Last week, AKT II welcomed students from around London and the South East as part of the Open City Accelerate programme.
Botanic Place – designed for Railpen, with Socius as development manager, by architect AHMM – is a landmark commercial development that will further strengthen the city’s vast intellectual capital. This important scheme has now been unanimously approved by Cambridge City Council.
The “grandparent of skyscrapers”: We supported Historic England and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios to regenerate this more than 320-year-old mill complex, considered to be the world’s first iron-framed building. Find out from the project team how our approach goes beyond simple conservation, and allowed the mill to gain another life.
AKT II’s restoration of the world’s first cast-iron-framed building, in partnership with architect FCB Studios and client Historic England, has now topped the 2023 Brick Awards: receiving the overall Supreme Award, Craftsmanship Award and Sustainability Award.
One Park Drive is the 205 metres tall signature residential tower of Wood Wharf – Canary Wharf Group’s new district – and AKT II’s first collaboration with architects Herzog & de Meuron. In this film the project team shows how we navigated reclaimed land, a multitude of floor plate layouts, tight facade tolerances and more to deliver an exceptional addition to London’s skyline.
Earthquakes, floods and hidden measures – we worked alongside Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and local practice SHATOTTO on the masterplan for the new Aga Khan Academy in Dhaka. AKT II directors Ricardo Baptista and Alessandro Margnelli explain why the engineering can be best described as an ‘iceberg’: seemingly straightforward above ground, but buckets full of challenges underneath.
The transformative regeneration on the Old Street Roundabout – designed by KPF for developer Endurance Land – absorbs an existing mid-rise 1980s structure within the delivery of a multifunctional new high-rise programme that introduces community facilities, pedestrian permeability and streetscape activation.
This landmark 35,000-square-metre scheme – which is designed by architect Stanton Williams, as UCL’s largest single building to date – forms part of the masterplanned East Bank cultural, innovation and learning cluster at London’s world-famous Olympic legacy development zone.
The award is recognised as the London Design Festival’s “highest accolade bestowed upon an individual who has distinguished themselves within the industry and demonstrated consistent design excellence”.
This temporary pavilion – exhibited during the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale – showcases a novel waste-based construction product that’s made with the excess mud from Venice’s canals. It’s altogether led by architect Urban Radicals together with AKT II and material designer Local Works Studio, and with funding from the consultancy group Tyréns. Find out from the project team how it all came together.
This month, our technical director David Watson and our design director Gerry O’Brien have together appeared in the UK’s Building Magazine to share some of AKT II’s latest carbon thinking.
This new, sculptural footbridge – which is designed by architect Counterspace Studio, with support from the City of Vilvoorde and the local cultural organisation Horst Arts & Music – draws conceptually from the complex relationships of the region’s migrant communities.
Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings is the world’s first cast-iron-framed structure. Built in 1797, the cast iron’s ‘cutting edge’ technology gave rise to modern-day steel construction, and hence this building has been named the ‘grandparent’ of modern high-rise construction.
In their article for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), AKT II design director Christopher Blust, technical director David Watson and associate Charlotte Robinson lay out the long and challenging path to saving this icon of the Industrial Revolution and extending its life into a third century.
This Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) centres on improving the accuracy of physical wind-tunnel testing through the application of novel neural network (AI) technology.
AKT II’s co-founder and design director Albert Williamson-Taylor has been made the inaugural president of Open City: a global educational and built-heritage charity that’s dedicated to making the built environment more open, accessible and equitable.
The 2023 summit – the first to be held in-person in London in four years – encompasses a diverse conference and exhibition programme that responds to this year’s theme of ‘connecting communities’. AKT II has supported it in multiple ways …
Plans for Red Hall have been given the green light with building work set to start in the summer.
Congratulations to architect Shahed Saleem, the V&A museum and the Diriyah Biennale Foundation for installing the inaugural Ramadan Pavilion – in partnership with Ramadan Tent Project – over the weekend.
Albert has been awarded the Institution of Structural Engineers’ 2023 Gold Medal for his unique and outstanding contribution to the advancement of structural engineering.
A 1950s office block and pub in the heart of the city has been unanimously approved by the City of London.
‘Building 1’, an 18-storey sustainable office building that will be located on the south side of Blackfriars bridge has been unanimously approved by Southwark council earlier this month.
Proposals for the new Camden High Line have been given the green light for planning this week.
On a high-value site in the most historic core of London, the new Minories development centres around an exemplary model of adaptive reuse. It’s been overseen by architect ACME in partnership with developer 4C Hotel Group. In this article our design director Gerry O’Brien explores how looking into the past can create real long-term value for such a site’s future.
The AKT II Charities Committee revealed the four new charities that we will be supporting in 2023.
AKT II director, Nicola Carniato has joined the UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard Science and Technology task group to provide his engineering expertise in science and technology.
AKT II director, Kieron Taylor, has been awarded the 2022 British Council for Offices NextGen Rising Star Award for London and South East earlier this week.
The LSE Marshall Building has won the Higher Education (£20 million and over) award at this year’s AJ Architecture Awards.
One Crown Place has been awarded Best Tall Building 100-199 meters 2022 Award of Excellence and Best Tall Mixed-Use Building 2022 Award of Excellence at this year’s CTBUH Annual Awards.
Hylo has won the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence at the prestigious 2022 IStructE ceremony.
AKT II has joined ConcreteZero, a global initiative that brings together pioneering organisations to create a market for net-zero concrete.