UN Studio submitted a detailed planning application for this 34-storey, 190-unit residential tower on City Road, Islington. The practice then appointed Axis Architects to work with them on completing the design of the scheme and delivering all of the employer’s requirements as well being novated to the main contractor for the construction phase of the project.
The tower, designed with a curving metal and glass façade, provides 190 private high-end apartments ranging from studios to a large penthouse. The development also includes a restaurant, health club, swimming pool, spa, private cinema, residents’ club, and commercial facilities.
CLIENT Groveworld Ltd / UN Studio
CONCEPT ARCHITECT UN Studio (Amsterdam)
CONSTRUCTION COST £56m
Newington Butts, London
The redevelopment of the former London Park Hotel site creates two residential buildings — a 45-storey tower next to a block of seven-storey terraces.
The development consists of 457 residential dwellings, a 180 seat theatre for Southwark Playhouse and a concession café. Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ (RSHP) original planning approval for 470 residential units was re-submitted for Section 96a and Section 73 approvals to amend the floor to ceiling heights, crown design, unit number and internal apartment layouts.
Each of this tower’s typical floor-plates are sub-divided into eight triangular-shaped apartments which are created by the diagonal party walls. This allows the apartments to have a corner balcony for private external space whilst framing panoramic views across London. The terrace building is a series of pavilions, with transparent cores between them providing a visual connection between St. Mary’s Churchyard and the gardens behind.
CLIENT Mace Ltd
CONCEPT ARCHITECT Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
CONSTRUCTION COST £97m
Galaxy House, London
Galaxy House is a new residential development formed of four blocks which are interconnected to create the impression of two main structures. These are positioned above a common single level basement located adjacent to East Croydon station. The four blocks house 300 residential units behind a layered façade created from a sequence of materials including brick frame, grey metal inner skin and glazed units. Make produced the original planning submission for 290 units, with Axis Architects submitting a new Section 96A application for an additional 10 units, changes to site and revised internal planning.
The basement houses 85 car park spaces, 408 cycle spaces and all associated plant and has been designed to accommodate potential future expansion. Ground floor receptions have been designed for a central concierge hub to the middle blocks, with end receptions acting as relaxation areas. There is a gym between two of the blocks which opens onto the public gardens and amenity space beyond.
CLIENT Menta Redrow
CONCEPT ARCHITECT Make
CONSTRUCTION COST £60m
Cheval Three Quays, London
Three Quays is located on a prestigious riverside site, opposite HMS Belfast and beside the Tower of London. The scheme comprises 100 serviced apartments and 58 private apartments, all of which are designed to a very high specification for the developer and property manager Cheval Residences.
In addition, there are two large retail units at ground floor, opening out onto a reconfigured public space and offering prime views of the river and Tower Bridge. 3D Reid gained detailed planning consent from the City of London in 2011 and developed the design to RIBA work Stage E. Mace was subsequently awarded the Design & Build contract and in January 2012 appointed Axis Architects to complete the design and coordination, produce construction information and monitor the works on site.
In addition to this work, Axis Architects initially compiled a comprehensive design audit of the scheme. This included an overview of all documentation relating to the scheme.
CLIENT Mace Ltd
CONCEPT ARCHITECT 3D Reid
CONSTRUCTION COST £75m
Southbank Place, Building 5, London
Stanton Williams obtained outline planning consent for Building 5 at Southbank Place, a prominent site on the South Bank of the river Thames facing Jubilee Gardens and the London Eye, adjacent to the existing Shell Tower near Waterloo station.
Axis Architects was appointed as executive architect to oversee and co-ordinate the scheme and detailed design and deliver the project to completion. The residential building consists of 108 private apartments, ranging from one to four bedroom apartments, with two retail outlets at ground floor level. Axis Architects is working closely with Stanton Williams on the external façade and incorporating the input of the interior designers, United Design, to ensure coordination with the base-build. Once an agreed Stage D has been approved, Axis Architects will complete Stages E and F, and see the development through to completion.
CLIENT Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd
CONCEPT ARCHITECT Stanton Williams
CONSTRUCTION COST Confidential
London Fruit & Wool Exchange, London
The London Fruit & Wool Exchange (LFWE) is located on a prominent position in London’s Spitalfields, directly opposite Christ Church and adjacent to London Spitalfields market. The island site is bounded by Commercial Street, Brushfield Street, White’s Row and Crispin Street.
The low rise development consists of a five-storey office building above mixed-uses at ground, consisting of two separate reception spaces, office area, retail and service yard. An atrium separates the new building from LFWE’s original façade, a 1928 brick and Portland Stone construction, located along Brushfield Street which has been retained.
The proposal is defined by a central external courtyard space forming a north-south pedestrian route through the site, connecting the adjoining streets and the new pavilion in the south west corner.
The new-build façades are predominately brick-faced, with punched windows to reflect the surrounding context. The cladding to the north atrium, central courtyard and two top floors is formed by curtain walling, with floor-to-ceiling glazing to all levels, as well as to the ground floor shopfronts.
Sheppard Robson delivered the project, originally designed by Bennett’s Associates and Sheppard Robson’s interior design group ID:SR.
CitizenM Bankside, London
Bankside was Axis Architects’ second project for international hotel operator citizenM, who are rolling out a new hotel chain in the UK offering ‘affordable luxury’. CitizenM aims to create a global portfolio of hotels, located on prime locations in metropolitan cities and airports. Axis Architects’ work commenced in 2009, and involved working alongside Concrete in their role as design architect. Concrete is the chain’s interior/brand designers, creating innovative design solutions to reduce carbon emissions using renewable energy technologies and new construction techniques. Modular construction has been implemented on the project in order to deliver the high-end fit-out within careful cost constraints.
CLIENT citizenM Hotels
CONCEPT ARCHITECT Concrete Architects (Amsterdam)
CONSTRUCTION COST £14m
CitizenM St Pauls, London
The project is a 246 bedroom hotel for citizenM Hotels and a new speculative office development for Beacon Wood RES Ltd. Briefing to concept design was carried out by Avery Associates Architects and the planning application was prepared and submitted by Axis Architects. Axis Architects was appointed in 2011 to work with Avery Architects to support it in compiling the town planning application for this hotel/office development in the City of London.
The scheme revcieved planning permission in summer 2014. Axis Architects are due to complete Stage D and the designs and then will be novated to the successful contractor to take through to completion.
CLIENT citizenM Hotels
CONCEPT ARCHITECT Avery Associates
No.1 Spinningfields, Manchester
Located on Plots 301 to 304 of the Spinningfields Masterplan, No. 1 Spinningfields delivers 32,000m² of Grade A office accommodation, which is divided over a range of flexible sub-divisible floor-plates providing high quality accommodation to a range of occupiers. The lower 25,000 sq ft floor-plates respond to large format businesses, with the upper 10,000 sq ft floor-plates providing accommodation to attract smaller firms.
The retail uses on the ground and mezzanine levels aim to attract a range of retail uses to provide the active frontages to animate Quay Street and Hardman Square. The building has been designed to bridge the adjacent difference in building heights and form a continuous street-wall frontage to Quay Street. The façade has a predominantly glazed skin to achieve the high interior light levels, with the glass treated with a transparent solar coating and fritting. Axis Architects worked alongside Ian Simpson post-planning approval up to RIBA Stage 3, with Axis Architects novated to the main contractor.