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Natural water management for the built world.
Sponge development.

The Story Within

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.

New science and research district gets the green light.
Oxford North.

30/03/2021 News

Plans for Oxford North, a new global life sciences district has been approved by Oxford City Council.

Not just a pretty façe.
The curious case of a façade’s carbon impact.

The Story Within

Balancing the temporary nature of a façade with ever-increasing environmental and safety requirements poses a formidable challenge for façade designers. Design engineer Paul Tarand explores how we can design and construct in ways that improve a façade’s sustainability within this industry climate.

This article is the first within a series exploring what’s coming next for modern façade design.

Net zero for Broadgate.
100 Liverpool Street.

18/03/2021 News

100 Liverpool Street has become the first net zero building in British Land’s portfolio.

Civic Trust Awards 2021.
AKT II scoops fabulous four.

10/03/2021 News

We are pleased to have four of our projects recognised at this year’s 2021 Civic Trust Awards.

Design better, travel better.
Planning in the fast lane.

The Story Within

At our latest virtual round-table, the discussion focussed overwhelmingly on one topic: can transport planners solve the problems surrounding congestion in a way that enables social growth and promotes urban development? Put simply, the answer is ‘yes, we can’.

But before providing any solutions, let’s first reimagine the question.

Belgrove House approved for planning.
AHMM’s life sciences scheme at Kings Cross.

03/03/2021 News

Plans have been given the green light from Camden Council’s planning committee for Belgrove House and Acorn House for our client Precis Advisory with Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.

The Farmiloe – Story Within.
Star of the silver screen.

The Story Within

From star of the silver screen to a new leading role within London’s office scene: the historic Farmiloe building, complete with its impressive history, is being transformed to become the new HQ for global entertainment brand Live Nation. In this article, AKT II director Alex Widdison details how the building is being brought into the 21st century, and how its 18th-century character is concurrently being kept alive.

Camden Highline competition.
The UK's own highline.

15/02/2021 News

We are pleased to announce that we are part of the team delivering the UK’s latest green infrastructure project. Camden Highline will repurpose a disused, three-quarter-mile railway viaduct in Camden, London. We’re working on the team led by James Corner Field Operations, the firm behind South Park at Q.E. Olympic Park and New York High Line, in collaboration with vPPR Architects.

Director announcement – Robin Adams.

12/02/2021 News

2021 marks a landmark year for us as a practice as we celebrate our 25th anniversary. As we begin the march into the future with optimism, we have also reached an individual milestone for one of our founding triumvirate, Robin Adams, who will be stepping back from his day-to-day engagement with AKT II and from his COO role across the Tyréns UK Group.

Earth Friendly Concrete piles.
Canada Water.

10/02/2021 News

Plot C within the Canada Water masterplan, designed by Allies and Morrison, will be among the first projects in the UK to use Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC) on the permanent work’s structure, saving 240 tons of carbon emissions. Alongside British Land, Keltbray and Merlango, we have been working to deliver this project within BL’s new Canada Water Masterplan.

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

03/02/2021 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.

Planning approved for Fitzrovia scheme.
The Fitzrovia.

01/02/2021 News

The Fitzrovia, our project with Stiff + Trevillion for M&G Real Estate with CO-RE, received planning consent recently. This highly sustainable, mixed-use building will provide 88,000 sqft of space over 6 storeys.

City of London tower granted planning.
55 Gracechurch Street.

27/01/2021 News

Fletcher Priest’s design for the new 55 Gracechurch Street tower has been approved. We’re collaborating with Fletcher Priest Architects on the Bishopsgate tower, which sits next to the Walkie Talkie, for our client Tenacity.

Engineering wind.
Bioclimatic design series.

The Story Within

Finding an equilibrium between nature and the built environment requires dedication, experience, and most importantly technology. Bioclimatic design – a combination of ‘biology’ and ‘climate’ – aims to uncover this delicate balance, and helps to make cities more resilient, comfortable and safe. Here, our bioclimatic lead-designed Mattia Donato explores the wind’s profound effect upon our urban realm.

Grosvenor’s Mayfair project approved.
South Molton Triangle.

07/01/2021 News

Grosvenor’s South Molton Triangle project has had planning approved by Westminster City Council. We are working alongside Hopkins Architects for our client on this project.

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Marta Galiñanes-García joins the NLA Expert Panel.

06/01/2021 News

Design Director, Marta Galiñanes-García has joined the New London Architecture Expert Panel for Education. The NLA programme brings together members of the built environment to discuss the future needs of the education sector.

Planning approval for 60 Aldgate.

22/12/2020 News

Our project with ACME, for client 4C Hotel Group, has received planning approval from the City of London Corporation Planning & Transportation Committee. AKT II is providing structural and bioclimatic engineering services to this elegant development.

Regent’s Crescent – Story Within.
Seamless structural engineering.

The Story Within

The new residential redevelopment Regent’s Crescent sits at the northern culmination of Regent Street and Portland Place, and gives identity to London’s West End. Embodying many years of history and intrigue, it’s exemplary as one of our most satisfying projects to date. Maria Camporro, our lead on the project, here details the story behind the restoration and reconstruction of the Grade I-listed façade; exploring the bones of the structure, and the ingenious solutions that have made it all happen.

architect's render of The Collective Blackhorse Lane, exterior

The Collective Blackhorse Lane.
Planning resolved.

08/12/2020 News

Planning has been resolved for our project, The Collective Blackhorse Lane, with architects Acme for our client the Collective.

Transforming UK transport.
UK government's plans to invest in cycling and walking.

The Story Within

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK Government has announced a £2 billion investment in cycling and walking. What does this mean for the built environment? Director of AKT II Transport Jonathan Rodger explains.

King’s Cross Christmas Tree.
With Sam Jacob Studio.

25/11/2020 News

This year, AKT II has supported Sam Jacob Studio this festive period on the Electric Nemeton Tree, commissioned by King’s Cross. This tree is one of three installations to mark the arrival of the festive period in King’s Cross’ Granary Square.

London Climate Action Week 2020.

19/11/2020 News

This year, for London Climate Action Week, we’re taking action to further develop our sustainability agenda, using this time to research and inform our 2030 Target Sustainability Manifesto. Over the past week, we’ve been discussing how we can affect change at every level within our practice and beyond.

Climate change.
Perfect circles.

The Story Within

The human species must urgently reduce carbon emissions. With 49% of the UK’s carbon attributable to buildings, our increasingly decarbonised grid and improved fabric have made headway. But we face a further challenge: reducing embodied carbon within the building’s structure. In this article, director Nicola Carniato discusses what our industry can do to tackle climate change.

Plans approved for Lansdowne House.

11/11/2020 News

Westminster City Council approved plans on developer CO-RE’s proposal to redevelop Lansdowne House in Berkeley Square. We’re working alongside AHMM to deliver this project in Westminster.

Concrete Awards 2020.
Overall winning project.

10/11/2020 News

The LSE Marshall Building, designed by Grafton Architects and engineered by AKT II (and nominated by GetJar Ltd.) has won the overall award at the Concrete Society Awards 2020.

Data-driven design.
Technology and the built environment.

The Story Within

Data is one of the world’s most powerful, sought-after commodities, but how does it affect the way we design? Edoardo Tibuzzi, director of AKT II’s computational research team, outlines how the technology boom has changed and enhanced how we design the built environment.

Black History Month.

30/10/2020 News

As the world reflects on Black History Month, we celebrate the contribution made by our black colleagues and the many other professionals who together form our diverse team. We have always valued what diversity brings to our company: enriching the fabric of our practice, our culture, our projects, and in turn our built-environment industry.

The library.
Centre of knowledge and power.

The Story Within

“Ipsa scientia potestas est” – knowledge itself is power. We can observe this easily when we look at the role of the library throughout history. In this article design director Valentina Galmozzi and senior engineer Danae Polyviou detail how libraries have evolved and adapted through the centuries, from the ancient world to our modern era.

UK BREEAM 2018 first.
33 Charterhouse Street.

20/10/2020 News

33 Charterhouse Street, our project with architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands for client Helical and Ashby Capital, has achieved the UK’s first BREEAM 2018 New Construction ‘Outstanding’ rating for the design stage of this project.

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