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Sky’s new flagship building ‘Sky Central’ has opened at the company’s campus in Osterley, West London.
The new office was completed in July, and accommodates 3,500 employees. Designed for flexibility, openness and to foster the lively flow of people and ideas around the business, the building is the centrepiece of Sky’s group headquarters.
PLP Architecture was invited to re-think and design the building’s interior, develop the external envelope to respond to the changing interior programme and deliver the project through to completion following an invited design competition via the main contractor bid.
PLP Architecture has unveiled the concept design for CarTube, during the ‘Future of Urban Mass Transportation’ Conference held on December 2nd 2016 in London. The Conference brought together researchers and scientists from the UK and abroad to discuss the direction of future transportation technology.
The CarTube concept translates a pioneering mobility solution which combines two existing modes of transport, automated electric cars and mass transit, into a single, seamless underground road system.
Lars Hesselgren, Director of Research at PLP Architecture: “CarTube is a direct response to mass transit and traffic congestion in the world’s largest cities. Moving high-speed car traffic below ground will revolutionise our concept of the city, allowing our urban spaces to be designed not for cars, but for people. CarTube has the potential to be the next best thing to teleportation and will revolutionise exiting cities and allow for unprecedented urban forms.”
PLP Architecture will continue their research on CarTube and will act as a catalyst for innovation, bringing together great minds from different backgrounds to imagine a future where cars don't compete but collaborate.
The RIBA annual President’s awards celebrate the best research in the fields of architecture and the built environment. This year, a record-breaking 75 submissions were received from 14 countries. Our research project, entitled Supertall Timber: Design Research for the Next Generation of Natural Structure, was developed together with The University of Cambridge’s Centre for Natural Innovation and the engineering firm Smith and Wallwork. The project aspires to make tall timber buildings a reality. Through a combination of feasibility study involving design for a real world site in the Barbican London and involving manufacturers and physical lab testing, this research demonstrates the viability of timber buildings to modern urban centres.
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Karen Cook, Founding Partner at PLP Architecture
PLP architecture has been invited to a competition to renovate the tour Montparnasse in Paris, France. The co-owners, EITMM, selected, from over 700 interested candidates, PLP Architecture who will now compete with six other selected architects to reinvent the famous Parisian landmark.
PLP’s team will be led by founding partner Karen Cook, the designer on 22 Bishopsgate, the tallest building in the City of London and Tour First, the tallest building in France. Karen is steering the next stage of the design competition to transform the Tour Montparnasse into a sustainable and innovative workplace.
Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris, in charge of urban planning, architecture and economic development for the Greater Paris project, said, “We are delighted with this varied and audacious selection of architects which promises a great diversity of ideas, approaches and innovations for the transformation of the Montparnasse Tower, the initial stage in the regeneration of the entire area.”
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.
Wayne McKiernan, Director at PLP Architecture
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
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