We have completed our refurbishment of 2 More London at the More London Riverside development for St Martins Property Group, providing upgraded space, a new entrance, reception and additional building amenity. A new palette of light and contemporary materials creates a welcoming feel with new joinery, greening, signage, and lighting complementing the refresh.
The Department of Health for Property Week – our inclusive and experiential alternative to the redundant department store building. In the post-COVID world, the department store becomes The Department of Health: a central hub for community, fun, learning, hospitality, and living, as well as retail, all geared at nurturing our physical and mental wellbeing.
We are delighted to share we have completed on site at 6 Langley Street, an historic, listed six storey building that once formed part of the Woodyard Brewery in Covent Garden. It has been transformed through a series of sensitive interventions, including exposing structural beams and brick walls to create a consistent, strong design that celebrates its history.
We are hugely exciting to be collaborating with Marstead Living to create their new masterplan to deliver a new model for independent senior living in London. The scheme will provide modern and thoughtfully designed homes for a retired generation who seek social engagement and an active lifestyle.
We’re delighted to kick off 2021 with planning consent for a new Grade A office refurbishment at 20-22 Berkeley Square, for client Astrea. The scheme is for retrofit of 22,000 sqft of workspace, a remodelled art-deco reception, new restaurant/retail space, and roof terraces overlooking the square.
It’s great to be part of the Grosvenor team leading the RetroFirst charge with 7 Holbein Place. The project will be operationally net zero and meet all of Grosvenor’s net zero targets for a more sustainable future.
“Offices are hugely important places, but they need to become healthier spaces.” Jon recently spoke with Work in Mind about the acceleration towards healthier workplace design as a result of the pandemic.
The London Society has gathered thoughts and ideas on #WhenThisIsAllOver. Alistair’s contribution argues that we need to return the West End to a place of real production and work.
We are delighted to have secured planning and listed building consent for the refurbishment of Kodak House, 65 Kingsway. The scheme, for Clearbell, creates unique workspace that modernises and restores London’s first purpose built open plan office space
Alistair has written a piece for the London Society Journal on the history of Regent Street and his ideas for its future. His study, Gorgeous Georgians, explores the boundary that the street created and how it could be reimagined into a more democratic space.
We are thrilled to have received planning consent, in our first ever virtual planning committee, for our transformation of Cottam House on York Way for Endurance Land.
Tom is delighted and honoured to be names as a judge for this year’s AJ Retrofit Awards. Retrofit is a subject close to our hearts.
Jon presented at Futurebuild alongside Jane Wakiwaka, the Head of Sustainability for The Crown Estate. They discussed the WELL Building Standard in The Crown Estate’s portfolio and how we designed One Heddon Street to become the world’s first WELL co-working space.
We are proud to be on the list of supporters of RetroFirst, the campaign by Architects’ Journal. We are very lucky to work with clients and consultants who champion sustainability and we enjoy working together for the future of the built environment
We are delighted that Quadrant Arcade is a Regional Finalist in the 2020 Civic Trust Awards.
The awards celebrate the best architecture, planning and design making positive cultural, social, economic or environmental contributions to the local community.
Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year from everyone at Barr Gazetas. See you all in 2020!
Thank you to Sydne Langbridge for the wonderful seasonal drawing of our offices in Heddon Street
Alistair took part in a seminar discussion, ‘Creativity: Tuition or Intuition’, organised by and featured in FX Magazine this month. The topic threw up many interesting questions, including where does creativity come from, who is creative, how can it be useful, and what counts as creativity?
Two of our recent projects for The Crown Estate featured in the NLA on Location: Westminster conference on the 19th November 2019.
We showed attendees around Quadrant Arcade and One Heddon Street as part of the route taking in Oxford Street, Regent Street and their surrounding areas.
This year we have entered two artworks into the 10×10 London auction to raise money for Article 25.
Sydne took inspiration from the bands of colour and pattern within the Isle of Dogs and Alistair featured some mudlarking finds from Greenwich Reach at Low Tide.
Architects E17 held their fifth Chit Chat PechaKucha event on the subject ‘Walthamstow: What’s Next?’
Tom Barton took part and presented our work with Making Places and Truman’s Brewery.
Rebranded into ‘The BGs’, Alistair’s band with Canary Wharf Contractors took part in the 2019 Construction Rocks battle of the bands competition this October. The band won the best fundraising prize, raising over £2000 for The Lighthouse Club – the construction industry charity.
Quadrant Arcade was a finalist in this year’s FX Awards. We were up against very stiff competition in the Retail Space category. The awards have a focus in interior design and saw entries from all over the world so we are thrilled to have made it so far.
The CPA hosted their Autumn Reception at Riverscape, our project with Aukett Swanke for Knight Frank.
Guests were treated to amazing views of the London skyline at sunset and a speech from Alastair Moss, Chair of the Transportation and Planning Committee at the City of London Corporation.
We’ve been selected in the 40 Ideas for London on a Napkin competition to celebrate the 40th edition of the New London Quarterly.
Well done to Pradumn who did the sketch, based on our work for Jaguar back in October 2018.
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We are absolutely thrilled that Quadrant Arcade, our project for The Crown Estate has won the Hotel, Retail & Leisure category at this year’s AJ Retrofit Awards.
Architects Data File have a project focus this month on One Heddon Street, our flexible workplace for The Crown Estate. Jon Eaglesham speaks about how the project came to be and how we worked with The Crown Estate and the rest of the project team to create the world’s first WELL-accredited co-working space.
UK Architects have declared a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency and we have signed the Architect’s Declare pledge. We will continue to push for sustainable methods in our industry and in more directly in the project teams of which we a part.
Jon Eaglesham, our Managing Director, has been elected to the BCO Board of Management.
He is looking forward to engaging with the members and finding out how the BCO should continue to promote the best in class around all areas of influence.
Our MD Jon enjoyed being a juror for the BCO judging panel this year. The awards are a valued showcase of the best workplace designs in the UK, and it’s great to be part of the process.
Congratulation to the winners and well done to all who entered.
Following an invited competition win in early 2016 we are delighted to be working with Dulwich College to restore the three Charles Barry Jnr. buildings. We have received consent from Southwark Council for our proposals and the Dulwich College Board of Governors has given approval for the projects which will further enable an environment in which pupils, colleagues and the wider community can thrive and learn.
Tom Barton, our associate who worked on the Royal Academy, features in BD Online to make the case for executive architects, a role that is too often misunderstood and undervalued in our profession.
We are thrilled to have been selected as finalists in three categories at this year’s AJ Retrofit Awards:
· Listed Building – Quadrant Arcade
· Hotel, Retail & Leisure – Quadrant Arcade
· Offices – One Heddon Street
Plus, Royal Academy of Arts, where we served as Executive Architect, is a finalist in the Cultural Buildings category.
We are thrilled that Quadrant Arcade, our project on Regent Street for The Crown Estate, has won a New London Architecture Award!
The judges commented that, “from a design perspective, the arcade is very beautiful” and that it “transformed a somewhat unloved part of Regent Street and created a new link through at the same time”, providing “long-term investment in the city.”
We are delighted to have been shortlisted for three New London Awards.
Quadrant Arcade: Retail
One Heddon Street: Workplace
One Heddon Street: Wellbeing Prize
Fingers crossed for the ceremony at The Guildhall on 3rd July.
Our artwork, Wish You Were Here, envisioning the future of electric transport in five iconic buildings, was included in the RA Summer Exhibition.
We took the whole office on a trip to see our piece and also show new staff the work we did as executive architects on the new extension.
Alistair Barr has showcased his mews home, Sun House, in The Modern House.
He explains how he made the period building energy efficient and gives insight into his house style.
Our project with RDI REIT, 127 Charing Cross Road, has received planning permission.
We have designed a three-storey extension to the building, increasing the its floor space by 47% and taking it to circa 60,000ft2.
Our work on Tower House in Lewisham has been profiled in Architecture Today. The article explains the history of the building and how we approached the conversion and extension.
BD Online has featured our work on Tower House, an old department store in Lewisham that we have converted in flats for MHA London. The project “could become a model for how to breathe new life into abandoned department stores.”
We continued our annual participation in the JLL Property Triathlon this June.
Gemma took part in the Property Swim (2.2km of Dorney Lake) and Iain took part in the Duathlon (5km run, 22km cycle, 2.5km run)
We are really excited to be working with Truman’s to design a new brewery destination in Walthamstow. The site will feature a brewery tap room, immersive visitor experience and brewery tours, as well as a street food market, performance space for live music and artist studios for the local creative community.
This renovation of a 1930’s building in the heart of Fitzrovia for UK & European is currently on site. The existing building will be remodelled with the addition of rear and rooftop extensions providing increased office space, restoration of the historic Art Deco facades, premium tenant facilities and fantastic CAT A office space.
Our recent success achieving planning permission for Drury Lane has been featured in BD Online.
Our scheme is conservation-led in contrast to previous schemes which were more demolition-led.
Our transformation of Quadrant Arcade appears in Architecture Today. The arcade, which is the only one on Regent Street, has been restored throughout.
We have changed the Regent Street entrance to increase visibility and worked with Jason Bruges Studio to create a contemporary light features which runs the length of the arcade.
We are delighted to be shortlisted for this year’s BCO Awards. One Heddon Street, the new flexible workplace that we have created for The Crown Estate, is competing in the Fit Out of Workplace category and we enjoyed showing the judges around last week.
This year Jon joins the RIBA Awards judging panel for London North.
He will take on the role of Sustainability Specialist and enjoys championing sustainability within the Practice for our staff and projects.
One Heddon Street, the first flexible workspace from The Crown Estate, designed by Barr Gazetas, has launched!
It will be the first co-working space in the world to be WELL-accredited.
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Jon Eaglesham, our Managing Director, and Duncan Walker, the Managing Director of Skyports, appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live on Phil Williams’ evening show on the 3rd October discussing what drones will mean for the future of London’s transport system and skyline.
On the 24th October we co-hosted a fascinating event, The Electrified Automotive Future and its Relationship to Architecture, alongside Jaguar and the launch of their I-PACE electric car.
In collaboration with Ian Callum, the Director of Design at Jaguar, the Barr Gazetas team designed four concepts for the future electric vehicle infrastructure.
“Originality has become the imposed ambition for architecture students, but we should all embrace the exhilarating possibilities of creative copying” – Alistair on how we should change our approach to copying in our quest to be creative
Our work getting passenger drones to London has been featured in The Times. Together with Skyports, we continue to find new sites for rooftop vertiports and are getting ready for the future of urban air mobility.
Last week we sponsored and took part in our very first IBI Construction Cup. Tough competition stopped us from getting past the group stages but it was a brilliant afternoon in the sun and we are looking forward to getting on the pitch again next year.
Architects Journal feature Barr Gazetas work with Skyports, UK’s first drone ports, and asks why architects should seize the opportunity to create infrastructure for the vehicles that will soon be ‘filling our skies’
Great news! Our proposal for an extension to Camden Wharf has received unanimous planning consent. We will be sensitively extending an iconic building designed in 2000 by CZWG on the Camden canal side with a new rooftop restaurant hidden behind a layered glass and metal façade and careful public realm enhancements.
Our search for London rooftops to host vertiports has been featured in Dezeen. Our collaboration with Skyports sees us take on the design aspect of the process.
Our ‘invisible’ work on the recent expansion of The Royal Academy of Arts features in this profile in Blueprint Magazine.
We took on the role of Executive Architect for David Chipperfield’s design, ensuring that the quality of their design and the heritage of the building came through in the construction.
Barr Gazetas is working with Skyports to integrate cutting edge transportation facilities within existing and new buildings in London. Skyports operates vertiports – landing pads and facilities for cargo and passenger carrying drones, and we are part of the team creating a network of sites across the UK and beyond.
Well done to our Mike Owens who completed in this year’s JLL Property Triathlon. He took part to raise money for The Favela Foundation. The foundation was set up by our own Kanav Gupta to raise money for educational and social welfare projects in Brazil's favelas.
In 2018 Barr Gazetas became accredited under ISO 9001 and we are committed to continual development of our quality management system and using this to design great projects for people.
Only this month we received the good news that our concept for Waltham Forest Council’s Making Places initiative has been selected as one of the winners. Our Albert Crescent Long Table scheme envisages a new piece of public realm providing a colourful focus for community and events and gatherings.
Associate, Hannah Chalmers-Stevens completed her first ever London Marathon, raising money for Centrepoint charity. Hannah is a keen runner and has completed four half marathons and many 10k events in her 10 years at Barr Gazetas. Her mission was to train and complete what she calls her ‘biggest running challenge to date’ before her 40 year milestone – and she smashed it.
Phase 1 of the Power Road Studio’s masterplan completed in October 2017 with great market feedback and letting success. Studio 1, the first of five buildings to be remodelled, provides a new campus anchor and sets the standard for the next stage of the masterplan.
Alistair has become a mentor for the UK-GBC Future Leaders. It is a five-month programme to develop careers while also talking issues close to the UK-GBC cause.
His mentee this year, Clare Murray from Levitt Bernstein, talks through her experience of the course.
Our fit out of the Anomaly offices in 25 Charterhouse Square has been profiled in this month’s FX Magazine.
The design takes in the views and history of the area while providing a distinctly ‘Anomaly’ office to fit alongside their other spaces globally.
Alistair has submitted a watercolour depiction of ‘Ted’s Veg, West Park Walk, Stratford’ for this year’s 10×10 London auction. This year’s theme is Stratford and the auction raises money for Article 25.
Our co-working scheme in Camden, LABS Atrium, has been shortlisted for the FX Awards, in the Small Workplace Environment Category. Atrium is aimed at start-ups and creatives, and the design looks to foster a more collaborative approach to co-working with a clever mix of working styles. We were tasked with the design of a community – and this quickly became our single most important principal.
Barr Gazetas are thrilled that our bespoke lighting design COPPA continues to delight. Designed by in-house Architect Savvas as part of the Crown Estates Mezzanine fitout, the compact LED light brings life a flexible space that showcases The Crown Estate’s diverse property portfolio in a world class destination.
Delighted that our new-build and refurbishment scheme for Power Road Studios is featured in World Architecture News.
In June, Barr Gazetas teamed up with the London Society to host a tour of our co-working scheme in Camden. Interchange Atrium was created
in a building that had stood empty for 7 years. It provides over 30,0002 of creative working spaces for 600 people, with three floors
of alternative work style space being offered; private, hot-desking and breakout spaces.
Heddon Street may only be 100m long but under the surface there are many layers of history. ‘Hidden Heddon’ will recall the rich memories of this street, in particular three notable mysteries, through installations, live music performances and Barr Gazetas opening their studio for all. Come along and explore these mysteries on a treasure trail, visit bars and restaurants for related events and discover Heddon Street in the present and past.
Serious results for Kanav and Mark who took part in the JLL Property Triathlon last week. It’s great to be part of the wider property network and we’ll be back next year with a few more challengers.
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We’re excited to announce that Air Street has won another award at this year’s Energy Awards, winning ‘Commercial Building Energy Project of the Year’!
We’re really thrilled that one of Mayfair’s newest and most prestigious developments, The Crown Estate’s 7 Air Street, has won Sustainability Project of the Year at the Building Awards 2016.
Promoting sustainability is at the heart of what we do. In 2016 Barr Gazetas became accredited under ISO 14001 and we are committed to continual development of our environmental performance. We have a comprehensive Environmental Policy and Management System and are always finding ways to reduce our environmental impact at every stage of our design process.
The Atrium, a vibrant co-working business building in Camden Market, designed by Barr Gazetas with interiors and lighting in collaboration with Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studios features in On Office.
The UK Green Building Council is refurbishing its London headquarters, with a design team drawn from its membership and the aim of challenging industry thinking as to what is achievable in a small scale fit out. Sweett Group, Cundall and Sturgis Carbon Profiling join architectural practice Barr Gazetas in working closely with the client and leaseholder, The Building Centre, on refurbishing the 162.4m2 space.
The Camden Interchange flagship Atrium building designed by Barr Gazetas with interiors in collaboration with Design Research Studios features in Wallpaper
Dexigner feature our work on Atrium, the new flagship building of Interchange’s three available office spaces in Camden. We worked in collaboration with Tom Dixon’s by Design Research Studio on the interiors. Opened in October 2015, Atrium and other site Utopia provide larger office space for growing and established companies.
Barr Gazetas is on site with a complex retrofit in the heart of London. The project is a major part of the Crown Estate’s Quadrant development off Regent Street. The project brief was to redevelop two Grade II listed properties, Quadrant House and 7-9 Air Street.
The February MIPIM Preview features our work recently completed on the office eco-retrofit of 7 Air Street in the Westend entitled ‘Building for the Future’.
Our Practice of the Month for July are Barr Gazetas who are based in Fitzrovia. We asked the practice to tell us a bit about themselves.
Barr Gazetas founder Alistair Barr shares his ‘If Only’ vision for moveable shelters at Glastonbury in the June edition of FX magazine.
We’re pleased to see our new office building for Bishopswood Estates has started onsite. This 11,000 ft2 scheme is due for completion in July 2015. It replaces their existing headquarters and overlooks the Wembley regeneration project.
Barr Gazetas win BREEAM 2014 Best in Sector for their Quadrant 2 office scheme for The Crown Estate. It’s officially the first office ever to be given the BREEAM 2011 Outstanding award and the first for a Grade II listed building.
Brooklyn Bowl is a 32,000 ft2 entertainment venue comprising a live music arena, a bowling alley, three bars and a Blue Ribbon Restaurant run by American chef, Bruce Bromberg. Located within The O2 in North Greenwich and supported by the venue’s owners AEG, it is the second Brooklyn Bowl to open globally and the first in Europe.