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Construction kicks off in South Kilburn

Demolition work to the Bronte and Fielding Estate has been completed, clearing the way for construction to begin.

Designed by Alison Brooks Architects and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, the 229 unit scheme is being delivered by Network Housing Group and United House as part of the London Borough of Brent’s South Kilburn Regeneration Programme.

With diamond shaped columns and 100% double aspect flats, ABA’s distinctively shaped point block to the south of the site is currently emerging out of the ground. More updates to follow as construction progresses.

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Future Wimbledon Ideas Competition 2014

Alison Brooks was on the judging panel of the 2014 Future Wimbledon Ideas Competition, whose winners were announced on 8th October.

In 2015 Merton Council will commission a masterplan to guide investment and manage growth for the next 15 years, considering the potential of Crossrail 2 as a catalyst for growth. This competition is a pre-cursor to that masterplan.

Challenging ideas are often overlooked in the process of formal masterplanning. Rising stars often do not get a look-in and the community can sometimes feel side-tracked by the formality of the planning process. This competition is an opportunity to share ideas for Wimbledon that will inform future plans. It is an opportunity to showcase emerging talent and for the community to share aspirations at the earliest stage.

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The Wish List Project at the V&A

Alison Brooks is one of ten architects who have commissioned ten emerging designers to create “the object they have always wanted but have never been able to find.” Initiated by Sir Terence Conran, the product of their collaborations is being exhibited at the V&A Museum as part of the London Design Festival.  Brooks and De Pass’s  kitchen stool design in solid American Cherry is intended to offer a visual lightness, simplicity and ease of use for any context. ‘The Wish List’ project celebrates sustainable design and the power of craftsmanship, brought together by the American Hardwood Export Council and Benchmark Furniture for London Design Festival 2014

13th September – 24th October 2014

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Silent Majority: How the public will support a new wave of social housing

Alison Brooks chaired a conversation on the future of social housing at the House of Commons. That Britain needs new homes is something all political parties can agree on. But there remains a political queasiness when it comes to building more social housing. At this event, Emma Reynolds MP, Brian Ham and Robert Tinker discussed the conclusions drawn from the Fabian Society’s report, Silent Majority.

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6:00 pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

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Talk: Festival of Architecture: Building Waterloo Region

Alison Brooks spoke at the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Waterloo. Her talk was part of the Architecture Festival ‘Building Waterloo Region’ marking the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the Waterloo School of Architecture and Design in the former Riverside Silk Mills in Cambridge, Ontario.

7:00 pm Wednesday July 30 2014

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ABA’s Bath Western Riverside receives a Housing Design Award

Housing Design Project Award

ABA’s Bath Western Riverside B1/2 scheme for Crest Nicholson has received a project award at the 2014 Housing Design Awards Ceremony . The 27 unit mixed use scheme forms Phase 3 of a 2000 home residential development transforming a former industrial site derelict for over 25 years. On the site of the famous Stothert & Pitt Works, the 44-acre development has been described as being the most important project the world heritage city has seen for more than 100 years.

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Future Visions: Investing in architectural capital

In celebration of the London Architecture Festival, Design Museum Director Deyan Sudjic asks what the future of architecture holds with Designs of the Year nominees Kunlé Adeyemi, founder of NLE, Alison Brooks of ABA, and Noamí Blager, acting Director of the Architecture Foundation.

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Winner: London Evening Standard – Best Regeneration Project

ABA’s South Acton Estate Regeneration masterplan and Phase 2 Liberty Quarter has been awarded the ‘Best Regeneration Project’ category at this years ES New Homes awards.

To see more about South Acton Estate, click here

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Winner: RIBA National Awards

ABA’s Lens house receives a RIBA National Award and has been longlisted for the 2014 Manser Medal.

To see the full list, click here.

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German Design Award Nomination: Newhall Be

Newhall Be, which was short listed for the RIBA’s Stirling Prize, is gaining international recognition: This award nomination from the German Design Awards is in recognition of Newhalls “pioneering contribution to the German and international design scene”

To find out more, click here.

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Winner: Grand Designs Awards 2014

Lens House picked up the award for ‘Best Extension’ at this years Grand Designs Awards hosted by Kevin McCloud.

In association with the award, The Sunday Times published a feature on the winning projects which you can find here.

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Design Museum: Newhall Be to Round 2

Newhall Be progresses to Round 2 of the Design Museum social vote after an 8% lead saw out competition ‘La Tallera Siqueiros Museum’.

Voting continues on the Designs of the Year website.

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Churchill Revisited: An AJ & Cambridge University debate

Alison Brooks alongside Claudia and Patrick Lynch, Tommer Emmerson and Elain Harwood of English Heritage present the original schemes to a panel of architects and critics chaired by Paul Finch of the Architects Journal. Tickets are available here.

1st May 2014, 6PM 

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Future Visions: Investing in architectural capital

In celebration of the London Architecture Festival, Design Museum Director Deyan Sudjic asks what the future of architecture holds with Designs of the Year nominees Kunlé Adeyemi, founder of NLE, Alison Brooks of ABA, and Noamí Blager, acting Director of the Architecture Foundation.

Monday 16th June, 8PM

RIBA Roundtable: “Improving housing quality: unlocking the market”

Alison Brooks is taking part in a senior level roundtable discussion with Sir Michael Lyons, recently appointed by the Labour Party to lead a review of housing policy.  The discussion brings together leading experts from the housing sector, academics and representatives from local government.

3.30-5.30pm on Tuesday 15th April