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.
This year for the London Festival of Architecture, we hosted two digital talks with panel members from KPF, FCBStudios, Walters & Cohen, Studio Egret West, Oxford University and Hilson Moran. You can watch both of these talks back here.
Carbon.AKT is just one way our practice is responding to the climate emergency and the challenge of reaching Net Zero by 2030. This dynamic tool informs design decisions right from the start of a project, to assure a successful outcome.
We’ve had two of our projects shortlisted for the Building Awards 2020. Kingston University Town House, with Grafton Architects and The Twist, with BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group for Kistefos Museum.
Working alongside Zaha Hadid Architects and Hilson Moran, we are collaborating to develop a digital architecture platform to create sustainable, environmentally-conscious residences for Roatán Próspera – a development on Roatán Island in Honduras.
We’re thrilled to have three projects shortlisted for this year’s Concrete Society Awards with Grafton Architects and Walters & Cohen Architects.
Design Director Rob Partridge has been appointed as a member of the NLA’s Expert Panel for Science, Tech & Innovation. He sits alongside other prominent figures in the built environment to advise on the NLA’s core programmes.
We’re pleased to announce that our project with KPF for our client Tejat V Lux Sàrl, advised by Orion Capital Managers and Pella Real Estate Partners, has received planning permission. AKT II is providing structural, façade and bioclimatic engineering services to the 81 Newgate Street project.
Plans for the Museum of London’s new home have been approved by the City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee. We’re excited to be working on this project with Stanton Williams and Asif Khan alongside conservation architect Julian Harrap.
The 23rd June marks International Women in Engineering Day – a day celebrating the achievements of women engineers around the world. 2020 marks the 7th year of this day of celebration. This year, we asked the women in our organisation what this day means to them and who has inspired them throughout their career.
We are pleased to announce that Maggie’s Yorkshire, which we worked on alongside Heatherwick Studio, is now completed and open.
To be frank – we’re missing our office! The nationwide lockdown rapidly made us adapt to remote working, which at first was exciting and novel. However, we’re now missing our space at the White Collar Factory and appreciate how unique and invaluable it is to all of us at AKT II.
We feel that as a company, we would be failing in our duty to our staff and to the industry by staying silent.
Today, on the 5th June, it is World Environment Day – a day that encourages worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment.
Over the weekend, the team at Scale Rule and Next Generation Design worked hard to assemble a pavilion designed by GCSE students for Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW).
A few members of the AKT II team have contributed to two new UCL Press publications. Fabricate 2020 and Design Transactions are both FREE to download, right now.
After working with IJP Architects on the Henderson Waves Footbridge, completed in 2009, we have once again partnered to deliver a new footbridge in Dubai, UAE, for our client Emaar.
Our Manchester office has another new project under their belt. We’re working alongside architects O’Donnell + Tuomey on a new extension for the University of Liverpool’s School of Architecture.
For #BritishScienceWeek 2020 we invited local school children into our London office for a workshop to learn basic engineering techniques and principles using LEGO bricks.
On 2020’s leap year day, Saturday 29th Feb, a group of brave (and slightly hung-over) AKTers made their way to 20 Fenchurch Street to climb 40 storeys worth of stairs to raise money for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
For 25 years, Design Indaba has raised debate on design, empowered new practices and brought to attention raw talent. In this special anniversary year, Hanif has been invited to join the event.
The second phase of the redevelopment of London’s historic St James’s Market has been recommended for approval by Westminster’s planning committee. We are working with Make Architects on this project for clients The Crown Estate and Oxford Properties Group.
The first phase of a large new development receives unanimous approval from the London Borough of Newham. We are working on commercial projects in the first phase of the Silvertown masterplan with architects AHMM for The Silvertown Partnership.
We have launched our research paper with the British Council for Offices! ‘Making the Future Workplace – Materials & Methods towards a Circular Economy’ is a joint research paper with AHMM, The University of Reading and the BCO.
We were over the moon to have received an award from The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Structural Awards for our project Vessel!
We have been working alongside architects Cooking Sections to deliver a unique project for the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, a new, triennial architecture event curated by Adrian Lahoud.
We’re delighted to have been awarded as Engineering Consultant of the Year at the Building Awards! Our Vessel project, with Heatherwick Studio and Related, also picked up a prize!
A new major regeneration project by British Land has hit a significant milestone as Southwark Council Planning Committee (SCPC) resolved to grant planning permission for the Canada Water masterplan in line with recommendations from an officer from SCPC. We are pleased to announce we are supporting British Land on two of the phase 1 buildings (A1 & K1).
For the global Climate Strike, our practice decided to host discussions and debates surrounding what more we as a business, as engineers and as individuals can do to tackle the current climate emergency.
We’re pleased to announce that Ali Raza has been appointed as a director for our Geotechnical team. Following the appointment of Dr Dimitrios Selemetas as technical director in late 2018, the team has now grown to be an even more essential part of AKT II.