London's Southbank Centre is the largest arts complex in the world. Rick Mather's masterplan provides a framework for the improvement and extension of existing cultural facilities and public realm at this important central London site, including the Royal Festival Hall, the Hayward Gallery, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room, and the British Film Institute (comprising the National Film Theatre, the Museum of the Moving Image and the BFI library). Key developments include improving accessibility, legibility and the public realm and facilitates a greater mix of use aimed at bringing a richer blend of visitors to the site over longer periods of the day.
Rick Mather Architects were appointed by English Partnerships to develop a framework in conjunction with The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham for a major 2.2 hectare city block in the heart of Barking Town Centre.The proposed masterplan is part of the wider project to redevelop Barking as a major centre within the London Thames Gateway. It will provide approximately 750 new homes, a new square which will accommodate part of the thriving street market, 8,000 sq m of mixed use accommodation and 1,800 sq m of community usage.
The BD magazine 2011 Architect of the Year Awards recognise the practices responsible for the best overall body of work in 15 different sectors as well as the most promising young architect of the year. Now in their eighth year, the AYAs are distinguished from other architectural awards by virtue of honouring overall achievement within a particular sector. That provides a truly meaningful premise on which to compare the work of different architects.
Winners will be announced on 15th November in London.