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The Architecture Foundation celebrates loss and rebirth

Good Grief

The Architecture Foundation celebrates loss and rebirth
© Erica Choi / AKT II

From the 14th to 16th September, the Architecture Foundation presented Good Grief, an event focused on the recent loss of projects, people and ideas.

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'Forests' spring up in Shoreditch

MINI LIVING 'Forests' Installation

'Forests' spring up in Shoreditch
© Asif Khan

As part of this year’s London Design Festival, we have collaborated with car company MINI and designer Asif Khan to create the MINI LIVING ‘Forests’ Installation.

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The Crick opens

The Francis Crick Institute

The Crick opens
© Wellcome Images

The Francis Crick Institute, the largest biomedical research institute in Europe, has now opened its doors. Over the coming months, research groups will start to take up residence within the King’s Cross-based building.

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A case study on the HELIX

Press Cutting

A case study on the HELIX
© Marco Godoy / Royal College of Art

TRADA (Timber Research and Development Association) has published a case study on the HELIX, for which AKT II Director Rob Partridge contributed.

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Teams revealed for dual UCL sites

UCL East

Teams revealed for dual UCL sites
© Stanton Williams / Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

As part of the regeneration of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, UCL are creating a new campus. The first phase, comprising two sites, will accommodate 3,000 students and 625 staff, for which AKT II will be providing structural engineering services.

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AKT II celebrates 20 years

1996 - 2016

AKT II celebrates 20 years
© AKT II

AKT II is 20! We celebrated with a party at the Serpentine Pavilion, joined by many guests. With speeches from one of our founding directors, Hanif Kara, as well as from NLA's Peter Murray, all set in a fine example of our engineering innovation, the party was a great success.

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Who we are

With a flair for delivering structural engineering solutions on a variety of scales, we have provided award-winning engineering services across a wide range of sectors, in the UK and internationally, since 1996.

Company structure

Company structure

An informal work environment that promotes discussion at all levels; a mix of over 20 nationalities in our London HQ brings a unique perspective.

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Philosophy

Philosophy

The progressive mindset that fuels our award-winning designs and buzzing office environment: ultimately creating an adaptable free flow of ideas.

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Culture

Culture

Diversity is encouraged within the office, with over 20 different nationalities, and the ability to communicate in over 30 languages.

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Awards

Awards

With over 300 awards - including Stirling Prize-winning projects and nominations - we are consistent achievers at the cutting edge of engineering.

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Clients

Clients

Widely respected in our field, we continue to build and maintain relationships with some of the most prestigious clients in the UK and internationally.

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What we do

Our experience is extensive, covering the commercial, residential, retail, leisure, educational, health and transportation sectors of the market. Projects range from art installations to large new developments and refurbishments of listed buildings, with contracts values ranging from £ 100,000 to over £ 750 million.

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Exemplary use of reinforced concrete

SAINSBURY LABORATORY

Exemplary use of reinforced concrete
© Hufton + Crow

Stirling Prize-winning laboratory in stone and concrete with interdependent structural elements

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Adding height and value

SOUTH BANK TOWER

Adding height and value
© KPF

Creating one of London's tallest residential towers to date by adding 11 floors to an existing 30-storey structure

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Lighting a city

BIRMINGHAM NEW STREET STATION

Lighting a city
© AZPML

Stainless steel cladding in the newly refurbished mainline train station

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An urban laboratory

THE FRANCIS CRICK INSTITUTE

An urban laboratory
© Wellcome Images

A multidisciplinary research facility in steel and concrete with 17 m deep basement

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A structural skin

UK PAVILION, EXPO 2010

A structural skin
© Hufton+Crow

Heatherwick’s ‘Seed Cathedral’, with freely moving ‘cilia’, utilising stressed skin construction

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What makes us different

Unlike other engineers, we see change as the only constant, and are structured to pre-empt uncertainty. Our "swarm" logo defines us: we are one homogenous unit, but made up of individual workers we can labour, sustain and protect ourselves and our clients' interests.

Research team

Research team

Our in-house parametric research team works to develop bespoke software programs to interrogate and analyse projects at any stage of the project.

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BIM

BIM

We invest heavily in software and training, to ensure high levels of proficiency in the use of 3D platforms, generating cutting edge collaborative models.

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AKT II Envelopes

AKT II Envelopes

Our specialist façade design company bridges the gap between aesthetics and function at the interface between a building and its surrounding environment.

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Academia

Academia

We put challenges found in an academic context to the test in the "real world"; we believe that theory and practice must coexist in order to push boundaries.

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Forums

Forums

Forums and debates sit at the heart of progress in this ever-changing industry; involvement in these discussions is vital in driving innovation.

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