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Flagship new tower approved for London’s Tech City.
99 City Road.

25/09/2023 News

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.

UCL’s flagship Marshgate building is now open.
UCL East Marshgate.

21/09/2023 News

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.

AKT II co-founder Hanif Kara receives the London Design Medal.
London Design Festival 2023.

13/09/2023 News

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”.

A Brick for Venice – Story Within.
Venice festival 2023.

The Story Within

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.

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Tackling construction’s carbon problem.
Building Magazine.

15/08/2023 News

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.

Reflecting Belgium’s communities.
Asiat-Darse Bridge.

18/07/2023 News

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.

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Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings – Story Within.
ASCE article.

The Story Within

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.

Leveraging AI to improve physical wind-tunnel testing.
Research collaboration.

04/07/2023 News

This Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) centres on improving the accuracy of physical wind-tunnel testing through the application of novel neural network (AI) technology.

Albert Williamson-Taylor stewarding AEC’s next generation.
Open City.

13/06/2023 News

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.

AKT II joins the global Ecocity discussion.
Ecocity World Summit 2023.

09/06/2023 News

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 …

Oxford North expansion has been approved.
Red Hall.

31/03/2023 News

Plans for Red Hall have been given the green light with building work set to start in the summer.

V&A Museum reveals inaugural Ramadan Pavilion.
V&A South Kensington.

09/03/2023 News

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.

IStructE Gold Medal for AKT II co-founder Albert Williamson-Taylor.

22/02/2023 News

Albert has been awarded the Institution of Structural Engineers’ 2023 Gold Medal for his unique and outstanding contribution to the advancement of structural engineering.

Green refurbishment approved.
Fleet House.

02/02/2023 News

A 1950s office block and pub in the heart of the city has been unanimously approved by the City of London.

18-storey Blackfriars office approved.
Bankside Yards.

31/01/2023 News

‘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.

Camden Highline plans approved.
A first for London.

25/01/2023 News

Proposals for the new Camden High Line have been given the green light for planning this week.

Minories – Story Within.
Proving retrofit’s commercial potential.

The Story Within

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.

AKT II’s charities for 2023.
Our chosen charities.

05/01/2023 News

The AKT II Charities Committee revealed the four new charities that we will be supporting in 2023.

Nicola Carniato joins NZC Buildings.
UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard.

07/12/2022 News

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.


Kieron Taylor crowned Rising Star.
BCO NextGen Rising Star.

28/11/2022 News

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.

LSE Marshall Building awarded.
AJ Architecture Awards 2022.

25/11/2022 News

The LSE Marshall Building has won the Higher Education (£20 million and over) award at this year’s AJ Architecture Awards.

One Crown Place crowned best tall building.
CTBUH Awards 2022.

14/11/2022 News

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 wins Supreme Award.
IStructE Structural Awards 2022.

14/11/2022 News

Hylo has won the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence at the prestigious 2022 IStructE ceremony.

AKT II joins ConcreteZero.
Commitment to decarbonisation.

09/11/2022 News

AKT II has joined ConcreteZero, a global initiative that brings together pioneering organisations to create a market for net-zero concrete.

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Matters of Engineering Design.
AKT II's latest book.


Since our founding 25 years ago, AKT II has forged an international practice that unifies the cultures and disciplines of architecture and structural engineering. This book is an engine for critical reflection on the scope, potential, and limits of what AKT II has come to define as Design Engineering.

100 Liverpool Street – Story Within.
2022 RIBA nomination.

The Story Within

100 Liverpool Street – which is nominated for the 2022 RIBA Stirling Prize – is a cornerstone development for British Land’s masterplanned Broadgate regeneration, within the historic City of London. It was designed by Hopkins Architects. Two 1980s-era office structures have been assimilated, reconfigured and extended within the delivery of the modern mixed-use programme; the scheme adds +40% in functional area while reusing 50% of the superstructure and 100% of the foundations. Altogether, this pioneering design solution saves an estimated 7,000 tonnes of CO2, in comparison with the notional new construction.

Crinkle-Crankle Concrete – Story Within.
2022 London Design Festival.

The Story Within

As part of the 2022 London Design Festival, this bespoke architectural installation uses an ancient-Egyptian wall-building technique to showcase the cutting-edge carbon-neutral concrete that’s been developed by the London-based enterprise Seratech. Their team – a spin-out from Imperial College London – has developed a way of sequestering CO2 within the creation of novel, waste-free construction materials. The installation is engineered by AKT II, and has been delivered for the 2022 festival with the support of the specialist concrete contractor Byrne Bros.

Liverpool School of Architecture extension approved.
Competition winner.

27/09/2022 News

Following an invited competition, AKT II are working alongside architect O’Donnell + Tuomey and building services engineer Max Fordham, to deliver the scheme for the Liverpool School of Architecture and redevelop the historic estate.


Mixed-use tower approved.
Colechurch House.

27/09/2022 News

A 22-storey mixed-use tower by London Bridge has been approved for planning. AKT II is providing structural, civil and geotechnical engineering, working alongside Foster + Partners for our client CIT Group on this multi-layered urban scheme.

‘Crinkle-Crankle Concrete’.
Carbon-neutral concrete.

14/09/2022 News

This installation playfully uses a traditional ‘crinkle-crankle’ wall design to showcase a cutting-edge cement-replacement technology – Seratech – allowing carbon-neutral concrete.

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