Job vacancy – Head of BIM

We are currently seeking to recruit a Head of BIM to promote the consistent application of BIM across PTE projects. The Head of BIM will be responsible for championing the overall strategy and maintaining the systems to transition from CAD practices into more integrated BIM processes while supporting, training staff and being a client facing entity.

The ideal candidate should have a degree in Architecture, Interior Design or equivalent, with substantial experience in a design or construction practice. Expert knowledge of and proven practical experience in Autodesk and related BIM software including Navisworks and the rest of the Building Design Suite are essential as well as excellent communication and leadership skills to be able to convey BIM concepts to all levels of design and delivery professionals and clients.

For more information about the role and the full job description please email careers@ptea.co.uk.

Salary according to experience.

Please ensure your application is a maximum of 9 pages and is formatted as a single A4 PDF document with a maximum total file size of 5mb. Please mark your application with the position applied for, after ensuring you meet the requirements of the job specification, and send it by email to HR Manager at careers@ptea.co.uk.

PTE is an equal opportunities employer.

PTE named Housing Architect of the Year

Thomas Lane, Editor of BD said that housing, education and individual house were particularly fiercely contested categories. “We were impressed by the high quality and extraordinary diversity of entries. This quality combined with the record number of entries meant the judging panel had to make some very tough decisions.”

Judges this year included Wilkinson Eyre director Jim Eyre, Cottrell & Vermeulen director Richard Cottrell, Mike Shaw, head of design at Mace, Andy von Bradsky, non executive director of PRP, Esther Kurland, director of Urban Design London, Matthew Wells, director of Techniker, Nick Rogers, UK design director for Taylor Wimpey and Julian Robinson, director of estates at the LSE.

“Pollard Thomas Edwards’ submission showcases its responses to four topical housing issues. Beechwood West in Basildon uses custom build to give greater choice while The Avenue in Saffron Walden delivers contemporary design in a regional setting. PTE is co-developer of Stone Studios in Hackney Wick, which avoids displacing employment space by integrating homes and workspace. The Scene development in Walthamstow combines housing and leisure to regenerate the high street.”

Deptford Arches wins a London Planning Award for Best Heritage Led Project

PTE’s contribution to Deptford town centre’s regeneration continues with the restoration of the Grade II listed railway carriage ramp and landscaped public spaces outside the new railway station.

The sensitive restoration of the Victorian carriage ramp incorporates 14 commercial spaces within the arches, the  home of local creative businesses that spill out onto a new vibrant market court.

Click here to watch the film showing all the shortlisted schemes

The Scene wins a London Planning Award for Best Town Centre Project

The Scene, a new landmark building, delivers Walthamstow’s ambitions for town centre regeneration: a revitalised night time economy in the form of a buzzing new cinema and restaurants, a mix of housing to return residents to the town centre and a memorable building announcing the entrance to a new public plaza, which sits at the head of Europe’s longest linear outdoor street market.

Martin Esom, Chief Executive at Waltham Forest Council said “We only get one chance at the redevelopment of Walthamstow and we need to do it right the first time so that is why this place is so well designed. We worked really closely with the architects, making sure it’s a stunning building… It’s a ripple effect… the sustainability of the whole town centre. It gives the market confidence.”

Click here to watch the film showing all the shortlisted schemes

Laindon’s long wait is over: Pollard Thomas Edwards and C.F. Møllers’ plans for Swan’s new High Street approved by Basildon Council

Swan are delighted to announce that their plans to deliver the long awaited retail-led regeneration of the Laindon Centre will become a reality, after Basildon Council’s Planning Committee voted to approve their planning application at a meeting last night.

It comes after the local community backed the plans with almost 300 local residents signing letters of support and over 300 local residents signing up to support the plans on www.laindonfutures.co.uk.

With an existing High Road in name alone, the new plans will provide a much needed visually and physically accessible heart for Laindon and beyond. The new High Street delivers shopping, a new head office for Swan, a new health centre and homes ranging from apartments to larger family houses.

Now that Swan have the green light from the Council to regenerate the Laindon Centre, enabling works will start on site later this year. Swan will also be progressing with detailed design work and anticipate main construction starting on site with the first phase in early 2018.

Carl Vann, Partner and Pollard Thomas Edwards, said: “Pollard Thomas Edwards is delighted to be acting as architects in collaboration with CF Moller, to deliver Swan’s vision for this significant location.” 

Job Vacancies – Experienced Technicians and Architects

We are currently seeking to recruit Technicians, Architects and Project Architects with experience and enthusiasm to work on a variety of exciting and challenging projects within the Delivery team. The ideal candidate should have at least 5 years’ experience of large scale residential projects with an excellent working knowledge of regulatory requirements in the housing sector, as well as strong design and construction detailing skills. Experience of AutoCAD or Revit are essential.

We are also looking to recruit an experienced Project Architect within the Concept and Planning team. The ideal candidate should have exceptional design skills and be experienced in Project Management.  Good experience of AutoCAD is essential and experience in Revit would be useful.

Salary according to experience.

Please ensure your application is a maximum of 9 pages and is formatted as a single A4 PDF document with a maximum total file size of 5mb. Please mark your application with the position applied for, after ensuring you meet the requirements of the job specification, and send it by email to HR Manager at people@ptea.co.uk.

PTE is an equal opportunities employer.

PTE shortlisted for Housing Architect of the Year

“Pollard Thomas Edwards’ submission showcases its responses to four topical housing issues. Beechwood West in Basildon uses custom build to give greater choice while The Avenue in Saffron Walden delivers contemporary design in a regional setting. PTE is co-developer of Stone Studios in Hackney Wick, which avoids displacing employment space by integrating homes and workspace. The Scene development in Walthamstow combines housing and leisure to regenerate the high street.”

 

Hammerson House in Barnet granted planning permission

Hammerson House is an existing care home on The Bishop’s Avenue in Barnet, providing holistic care, assistance and support to older Jewish people since it was built in 1961. Over the years, it has been subject to numerous extensions and adaptations. Our client, Nightingale Hammerson, is committed to embracing best practice for residential care, while also providing exemplary nursing care for older people with dementia; the existing premises no longer reflect this ambition.

The Bishop’s Avenue borrows the historic associations of the former hunting grounds of the Bishops of London for a tree-lined avenue of large private houses connecting Hampstead Lane to East Finchley. Pollard Thomas Edwards’ proposed scheme takes advantage of the site’s mature woodland setting to embrace the proven therapeutic benefits of natural light and connections to the landscape in the later years of life.

Nightingale Hammerson’s vision for exemplary care is to create a sense of home, where old and often very frail residents can have as sociable and active a life as they would like, supported by round-the-clock nursing care. The generous public restaurant and reception rooms on the Bishop’s Avenue will be used for social events and religious festivals, acting as a social hub for the community, families and volunteers. PTE worked closely with the charity and their specialist care team to develop a brief that blends all these elements and layouts that combine clarity with domesticity.

The new Hammerson House will provide 116 new resident en-suite bedrooms located within 6 distinct ‘households’, each with associated facilities. These include dining rooms, resident lounges with sheltered winter gardens, informal sociable spaces and specialised spaces for Namaste care – a therapeutic care programme for those with advanced dementia – overlooking the gardens.

Communal resident spaces on the ground floor, including hair salon, shop, café, reception spaces and a dedicated therapy suite, open out on to new gardens designed to respond to seasonal changes and provide variation in texture, colour and scent.

The architecture takes its cue from the neighbouring Hampstead Garden suburb, using a contemporary interpretation of traditional forms and materials, while creating a distinctive and inviting frontage to The Bishop’s Avenue. The proposed glazed ceramic cladding tiles are a nod to the tile-hung buildings of the Arts and Crafts style of the suburb, while stone-clad pavilions take their reference from the traditional stone dressings of Arts and Crafts windows. The new building steps back from the existing building line, providing improved access for those suffering from impaired mobility while creating an inviting, open aspect to the street in contrast to the more private, enclosed frontages that characterise the rest of The Bishop’s Avenue.

The UK’s first senior cohousing scheme breaks New Ground

This week the Older Women’s Cohousing group moves into New Ground Cohousing, its new home in High Barnet. Designed by architects Pollard Thomas Edwards, in collaboration with the OWCH group and Hanover Housing.

Cohousing is a Scandinavian idea gaining traction in the UK, where residents collaborate to design and manage their own communities. Each household has its own private home, but communities share common facilities. The idea is particularly appealing to older people, combining neighbourly support with modern comforts and privacy.

The members of OWCH have been working together for many years, pioneering the idea of a supportive community for women in later life. PTE collaborated with OWCH to design their ideal community on a site in Barnet, acquired for the group by not-for-profit retirement housing provider Hanover.

The women’s brief was very clear: their own sustainable homes, with shared facilities that create a sense of community. The collaborative design process that PTE facilitated was a learning exercise in understanding the realities of planning and building. The architects worked with the group to evolve a T-shaped layout focussed around shared facilities and communal gardens that gave every home its own outlook and sunlight.

The scheme has its own distinctive character, while sitting comfortably with very different neighbours – a mixture of Georgian, Victorian, and more modern buildings. Like their neighbours, the new brick buildings front the street with low pitched pyramid roofs, while the asymmetric pitches of the garden wing roofs refer to the less domestic high street context to the East.

The main entrance opens into the shared common areas and out to the south-facing communal garden, with flats above overlooking both the garden and the street.

The shared spaces at the entry are the hub of the community. The sociable common house meeting room, kitchen and generous dining areas are complemented by other practical amenities like a laundry and drying space arranged around the mews courtyard, and a guest room with balcony that doubles as a quieter meeting space. Access to parking, refuse and mobility scooter bays is all from the central lobby, which will also become an informal meeting space as residents come and go.

The large central garden is the focal point, with secret ‘culture’ garden and craft shed tucked into a more remote corner of the site.

Like a traditional mews garage, the concealed parking is also topped by two storeys of flats.  Perpendicular to the street, a 3-storey apartment block looks towards the historic spire of St John’s church and overlooks the shared gardens and courtyards on either side.

The homes are 1, 2 and 3 bedroom flats, including 8 socially rented homes. Using PTE’s ‘fabric first’ approach, which maximises the benefits of orientation, air-tightness and insulation above bolt-on equipment, the homes will all reach Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4.

Former Hounslow House in Hounslow granted planning permission

This former commercial site will be transformed into a residential neighbourhood with 293 homes, local shops and a network of streets creating a new pedestrian route to Hounslow East underground station.

Architectural Review – Women in Architecture campaign

“Pollard Thomas Edwards is proud to be an exemplar of good practice and to have a gender-balanced working environment. The WIA campaign is a reminder that we have a wonderfully unique situation, and something that should be supported and encouraged throughout the profession.

Our approach:

Make sure everybody benefits from equality in the workplace: a balanced working environment is good for everybody. Everyone in our office appreciates the culture that we have and the part that gender balance plays in that.

Flexibility should be for everyone: one of the hardest things for women in architecture is to manage the timing of having a career and having a family. We offer managed flexibility to all staff in order to create an environment where people can grow and develop and achieve their own work/life balance. We encourage new mums to come back to work, helping them to get back to where they were before they left.

Expect equal pay: we are thorough about our appraisal process and make sure that pay is commensurate with skills and performance across the board.

Set a good example: we aim to be visible as women in the profession. That’s the best encouragement we can give. Seeing other women in positions of seniority makes you stop questioning the fact that you can do it, and just get on with it. I was honoured to have been named Woman Architect of the Year 2015.”

Pollard Thomas Edwards, Teresa Borsuk

London-Based Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin

Architectural photographer Marc Goodwin has recently shot the second collection of his “ultra-marathon of photoshoots” – in London. Following his unique insight into the spaces occupied by Nordic architectural offices (based in Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki), Goodwin has turned his lens to a broad collection of practices in the British capital, captured in just seven days. From Zaha Hadid Architects’ former school to Foster + Partner’s monumental studios on the banks of the River Thames, here are a series of surprising places that architectural offices call home. click here to view the full article

Hounslow Town School and Residential Development granted planning permission

This development will provide central Hounslow with a vital new 5 form entry primary school along with 250 mixed tenure homes.

Amersham Vale in Lewisham granted planning permission

Our proposals create over 100 homes including a new mews street of much needed family houses and larger buildings containing flats that have views over a newly created public park.

Green Lanes in Haringey granted planning permission

This mixed use development for Hadley Property Group replaces an existing warehouse site with 133 new homes and a new GP surgery and health centre on a busy retail thoroughfare in North London.

Beechwood West in Basildon granted planning permission

Planning Permission Granted on Custom-Build homes that provide personalised living at a price that won’t break the bank.

At Beechwood West, Swan Housing Association’s landmark regeneration of the Craylands Estate, Pollard Thomas Edwards has created a uniquely customisable new neighbourhood to cross-subsidise the wider regeneration of this 1960’s housing estate in Basildon.

Alongside development partners Basildon Borough Council and the Homes and Communities Agency, Swan and PTE have responded to the government’s new custom-build and self-build initiatives to design 251 new homes that residents can personalise to their own requirements and tastes, creating a unique home that they have helped to design. The new homes will be pre-constructed in a factory close to the site, providing a high quality finish, extensive environmental benefits and saving on construction time.

Carl Vann, Partner at Pollard Thomas Edwards commented

“This is a fantastic opportunity, not only to regenerate a tired estate, but also to provide something really unique: genuinely customisable new homes at an affordable price.”

Job Vacancy – Part II Architectural Assistants

Due to our expanding portfolio, PTE is seeking to immediately recruit RIBA Part II Architectural Assistants with substantial experience to work on a variety of exciting and challenging projects.

The ideal candidate should have some experience of working on large scale residential projects, exceptional design and visualisation skills and be able to communicate their designs in a variety of media. Strong IT skills and good experience of Autocad is essential and experience in Revit and BIM, would be an advantage.

Salary according to experience.

Please ensure your application is a maximum of 9 pages and is formatted as a single A4 PDF document with a maximum total file size of 5mb. Please mark your application with the position applied for, after ensuring you meet the requirements of the job specification, and send it by email to HR Manager at people@ptea.co.uk.

PTE is an equal opportunities employer.

PTE wins Finsbury Leisure Centre design competition

Pollard Thomas Edwards has won a design competition for a new £49 million mixed-use development featuring a leisure centre in Islington, north London.

The contest, organised by the RIBA’s competitions unit, sought ‘exemplary’ ideas to redevelop a large site containing Finsbury Leisure Centre in the St Luke’s area of Islington.

Pollard Thomas Edwards was selected from a five strong shortlist that also included: Grimshaws, Hawkins\Brown, Henley Halebrown Rorrison Architects; and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

The council’s Judging Panel thought that Pollard Thomas Edwards had the most creative and forward thinking ideas for the new civic building. They were also impressed by the dedication, time, and resources shown by each of the design teams. This gave the Panel an opportunity to compare a range of high quality design ideas for the site.

On announcing Pollard Thomas Edwards as the winners of the design competition, Cllr Diarmaid Ward, Islington Council’s executive member for housing and development, said: “Congratulations to Pollard Thomas Edwards on their competition victory.

“We look forward to working with them and the local community to create new high-quality affordable homes and improved community facilities for Finsbury residents including a new leisure centre, GP practice, and nursery.

“Like the rest of London, Islington faces a housing crisis, with a huge shortage of affordable housing. Projects such as this are another opportunity to build new council homes and help meet the housing needs of local residents.”

Teresa Borsuk, Senior Partner at Pollard Thomas Edwards, said: “It’s a real honour for Pollard Thomas Edwards to have won this competition.

“We are really delighted and are very much looking forward to working with the council and local community to deliver what will be a special combination of leisure, health, childcare facilities, and new homes for Islington, as well as a civic legacy for Finsbury. We pass the site daily with new excitement.”

PTE wins 3 Housing Design Awards

The 2016 Housing Design Awards included the first ever award to evaluate and reward schemes built at the soaring densities found in London as housing demand and land values intensify development.

The Scene in Walthamstow won the Sustainable High Density Award that was promoted by the GLA’s Sustainable Development Commission. Its chairman Baron Barker of Battle said: “New schemes regularly reach or surpass London Plan guidance for density. Many are towers, but some are intricate examples of placemaking.”

The Scene, Walthamstow – Sustainable High Density Award

The Scene, a new landmark building, delivers Walthamstow’s ambitions for town centre regeneration: a revitalised night time economy in the form of a buzzing new cinema and restaurants, a mix of housing to return residents to the town centre and a memorable building announcing the entrance to a new public plaza, which sits at the head of Europe’s longest linear outdoor street market.

David Orr, Chief Executive at National Housing Federation said “The Scene shows that putting the right homes in the right places can be part of something much bigger, sparking new life into communities and bringing in additional investment.”

Click here to watch The Scene, Walthamstow film made by Living Projects

OWCH, Barnet – HAPPI Project Award

The members of OWCH have been working together for 18 years, pioneering the idea of a cohousing community for women in later life. A collaborative design process led by PTE gave the group the tools to participate fully in the design of their future homes on a site in Barnet owned by Hanover.

The development of 25 sustainable homes around shared facilities and communal gardens gives every home a sunny outlook and private outdoor space, and the group an intentional, mutually supportive community.

Shirley Meredeen, 84, OWCH co-founder, said “It’s never been done before, and we will be completely running it ourselves. We are making history, and we are extremely proud. We are not going to be a little ghetto of older people, we want to be good neighbours.”

North West Cambridge Lots M1&M2 – Project Award

North West Cambridge is undoubtedly the most ambitious and significant expansion of the City of Cambridge in the post Victorian era. 247 new Code 5 homes will form the gateway to the new Ridgeway Village, part of the University of Cambridge’s £1billion urban extension.

Pollard Thomas Edwards, working in collaboration with Alison Brooks Architects, have set out to provide “a 21st century equivalent of period homes” – with generous rooms that can be assigned flexible functions, extensive storage, high ceilings and double height spaces. Our proposals reinforce the University’s vision for a sustainable, long lasting and ambitious community.

The masterplan reinforces a sense of place, inspired by the historic city, where character has built up incrementally over time. A sequence of fine-grained streets and open spaces connect a series of distinctive residential areas to the wider urban extension, its neighbourhood parks and the local centre.

The Avenue wins a RIBA National Award

Judges’ citation: The Avenue represents the best of new housing developments: a committed client, a skilled architect, and a site with a fabulous mature landscape.

The lack of a pattern book of designs meant the architect was able to develop its own kit of parts, without reducing individuality or variety across the scheme. The palette of materials is traditional but the detailing is modern and crisp.

The housing off the main avenue forms a series of courtyards that strike a clever mix of coherence and community for the owners. This is a great lesson in defensible space without the requirement for any signage – simple and successful urban design in action.

The national winners will now go on to be considered for the Stirling Prize – the biggest prize in UK architecture. A shortlist will be announced later in the summer and the winner is set to be revealed in October.

Altered Estates: how to reconcile competing interests in estate regeneration

Estate regeneration in the spotlight

In the 1960s and 70s nearly three million homes were built by local authorities in Britain. Many of them incorporated new ideas about town planning, the design of the home, and methods of construction. It is these estates which have been – and continue to be – the main focus of subsequent major regeneration initiatives, including David Cameron’s recent declaration of action on ‘sink estates’.

The Prime Minister accuses the worst estates of ‘entrenching poverty in Britain – isolating and trapping many of our families and communities’. Like many observers he believes that non-traditional design is a significant part of the problem. Regeneration specialists know that the issues are far more complex, but most would at least agree that design can contribute to the social and economic success or failure of places.

The four architectural practices behind this report have been involved with the regeneration of housing estates for four decades – they started to advise communities and local authorities on estate improvements soon after the last concrete panel was craned into place in the mid-1970’s. Since then they have worked under successive political initiatives and funding models to improve, remodel or replace dozens of estates in London and around the UK. They have seen what works and what does not.

In response to the renewed political focus on estate regeneration, the practices have joined forces to distil their combined experience into a series of recommendations on how best to meet the challenges of today.

Whose estate is it anyway?

There has always been tension between the priority to be given to the wishes of existing residents and the potential of estates to provide a greater range of housing opportunity for the wider population, but now this has become politicised and polarised into two fiercely opposed positions.

In one corner are those who believe that housing estates belong to those who live on them and only their views should count in determining the future – and increasingly their preference is to be left alone. In the other corner are those who regard housing estates as public assets, which local authorities have a right and duty to use to meet wider needs – including the growing clamor for more homes, at affordable prices, for middle-income households. The views of both camps deserve respect.

We need to be clear about the objective of estate regeneration: is it to improve the lives of those who live on and around existing estates, or is it to make more effective use of public land to help solve the ‘housing crisis’ by creating additional homes and widening access to home ownership? With care, patience and respect we can and should be able to do both.

About the event

The presentation will cover the following topics, backed by case studies:

Appraising the options explains how a methodical and transparent process of options appraisal can assist selection of the best regeneration strategy and lay the foundations for effective community engagement.

Engaging communities sets out best practice in stakeholder engagement leading to community buy-in and avoiding top-down imposition of unpopular proposals.

Getting the design right addresses the sensitive issue of re-integration of estates into the surrounding townscape and confronts the limits of high density intensification.

Achieving sustainable outcomes looks at long-term measures of sustainability and explains why current government policies require review if unsustainable outcomes are to be avoided.

Register here.

Pollard Thomas Edwards Open Studio & Floating Cinema Boat Trips – Saturday 25 June

Pollard Thomas Edwards’ (PTE) conversion of a canal side Victorian warehouse, formally a timber yard and terrazzo mill, into spacious offices with one of the best waterside views in London. Our studios at Diespeker Wharf provide a great working environment, a local landmark and a visible expression of the practice’s ethos. Along with our neighbouring developments on City Road Basin, they show how restored historic buildings and radical new ones can stimulate economic, social and environmental regeneration.

During Open Studios PTE is collaborating with The Floating Cinema; a unique purpose built 60 ft widebeam canal boat that operates as a mobile arts venue and floating projection house; commissioned by UP Projects designed by Duggan Morris. Embark at PTE, Diespeker wharf or Granary Square, Kings X N1C and enjoy a unique floating tour through the changing local canalscape. Trip includes travelling through the historic Islington tunnel; built in 1820 and the longest navigable canal tunnel in the south east.

The Open Studios is free to attend and no booking is required. The boat trips do require booking, details below.

The Floating Cinema boat trips will depart from PTE’s offices at Diespeker Wharf OR Granary Steps, Kings X N1C (Tow path at bottom of Granary steps), Expected journey time is approx. 1.5 hours.

Booking is essential as numbers are limited, £10 per person.

Boat tour timings:

9:30am Pick up at Diespeker Wharf – 11:00am Drop of at Granary Square

11:30am Pick up at Granary Square – 1:00pm Drop of at Diespeker Wharf

1:30am Pick up at Diespeker Wharf – 3:00pm Drop of at Granary Square

3:30pm Pick up at Granary Square – 5:00pm Drop of at Diespeker Wharf

Book tickets by clicking here.

Wing masterplan, an urban extension to the east of Cambridge has been approved by the joint planning committee

Pollard Thomas Edwards’ masterplan for an urban extension to the east of Cambridge has been approved by the joint planning committee, subject to negotiating the S106 legal agreements which will secure the required infrastructure improvements and wider community benefits. Wing, a new urban village, will include 1,300 homes, a school, community facilities, workspace and shops. It will combine the best of town and country, with over a third of the site in parks, squares, gardens and woodland.

The development covers 160 acres of surplus land owned by long-established Cambridge business, the Marshall Group, which also owns the adjoining airport. The plan also includes new business space for Marshall and integrates opportunities to live and work, to meet the region’s growing demand for housing and jobs.

To ensure that Wing will be a positive legacy for the Marshall Group and PTE engaged with local stakeholders from the beginning of the design process.  Over 1,000 people attended workshops organised by the design team and The Prince’s Foundation.

The masterplan proposes a series of distinctive neighbourhoods, with landscaped streets connecting a series of parks and squares. Housing will range from large family homes to more urban apartments, including 30% affordable homes. A phased development programme establishes the new community heart – school, market square and shops – early in the programme.

Marshall Group Chief Executive, Robert Marshall said: “Wing is extremely exciting and it must be beautifully designed as well as a great place to live. For Marshall it will be our back garden and it is essential that it creates a positive legacy of which the Company, local communities and other stakeholders can be justly proud.”

Andrew Beharrell, Senior Partner of architects Pollard Thomas Edwards said: “Wing will have all the ingredients of a proper community.  It will not be just a dormitory or housing estate. The proposed new homes will be integrated with a significant range of community facilities and local shops, and residents will have ready access to new and existing employment opportunities, not least within the Marshall Group’s own businesses.”

ABS 5KM Chicken Run 2016 – Saturday 23 July

Registration for #ABSChickenRun is now open!

For the second year running, Pollard Thomas Edwards is organising the annual ABS 5km Chicken Run. Come and join us on Saturday 23 July 2016 for a 5km race from Tate Modern to Pollard Thomas Edwards’ (PTE) offices in Islington.

This is a great way for individuals, friends and family to raise funds for Architects Benevolent Society. The Society (ABS) helps members of the architectural profession of all ages, and their families, who have experienced illness, accident, redundancy, unemployment, bereavement or other difficulties.

Last year was an overwhelming success which saw 150 runners made up of individuals and teams from architectural practices all over the UK. They all helped raise over £4,000 towards the ongoing work of the Society. This year we are looking to make it even bigger, with more runners and more money being raised.

After the race PTE will host a celebration including prize giving by special guests, food, drink and music.

If you would like to take part, you can enter as an individual or as a team of 6. If you’re not a runner, we’ll need plenty of help on the day so if you can spare an hour to be a steward please let me know.

For more information about the event and to book your place, please visit the website www.abschickenrun.co.uk

Young Entrepreneurs in Property (YEP) Summer Party – Thursday 30 June

Young Entrepreneurs in Property (YEP) would like to invite you to their annual Summer Party. This year’s party is kindly hosted and organised by Pollard Thomas Edwards at their stunning converted Victorian warehouse in Islington with one of the best waterside views in London.

Tickets are £45 and include:

• Glass of prosecco on arrival
• Guest speakers to be announced…
• Food from The London Barbecue
• Beach sounds from DJ Elliot Patterson
• Beach bar serving alcoholic beverages and soft drinks sponsored by square metre
• Professional photographer and aerial drone
• Pedalos on the canal

Join other young professionals at the property networking event of the summer!

Book your place now. 

 

PTE shortlisted for 5 Housing Design Awards

The Scene, City Park West, Dover Court Estate, North West Cambridge Lots M1 & M2 and Older Women’s Cohousing shortlisted in the Housing Design Awards.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 11 July 2016.

To see all the shortlisted schemes click here.

 

The Scene Highly Commended in the RICS Awards

Over 200 delegates attended this year’s RICS Awards, London, held at The Lancaster on Wednesday 4 May. The awards — established to celebrate the inspirational initiatives across the built environment — bring people across all sectors to celebrate the capital’s most innovative projects.

The Scene in Walthamstow was Highly Commended for Regeneration and Community Benefit.

To see the full list of winner click here.

South Grove granted planning permission for 473 new homes

Pollard Thomas Edwards working on behalf of Hadley Property Group granted planning permission for 473 new homes on South Grove site in Walthamstow Town Centre. The plans will also include 2,786 square metres of new public realm and a new commercial space, which it is hoped will become a cycle café.

Mark Lebihan, Chief Operating Officer at Hadley Property Group said “We are delighted that the London Borough of Waltham Forest has decided to share our ambition to revitalise this part of Walthamstow town centre. These 473 homes, including 97 affordable homes, will be an attractive addition to the St James Street area and will be complemented by new public spaces for everyone to enjoy.”

The development will be car-free, two car club spaces will be provided alongside 788 secure cycle parking spaces. The scheme will also connect to new mini-holland cycle routes being implemented by Waltham Forest Council.

Construction is due to start in early 2017 and is expected to be completed in 2019.

Zero Carbon Hub Services Guide

The Zero Carbon Hub Services Guide, which was written and designed by PTE, was launched at Ecobuild on Tuesday 8th March. Rob Pannell, Managing Director of the Zero Carbon Hub, introduced the new guide as a result of their performance gap and ventilation research showing poor knowledge and standards of building services in homes. He offered his thanks to PTE and Head of sustainability Tom Dollard, who was author of the guide. Tom then explained the contents of the guide, concluding that it “highlighted key issues found with the performance of services, and offered solutions for project teams. I hope the guide will contribute to reducing the performance gap and improve the design and delivery of domestic building services.”

The book was the result of a long standing partnership between Pollard Thomas Edwards and the Zero Carbon Hub, and presents research and findings from the ventilation project (2013-2016), and the performance gap study of (2011-2014), assessing the housebuilding process on 27 live construction sites with 300 dwellings. These combined studies highlight significant failings of the housebuilding industry to deliver to minimum standards of part L (energy) and F (ventilation). The Services Guide aims to provide clear guidance for design and project teams to deliver to building regulations and improve performance of new homes.

The Services Guide is one of the Zero Carbon Hub’s low energy guides, including SAP untangled, Thermal Bridging guide and the Builders’ Book. The guides will be presented at the Green Register’s training sessions through April and May. All the guides are available to download for free on the Zero Carbon Hub Website: http://www.zerocarbonhub.org/full-lib

Barton Park in Oxford granted planning permission at committee

PTE and Alison Brooks Architects are working with developers Hill on the Phase 1 masterplan for Barton Park, a new sustainable neighbourhood north-east of Oxford, designed to create a self-sustaining community of 237 homes, with shops, offices and services within walking and cycling distance of all new homes.

Located at the intersection of Oxford suburbia and the surrounding countryside, Barton Park is conceived as a garden suburb designed for the 21st century, a blend of high quality urban living in harmony with its natural surroundings.

The proposed development will be the largest new residential development in Oxford and the aim for Barton Park is to build an exemplar development which provides a benchmark for future large developments in the area.

Earlier this week Barton Park was also selected as one of 10 NHS Healthy New Town demonstrator sites.

Barton councillor Van Coulter said “I have been part of this project since 2011 and I applaud it. It’s near to exemplary and I’m very pleased that there will be no distinction between the social and market housing.”