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PLP to design major new Campus for Krea University

January 28, 2019


PLP Architecture’s proposal for the extension of Krea University in India, has been successful in an invited international design competition.


The campus will create over 450,000 sqm of innovative academic space, alongside staff and student accommodation, support, sports and leisure facilities. The 220 acre site will be an integral element of Sri City, a new industrial and business hub in the Andhra Pradesh region of South-East India.


The new interdisciplinary university will be assembled around a core academic centre. A Learning and Teaching hub will provide a diverse array of learning spaces from traditional Harvard style lecture theatres and seminar rooms to contemporary and dynamic creative zones collected around circulation routes. The approach is to create a technology-rich environment, data driven and adaptive to the student’s needs, with science merged with the creative arts. Laboratories, shared technical spaces and exhibition areas are brought together as a collaborative whole.


The University aspires to create a different and progressive learning environment, with direct correlations to real world interaction in business and industry, and so the design of the campus will facilitate this teaching ethos. A new library building, including special collections and digital media, will be the emblematic soul of the campus: an iconic presence and focal point for independent research, whilst the Student Centre will be the social hub of the University, providing space for dining, events, clubs and academic support. The University is keen to forge direct links with local business, and so an Innovation Hub will provide accelerator space for start-ups and growing business, conference facilities and teaching areas for evening classes and professional development. The wellbeing of students has driven the masterplan, with a focus on healthy living and vitality. A sports centre with a range of recreational fitness facilities spills out into external sports fields, which form part of natural ribbon of green public realm that links the north-east and south-west boundaries of the site. Edge plots will be used for local farming as a laboratory for agricultural research, and a way of producing fresh and sustainable food for the Campus, which will be fully residential, accommodating 10,000 students, 1000 staff and visitors.



Tower Ten ground

breaking in Amsterdam

November 26, 2018


The construction of Tower Ten, the new expansion of the World Trade Centre Amsterdam, officially began last week at a Ground Breaking Ceremony launched by deputy director Sandra Thesing of the City of Amsterdam and Ronald van der Waals of CBRE Global Investors, the Fund Manager of the Fund that owns the building in the Zuidas central business district.


Since gaining planning approval from the city last year, the site has been decanted and prepared ready for part demolition and reconstruction. Much of the structure and slabs of the existing facility will be re-used, though Tower Ten will present a radically different appearance from its predecessor, adding 32,000 sqm of new office space and amenities in the process.


The original World Trade Center was built in the 1980s as a rational sequence of gridded blocks of concrete frame and glazed curtain walling. A thorough refurbishment of the four original towers, as well as a substantial extension to the campus, were completed over a decade ago by the design team led by Ron Bakker and Lee Polisano of PLP Architecture. PLP has now returned to the campus to deliver the third major iteration in the history of the Center’s development.




Lee Polisano cover interview for Building Magazine

November 9, 2018


PLP Partner and President, Lee Polisano was interviewed by Elizabeth Hopkirk for Building Magazine. The cover story delves into Lee’s history, motivations, hobbies, and aspirations for the future, as well as discussing TwentyTwo Bishopsgate, currently under construction and the tallest structure in the emerging cluster of towers in the City of London.

“I can honestly say I’ve never been happier or had more fun than since we started PLP. We have a great office; great people. A lot of the people that came with us took a risk. I feel we owe them a great future – and they’ve helped make the future.”


Lee Polisano, PLP Architecture

Our Edge project in Amsterdam features in Bloomberg.




Sky Central featured as a case study by the UK Green Building Council

In 2013, following an invited competition, PLP Architecture was commissioned to design the interior and develop the exterior for Sky Central - the main building of their West London campus.


The design brief required a building that would galvanise 3500 employees into a single community whose identity would reflect the fast-paced and ever-evolving nature of broadcasting and telecommunications.


PLP worked together with Sky to develop the content and programmatic distribution of the building.





PLP rethinks the elevator as

a vertical Maglev

June 11, 2018


Lars Hesselgren, Head of Research at PLP Architecture, revealed the latest design for SkyPod, featuring an innovative propulsion system based on Maglev technology to delegates at the 22nd International Congress on Vertical Transportation Technologies. SkyPod is the result of four years of research undertaken by PLP Labs, the in-house think tank of PLP Architecture in London.


For this research project, we have proposed the replacement of the traditional vertical elevator shaft with a multi-directional transport system on the exterior of the building. Liberating vertical transport from the central core to the exterior of the building opens up opportunities for unprecedented architectural forms. If current skyscrapers often feel monolithic, self-contained and sometimes indifferent to their context, SkyPod will allow for new types of buildings that, despite their height, are holistically integrated with the grain of the city around them. The elevator has been a primary influence on the shape and appearance of the modern city to date. We believe that its inevitable demise will be the catalyst for the next chapter in the formal life of the city.


SkyPod has been developed by PLP Labs, our in-house think tank co-opting ideas from outside of architecture’s standard discourse into the day to day life of the studio.

PLP Architecture selected for London mayor’s new £35 million Architecture and Urbanism framework

“We are delighted to be part of the mayor’s new Architecture and Urbanism framework. Our studio has created some of the world's smartest buildings that redefine what it means to live and work in the city, and this selection acknowledges the merit of our projects both in London and throughout the world.”


Lee Polisano, PLP Architecture

April 18, 2018


PLP Architecture has been selected for Mayor Sadiq Khan’s new Architecture and Urbanism framework. The framework covers architecture, urban design, public realm, and housing projects on publicly owned land throughout London.


The framework seeks to improve the procurement of building design in London, promoting an efficient, fair and economical approach to development in the capital. It will assist London boroughs, housing associations, mayoral development corporations and other bodies and will incorporate a greater range of expertise in housing-led development and master planning than its predecessor, The Architecture Design Urbanism Panel (ADUP), which was launched in 2012.


To support Sadiq Khan’s promise to deliver genuinely affordable homes for the capital, PLP, along with other selected practices, will help to bring forward more than 100 residential-led developments planned for Transport for London’s 2,300 hectare estate.




The Francis Crick Institute featured on the BBC’s Today program as practical completion is reached

Building work is finally complete at the biggest biomedical facility in Europe, the Francis Crick Institute. Scientists will start to gradually move in over the next month, and it will be open to the public in early 2017. The Crick, which has cost 700 million pounds, and will house more than a thousand scientists, claims to offer a radical new approach to medical research by encouraging scientists from different disciplines to work together in new and imaginative ways.



Europe’s biggest science centre opens in the UK
The Financial Times - 01.09.2016

Cathedral to science opens for business
BBC News - 01.09.2016

The Francis Crick institute achieved an Excellent BREEAM rating
www.crick.ac.uk - 26.05.2017

“The Francis Crick Institute is an extraordinary example of collaborative work. Our role was to establish the architectural expression of the building, lifting it to the status of a major civic institution, linking the Crick to other nearby landmarks and creating a world class centre for interdisciplinary research.”

Wayne McKiernan, Director at PLP Architecture

PLP Partner Kevin Flanagan speaks to ITV News, Monocle24 Radio, and London Live about our Timber Tower Research Project

PLP Partner Kevin Flanagan, who worked on the research project together with Partner Ron Bakker, Michael Ramage of the University of Cambridge’s Department of Architecture and Natural Material Innovation Group, and engineers Smith & Wallwork, was interviewed on various media outlets this week following the extensive media coverage of our research proposals and a presentation to Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London.


Kevin was interviewed for ITV and London Live’s evening news segments, and spoke at length on The Monocle Weekly show about the research.


The episode is available to listen for free online, or to download as a podcast: The Monocle Weekly

PLP to design major new Campus for Krea University



PLP rethinks the elevator as a vertical Maglev