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Bridging AKTion.
Open House Families.

13/09/2021 News

In light of Open House Families, AKT II’s engineers took part in this year’s event in Jubilee Park, London.

UK’s first fossil-fuel free mixed development.
Bankside Yards.

26/07/2021 News

In line with Native Land’s vision, this entire 130,000-square-metre development, in central London, will be net-zero-carbon in operation.

London Bridge office tower approved.
EDGE London Bridge.

21/07/2021 News

EDGE London Bridge has been given the green light by Southwark Council’s planning committee.

Low-carbon reusable cassette.
Circular economy approach.

08/07/2021 News

A team, led by MACE, includes AKT II, DB Group, William Hare Group, Oranmore Precast, Converge and UCL, and has currently finished the design phase of an ultra-low-carbon structural system making net-zero carbon structures deliverable.

The Beacon: A Vanished Sea.
Climate Art.

01/07/2021 News

The Beacon: A Vanished Sea for Climate Art, an interdisciplinary public art platform focused on climate change has opened in Rye, Sussex. 

Five thoughts on circular economy.
London Climate Action Week.

The Story Within

This year to commemorate London Climate Action Week we look at how the built environment can positively contribute to the circular economy at a macro/building scale. For five days we will explore five key topics which we will reflect on and learn from the past – retrofit projects – and show how we implement these today – new build projects.

AKT II scores superb results.
Great Place To Work survey.

25/06/2021 News

We are proud as a practice to have achieved such positive results from the independent ‘Great Place To Work’ survey for 2021. 

AKTogether for Pride.
Pride month 2021.

11/06/2021 News

As a diverse and inclusive workplace, AKT II recognises the importance of raising awareness and support for the LGBTQIA+ community.

City University research partnership.
Innovate UK.

10/06/2021 News

Innovate UK is all about supporting original ideas to flourish. AKT II’s bioclimatic team has received a grant from the UK’s innovation agency, for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).

Shoreditch office block approved.
Huntingdon Estate.

27/05/2021 News

Huntingdon Estate in Shoreditch has been given the green light by Tower Hamlets’ planning committee.

Not just a pretty façe (part II)
Unitised façades and the circular economy.

The Story Within

Unitised façade systems allow a rapid, high-quality install with relative ease, thus saving time and money – a win in anyone’s books. These systems also make it extremely difficult to replace any of the units’ constituent components. In this latest article within our ongoing AKT II Envelopes series, our design engineer Rob Jones explores existing considerations of façade disassembly and reuse, and speculates on how façade design approaches may evolve in the future.

Jacob selected as CFCI Young Ambassador.
Cambridge Forum for Construction Industry.

29/04/2021 News

AKT II Design Engineer, Jacob Batkin has been selected to be part of a Council of 12 Young Ambassadors.

AKT II experts join the Design Council in new roles.
Expert panel.

28/04/2021 News

Hanif Kara, Raj Takhar and Manoj Gihwala have joined the Design Council across an array of new roles.

A memorial to Cherry Groce has been revealed.
Windrush Square.

26/04/2021 News

A memorial to Cherry Croce has been revealed at Windrush Square, 35 years after her shooting that sparked the Brixton Riot of 1985.

AKT II is officially carbon neutral.
And we're committed to doing more.

22/04/2021 News

As a practice, everything we do is concerned with design. Today, our practice has become carbon neutral.

Natural water management for the built world.
Sponge development.

The Story Within

Responsible water management, throughout our built environment, is more important than ever. The planet is heating up, sea levels are rising, and flooding is increasing, while at the same time we must keep our cities and ourselves comparatively dry. Ironically, the natural environment may also offer a fantastic solution. In this article, AKT II’s infrastructure director Dean Cadby explores the relatively recent concept of ‘sponge cities’ – and the approach’s apparent potential to soak up both water and developmental risk alike.

New science and research district gets the green light.
Oxford North.

30/03/2021 News

Plans for Oxford North, a new global life sciences district has been approved by Oxford City Council.

Not just a pretty façe.
The curious case of a façade’s carbon impact.

The Story Within

Balancing the temporary nature of a façade with ever-increasing environmental and safety requirements poses a formidable challenge for façade designers. Design engineer Paul Tarand explores how we can design and construct in ways that improve a façade’s sustainability within this industry climate.

This article is the first within a series exploring what’s coming next for modern façade design.

Net-zero for Broadgate.
100 Liverpool Street.

18/03/2021 News

100 Liverpool Street has become the first net-zero building in British Land’s portfolio.

Civic Trust Awards 2021.
AKT II scoops fabulous four.

10/03/2021 News

We are pleased to have four of our projects recognised at this year’s 2021 Civic Trust Awards.

Design better, travel better.
Planning in the fast lane.

The Story Within

At our latest virtual round-table, the discussion focussed overwhelmingly on one topic: can transport planners solve the problems surrounding congestion in a way that enables social growth and promotes urban development? Put simply, the answer is ‘yes, we can’.

But before providing any solutions, let’s first reimagine the question.

Belgrove House approved for planning.
AHMM’s life sciences scheme at Kings Cross.

03/03/2021 News

Plans have been given the green light from Camden Council’s planning committee for Belgrove House and Acorn House for our client Precis Advisory with Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.

The Farmiloe – Story Within.
Star of the silver screen.

The Story Within

From star of the silver screen to a new leading role within London’s office scene: the historic Farmiloe building, complete with its impressive history, is being transformed to become the new HQ for global entertainment brand Live Nation. In this article, AKT II director Alex Widdison details how the building is being brought into the 21st century, and how its 18th-century character is concurrently being kept alive.

Camden Highline competition.
The UK's own highline.

15/02/2021 News

We are pleased to announce that we are part of the team delivering the UK’s latest green infrastructure project. Camden Highline will repurpose a disused, three-quarter-mile railway viaduct in Camden, London. We’re working on the team led by James Corner Field Operations, the firm behind South Park at Q.E. Olympic Park and New York High Line, in collaboration with vPPR Architects.

Director announcement – Robin Adams.

12/02/2021 News

2021 marks a landmark year for us as a practice as we celebrate our 25th anniversary. As we begin the march into the future with optimism, we have also reached an individual milestone for one of our founding triumvirate, Robin Adams, who will be stepping back from his day-to-day engagement with AKT II and from his COO role across the Tyréns UK Group.

Earth Friendly Concrete piles.
Canada Water.

10/02/2021 News

Plot C within the Canada Water masterplan, designed by Allies and Morrison, will be among the first projects in the UK to use Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC) on the permanent work’s structure, saving 240 tons of carbon emissions. Alongside British Land, Keltbray and Merlango, we have been working to deliver this project within BL’s new Canada Water Masterplan.

AKT II working on ‘India’s greenest airport’
Delhi Noida International Airport.

03/02/2021 News

We’re thrilled to be part of the team that is designing an international airport in India. The team, consisting of AKT II alongside Nordic – Office of Architecture, Grimshaw, Haptic and STUP, were selected by Zurich Airport International after a concession agreement with the Government of Uttar Pradesh.

Planning approved for Fitzrovia scheme.
The Fitzrovia.

01/02/2021 News

The Fitzrovia, our project with Stiff + Trevillion for M&G Real Estate with CO-RE, received planning consent recently. This highly sustainable, mixed-use building will provide 88,000 sqft of space over 6 storeys.

City of London tower granted planning.
55 Gracechurch Street.

27/01/2021 News

Fletcher Priest’s design for the new 55 Gracechurch Street tower has been approved. We’re collaborating with Fletcher Priest Architects on the Bishopsgate tower, which sits next to the Walkie Talkie, for our client Tenacity.

Engineering wind.
Bioclimatic design series.

The Story Within

Finding an equilibrium between nature and the built environment requires dedication, experience, and most importantly technology. Bioclimatic design – a combination of ‘biology’ and ‘climate’ – aims to uncover this delicate balance, and helps to make cities more resilient, comfortable and safe. Here, our bioclimatic lead-designed Mattia Donato explores the wind’s profound effect upon our urban realm.

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