Notebook

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!

NAIL report

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.