175 Years of the Royal Albert Dock
The Royal Albert Dock is arguably the birthplace of the modern-day waterfront, pioneering warehouses and dock technology that paved the way for the rest of the world to follow. Today it houses the largest single collection of Grade 1 listed buildings anywhere in the UK and is a pioneering example of best practice and waterfront regeneration. We like to get involved with clients and projects who take a long-term approach to sustainable development that enhance communities by reimagining spaces, buildings and environments that work. Partnering with InterPro was a natural fit and aligned perfectly the ethos of our practice with the ambition of the Royal Albert Dock – to exemplify the importance of the modern-day waterfront in the context of the city and global brand of Liverpool.
Unity Theatre shortlisted for Community Benefit Award
Unity Theatre has been shortlisted as one of the most inspirational projects in the North West. The refurbishment has had a major impact on the way the Theatre engages with the local community, offering bespoke workshops, access to the arts and opportunities for those who are interested in pursuing, developing or establishing themselves creatively. It has also enabled the Theatre to broaden the scope of their work to facilitate more performances, a broader programme of events, participatory programmes, and a new strand of digitally-focused work. The awards ceremony takes place in May 2019 – fingers crossed.
Robert Winter Jones promoted to Associate
Rob will lead the day to day running of the studio, allowing the two company Directors to focus on the growth of the business.
Since joining K2 in 2014, Rob has led numerous high-profile projects. He has been praised by a variety of clients and contractors for his approach to design and delivery – recently recognised with the shortlisting of Unity Theatre for the RICS Community Benefit Award.
Rob’s ongoing projects in the region include Royal Albert Dock, Welcome Pavilion and The Heights School, Burnley.
Liverpool’s £2bn Knowledge Quarter Gateway
Liverpool City Council has appointed K2 Architects, GVA How Planning, and Planit-IE to develop a masterplan for the Knowledge Quarter Gateway.
The partnership will now create a Spatial Regeneration Framework for the Gateway, which covers more than 56 acres. It is hoping to form a draft masterplan for consultation towards the end of this year, which could be adopted by the council’s cabinet in early 2019.
Key issues will include how best to redevelop the Lime Street area around the Adelphi Hotel, Central Station and Mount Pleasant; dovetailing the proposals from Liverpool John Moores University at Copperas Hill; plans for the Fabric District and London Road; Merseytravel’s plans for Central Station and private sector schemes such as Circus Liverpool at the former Lewis’s building.
The team will also include a number of supporting consultants including Mott Macdonald on transport, GVA on property advisory services, Rob Burns on heritage and Enfusion on strategic environmental assessment.
The council recently acquired Central Station shopping centre and is overseeing public realm proposals for St George’s Plateau. It has also set out an ambition to redevelop the Mount Pleasant car park area.
KQ Liverpool is classed as a Mayoral Development Zone, with its main project on site being the £1bn Paddington Village scheme.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “The Knowledge Quarter Gateway is vital to this city’s economic future and such is the scale of its potential it will be a huge employer for generations to come.
“This gateway project is now the final piece in the jigsaw to connect the site to the rest of the city centre and complete the wider regeneration of Lime Street, Mount Pleasant and Brownlow Hill. Its impact cannot be underestimated.”
Mark Davies, director at K2 Architects, said: “The KQ Liverpool vision is for a new epicentre that will break down the historical boundaries and repurpose the magnificent heritage to reconnect the Gateway to the city, Knowledge Quarter and the waterfront. The KQ Gateway is about ambition, not acccepting the norm and going the extra mile.”
Once approved by the council’s cabinet, the SRF will be adopted as a Spatial Planning Document to guide all future planning applications in the area and provide developers with detailed information of design and build issues including height, scale and massing of buildings.
Colin Sinclair, chief executive of KQ Liverpool, concluded: “KQ represents one of the greatest development opportunities in the UK and, alongside Paddington Village, will have a major impact on the city’s economy, creating thousands of jobs, in science, tech, health, education, retail and leisure.
“The SRF will truly allow us to plan a world-class development, enabling Liverpool to continue to compete with any city in Europe.”
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Nuclear power station contest winners announced – after project is axed
The contest, launched by the RIBA almost three years ago, sought proposals for the 200-hectare site’s visitor centre and for a workers’ accommodation campus nearby.
On Monday (19 November) NuGen finally announced K2 Architects had been chosen for the visitor centre and Reiach and Hall Architects had won the contest for the workers’ accommodation campus. Neither project will go-ahead.
A shortlist was revealed in May 2016 but the announcement of winners was postponed. Last year the troubled £10 billion project was placed under review after joint-funder ENGIE withdrew and the reactor manufacturer Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy.
Earlier this month, the project’s sole remaining backer Toshiba announced it had failed to bring its preferred bidder Korea Electric Power Corporation on board and would be winding up its subsidiary NuGen, which had been tasked with delivering the ambitious scheme.
In a statement, NuGen said: ‘Though prizes for the competition itself have been awarded, NuGen had hoped to be able to announce the intention to work with winning entrants, regrettably though as NuGen is the process of being wound up, there will not be the opportunity.
‘NuGen thanks all entrants to the competitions and wishes them the best of success in their future projects.’