London Festival of Architecture Small Talks
Not content with being RIBA London Practice of the month in April 2019, we are delighted to be giving one of the London Festival of Architecture 'Small Talks' on the theme of Boundaries on 6 June 2019.
These take place at RIBA, The Forum, 76 Portland Place, W1B 1NT from 18.00-21.00. Tickets are free, bookable via this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pushing-boundaries-lfa-small-talks-tickets-59815843799.
We will be talking about issues related to designing buildings for people with disabilities/autism and would be delighted if you could join us. Please come and say hello at the end.
Beach Huts Phase 2
Phase 2 of our Shoeburyness Beach Huts was completed at the end of 2017 and a year on both phases are looking great. We finally managed to align low tide and sun and paddled out to get a photo of all 15!
London Borough of Brent invited Pedder & Scampton to update the Autism section of their design guide for their New Accommodation for Independent Living programme. This is an aspirational guide on key issues for designers when working on accommodation for a range of vulnerable people. The aim is to provide housing for the elderly, those with dementia, mental health issues, learning disabilities and Autism, promoting wellbeing and an ability to live independently through good design. The guide is part of a new build and upgrade programme for around 600 extra care living units.
Regal London's offices
Slow to come to fruition but finally on site: housing developer Regal London's refurbished and extended offices designed by Pedder & Scampton are under construction. We started work on this project in 2013. See the Commercial projects section for more information.
Silvertown Flyover Competition
We are through to the second stage of a competition for proposals to 'inhabit' the colonnaded space under the Silvertown flyover. Working with John McAslan & Partners, the scheme provides 'seed creative and workspace clusters' with units made from a kit of parts that can be assembled to give large, small and double height spaces. The internal facades have potential for customisation by the occupants. All the units are accessed from a chassis of internal circulation walkways and ramps linked to external access points, loading bays and shared internal and social facilities.
Christmas Trip to the Design Museum
Our office Christmas included a trip round the new Design Museum. The roof is lovely (much as we oldies remember it) but we thought there was a lot of empty circulation that could have housed the Design displays giving the internal route more purpose and meaning while leaving space for showcasing Designers on the top floor.
Stretch Outsider Art Festival
We attended the Stretch Outsider Art Festival to see 'Frosted Glass', a semi autobiographical feature film written by Anthony Fairweather based on his experience of living with Asperger's. Thoroughly enjoyable - this should be mainstream cinema!
Southend Beach Huts
Our Southend Beach Huts have come second in the Brett Martin 2017 iAwards competion for the most imaginative use of Brett Martin polycarbonate sheeting
Design for autism
We gave a paper on our horticultural building for autistic people at the National Autistic Society's recent 'Design for Autism' conference in Manchester. There were many excellent presentations - the one by Richard Maguire, who is himself autistic, on understanding autism, was particularly illuminating.