze, TECU Brass, TECU Gold, TECU Zinn, a tin-plated copper that offers all the advantages of copper but weathers from silver to subtle grey tones. The materials are also available pre-patinated, which bypasses the gradual weathering process, so that the cladding panels take on the beautiful earth tones from the day the façade is installed. The TECU Bronze cladding fitted on the Emily Wilding Davison Building was supplied in its natural warm, reddish brown state, which will develop in a manner characteristic for bronze through the effects of weathering. For more copper alloy cladding from Proteus Facades, visit: www.proteusfacades.com or call: 0151 545 5075. Nick Myall News editor

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MVRDV’s silhouette to take shape in Moscow

MVRDV’s silhouette to take shape in Moscow

This new structure that will take shape in Moscow offers a new take on the classical stepped buildings found in the city

GK Osnova has announced MVRDV winner of the international design competition for the mixed-use complex in the city centre of Moscow. Silhouette takes inspiration from neighbouring constructivist’s buildings and is a new 52,000sq m contemporary mixed-use complex exploring geometry and materiality in its design. The new residences in Moscow with commercial facilities, luxurious living and contemporary architecture will be located right in the city centre. Silhouette is a new addition to the centre of the city that will contribute to the grand character of Moscow’s central ring. Located at the intersection of Academician Sakharov avenue and Sadovaya-Spasskaya street, also home to the Le Corbusier Tsentrosoyuz Building and Narkomzem, the constructivist designed Ministry of Agriculture by Alexey Shchusevand, the corner plot will have great exposure and accessibility within the city. With a height up to seventy-eight meters, the complex offers remarkable views of Moscow’s skyline and adds a bold new character to the city’s existing silhouette. “Silhouette is really an abstraction of the classical stepped building silhouettes found in the city,” explains Jacob van Rijs, co-founder of MVRDV. “The combination of two grand and warm-toned buildings create a symbolic gateway to the city centre, but also homely dwellings  and fine workspaces with a lively programme on ground levels for all to enjoy.” The 52,000m2 complex will consist of luxury apartments, a sports centre, flexible workspaces, an event space and a sky deck. The top floors accommodate apartments in a variety of configurations and sizes with the largest located on the corners providing panoramic views in every direction. Underground programs include a supermarket and both commercial and residential parking.   A modular system allows for diversifying the building’s shape and interior typologies whilst at the same time, this provides both compact and spacious apartments. The volume of the building is sculpted and diversified to create distinctive entrances, a sloping roofscape and strengthens the views of the city. Sculptural cuts on the top and bottom of the facade are carved out according to the function that needs to take place, or certain quality that needs to be provided within the space inside.  The Elevation pattern is manipulated by various window sizes that respond to their position within the façade. The red ceramic façade features a subtle gradient of window sizes in dialogue to the buildings overall massing. The distinct red-colour of the façade not only refers to the neighbouring constructivist building but also affirms its character as a warm and welcoming place to live. The architectural concept was chosen as the best proposal and won the closed competition, held by GK Osnova.   Nick Myall News editor

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C40 breathes new life into our cities

C40 breathes new life into our cities

C40 is inviting architects, urban planners, designers, developers, entrepreneurs and environmentalists to transform underused plots and abandoned corners of our cities

Nineteen of the world’s great cities have launched an unprecedented global competition to drive carbon neutral and resilient urban regeneration. C40’s Reinventing Cities initiative has already identified 49 underutilised spaces to redevelop, including several empty plots and abandoned buildings, a former airport, historical mansions, underused car parks, and an abandoned incinerator and landfill.  World Architecture News has recently announced a partnership deal with the C40 initative. Commenting on the announcement WAN’s founder and Editor in Chief Michael Hammond said, “The C40 Reinventing Cities project is an amazing initiative. I am very proud that we are tasked to get the message out to our audience of architects around the world. Many bodies and organisations claim and aim make our cities better but this project is tangible, having real sites, creating real opportunities for architects to make a difference.The unprecedented scale of this project is breath-taking with 19 participating cities, it must rank as the biggest single opportunity for architects to put their name on the map. C40 and sponsors Climate KIC and ofo have done an incredible job pulling this together in the time available. The news team here at WAN are looking forward to seeing the designs and ideas come in from our readers. Good luck!”  Through this competition, C40 and these cities invite architects, urban planners, designers, developers, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, start-ups, neighbourhood collectives, innovators and artists to collaborate and compete for the opportunity to transform these sites into new beacons of sustainability and resiliency.  Reinventing Cities launched in November 2017  in Auckland, Cape Town, Chicago, Dubai, Houston, Lima, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Montréal, Oslo, Paris, Portland, Quito, Reykjavik, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, San Francisco and Vancouver.   The competition will serve as a model for cities around the world, demonstrating how the alliance between cities and business can shape the future delivering healthier, greener and economically viable urban development.  The competition’s criteria will favour bids from creative teams that deliver innovative climate solutions in combination with striking architecture and tangible benefits for the local community.  More information on the Reinventing Cities competition, eligibility criteria and the project sites in each city can be found at http://www.c40reinventingcities.org/  The deadline for expression of interest is May 4th 2018. Reinventing Cities is made possible thanks to the support of Climate KIC and ofo.  The initiative is inspired by the successful Reinventing Paris scheme, launched by Mayor of Paris and C40 Chair Anne Hidalgo in 2015. Today 22 public spaces, covering 250,000 sq ms are being transformed across the French capital. Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40 - “Think local, act global, is the 21st century state of mind. By launching this global competition, we make this philosophy very concrete celebrating the most vibrant innovative solutions to environmental challenges. "Reinventing Cities will set new standards of sustainability in cities and who better than our citizens to imagine the future of their cities? I am convinced that the winning projects will surprise us all and present innovations we are unable to imagine today"  To learn more about the work of C40 and our cities, please visit www.c40.org, follow C40 on Twitter @c40cities or Instagram @c40cities and like C40 on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/C40Cities.  Reinventing Cities in Numbers 19 participating cities  49 sites  711 ha (hectares) to redevelop in total 610 m2 (square meters) is the smallest area 237 ha is the largest area 27 sites with an area greater than 1 ha 8 sites with an area greater than 10 ha 24 empty plots to develop, equal to 448 ha 14 sites to redevelop and densify, equal to 75 ha  8 car parks to transform, equal to 7.5 ha 1 former airport site 9 individual existing buildings to retrofit  4 patrimonial mansions to renovate  2 markets to retrofit and revitalize 8 abandoned industrial sites including an incinerator site and a former landfill  1 university campus 1 site for inhabited bridges   Nick MyallNews editor

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Darling Associates expands leadership

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Woods Bagot Announces New China Head

Stephen Jones has been appointed Regional Executive Chair, China, for

University of Bristol appoints Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Hawkins\Brown, and BuroHappold for new University Library

A new £80 million library development is to be built at the hear

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Starting from the ground up

Starting from the ground up

The complete demolition of an existing structure was necessary before this project in Portugal could get off the ground

Designed by José Carlos Nunes de Oliveira, this project involved demolishing a single-family dwelling and building another one in its place in the centre of V. N. de Famalicão in Portugal. The house is situated on a triangular urban plot of land covering an area of 940.80 m2. The topography includes a 7.60 m slope from west to east, so the elevations in the corner converge with those on the surrounding roads.The building on the site was of poor quality. Everything was demolished apart from the garage, below the elevation of the patio with level access from the road at the lower level.  The surrounding walls also held back the earth, below the street level to the west and above street level to the east. The house has a 367.20 m2 footprint and a gross area of 408.90 m2 on two floors. Floor 0 is 99.30 m2 and it was rehabilitated and expanded, preserving the garage, entrance, vertical access and storage area. Floor 1, at the level of the interior of the plot, is 309.60 m2, and this is where the main structure of the house is – service area, social zone and reserved zone (bedrooms).  The land is highly exposed because of the different topographies between the adjoining streets. This is why the house sits 1 m from the western boundary, below the street and does not show any wall or elevation. It is closed to the north for urbanistic and thermal reasons. This is also why the house is open to the east where light enters the kitchen and the whole of the south-facing front is open under a curved shade cover. The illumination of the other rooms comes from small patios cut out of the volume. Patio 1, allows access from Rua Vieira da Silva Patio 2, illuminates the dressing room and the bathroom attached to the main bedroom Patio 3, illuminates the 3 bedrooms Patio 4, for service, illuminates the kitchen and laundry

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UK foreign secretary wants a ‘Boris Bridge’ to France

UK foreign secretary wants a ‘Boris Bridge’ to France

Boris Johnson’s latest controversial infrastructure project would see an above the water link established between the UK and France

The UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson has proposed a 22 mile bridge to connect the UK to France and mainland Europe. The idea was first raised at a Anglo-French summit that was called to discuss the UK’s exit from the European Union and immigration. Johnson subsequently tweeted "Our economic success depends on good infrastructure and good connections. Should the Channel Tunnel be just a first step?" French president Emmanuel Macron agreed with the controversial idea, saying "let's do it". If it were constructed the bridge would be one of the longest in the world and would cross the world’s busiest shipping lane. The idea has been meet with a fair amount of scepticism by engineers and architects and the UK Chamber of Shipping tweeted: "Building a huge concrete structure in the middle of the world's busiest shipping lane might come with some challenges". It is not the first time the idea of a Channel bridge has been put forward. According to the BBC transport officials submitted plans for one in 1981. The plan was dismissed as "impractical" at the time, as it would make it difficult for ships to navigate the waters. Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, bridge designer and former president of the Institution of Structural Engineers Ian Firth said it would be a "huge undertaking, but absolutely possible". However, Downing Street has said there are "no specific plans" for a bridge between the UK and France . Nick Myall News editor

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Vauxhall Cross continues to rise

Vauxhall Cross continues to rise

As the rapidly emerging Vauxhall cluster continues to expand, more tall buildings are set to transform this area on London’s south bank

VCI Property Holding Limited is bringing forward a new proposal for the Vauxhall Cross Island site in London adjacent to Vauxhall Station. The project which includes landmark buildings designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, provides a hotel and office-led scheme, alongside new residential and retail uses and improvements to the public realm. The proposals respond to Lambeth Council’s aspirations for a district centre at Vauxhall by providing a mix of employment-generating and active uses on Bondway, as well as a new public square accommodating Transport for London’s (TfL) emerging gyratory and bus station plans. The Site: Vauxhall Cross Island The site is located adjacent to Vauxhall Underground station and is bounded by Parry Street (to the south), Bondway (to the east) and Wandsworth Road / Albert Embankment (to the west and north). The Island lies in a central and important location, adjacent to existing transport links at the gateway to Vauxhall from the north. The site is within the Vauxhall/Nine Elms/Battersea Opportunity Area, identified in the London Plan as having the potential to accommodate high-density development to provide substantial numbers of new jobs and homes. Vauxhall The borough is undergoing a period of transformation with a number of other significant developments under construction or planned for the area. In part, this is due to the Vauxhall, Nine Elms, Battersea Opportunity Area Planning Framework (OAPF) which allows for tall buildings of high quality to form a cluster around Vauxhall Cross, and also the Vauxhall Supplementary Planning Document, which sets out Lambeth Council’s vision for the regeneration of Vauxhall to create a thriving district centre. Alongside this guidance, TfL is reviewing its proposals to alter the Vauxhall bus station and gyratory and has recently submitted new plans to Lambeth Council. Together, these changes have re-framed the vision for Vauxhall and our new proposals for Vauxhall Cross reflect this. Commenting on the scheme Zaha Hadid Architects said: “The design responds to Lambeth Council’s aspirations for a district centre for Vauxhall by creating a vibrant new public square adjacent to the busy rail, underground and bus interchange. The proposal also accommodates TfL’s existing plans to upgrade the traffic gyratory and bus station to provide greater accessibility and safety for all. “This project will generate approximately 2,000 new jobs in the borough within a mixed-use design that includes a new public square, homes, offices, shops and a hotel - providing vital civic space, amenities and employment for the growing Vauxhall community.”   Potential for the site We now have the opportunity for a new approach to Vauxhall Cross which includes a new district centre for Vauxhall and also promotes employment opportunities and economic growth in the area. There are four principal opportunities enabled by the new proposals: 1.  Respond to Lambeth Council’s aspirations for a new district centre as set out in the Vauxhall Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) adopted in 2013. Principally through: Providing an active and welcoming destination for Vauxhall Creating a more defined street setting Maintaining the importance of Vauxhall as a transport interchange 2.  Contribute to employment and jobs in the borough The new proposal prioritise increased office and commercial space alongside a new Hilton Hotel that will be a major tenant for Vauxhall and will make a significant contribution to providing employment opportunities in the borough. The proposed scheme is estimated to create approximately 2,000 jobs across the hospitality, retail, building management and office-based sectors. 3.  Enable TfL’s Vauxhall gyratory and bus station TfL have separate plans to build a gyratory and bus station scheme next to Vauxhall Station. Whilst the schemes are independent of each other, the delivery of TfL’s proposed gyratory and bus station scheme requires land owned by VCI Property Holding to be implemented. The previously consented scheme for the site would have prevented the proposed gyratory changes. 4.  Respond to the emerging Vauxhall cluster Reviewing the design of the buildings enables a scheme that will sit better within the context of the emerging Vauxhall cluster. The design works with the height of the other proposed developments in the area. An employment-led scheme The new proposal comprise two tall buildings, with a low-level podium building creating a defined public square. The scheme includes: A new 500+ room hotel Approximately 260 new homes, including a mix of private and affordable Approximately 220,000 sq ft of office accommodation Approximately 7,000 sq ft of shopping/dining at street level. This mix of uses supports the Council’s objective to create and prioritise employment-generation in Vauxhall district centre. Through the hotel, office and retail, the proposed scheme is estimated to create approximately 2,000 jobs, comprising: Est. 1,450 office jobs Est. 500 hotel jobs Est. 50 jobs from retail and building management A new gateway for Vauxhall The buildings proposed for Vauxhall Cross respond to the emergence of the cluster of tall buildings proposed to the south of the site and have been designed to work with the other buildings, through its rectilinear form, grid-based façade and materials. Their arrangement places the taller building to the south of the site, adjacent to the other tall buildings and the centre of the cluster. The north building is shorter and marks the northern gateway to Vauxhall. Joining the two buildings with a ‘podium’ building of 10 storeys helps to create more defined street edges to the north, west and south of the island site and frames the new public square. Opening up the public realm The proposal provides a new public square and coordinates with the TfL gyratory and bus station scheme to accommodate new street-level pedestrian crossings and wider pavements, providing improved pedestrian environment and experience; helping to create a safer and more legible streetscape, accommodating the increasing pedestrian activity between Vauxhall Station and Nine Elms. Creating a new public square The new square creates a generous public space next to the primary pedestrian route from Vauxhall Station to the south and adjacent to TfL’s new bus stops located on Bondway, giving an opportunity for the square to host a programme of popular community events and activities throughout the year, from markets to street entertainment and performances. We want to work with the community to identify how the square can be used to provide the greatest benefit to Vauxhall and what types of activities or events can be held here. Planning history In 2012, former site owners, Kylun Ltd, received planning permission for the redevelopment of the Vauxhall Cross Island site adjacent to Vauxhall Station. VCI Property Holding Limited has since acquired the site from Kylun Ltd, with the intention of bringing forward a new planning application for the site. The consented scheme provided a mixed-use development, incorporating new residential, a hotel, retail, leisure and community uses at the Vauxhall Island site. The scheme was originally refused by Lambeth Council due to their concerns regarding the design and form of the buildings, and the assessment that the proposed scheme did not support the creation of a district centre for Vauxhall. This scheme gained planning permission through an appeal process. VCI Property Holding Limited purchased the site with the intention of bringing forward the consented scheme, however, after discussions with Lambeth Council and TfL, a new scheme has been designed which addresses some of the council’s earlier concerns. Team VCI Property Holding Limited Site (Owner and Developer) Great Marlborough Estates (Development Manager) Dais (Development Consultant) Zaha Hadid Architects (Architects) Buro Happold (Engineering) Townshend Landscape Architects (Landscape Architects) Nick Myall News editor

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“It wasn’t my choice to do a black building”

“It wasn’t my choice to do a black building”

Richard Meier is known for his striking white buildings, but now he has unveiled plans for a major departure, as he is set to build his first black structure in New York

Richard Meier’s oeuvre is known for bold, geometric buildings cast in luminous white, a colour he believes enhances nature and refracts the world. One of the most recognized architects alive today, Meier has dedicated five decades to his field and worked on projects around the globe. In this new short video from the Time-Space-Existence series, Meier discusses his first ever black building, 685 First Avenue in New York, as well as his love of designing buildings for public gathering, for enjoyment and for learning. Produced by PLANE—SITE, the video has been commissioned by the GAA Foundation and funded by the ECC in the run-up to the Time-Space-Existence exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia Architettura (opening May 2018). Richard Meier — TIME SPACE EXISTENCE from PLANE—SITE on Vimeo. ABOUT RICHARD MEIER Part of the renowned New York Five group of Modernist architects, Richard Meier (b. 1934) has led his own practice since 1963. Over the course of his fifty-year career, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect has consistently placed formal clarity, light, and abstraction at the centre of his work. Equally committed to pedagogy, Meier also advocates for the role of architecture in government, education, and community. He is best-known for the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia and the Jubilee Church in Rome. ABOUT THE VIDEO SERIES The Time-Space-Existence video series has already featured both prominent and emerging architects including Denise Scott-Brown, Peter Eisenman, Meinhard von Gerkan, WOHA Architects, Curt Fentress, Dirk Hebel, Arata Isozaki and others. The series will be exhibited in Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Mora, and distributed digitally to the media and press. At least one video will be released each month in the run-up to the opening of the exhibition.  

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FXFOWLE: new logo, new location, new name... FXCollaborative

FXFOWLE: new logo, new location, new name... FXCollaborative

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the architecture firm takes on the future with a trio of big transformations

After 40 years, the world-renowned architecture, interiors and planning firm, FXFOWLE Architects, originally founded as Fox & Fowle, is rolling out a new name. Now to be known as FXCollaborative, the name casts the creative spirit, as well as the legacy of the firm, to the forefront of its brand. “We are excited about how the name ‘FXCollaborative’ reinforces our shared core values and the essence of working together: creating buildings and environments that resonate and endure; celebrating our clients’ unique cultures; designing with deep respect for our planet’s resources; and embracing diversity and promoting social responsibility,” said FXCollaborative Managing Partner Guy Geier, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED AP. “As part of the ongoing evolution of the firm, founded by Bruce Fowle, ‘FXCollaborative’ builds on our history while establishing a clear identity for our practice as we head into the future.” The FXCollaborative logo was designed by Pentagram. Michael Bierut, partner at Pentagram, said, “The new identity is not so much a logo but a statement of purpose and a commitment to a way of working. It’s a simple statement but a profound promise, reflected in straightforward typography and a simple, strong underscore.” As the firm marks its 40th anniversary in January 2018 with the new name, it looks forward to another significant change. In a little less than four years, FXCollaborative will relocate from its Manhattan location (its home for 35 years) to Brooklyn, into a new building of its own design, One Willoughby Square. The vibrant scene in Brooklyn is conducive to FXCollaborative’s position in the field. With the profession becoming increasingly polarized between small boutique firms and large global firms, FXCollaborative resists being wholly defined by either of these models. It operates like a large atelier, with few boundaries between disciplines and typologies, reinforcing information and knowledge exchange. "We're one of those few firms that have really claimed the middle, and own it," said FXCollaborative Senior Partner Dan Kaplan, FAIA, LEED AP. "In the era of very large design organizations, there's a lack of nimbleness perhaps, and a lack of personal touch. Yet for our size, in the age of leveraging technology and collaboration, there's nothing we can't do—and do well." Describing the future home of FXCollaborative, Kaplan further explained, “We crafted One Willoughby Square specifically for Brooklyn. Our design promotes social and natural connectivity with wide-open, light-filled work environments, which is something that we as a firm are passionate about. We imagined what kind of spaces would attract dynamic, collaborative tenants, and envisioned a building that had a sense of creativity and flexibility. We then had an epiphany and realised we wanted to occupy this building, since it perfectly mirrored the FXCollaborative culture.” Developed by JEMB Realty Corporation, the 34-story mixed-use tower is slated to open in 2021. FXCollaborative has signed a 15-year lease for 40,000 square feet on floors seven through nine; the move is planned for 2022. Nick Myall News editor

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Moxon Architects bridge the gap in Barnes

Moxon Architects bridge the gap in Barnes

The meandering alignment of this bridge linking sections of the Thames Path will encourage views of the river up and downstream

Moxon Architects and CampbellReith consulting engineers have submitted a planning application to the London Borough of Hounslow for a new footbridge beneath the existing Grade II listed Barnes Bridge, in Dukes Meadows, Chiswick. The proposal responds to a call from the council to build a new public pedestrian bridge linking two sections of the Thames Path, incorporating landscaped landings at either end. Part of a wider scheme enhancing one of London’s busiest parks, the footbridge will cater to all types of users, allowing access to wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and those with buggies. By enhancing the Thames Path, the new footbridge will provide additional leisure options to the wider area, encouraging recreation and sustainable modes of travel. The bridge also responds to the high volume of rowing traffic along this section of the river, anticipating views to and from rowers at all tide levels. The structure is a ‘half through’ truss form with distinctive bracing members angled to maximise oblique views to the river. The meandering alignment will encourage views up and downstream as well as into the adjacent Dukes Hollow nature reserve which is one of the few remaining natural tidal habitats in London. In addition to linking the Thames Path and providing access to the adjacent sports grounds and rowing clubs, the design also respects the surrounding ecology by carefully positioning a minimum number of supports along the river bank. Through off-site prefabrication and river transport the project aims to reduce disruption as well as carbon consumption during construction. With energy efficient lighting and robust finishes such as stainless steel and aluminium, the project will anticipate and reduce the maintenance required over its expected 100+ year lifetime. The impact of the resulting footbridge will be felt far beyond the project’s boundaries as it enhances the already cherished Dukes Meadows. “The intention is to develop an affordable, efficient and honest solution that is easy to construct and pleasing to use,” said Ezra Groskin of Moxon Architects. “With a modest and refined appearance, the bridge will sit respectfully below the existing landmark structure, referencing its form without competing for attention.” “Dukes Meadows is an incredible asset for Hounslow, achieving over one million visits per year,” said Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council. “The Council is keen to improve the site, particularly in terms of resolving the issue of a railway line that severed the Thames path. The Thames path is an important feature and the proposed bridge will encourage access and usage. The new Dukes Meadows footbridge is an iconic structure that will no doubt add character to the area and, we hope, be appreciated for generations to come. The Council has worked very closely with the Port of London Authority and other key partners to make sure our improvements reflect the London regional strategy and its vision for the River Thames.”  Nick Myall News editor

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