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.
We’re supporting Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) on a 24-storey office tower based in Houndsditch for our client Brockton Everlast.
Plans for Plot 25, a student building within the Brent Cross Town masterplan, have received unanimous approval from Barnet Council’s planning committee.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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, Kingston University has won this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize – the UK’s most prestigious architecture award.
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.
National Museums Liverpool (NML) has announced the winners of the Waterfront Transformation Project: Canning Dock competition.
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 artwork was built and designed by artist Joseph Williams and his Bamboology team, with engineering from AKT II.
In light of Open House Families, AKT II’s engineers took part in this year’s event in Jubilee Park, London.
In line with Native Land’s vision, this entire 130,000-square-metre development, in central London, will be net-zero-carbon in operation.
EDGE London Bridge has been given the green light by Southwark Council’s planning committee.
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 for Climate Art, an interdisciplinary public art platform focused on climate change has opened in Rye, Sussex.
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.
We are proud as a practice to have achieved such positive results from the independent ‘Great Place To Work’ survey for 2021.
As a diverse and inclusive workplace, AKT II recognises the importance of raising awareness and support for the LGBTQIA+ community.
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).
Huntingdon Estate in Shoreditch has been given the green light by Tower Hamlets’ planning committee.
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.
AKT II Design Engineer, Jacob Batkin has been selected to be part of a Council of 12 Young Ambassadors.
Hanif Kara, Raj Takhar and Manoj Gihwala have joined the Design Council across an array of new roles.
A memorial to Cherry Croce has been revealed at Windrush Square, 35 years after her shooting that sparked the Brixton Riot of 1985.
As a practice, everything we do is concerned with design. Today, our practice has become carbon neutral.
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.