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Two FREE publications from UCL

Publications

Two FREE publications from UCL
© UCL Press

A few members of the AKT II team have contributed to two new UCL Press publications. Fabricate 2020 and Design Transactions are both FREE to download, right now.

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Another bridge collaboration with IJP Architects

Dubai Creek Footbridge

Another bridge collaboration with IJP Architects
© IJP Architects

After working with IJP Architects on the Henderson Waves Footbridge, completed in 2009, we have once again partnered to deliver a new footbridge in Dubai, UAE, for our client Emaar.

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New project for our regional Manchester office

Liverpool University School of Architecture

New project for our regional Manchester office
© Picture Plane

Our Manchester office has another new project under their belt. We’re working alongside architects O’Donnell + Tuomey on a new extension for the University of Liverpool’s School of Architecture.

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Inspiring through education and LEGO

British Science Week

Inspiring through education and LEGO
© AKT II

For #BritishScienceWeek 2020 we invited local school children into our London office for a workshop to learn basic engineering techniques and principles using LEGO bricks.

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Hanif Kara at Design Indaba

Design Indaba 2020

Hanif Kara at Design Indaba
© Design Indaba

For 25 years, Design Indaba has raised debate on design, empowered new practices and brought to attention raw talent. In this special anniversary year, we are so humbled by the invitation to join the event for debate discussion and take part in such an event that looks at the future. AKT II’s cofounder and design director Hanif Kara heads to Cape Town to speak at the international design conference.

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The NIC releases Design Principles

National Infrastructure Commission

The NIC releases Design Principles
© National Infrastructure Commission

The NIC’s expert Design Group has developed the UK’s first-ever Design Principles. Hanif Kara, cofounder and Design Director at AKT II and Professor in Practice of Architectural Technology at GSD Harvard, is part of the design group and worked on developing the Design Principles with the group.

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Phase 2 of St James’s Market gets the go ahead

St James’s Market

Phase 2 of St James’s Market gets the go ahead
© Make Architects

The second phase of the redevelopment of London’s historic St James’s Market has been recommended for approval by Westminster’s planning committee. We are working with Make Architects on this project for clients The Crown Estate and Oxford Properties Group.

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Silvertown Phase 1 Masterplan gets green light

Millennium Mills

Silvertown Phase 1 Masterplan gets green light
© AHMM

The first phase of a large new development receives unanimous approval from the London Borough of Newham. We are working on commercial projects in the first phase of the Silvertown masterplan with architects AHMM for The Silvertown Partnership.

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Southwark regeneration project receives planning

Old Kent Road

Southwark regeneration project receives planning
© MacCreanor Lavington

We are excited to announce that our project with MacCreanor Lavington Architects for clients Civic Centre Ltd, Shaviram Development Ltd & Old Kent Road Regeneration Ltd has received planning. The Old Kent Road project delivers two new residential towers to the area.

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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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Complex geometry and local workmanship

GRAND THÉÂTRE DE RABAT

Complex geometry and local workmanship
© Zaha Hadid Architects

Curved futuristic roof structure in Rabat designed with the help of parametric research

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New spaces in historic places

JUDGE BUSINESS SCHOOL

New spaces in historic places
Image courtesy of Judge Business School

Expansion of the facilities at a former hospital in Cambridge, and conversion into an educational centre

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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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