Work progresses at St. John's Primary School

The concrete frame has been completed for St. John's primary school located in Ealing, London. Gibberd has been appointed as executive architect by Rydon Construction Ltd to deliver the new build St. John's Primary school as part of the ongoing regeneration of the Green Man Lane Estate in West Ealing. Work will now quickly progress to install the external walls and complete the roof, the school is scheduled to be opened ready for the next educational year. 

The new building will allow the current school to increase in size and capacity with contemporary facilities and modern, engaging educational spaces. The new three form school will provide high quality teaching spaces, which optimises natural ventilation, daylighting and acoustics. The sports hall and canteen will provide community uses, while the rooftop play area will allow children to interact in a unique environment.

Designing Environments For People With Dementia

To mark Dementia Awareness Week 2016 Gibberd Architects take a look at the recently completed project The Orangery in Bexhill-On-Sea with a focus on Design for Dementia.

In 2015 there were 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, this figure is estimated to rise to over 1 million by 2025 creating environments which are suitable for our aging population and an increasing number of people suffering with dementia is becoming a major design consideration across many design sectors from healthcare, to housing and community facilities.

Gibberd Architects have a portfolio of experience in healthcare and have demonstrated their design skill in this specialist area of design for dementia through a number of projects including the Older Persons unit at Callington Road for Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and Regis Gate Extra Care Scheme in Sittingbourne for AmicusHorizon. We also celebrate the recently completed Extra Care Scheme The Orangery in Bexhill-On-Sea for AmicusHorizon which Gibberd were appointed as Executive Architects and Interior Designers. Extra Care is a unique building model developed to meet the acute housing and care needs of older people. Extra Care  housing has been demonstrated to provide cost benefit to the NHS and other healthcare commissioners as generally residents in Extra Care schemes have fewer trips and falls, lower levels of hospital admissions and when hospital stays are required these are usually shorter. All these elements contribute to improve the health and wellbeing of the residents of these schemes which is of immeasurable value to quality of life as we age.

Key considerations in design for dementia care are building legibility through simple design and effective signposting. Gibberd worked closely with a number of stakeholders and a local resident’s reference group to develop the design, material finishes and furniture at The Orangery to achieve a legible and comfortable space which assists wayfinding and orientation within the building. Colour and contrast, lighting, signposting and both internal and external communal areas play important roles in the well being of patients with dementia.

At The Orangery we have used colour to signpost key areas of the building, feature colours denote the circulation cores within different areas of the building to aid orientation and the use of contrasting colours to flat entrance doors and integrated memory shelves outside each flat so that residents can further personalise their flat entrance to aid familiarity and recognition. Floor finishes were carefully considered to minimise contrast between different floor finishes which to users with dementia may have appeared as a change in level which could cause hesitate and unsteadiness. Whilst minimising contrast of floor finishes is believed to be beneficial; contrast between walls, doors and junctions with the floor is vital for those with poorer sight to be able to understand and engage fully with the environment around them. 

Works Commence at Langley Park

Works Commence at Langley Park

Works have begun on site for the conversion of the 17th Century Langley Park House from Palladian Manor to 5* Luxury Hotel.

Designed by influential British architect Stiff Leadbetter the existing buildings comprise Langley Park House, an important Palladian manor house, together with an independent Brewhouse building, both of which date largely from the 17th Century. Having been vacant for over a decade since being occupied by British Plasterboard the approved conversion will provide 5* hotel accommodation comprising 17 en-suite bedrooms together with an additional twenty-one bedrooms in the nearby clockhouse. The development also includes a major subterranean extension to provide a luxury spa and swimming pool facility, set entirely beneath an existing car park. The development also comprises a small new build extension to the grade II listed Brewhouse and the refurbishment and reconfiguration of an existing Winter Garden to provide a grand function space for use by the hotel. 

The Orangery

The Orangery shortlisted for two awards

The Extra Care scheme has been listed by Judges as a finalist for The Planning and Placemaking Awards in two categories: ‘Regional- Southern England’ and ‘Award for placemaking using public sector-owned land and property’.

The Orangery is due to open in April 2016 and will provide 58 high quality apartments for older people with a range of needs. 

Gibberd have worked closely with Rydon and AmciusHorizon, together with a number of stakeholders to deliver this scheme which in addition to providing state of the art apartments will offer on-site communal facilities including restaurant, activity room, hairdressing salon, well being room and residential lounge and is set within communal landscaped gardens.

Winners of the Planning and Placemaking Awards will be announced at a ceremony at London’s Savoy Place 29 June 2016.

Gibberd Architects Seek Planning Approval for 40 New Homes in Sittingbourne, Kent

Ceres Court Submitted for Planning

Ceres Court has been submitted to Swale Borough Council for full planning approval. The new build scheme designed by Frederick Gibberd Partnership for AmicusHorizon will provide 40 new homes, which are a range of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom houses and are a mix of affordable rent and shared ownership tenure. The scheme involves the demolition of three residential low grade blocks which providing predominately single person dwellings. Frederick Gibberd Partnerships design proposal will see the provision of family housing which is in keeping with the identified housing needs of the area. The scheme rationalises the existing external spaces, providing secure boundaries, clear separation between public and private space and has been designed to give strong natural surveillance to the MUGA and a new central landscaped zone which will address existing social issues identified with the current arrangement. 

Prince Albert Road Penthouse Granted Planning Permission

Gibberd have been granted permission by Westminster County Council for the erection of a single story roof extension to an apartment block on Prince Albert Road, West London.

31 Prince Albert Road, located to the north of Regents Park and on the western corner of Primrose Hill, is a 1960’s purpose built apartment block with seven storeys of residential accommodation and an eighth floor plant room.

The approved Gibberd proposal seeks to sympathetically extend the 8th floor by demolishing sections of the existing brick plant enclosure and erecting a light weight glazed structure, in doing so providing additional 102m² of living space. The design also connects the 7th and 8th floors to create a generous maisonette with extensive views across both parks.

The proposed extension comprises a combination of opaque and see through glass panels set within a white framed structure symmetrical to the block below, resulting in a far more visually composed appearance than that of the present asymmetrical plant room. Furthermore the glass gives a light weight appearance which blends in subtly with the sky, compared to the existing dark brickwork from which the plant room is constructed.

Robert Walker

Robert Walker

It is with deep regret that the practice announces the death of Rob Walker, a former partner of Frederick Gibberd Partnership and a consultant with the practice following his retirement in 2004.

Rob was born in New Zealand and educated at Auckland University, graduating in 1968 and registering as an architect in 1970. Two years later he joined the practice in London, and qualified for UK registration at Kingston University. He was then made an Associate of the practice, becoming a partner in 1982, and was primarily concerned with the running of Frederick Gibberd Partnership. He took the practice  into the Wren Insurance Association as one of its original founding members, as well as making it one of the first architectural firms to gain accreditation under ISO 9001. These were challenging times arising from the various changes in the industry as it moved into the digital age, which he faced with his customary good humour and a no-nonsense approach.

He worked on many successful projects including the Riverdale development in Lewisham, the Summit Centre at Gardiner’s Corner, and the Quadrangle on Oxford Street, as well as a wide range of commercial, institutional and cultural buildings undertaken by the practice.  He specialised in directing and co-ordinating projects during the detailed design development, tendering and construction phases of commissions, and the administration of a range of contract types.

Rob also had specialist knowledge of construction law, and was a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He was made a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects in 1996. He was a member of the Association of Consultant Architects and a member of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects. In 2004 he was awarded the Diploma in Building Conservation at the Architectural Association, London. 

After his retirement he pursued various interests including the restoration of a number of Eighteenth century farm buildings in France, and the production of oil from his olive groves.  He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, whom he met at the practice, and their two sons.

National Housing Award Shortlisted

Gibberd Shortlisted for The National Housing Awards 2016

Gibberd have two projects shortlisted for the National Housing Awards 2016. Wild Ash Croft, an affordable housing redevelopment scheme in Kent has been shortlisted in the category ‘Best Scheme in Planning’ while The Orangery Extra Care Scheme in Bexhill-On-Sea has been shortlisted in the category ‘Most Innovative/Specialist Solution’ we have our fingers crossed for the awards in September.

The Orangery Tops Out, Bexhill-On-Se

The Orangery Tops Out

AmicusHorizon, Gibberd, Rydon Construction, Cllr Joy Hughes and Cllr Maurice Watson from Rother District Council along with other dignitaries gathered to celebrate the topping out of The Orangery in Sidley, Bexhill-On-Sea. The celebration marked the completion of the highest point of the new purpose built Extra Care Scheme which will provide high quality accommodation for residents with a range of needs. The scheme will be a hub for both residents and the local community providing on site facilities including a hair salon, treatment rooms and a restaurant. The scheme is due for completion in Spring 2016.

Works commence at Wickford Surgery

Work commences on a long awaited development within the heart of Wickford, Essex. The new two storey GP surgery, located in the town’s centre, will be a welcomed sight for the Basildon Community. The vacant site was once home to the local Market and will soon be given a new lease of life with the construction of the Surgery now well underway.

With patient circulation a key driver, the building is designed to allow inclusive access. An internal atrium allows natural daylight to flood through reception and into adjacent patient waiting areas, while also providing a visual connection between the two floors. The scheme is also designed to deliver high quality facilities that meet the NHS Department of Health’s Technical Standards.

With the building's foundations complete works have now begun on the installation of the buildings steel frame. Completion is due in summer 2017.

Pullman Court accessible as part of Open House 2016

Open House returns this weekend providing the general public with the rare opportunity to gain access to over 700 building of Architectural interest, across London. Gibberd are proud to have the late Sir Frederick Gibberd’s Pullman Court amongst those listed.  Completed in 1936, and celebrating its 70th birthday this year, Pullman Court was Gibberd’s first major commission for a housing development on the site of a former workhouse/asylum on Brixton Hill, and was one of the largest Modernist developments of its time in London.  

For further details of how to gain unique access to the Grade II* Listed residential scheme, and for information regarding guest speakers, please visit the Open House website. 

Gibberd Architects mark Heathrow Airports 70th birthday

With Heathrow Airport celebrating its 70th birthday this week Gibberd Architects take a look back at the Partnerships involvement in the design for this iconic airport.

The appointment for the masterplanning and design of Heathrow Airport was the commission that allowed Frederick Gibberd to recommence practice after WW2. It would remain one of the key areas of work for the following 35 years.

The government had requisitioned land around a private aerodrome to build RAF Heston, used for long-haul troop flights to the Far East, and laid out the ‘Star of David’ pattern of runways which still characterise the site today. At the end of the war the site was cleared of military buildings and handed over to the Civil Aviation Authority to commence a passenger service, with makeshift terminals in a tented city.

When operations began in 1946 there were 63,000 passenger per year, but it quickly became clear that passenger numbers would soon exceed all projections. Seventy years on, three times that number use the airport daily, as Heathrow became one of the busiest airports in the world.

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Gibberd win regeneration award for Bexley College

Frederick Gibberd Partnership are delighted to have received recognition from Bexley Civic Society for the design of the new Erith Campus of Bexley College. The practice received the ‘Charles Burr Heritage Award’ for the design which is an integral part of the Erith town centre master-plan, regenerating a previously neglected area of the borough.

The design was generated as a direct response to the College’s operational requirements and an extremely challenging site. Having seen the project through from conception to completion, the practice is proud that the further and higher education facility is proving to be such a valuable asset to the College and the wider community.

Gibberd History page

Gibberd history page launched

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Gibberd History timeline. The new page takes an extensive look into the history of the practice, starting in the 1930’s with Frederick Gibberds’ rise to prominence as part of the new wave of modernist architects practicing in Britain and his subsequent success as an architect – planner for a number of schemes of national and international importance. The timeline draws upon the practices’ archive to include previously unpublished material. 

Gibberd Launches New Website

After a year in development Gibberd Architects are delighted to announce the launch of our new website. Designed with increased interactivity and wealth of up-to-date content, the fully responsive and now mobile friendly, will provide our current and prospective clients with a new and improved platform from which to learn more about us as a practice and the projects completed during our history. Our all new news and social media pages will provide details of current projects, practice achievements and activity.  

Bexley college finalist in INCA awards

Bexley College is Finalist at INCA Awards

Bexley college, Erith is a finalist in the prestigious INCA awards 2015. The Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) Awards recognise innovation and excellence in external wall insulation (EWI). The longstanding INCA Awards demonstrate the vital role for EWI in improving the energy efficiency of buildings, lifting households out of fuel poverty and transforming local communities.

Gibberd architects have been appointed to undertake services from concept design through to completion. The scheme is intended to be the start of the regeneration of Erith's town centre and offers students modern facilities and a variety of specialist rooms to allow a rich and varied prospectus. The college design manages to balance complex structural deflections, a striking fenestration layout and sharp render detailing. The scheme also incorporates complex detailing to allow for the highly sloped site.

The winners will be revealed at the black-tie INCA Awards Dinner 2015 on Thursday 8 October at 8 Northumberland in central London.