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Hanif Kara OBE elected as advocate.
Mayor's Design Advocates.

25/05/2022 News

Good architecture and planning can make a significant difference to the way places work, both socially and on an environmental level.

Roots in the Sky.
Salvaged steel scheme.

09/05/2022 News

139 tonnes of salvaged steel from a scheme currently being demolished in the City of London will be used in the Roots in the Sky development which is due to start on site in the coming months and complete in Q3 2025.

The Hylo Building – Story Within.
Extension of a 16-storey tower.

The Story Within

Following on from our groundbreaking work on the South Bank Tower extension, we’re working with HCL Architects for our client CIT Group, where we are taking the same principle with an existing 16-storey tower in Islington and extending it 13-storeys. By doing so, we ended up saving 35% of the carbon footprint of a new-build.

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

03/05/2022 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.

International design contest finalists.
Manchester Piccadilly Gardens.

29/04/2022 News

We’re supporting Studio Egret West, and have reached the final six in an international design contest for a revamp of Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens.

Kingston University Town House crowned winner.
EU Mies Award.

27/04/2022 News

Kingston University Town House has been awarded the 2022 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture.

The big blank – new book.
Blank: Speculations on CLT.

20/04/2022 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.

New Nine Elms tower gets the green light.
Apex 1.

06/04/2022 News

This proposed new high-rise development forms part of the expansive, masterplanned Nine Elms development zone in south-west London.

Oxford University receives planning permission.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre.

10/03/2022 News

Oxford University’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities received unanimous approval earlier this week.

PrismArch – an update.
Research project.

02/02/2022 News

We’ve been working with Zaha Hadid Architects, alongside SWECO on PrismArch. Now in its second year, we’re continuing to research into a ‘prismatic blend’ between aesthetics, simulation models, and meta-information that can be presented in a contextualised and comprehensive manner in virtual reality.

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.

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 a low-carbon structural system making net-zero carbon structures deliverable.

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