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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 seratech

‘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.

2022 Fazlur R. Khan Award winner announced.
Hanif Kara OBE.

16/08/2022 News

AKI II co-founder and director Hanif Kara has been awarded the 2022 Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

Planning approval for Zone F.
Canada Water.

02/08/2022 News

Zone F, a new mixed-use scheme within British Land’s Canada Water Masterplan, has received planning approval from Southwark Council.

Two of our buildings crowned winners.
Tall Building Awards.

21/07/2022 News

AKT II has been awarded two awards in this year’s 2022 Tall Building Awards.

Google’s new office celebrates topping out.
Google Kings Cross.

08/07/2022 News

AKT II together with BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, Heatherwick Studio and Atelier Ten, are working in partnership on delivering Google’s new King’s Cross office.

New mixed-use scheme receives approval.
Thavies Inn.

06/07/2022 News

A new mixed-use that presides over the City of London’s Holborn Circus has been granted planning approval.

Tiny houses for big challenges.
Summer of RA.

28/06/2022 News

Summer has landed at the RA, and it’s as arty and joyful as ever. The Royal Academy’s iconic Summer Exhibition showcases art in all forms, including architectural works and sculpture.

Life-sciences hub gets the go-ahead.
Vinegar Yard.

14/06/2022 News

Vinegar Yard, a new 20-storey life-sciences mixed-use development in London Bridge in Southwark, has just been recommended for planning consent from the Greater London Assembly.

Design for a new student centre unveiled.
The University of York.

27/05/2022 News

AKT II’s regional expansion continues with the recent selection of a new university scheme, following the winning proposal of an international design competition. We are supporting ADP Architecture and O’Donnell + Tuomey on the design of a £35m student centre at the University of York.

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.

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.

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.

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.
PrismArch.

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.

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