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Hanif Kara awarded an OBE.
New Year’s Honours list.

11/01/2022 News

AKT II’s co-founder Hanif Kara has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

Retrofit scheme collects two further awards.
100 Liverpool Street.

30/11/2021 News

100 Liverpool Street has taken home two further award wins in the past month, after being awarded ‘Project of the Year’ at this year’s Building Awards and, winner in the ‘working’ category at the New London Architecture Awards for 2021.

A city within a city block.
And the challenge of its clashing grids.

The Story Within

Inner-city areas are becoming ever more densely populated. Mixed-use schemes are increasingly prevalent, while their conflicting spatial requirements are getting more and more challenging. The newly completed One Crown Place – a ‘city within a city block’ that’s been delivered by CBRE Development Management for MTD Group – exemplifies all of this very well. In this article, our design director Steve Toon shares some insight from the project’s new high-rise elements, and examines the engineering moves that have safeguarded their uses’ functionality.

The big blank.
Blank: Speculations on CLT.

25/11/2021 News

Is mass timber all its hyped up to be? Jennifer Bonner and AKT II’s co-founder Hanif Kara think so, and they’ve written a book to explain why.

London office tower has been granted planning permission.
115-123 Houndsditch.

22/11/2021 News

We’re supporting Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) on a 24-storey office tower based in Houndsditch for our client Brockton Everlast.

New student building gets green light.
Plot 25.

09/11/2021 News

Plans for Plot 25, a student building within the Brent Cross Town masterplan, have received unanimous approval from Barnet Council’s planning committee.

Redevelopment granted planning permission.
120 Fleet Street.

29/10/2021 News

The proposed redevelopment of 120 Fleet Street has been granted planning permission by the City of London Corporations’s Planning and Transportation Committee.

The Beacon of Hope – Story Within.
Demountable installation.

The Story Within

The Beacon of Hope is a demountable public artwork that showcases the structural potential of Bamboo. It’s designed by artist Joseph Williams and hand-built by his Bamboology team, with some engineering from AKT II. In this video, Joseph, our engineers and Climate Art’s founding director and curator Dzmitry Suslau share some of the design innovation involved.

Five of our finest.
Royal Academy 2021 Summer Exhibition.

20/10/2021 News

The Royal Academy of Arts’ Summer Exhibition has returned for 2021, with Sir David Adjaye RA curating this year’s Architecture Room, in the theme of ‘climate and geography’. AKT II has helped to design five of the exhibited projects.

New vision for Town Centre.
St Helens.

20/10/2021 News

AKT II are supporting ECF, CBRE, Jon Matthews Architects, Hilson Moran and Abacus to revitalise St Helens town centre, with a new park area, hotel and flexible commercial Grade A office space.

Virtual-reality-aided collaboration.

19/10/2021 News

AKT II is working with Zaha Hadid Architects and SWECO on PrismArch – a virtual-reality aided collaboration that blends cross-disciplinary aspects of architecture in a multi-simulation environment.

Expanding the future.
Merlin Place, Cambridge.

18/10/2021 News

AKT II is collaborating with Kadans Science Partner on their recent acquisition; Merlin Place in Cambridge, which is located opposite the entrance to Cambridge Science Park.

Town House wins RIBA Stirling Prize 2021.
Britain's best new building.

15/10/2021 News

Town House, Kingston University has won this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize – the UK’s most prestigious architecture award.

Westminster City Council approves mixed-use development.
334 Oxford Street.

01/10/2021 News

Plans have been approved to refurbish and remodel Debenham’s former flagship department store on London’s bustling Oxford Street and revitalise it into a retail and office space.

Liverpool’s Waterfront Transformation: Canning Dock.
Winning team announced.

29/09/2021 News

National Museums Liverpool (NML) has announced the winners of the Waterfront Transformation Project: Canning Dock competition.

Rob Partridge and Edoardo Tibuzzi join the NLA Expert Panel.
New London Architecture.

23/09/2021 News

Design Directors Rob Partidge and Edoardo Tibuzzi have been appointed as members of the NLA’s Expert Panel for Innovation Districts and Built Environment Technology. They both will be joined by Marta Galinanes Garcia and a leading expert panel who will advise and formulate on the NLA’s core programmes.

The Beacon of Hope.
Old Street Yard, White Collar Factory.

22/09/2021 News

The artwork was built and designed by artist Joseph Williams and his Bamboology team, with engineering from AKT II.

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.

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