London maisonette remodeling
An evocative shot of the stripped roof on our maisonette refurbishment project in Islington. We are creating a new study and craft room at roof level, and remodeling the rest of the maisonette along with the garden.
Autism day centre
Before and after shots of our project in Haringey that is nearing completion. The project has revitalised two very tired day centres for local people with autism and complex needs. We have completely transformed the interior with more user friendly layouts, much brighter spaces and appropriate finishes for a group with high needs, all while retaining the building fabric which is great in terms of its embodied carbon. We are looking forward to the centres opening as a vital provision for those who have spent a year without these services!
Refurbishment for autism
Testing and expanding our detail knowledge of designing for an autistic resident with works now in construction to upgrade living accommodation to suit the specific needs of both the resident and the on-site care team. Lots of planning with our skilled contract team to carry out the works around the resident to avoid moving them and their team which would be very disturbing to someone with high needs autism.
Our open competition submission for a pavilion to house community activities in the Harringay Warehouse District. To be designed and built with the on-site community, we proposed two open sided shelters with striking colours constructed using reclaimed materials with mobile wall/bench units that can be positioned to permit a variety of configurations for a wide range of potential uses.
Fundraising is now underway for our designs to improve this community hub, originally converted from a small one bed flat. Our proposals to extend and improve the spaces minimise circulation and create a spacious and flexible layout which makes the most of a wonderful shared garden beyond. A big challenge has been to make both the internal spaces and the garden elegantly wheelchair accessible, negotiating level changes down from the street and then back up to the garden.
Autism Day Centre
Our project to revitalise this tired building into a new day centre for people with autism and learning difficulties will start on site soon - covid 19 permitting. It forms part of a small campus of two buildings plus a shared garden - the other building will be our new drop-in centre for people with Aspergers. It's been a great opportunity to hone our skills in designing for this user group and we've really enjoyed all the consultations with staff, carers and family.
In the current circumstances we need thriving. resilient, communities more than ever. The Young Foundation's Reimagining Rent accelerator supports organisations to grow their social impact to tackle the issues that affect vulnerable and lower income renters. We enjoyed the final presentations by entrepreneurs including clients from Advice 4 Renters. Let's hope that all their innovations are successful, we need them.
Regal London's offices completed
Regal London recently moved into their new offices – great new spaces and a much improved working environment made all the difficulties of working on a really confined site worthwhile.
Centre for Homelessness Impact
We recently attended the London Forum organised to celebrate the Centre for Homelessness Impact’s first birthday. Discussions covered current initiatives to reduce homelessness, the benefits of an evidence based approach to eliminating homelessness and the need for a person centred approach when helping people who are homeless. A stimulating and thought provoking day.
Architecture and austism
We have recently had an article on architecture and autism published on the local government news website Localgov. The article examines key issues to consider when planning new accommodation for those with autism and highlights fundamental issues that affect an autistic building user. These factors are supported with examples of our design work, research and testimonials. The examples illustrate how careful design, appropriate specification and well executed construction can improve autistic people’s day to day life. We are sure it will be of interest to many who are involved in the design of new residential or support buildings.
Have a look at the article on https://www.localgov.co.uk/Buildings-for-those-with-autism/47633.
We have another editorial for 24 Housing coming soon, so watch this space!
Opening Party, Cherry Hub
We really enjoyed the opening party for the new community hub that we designed for Croydon. The place was packed with adults with disabilities, local volunteers, charities, council staff and councillors. It was great to see so many people using the new spaces which will mostly be used by disabled people as part of their individually tailored activity programmes around the Borough. Local groups can also hire individual rooms and the Croydon Autism Service has a new home in one wing of the building.
'Small Talk' at the RIBA
Our London Festival of Architecture talk at the RIBA on design for people with autism generated lots of interest. Many thanks to the members of the Asperger London Area Group who agreed to be recorded talking about their experiences of the built environment. Clips from our conversations with them really brought the issues to life for our audience.
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.