Westgate Oxford has won the Re:new category at the 2018 Rivo Gold Awards. The awards recognise and celebrate the very best examples of development, investment and asset management in the increasingly diverse retail property and placemaking sector. Developed by the Westgate Oxford Alliance – a partnership between Landsec and The Crown Estate – the development provides over 125 retail stores, restaurants, cafes, bars and leisure brands, together with event spaces and a high quality public realm. The project was described by the judges as “a new generation of retail-led, mixed use developments where customer experience is everything”. The project was a collaboration between Dixon Jones and Lead Architect and Masterplanner BDP as well as Allies and Morrison, Panter Hudspith Architects and Glenn Howells Architects.
Marlborough Primary School has won School Project of the Year at the AJ Architecture Awards. The Judging Panel said the scheme ‘ticked all the boxes’ and described the building as ‘a happy school, very vibrant, with generous spaces underpinned by sound logic. It’s an uplifting environment.’ The complex sectional arrangement was also praised as ‘the key to unlocking the site’ which created ‘an exciting space and a proper community school.’ The AJ Architecture Award builds on previous success for the project at the RIBA National Awards, BCI Awards and the Brick Awards.
Dixon Jones Marlborough Primary School has won the Education category at the 2018 Brick Awards. The judges praised the “impressive masonry detailing which was developed to evoke the massing and solidity of Victorian architecture with the expressed brick reveals, rooftop playground walls, deep brick soffits and characteristic stone banding all serving to convey an impression of solidity and permanence”. A special feature on the project has also been published in Brick Bulletin which can be found here.
Westgate Oxford and Marlborough Primary School have both been selected from 240 national and international entries following the first stage assessment process. We are also proud to announce both schemes have been selected as Regional Finalists for the 2019 Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Universal Design which recognises places that are responsive, flexible, welcoming, easy to use and occupy; allowing all to use with dignity and equality.
All Regional Finalists will now go through to the second stage assessment to be considered by the CTA Panel for a National Award or Commendation. The 60th Annual Civic Trust Awards Ceremony will be held next year on 1st March 2019 at the Imperial War Museum North, sponsored by Sir Robert McAlpine.
Two Dixon Jones projects have won British Construction Industry Awards. Marlborough Primary School was named Social Infrastructure Project of the Year and Westgate Oxford – a collaboration with lead architect and master planner BDP, Allies & Morrison, Panter Hudspith and Glenn Howells Architects – won Commercial Property Project of the Year. The BCI Awards judges described Marlborough Primary School as “A magnificent success, using creative thinking” and commented that Westgate Oxford “Shows off the best of great placemaking design“. Click here for the full list of winners.
Dixon Jones RIBA National Award winning Marlborough Primary School has been shortlisted for the School Project of the Year category in the 2018 AJ Architecture Awards. The project has also recently been announced as a finalist in the World Architecture News Awards and is 1 of 7 projects from across the globe to have been shortlisted in the Education category.
It is now a year since we oversaw the erection of the newly refurbished Tatlin’s Tower at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. The Tower was donated to SCVA by The Royal Academy after the end of its installation in The Royal Academy Courtyard. It now forms part of a wider outdoor Sculpture Park that extends across the University campus, which includes pieces by Henry Moore and Antony Gormley. It is located adjacent to the Grade II* listed Norman Foster-designed Centre.
The first phase of the Dixon Jones 48 acre mixed use masterplan for Parabola at Edinburgh Park has been approved by Edinburgh City Council. The detailed application included seven office buildings amounting to over one million square feet of grade A commercial space, leisure and sports facilities, a new public square, shops, bars, restaurants, a health centre, two multi-story car parks, an energy centre and high quality public realm and landscaping. It will be the city’s largest development for more than a decade and includes the first new crossing built across the tram line since the network was opened in 2014. The scheme was described by the Planning Chairman as a welcome development to Edinburgh and Edinburgh Park. (Visualisation by Assembly Studios)
• Plans for upgraded Olympic Way and iconic new steps have been approved
• Pedway removal has long been part of Brent’s Area Action Plan
Quintain’s plans to transform the final section of Olympic Way, (known to football fans as “Wembley Way”) which consist of replacing the existing pedestrian walkway leading up to the concourse of Wembley Stadium with a new set of iconic steps, have been approved by Brent Council.
Originally built in the 1970’s, the concrete Pedway ramp was introduced to aid pedestrian access to the old stadium over a large coach park that no longer exists in this location. The new plans will see the entrance to the stadium dramatically transformed from a concrete ramp system into a stunning, modern set of steps, surrounded by a landscaped piazza.
Disabled access to the stadium will be improved with the introduction of four new lifts – in addition to the existing lifts – to the front of Wembley Stadium.
The plans have been developed over more than a decade of engagement with stakeholders including The FA and the London Borough of Brent. The Pedway removal has long been part of Brent’s Area Action Plan as it will encourage more east-west connectivity across the site and more economic activity.
James Saunders, Chief Operating Officer at Quintain, said:
“We are very pleased that the plans have been approved for the final section of Olympic Way, which will transform the experience of everyone arriving at Wembley Stadium. We want to create an area around the national stadium that is full of life and a destination in its own right and the introduction of an iconic set of steps helps us realise this ambition. We will now continue to work with our partners, The FA and Brent Council, to deliver the plans.”
Cllr Shama Tatler, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Highways and Planning, said:
“Olympic Way is a processional route for millions of visitors and these improvements, which have now been approved, will help make it a safer, more attractive and desirable location.
“It will become a destination in itself and mean that we’ll have more visitors coming here on non-event days to places like Boxpark, the new Wembley Park Theatre or one of the many bars or café’s – all of which will create an economic benefit that will be felt much further afield than Wembley, which of course is great news for Brent businesses and local jobs.”
Alongside the steps, the planning approval includes plans for the final phase for the transformation of Olympic Way – which over the last 12 months has seen the introduction of new paving, programmable lighting and sound system and 48 new trees. On completion, the new trees on Olympic Way will be planted in pairs, representing all the temperate zones of the world. The upgrades to Olympic Way, will transform the area into a pedestrian walkway alive with activity year round. It will include new shops, bars and restaurants together with a major re-landscaping, to dramatically enhance the experience for visitors, workers and residents at Wembley Park.
Marlborough Primary School has been awarded a 2018 RIBA National Award. The RIBA Journal have described the project as “a happy hierarchy of places for learning that wonderfully defines a school culture arranged around day-lit interiors and external play space”. The school features in this month’s AJ feature on the RIBA National Awards.
Dixon Jones Marlborough Primary School project has been shortlisted for the 2018 New London Architecture Awards. The NLA awards recognise the very best in architecture, planning and development in the capital across all sectors of the built environment selected by an international expert jury.
Two Dixon Jones projects have been announced as finalists for the 2018 British Construction Industry Awards. Westgate Oxford has been shortlisted for the Commercial Property Project of the Year and Marlborough Primary School has been shortlisted for the Social Infrastructure Project of the Year. See the full shortlist here.
Marlborough Primary School has been awarded a RIBA London Award. The scheme which was completed in August 2017 is described by the RIBA as creating “an impressive new urban block, linking the school to the city whilst providing a terraced place of learning that is readable, fresh and distinctive. A school that will encourage pupils to play, learn and achieve”. .
Dixon Jones Marlborough Primary School is one of 93 projects shortlisted by the RIBA for a London regional award. The project also features in the March 2018 edition of Architecture Today magazine.
Dixon Jones’s transformation of Olympic Way, Wembley on behalf of Quintain and Brent Council has seen two major milestones passed in March:-
James Saunders, Chief Operating Officer at Quintain, announced:
“We are excited to submit plans for the final section of Olympic Way, which once approved, will transform the experience for everyone arriving at Wembley. We want to create an area around the national stadium that is full of life and a destination in its own right and the introduction of an iconic set of steps helps us realise this ambition. We will continue to work with our partners, the FA and Brent Council, to make these plans as effective as possible.”
Dixon Jones mixed use project at 55-91 Knightsbridge has reached a key milestone with the completion of the demolition phase behind the retained Grade II listed façade. WD Caroe’s original building dates back to 1905 and occupies an entire block length of over 100m on Knightsbridge representing the longest retained façade in London.
The site is being redeveloped by Dixon Jones for Cheval Property as a mixed use project. The fine façade will be refurbished with a new structure to be inserted behind to house high quality accommodation including apartments, offices and retail at street level. The new proposals will offer enhanced views across to Hyde Park and private south-facing terraces to the rear which will complement the architecture of Caroe’s street facade.
Dixon Jones in partnership with Gross Max are 14 months into the 3 year transformation of Olympic Way – the main approach to the national stadium from Wembley Park station (Metropolitan and Jubilee lines), as well as designing the public realm work for a new piazzetta next to the Brent Civic Centre. The first phase of four is on site, involving the transformation of the central portion of Olympic Way. Dramatic infrastructure works have been installed, striking 13m high lighting columns have been erected and large banners are being deployed. The trees – many different species forming an ‘Avenue of Champions will be planted in February.
A planning application for the replacement of the ‘Pedway’ ramps with a grand staircase – in preparation for the European Championships in 2020- is to be submitted in January
The 2017 annual Lignacite lecture will see Sir Jeremy Dixon and Peter Millican, founder of Kings Place together with the acoustician, Rob Harris discuss turning a major new commercial arts venue in London into a world-class concert hall. Exploring architecture and music they will demonstrate how successful collaborations led to the creation of arguably the most inclusive arts space in London.
Tuesday 26 September, 6.30pm, Hall 1, Kings Place.
Following the award of practical completion in August the New Marlborough School officially opens in Chelsea. This key milestone represents the culmination of a 5 year redevelopment masterplan completed by Dixon Jones which also saw the creation of the Interim Marlborough School on the adjacent Clearings site.
Dixon Jones and Dublin based Paul Keogh Architects have been commissioned by Dublin City Council to redesign College Green as a pedestrian priority plaza.
Defined by the splendid elevations of the Bank of Ireland and Trinity College, College Green has been a setting for civic life in Dublin for over 500 years, however the expansive space portrayed in historic illustrations has become the noisy traffic dominated streetscape of today. Dixon Jones and PKA’s proposal aims to reclaim College Green as a world class urban space, a venue for events and performances and a setting for civic and social life.
A (planning) application was submitted in May 2016 and construction is scheduled to start in 2017.
Practical completion has been reached on The Garden Room signifying the third phase of development by Dixon Jones for the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. The new space extends the existing dining room within the Phase 1 building to provide 50 additional covers while creating an improved relationship to the garden.
Dixon Jones, working with Dublin based practice Paul Keogh Architects have won an international competition to transform Dublin’s historic College Green into a new pedestrian-priority civic plaza. The design team was selected for the project following a two-stage public tender. The project will start on site following the completion of Dublin’s new Luas tram line.
The mixed-use building on London’s Regent’s Canal has won the Office In-Use category at the 2017 BREEAM Awards, testament to the 95% outstanding rating, the highest BREEAM operational rating for property management ever accomplished in the UK.
This August Dixon Jones (with Gross Max, landscape architects) were awarded the commission to upgrade Olympic Way and Olympic Circus – which together form the iconic ‘Wembley Way’, by which most fans approach the stadium after arriving at Wembley Park station. The granting of the award followed a limited competition organised by Quintain in partnership with LB Brent.
The approach to the stadium is 580 metres long and is designed to accommodate up to 60,000 visitors arriving and leaving the stadium on event days whilst providing high quality public realm at all times.
The project is on a tight timescale and is to complete in advance of the Euros in 2020. Delivery is in three phases, the first to go on site in January.
The refurbishment of the Westgate Shopping Centre in Oxford is taking shape, with the construction of the structure for the new wall facing Bonn Square.
The proposal is for a new elevation to Bonn Square that takes the form of an independent ‘wall’, an architectural element in its own right. This wall is curved to take the eye round the corner from Queen Street to New Road and vice versa. The wall is constructed of random rubble stone, trimmed with ashlar edging, a material combination that makes reference to the local Lutyens elevation of Campion Hall. Within the wall are double height shop windows and an extended rectangular opening that forms the main entrance to the whole enlarged shopping centre.
The major part of the construction phase commences with demolition of the rear parts of the listed 55-91 Knightsbridge building.
1-2 William Street has been removed to provide construction access to the site.
A first clean of the brick and stonework is very revealing – for the first time in many years the 100m long Knightsbridge frontage starts to get close to its original colour palette.
Further careful work will restore the fine masonry of this façade. Retail uses at street level will be reinstated with new joinery shopfronts matching the original design.
When listed façade and new structures are integrated this mixed use building will have 15 residential apartments and duplexes over the upper floors of the building, with views to the park and private south-facing terraces to the rear.
In a rationalisation of uses, office accommodation will occupy the central area made distinct by the arches, with new entrances to all uses part of clear circulation pattern that follows from the hierarchy and zoning of Caroe’s original Knightsbridge façade.
Topping out has completed for the Marlborough Primary School project Chelsea. The new school will provide state of the art facilities for 458 pupils and will feature a series of cascading playgrounds arranged across the site. The site redevelopment also includes a new commercial office building and a pedestrian link. Completion is expected Summer 2017.
Planning permission has been granted for a garden room extension at the Saïd Business School.
Since the Saïd Business School building opened in 2001, it has experienced a significant growth of student numbers year on year. The proposed Garden Room will provide a further 50 seats and assist to accommodate the increase in student numbers. It will also provide a greater connection between the dining area and the garden.
Dixon Jones and Doig + Smith have come second in the Burrell Collection’s search for teams to undertake project management and architect roles for their ambitious refurbishment plans.
A total of 113 suppliers expressed an interest in the tender for the Project Management led Architectural and Building Design Team.
Construction commences on the New Marlborough School in Chelsea. The new school will provide state of the art facilities for 458 pupils and will feature a series of cascading landscaped playgrounds arranged across the site. The redevelopment also includes a new commercial office building and a pedestrian link. Completion is expected Summer 2017.
A residential development at 35 Marylebone High Street is currently under construction and will complete in 2017. The existing 1930s office building in Marylebone High Street was, in the 1960s, significantly extended to the rear producing an elevation to Beaumont Mews that was over scaled and without any activity at street level. Our response is to retain the 6 storey well mannered and symmetrical frontage to Marylebone High Street and step the section down to the scale of the houses which line the mews.
Completion of the Interim Marlborough Primary School in Chelsea. This enabling project transforms the Clearings site formerly owned by John Lewis into a temporary home for the Marlborough Primary School. The warehouse conversion fully exploits the high ceilings and ribbon windows to create bright and spacious teaching accommodation for a period of two years whilst the new school is under construction on the opposite site.
Dixon Jones has won an international competition to design a new luxury apartment building in Moscow. Located 3 miles west of the Kremlin, the site lies on the banks of the Moskva River adjacent to the historic Novodevichy Convent. The concept scheme includes proposals for 94 luxury apartments with entrance halls, boutiques and cafes at street level. The building adopts the form of a crescent with the principle living spaces arranged to benefit from the spectacular views of the Moskva River.
Completion of Hagel and Lucky Point, two summer houses located in Pointe Au Baril, Ontario, Canada.
Planning Approval has been awarded for Dixon Jones’ phased masterplan for two closely related sites in Chelsea on behalf of John Lewis. The redevelopment proposals for the Clearings and Marlborough School sites seek to provide high specification residential apartments and townhouses, a new two form entry primary school and mixed use commercial building.
Two Dixon Jones projects are among 43 buildings in the UK to receive national awards for architectural excellence from the Royal Institute of British Architects. The Quadrant 3/ AirW1 development in London and Phase II of the Said Business School in Oxford were both awarded 2013 RIBA Awards
Planning permission is awarded for 35 Marylebone High Street. The proposals comprise refurbishment of retail units at street level and the redevelopment of the remainder of the site for residential use to provide 19 apartments and 5 townhouses.
Dixon Jones’ redevelopment of Exhibition Road is awarded a 2013 Civic Trust Award. The awards were established to recognise the very best in architecture, urban design, planning, landscape, public realm and public art.
Construction is completed on Phase II of the Saïd Business School in Oxford. The new centre for executive education extends the original campus completed by Dixon Jones in 2001 and provides additional lecture theatres, seminar rooms and catering facilities.