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Sir Terry Farrell awarded the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Gold Medal


We are delighted to announce that Sir Terry Farrell has been awarded the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Gold Medal in recognition of his outstanding achievements as one of the world’s most influential architects, planners and urban designers.

The Gold Medal is open to all classes of membership internationally and has only been awarded 14 times in the RTPI’s history. Past recipients have included such luminaries as Sir Patrick Abercrombie, Lewis Mumford, Sir Colin Buchanan CBE and Sir Peter Hall.  

This award is in recognition of Sir Terry’s outstanding contribution towards developing thinking in urban design, his championing of urban planning and contribution to policy shaping at a national level, and his outstanding impact on place making through his professional career as an architect planner and urban designer.

Stephen Wilkinson, RTPI President, said: “Sir Terry has a deep passion and understanding for places and people and has successfully demonstrated that in his work throughout his career. He is one of the few top practitioners who has truly embraced architecture, urban design and planning in a holistic vision and so vitally helped to advance integrated thinking among these disciplines.

“Through his belief in place and people he has been instrumental in creating a culture where communities become more involved in the quality of their neighbourhoods.

“The RTPI Gold Medal is the Institute’s greatest accolade. I am delighted that we are recognising his enormous contribution to place-making and the planning profession, and the way he has transformed some of our cities and made them better places.”

Sir Terry said: “I am very honoured by the recognition that this awards represents, particularly as it reflects the growing awareness that planning is a highly creative and pro-active endeavour that has the potential to transform places and communities. My work these last 50 or so years has been heavily involved in creating a kinder, less doctrinaire world than that of the previous era of high modernism. It has been about layering, learning from the past and regenerating with communities’ involvement from the bottom up.

“The 21st century is the century of global city making, which must be more sophisticated, joined up, sustainable and human centred going forward. Creative planning must lead future city making.”

The Gold Medal will be presented to Sir Terry at a ceremony in the autumn.

Farrells “城市對話”巡迴展上海站, 將於星期六開幕



八号桥艺术空间-1908粮仓 ¬- 上海市黄浦区



「城市对话」展览主要介绍Farrells的设计实践,在建筑及规划过程中致力创造和促进社区发展,打造真正完善的城市化社区。透过深入了解丶观察和研究,Farrells团队发展出一套独特的城市设计方式,发掘和聆听城市的声音 ─ 「what a place is telling you it wants to be」。





展览日期         2017年7月 8日至8月5日

地点     八号桥艺术空间-1908粮仓  上海市黄浦区南苏州路1247号二楼

时间     星期二至日 早上九时半至下午五时


费用     全免

Farrells net three Asian architecture awards


Farrells have won three architectural awards at two recent awards ceremonies.
At the International Property Awards for the Asia-Pacific region, presented on 25 May in Bangkok, two Farrells projects garnered awards in the architectural category:

• KK100 – Winner, Best Commercial High-rise, China
• Vattanac Capital – Winner, Best Mixed-use Project, Cambodia

Farrells director Stefan Krummeck accepted the awards, commenting, “We are immensely proud of these projects – they are two of our most recognisable skyscrapers. KK100 was, until recently, the tallest tower in Shenzhen, one of China’s youngest and most dynamic cities.

“Likewise, Vattanac Capital is the tallest building in Phnom Penh. In both cases, we developed distinctive tower forms rooted in local culture – and worked hard to ensure that the buildings respected their urban surroundings, especially at ground level.”

Meanwhile, the Kennedy Town Swimming Pool won the Gold Award, Public Amenity Buildings category at the ARCASIA Awards for Architects (AAA), presented by the Architects Regional Council Asia in Jaipur, India on 24 May 2017.

Likened to a futuristic spaceship by Hong Kong media, the new Kennedy Town Swimming Pool owes its characteristic shape to the streets and historic tram line that define the triangular site. Inspired by a shell, the building’s distinctive zinc roof opens up to Victoria Harbour, allowing swimmers to enjoy ocean views and breezes from the pool deck. The pointed end of the roof shelters a garden at ground level, extending the green landscape from the adjacent Belcher Bay Park.

Farrells win Night Time is the Right Time Design Competition


We are delighted to win the Built Environment Trust’s #NightTimeRightTime competition with our #MyKanaal proposals to activate canals, transforming London’s waterways into a network of mobile retail boats operating throughout the night.  Coordinated by an app, #MyKanaal invigorates the traditional concept of the London market, and bring new life to the city’s well-loved canals.

Internally the competition was initiated by a design charrette. Bringing together young and experienced designers in an exciting new forum to test fresh ideas, our design charrettes explore the creativity hidden in every corner of our studios and we are thrilled with the result!

Visit the Building Centre from 1st June to see our winning entry amongst other innovative ways to fulfil a city’s night time potential.


Follow us on Instagram for more images; @FarrellsLondon




Farrells別具一格的凌霄閣設計在國際競賽中勝出,其設計取代了舊的凌霄閣, 更加表現出後現代建築風格。在開幕二十年後,凌霄閣依然是香港遊覽次數最多的景點之一。而凌霄閣的圖案更出現在20元鈔票上,成為香港其中之一的標誌。

Farrells的總監Stefan Krummeck回應並說了以下這翻話,「這是我們第一個在香港被委托的項目。而這個項目非常複雜, 在山頂纜車站之上我們要在一個緊密的環境下容納一個融合了文化和休閒組的合建築。我們在規劃的時候選擇其建築不會遮蓋了富代表性的山脊,反而是一個增添生色的作用。」




Farrells announce two senior appointments


We are delighted to announce that Laura Mazzeo has assumed the position of Managing Partner as of 1st January 2017 and Shevaughn Rieck as Partner responsible for delivering buildings through to completion.  Whilst Sir Terry Farrell remains a key figurehead and is enjoying one of the most creative and fulfilling periods of his career, a new generation of leaders is taking the practice forward and these new Partners will help reinforce our succession planning.

Laura played a key role in our Hong Kong office, where she secured planning for the high profile West Kowloon Cultural District before moving to the London office in 2016 to head up a revitalised urban design team. Laura’s focus will be to reinforce design leadership and innovation, by bringing forward talented people and improving our design approach and methodology, as well as strategic finance and operations.

Shevaughn recently led a large multi-disciplinary team through the complexities of delivering Farrells flagship project: Chelsea Waterfront, a high end 900 homes scheme around the Lots Road power station straddling two London boroughs. She will now lead technical delivery for the London practice at a time when Farrells have six projects on site across the capital.

Marking an exciting time at Farrells as we plan a sustainable future building upon our fifty year legacy, these appointments will strengthen an already strong team committed to designing and delivering architecture and urban design throughout Europe, Asia and beyond.  

KK100 & Vattanac Capital win Asia Pacific Property Awards 2017


Kennedy Town Swimming Pool features in Perspective Magazine


Max Farrell, Guest Editor - London Architecture Diary


With so much of architectural interest in this busy city, the big draw for me in March is the Futures Found exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts, looking at ‘the real and imagined cityscapes of post-war Britain’.  Always interesting from an architectural and planning perspective to investigate the difference between initial vision and the built reality! 


The New London Neighbourhood tour of the City on the 11th March looks set to be a great event, looking at the ever-changing nature of this dynamic urban setting.  From the 8th March, the RIBA also turn their attention to the Square Mile with an exhibition comparing the design methods of Mies van der Rohe and James Stirling.  Again, always interesting to look at envisioned vs. realised schemes. At Farrells we had our own scheme commissioned by SAVE to provide a more contextual alternative to the Mies scheme for Mansion House. We found the poster above in the archives which shows the two very different approaches of modern vs postmodern planning, a debate which is much less polarised today (and in many ways postmodern planning is the norm now).


Over at the Barbican, there are, as ever, many points of interest on the March agenda.  Thursday 23rd March marks the start of exhibition ‘The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945’ whilst lectures by the Swiss architect Peter Märkli and Ryue Nishizawa, the youngest architect to win the prestigious Pritzker Prize, look set to be great events on the 10th March and 26th March respectively.


It’s definitely time to visit the Victoria Miro Gallery to see ‘Passage/s’ by Do Ho Suh. He creates 1:1 scale translucent fabric structures of the architecture of the places in which he has lived and worked around the world - fascinating work!  Open until the 18th March, there can be queues at busier times but it is definitely worth the wait!


On the 14th March, LSE Cities is hosting Vienna: An Open City in Divisive Times which looks set to be an interesting debate into how an Urban Development plan can maintain the cosmopolitan nature of a city and its attractiveness to a diverse set of people, companies and investors – all pertinent questions for London in the post-Brexit referendum climate.




这个造价达2亿9千万港币的综合用途大楼,在1997年香港主权移交的前夕投入使用,这个世界最大的英国领使馆象征了香港在英国的特殊地位,并代表了在主权移交后,英国仍十分注意香港的事务。除服务于外交用途外,英国驻香港总领事馆致力于推动两地文化交流、贸易和商业发展的工作。 Farrells 董事 Stefan Krummeck 表示:「我们刚于去年庆祝了香港公司成立25周年,而英国驻香港总领事馆是Farrells在香港第一个完成的项目,对我们来说具有相当特别的意义。」

Farrells在1992年举办的领事馆设计竞赛中获胜,在各个参赛的作品中,Farrells的设计是唯一一个将领使馆建设成低密度建筑和保留原有山坡地貌的方案,令这幢建筑有别于同区的高楼大厦。在同一时间,原有的域多利兵房开始重新发展成现时的香港公园,原位于 Colvin House 的领事馆,由于中英就香港前途问题谈判的关系,令很大部分的面积尚未开发。为顾及沿路新建筑物的景观,Farrells在建筑的中心部分的公园中,布置了大量的树木,并在公园中设计了小型的瀑布和流水,令整体的景观与既有的山坡一致。





由Farrells为和记物业集团设计,地标性的Lots Road发电站和Chelsea Waterfront的8英亩地块的重建结合了热爱的遗产元素和一流的现代设计。在规划过程中成功提供420个单位,也允许了165个廉价的单位和255个私人单位在肯辛顿和切尔西一方。



Farrells合伙人Terry Farrell评论说:「我们很高兴获得该地盘重建的规划同意书。」 Chelsea Waterfront酒店结合了现代建筑与高品质的地理位置,将为北岸带来新的生命。






“这次的展览是及时的。自从西港岛线工程展开,并决定在士美菲路的坚尼地城泳池原址上兴建新的坚尼地城地铁站。我们在重置坚尼地城泳池上花费了许多的时间与精力。” Farrells董事Stefan Krummeck表示,“这座建筑在香港是独一无二的,不单是它的外形,而且在选择建筑材料上,包括使用锌覆盖建筑物外层和半透明、隔热的PTFE屋顶膜,让自然光线充斥着整个游泳馆。”



Farrells to design Singapore high-speed rail terminus


Architects and urban designers Farrells, in collaboration with AECOM, have won a Land Transport Authority competitive tender to design the Singapore terminus of the new Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail. The terminus will form an integral part of the Jurong Lake District, earmarked as Singapore’s futuristic second Central Business District in the western region.

Farrells have designed some of the world’s largest high-speed termini, including the Beijing South and Guangzhou South railway stations in China. In order to cope with incredibly high patronage, these stations pioneered airport-style segregation of arriving and departing passengers. In Singapore, Farrells designed Punggol MRT Station, the core of the Punggol New Town.

The design was conceived as a new civic landmark and Farrells will now develop the winning concept to address the requirements of both the High Speed Rail link and the district’s new visionary master plan currently being developed by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the team of consultants led by KCAP Architects & Planners (KCAP). Though the railway platforms are below ground, Farrells’ design seeks to form an iconic above-ground focal point that marks this new international gateway to Singapore.

“The High-Speed Rail terminus is touted as a game-changer for Jurong Lake District, envisaged as Singapore’s second Central Business District and a ‘District of the Future’ – the new station will drive international exchange and growth there,” said Farrells director Stefan Krummeck. “The majority of the station structure is hidden below ground, so we felt it crucial to mark the station’s presence as a focal point and catalyst for the success of the district with a sculpted and elegant station hall.”

In keeping with Singapore’s reputation as the Garden City, the station’s undulating roof will be developed to become an integral element within the verdant landscape of the new Lakeside Gateway precinct. Skylights will flood the station with natural light, creating continuity between interior and exterior and celebrating the departure and arrival point for the new HSR. The station will be connected to the existing Jurong East MRT station as well as a stop on the planned Cross Island MRT line. The resulting multi-modal transport interchange will energise Jurong East as a strong economic hub, by boosting its high-connectivity and accessibility.

The 350 km Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high speed rail project will link Singapore to the Malaysian capital in only 90 minutes. The leaders of the two countries signed a bilateral agreement for the project’s development on 13 December 2016. The railway is expected to open by the end of 2026.








新堅尼地城泳池在設計完成後獲得多個獎項,其中近期更獲得英國土木工程學會的年度大型項目大獎2016,並被多家國際性大型媒體,:Architect’s JournalHKIA JournalArchdaily所佈道。



由Silverstein Properties及深圳市恒裕实业(集团)有限公司主办的 “影响世界的中国地址”新闻发布会于2016年12月3日在前海举行。

Farrells 董事Stefan Krummeck揭示了前海金融中心的设计方案。该项目位于前海湾边缘最前沿的前海发展区,包括三座标志性的摩天大楼,拥有超级甲级写字楼和高端公寓。三个塔楼拥有一个无障碍的大型海滨公园。






展览场地: 香港大学上海学习中心

展览期: 19/11/2016 - 5/2/2017


作为一种特殊的建筑存在,中国大陆在地权政策方面同香港、台湾的巨大差异导致独栋住宅成为“特权阶级”的享受,这个状况在香港和台湾是否存在?面对青年学者周渐佳抛出的问题,巡展论坛上,来自两岸三地的建筑师进行了不同的解读。当中, Farrells展示了可持续发展之家 – Mount Davis

Farrells 25th Anniversary Architectural Exhibition in China


Farrells celebrate half a century in business


Farrells open their studios, discuss the future of workplace and tour the Royal Albert Dock


The London Festival of Architecture celebrates London as a global hub of architectural experimentation, practice and debate.

Farrells involvement generated inspiration into the future of workplace design, through a panel debate ‘Working London, Making London’ at our recently finished project The Eagle, and a tour or our current workplace masterplan Royal Albert Dock. Farrells took this year’s theme, ‘community’ to heart and opened our studio to the public, excited to share our west London workplace and the future of Edgware Rd. We were flattered by the positive public response we received from all our visitors, sharing the history of our art deco building and our current projects.

Working London, Making London was a panel debate we hosted in partnership with Mount Anvil at The Brew, a co working space within our newly completed mixed use development The Eagle. We invited leaders in the industry to debate ‘What is the future of work in London?’ chaired by Emily Wright, Features & Global Editor of the Estates Gazette. We heard the perspectives of the developer, the engineer, the architect, the designer, the furniture maker, the economist and the end user. Themes we discussed were workplace wellness, technology, workplace hubs, trends such as coworking and coliving, global economies and resourcing, retrofitting and London’s capacity for development. The free event was open to the public and attracted clients and other design practices as well as the NLA.

“London is going through a rapid transformation in the way commercial space is designed, marketed, and occupied,” said Farrells Partner Peter Barbalov. “New emerging models of co-working, social-enterprise hotels and new modes of ownership are rapidly changing the established paradigm of ‘CAT A commercial space’. Our challenge as practitioners, designers and occupiers is to go beyond the current trends and understand the deeper socio-economic shifts and changes informing this new ‘rent economy’.”

Andrew Clough, Director at The Brew: "the future of the London Workplace is co-live, co-work, simple." The Brew offers customers coworking facilities from just £10 a day in a newly renovated open plan office space complete with IT equipment, meeting spaces, coffee shop and wine bar. The wine bar Papilles has a very contemporary/ pop-up vibe with a fantastic wine menu. Eagle House, part of The Eagle development built by Mount Anvil and Farrells, is located on City Rd. moments from Old Street roundabout amidst the start up revolution. Trends such as coworking and coliving aren’t alone in the quest for adapting the future of workplace design. Open desk employ the latest C&C technologies to design and distribute custom office furniture. Shipping hardware as software, the designs can then be made with local resources and materials. The pieces can then be erected within 20 minutes. Panellist Scarlett San Martin says the company operates on the model that it is ‘easier to ship recipes than cakes and biscuits.’

Andrew Comer from BuroHappold reminded the audience that London is being driven by the need for more housing and looking at how people want to live in the future will change the ways in which lives are led and therefore the future of workplace design. It also comes down to the practical side, where is the space? How do you deliver the commercial space so that is affordable and available for the different sizes of businesses we are seeing shape London? “With so many issues challenging a city like London –global warming, technology advances, international competition, population growth, resource shortages – we must give greater thought to the future and how that economic dynamo can be given the best possible chance of ongoing success.”

Rob Partridge, Director at AKTII, talked about their project in West London for the Monsoon headquarters, which avoided columns & grid, instead using a triangulated diagrid, creating spaces that maximise interaction. He also spoke about the White Collar Factory, a new building in East London, which aims for total flexibility for multiple tenants, even having areas of the floor plate where the slab can be knocked out by tenants wanting change at points in the future. Through this, he reinforced that we can work with the existing buildings we have in London, we just need to use the technology to make them adaptable. When designing new builds, we should be thinking about how they could be changed in the future across multiple sectors so that

Farrells Partner Peter Barbalov also asked "What are offices good for?" and pointed out how they must compete with a whole host of other attractive places of potential work in the contemporary city, from cafés to the home. “The coffee machine conversation is the key to a successful working environment. Short spells of communication and respite which brighten up the day and inspire staff. Perception of the workplace as a 9-5, cellularised and autonomous activity has changed dramatically.”

Farrells collaboration with Mount Anvil on The Eagle development was really successful. You can read more about the project in the June issue of The Estates Gazette here. Panellist Andrew Reid, Director Mount Anvil confirmed the Mount Anvil legacy “So why is a residential developer building commercial space in the first place? The answer is simple. Workspace brings life, energy and jobs all of which breeds community. It is good business for Mount Anvil to create innovative spaces where people can live, play and work.”

The debate concluded with Emily Wright asking the speakers to sum up the future of workplace design in one word. Indy Johar from Architecture 00 inspired the audience with his simple yet direct answer ‘empathy.’ Too often we forget amidst the hustle and bustle of working life that our future depends on ‘people.’ And the only way to move forward with this debate is think about how humanity is evolving.

We are well known for their masterplans, although we work on both large and small scale projects. Recently completed boutique workplace project Albemarle Street has just been shortlisted for the AJ retrofit awards. Jumping to the other end of the scale, Royal Albert Dock, is a 35-acre site being transformed by Farrells on behalf of ABP into a gateway for Asian and Chinese business seeking to establish headquarters in Europe as well as other businesses wanting to set up in the capital. Farrells teamed up with the GLA for the festival to guide visitors through the Royal Albert Dock site and share the proposal.

The workplace debate is not over, the NLA insight study for this autumn is also ‘What is the future of work in London?’ Farrells will continue to support thought leadership and research with these themes in mind this September as part of the study. The GLA are very much involved in the discussion and we will endeavour to collaborate with them on issues facing workplace design in London later this year. 

Farrells thoroughly enjoyed being part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture. Our current workplace brochure can be found here.

The Eagle has Landed. Estates Gazette feature The Eagle in their June publication


Kennedy Town Swimming Pool awarded NEC Large Project of the Year 2016


The former Kennedy Town Swimming Pool on Smithfield was demolished to make way for a new MTR station, necessitating the re-provisioning of the pool on a nearby site. The first phase of the new pool complex was completed in 2011, while the second and final phase is slated for completion this coming October 2016.

The new swimming pool is situated at the junction of Sai Cheung Street North and Shing Sai Road. The existing residential towers and the historic tramwayform the backdrop for this new waterfront icon, which takes a unique triangular form derived from the shape of the site.The pool will serve as a landmark for the Kennedy Town community and for Hong Kong.

This project has demonstrated excellent time management and delivery due to the close working relationship and effective communication between Paul Y Construction, MTR Corporation and Farrells, the design architect. This teamwork was integral to the project’s success.

The NEC Awards recognise excellence in project delivery and showcase examples of good practice through collaboration from across the world. The robust judging criteria seek to identify innovative projects and organisations that demonstrate successful cooperation and have worked in the spirit of mutual trust.

Farrells propose "Nam Tong" land supply alternative for Hong Kong


Farrells have proposed a new town for Hong Kong called “Nam Tong” (藍塘) as an alternative to the proposed “East Lantau Metropolis”.

The East Lantau Metropolis, conceived by the Lantau Development Advisory Committee (LanDAC), is a proposal to house 400,000 to 700,000 people on islands between Hong Kong Island and Lantau Island. The East Lantau Metropolis is an “all-or-nothing” approach that requires expensive upfront investment in long-distance transport links. It would negatively impact the environment of Lantau’s south coast and the outlying islands.

Farrells have identified an alternative. Nam Tong is a conceptual new town at the eastern end of the urban area, on the site of the current Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate, the Area 137 Fill Bank, as well as an area of newly-reclaimed land outside Victoria Harbour.

We propose a new MTR harbour crossing to “unlock” this land. Nam Tong is designed as a transit-oriented community. It will be well-connected to both Hong Kong Island as well as to East Kowloon, through an extension of the Kwun Tong Line, which will take over the Lohas Park spur line.

Speaking to the Legislative Council Panel on Development on Saturday, Sir Terry Farrell, founder of Farrells, commented:

“The East Lantau Metropolis is a very substantial and radical proposal that is an all-or-nothing megaproject. It needs to be balanced against other options. Compared to other options it is excessively expensive, and the infrastructure is excessively heavy.

In order to evaluate a project of this magnitude we must explore other alternatives before we act, and they must be part of this consultation. [Nam Tong] is natural growth, it is much more phasable, and it is comparatively less expensive. When fully built out, it will be the same scale [as the East Lantau Metropolis] – 500,000 residents with workplaces and leisure.

We cannot predict the future with certainty. Megaprojects often fail, as all eggs are in one basket. We should explore alternatives that are incremental, easilyphased, flexible, adaptive, and build on existing plans.”

The 2016 Policy Address included a proposal to develop the Tseung Kwan O Area 137 Fill Bank for housing. We believe that the wider district, largely zoned for industry, holds great potential for holistic, larger-scale development as a balanced, modern new town.

Nam Tong builds on other existing plans. It ties in with the proposed Route 6 highway (Central Kowloon Route-Cross Bay Link), and the MTR’s planned East Kowloon and North Island lines. Residents would enjoy quick, direct MTR rides to major centres of employment.

Green Capital – Green Infrastructure for a future city.


The Cross River Partnership have released a brochure 'Green Capital- Green Infrastructure for a future city' and a short film on their Greening the BIDs programme which supports BIDs and the wider business community to deliver Green Infrastructure projects in the urban realm.

Sir Terry Farrell hopes that it will "inspire others to emulate their achievements."



Mr London – Terry Farrell


Newcastle City Council honours Sir Terry Farrell with Freedom of the City


Newcastle City Council has awarded Sir Terry Farrell with its highest honour.

Other notable recipients of the Freedom of the City include footballer Alan Shearer, former United States President Jimmy Carter, rugby union player Jonny Wilkinson and Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The names of all the honorary freemen are carved into the walls of the Banqueting Hall in the Civic Centre.

During a long career Sir Terry Farrell has built major buildings and masterplans all over the world but his career began in Newcastle. He grew up in Grange Estate Gosforth, went to St. Charles Gosforth and then on to St. Cuthbert’s School in Benwell and studied architecture at Newcastle University.

Among his best known work is the MI6 building in London, Beijing South High Speed station, Incheon Airport and KK100, the tallest building built by a British architect. Sir Terry’s work in Newcastle includes the masterplan for Newcastle Quayside, the award-winning International Centre for Life and the Great North Museum, as well as a wider masterplan linking the quayside with the cultural quarter.

Discussions are now underway with Newcastle University to provide a permanent home for Sir Terry’s archive, which has been described by the V & A as the ‘most comprehensive archive of a living architect.’

Farrells and BuroHappold win London Planning Award


Farrells and Buro Happold won Best  Conceptual Project for ‘Bridging East London: Unlocking housing capacity with low-level river crossings’ at the London Planning Awards

Organised by London First, contenders were nominated by the property sector with the final shortlist judged by a panel of experts from the Greater London Authority, London First, the Royal Town Planning Institute and London councils.

The awards were presented by Boris Johnson, who said “Congratulations to the winners who are leading the way in innovative design to ensure we are creating the homes, offices, open spaces and cultural venues that are not only attractive to our communities, but will stand the test of time.”

Read about ‘Bridging East London: Unlocking housing capacity with low-level river crossings’ here

Low-level crossings proposal featured in Homes & Property


Farrells proposal for low-level river crossings to unlock housing capacity in East London has been featured on the front page of Evening Standard's Homes & Property. 

The proposals are for new foot and cycle Thames crossings mixed with more substantial new bridges for traffic. 

Several locations have been proposed on three stretches of the river. All of the bridges have rising centre sections like Tower Bridge. There is potential for 47,000 homes within a mile and a quarter of the Thamesmead/Barking bridge, adds Farrells.

Read the full article here

New Rules for a Denser London - article by Terry farrell in Planning in London journal


Sir Terry Farrell’s likeness was featured on the cover of the most recent issue of Planning in London magazine.

The cartoon relates to his regular ‘Shaping London’ column, which kick starts our campaign for a review of daylight / sunlight rules as we look to increase densities in London.

Read Terry’s full Planning in London column on daylight / sunlight rules here.

Merry Christmas from Farrells


Planning approval granted for Valentines House, Ilford


U + I have been awarded planning consent to transform and extend Valentines House; an office building which will be developed for residential led mixed-use and designed by Farrells. Located near Ilford station, the development will be even better connected when Crossrail services start in 2018. The scheme is the first in the London Borough of Redbridge where an existing office building is being converted to residential use under permitted development rights.

The design includes a complete change to the façade, with a four storey extension for additional residential space. A total of 122 high quality residential apartments for the private rental sector will be built with a rooftop landscaped area at first floor level for residents. The new 11 and 9 storey blocks will be sustainable buildings, constructed in high quality materials. Single storey ground floor extensions will provide retail space, whilst new public realm will create an enhanced environment for pedestrians. A new Crossrail ticket station on the ground floor will provide convenience for residents and drive footfall to the ground floor retail space.

Farrells unique design for Valentines House responds to the existing structure of the building, and is largely influenced by the local history of the area. Materials have been selected to represent a historically famous local business, ‘Ilford Photo’ founded in 1879, who were manufacturers of black and white photographic films, paper and chemicals. This can be seen most prominently through a black and white building façade. A yellow colour band has also been introduced to the fascia of the retail units - a colour that was part of the original Ilford Photo logo. 

Farrells Apointed for HS2 East Midlands Hub


Farrells, the architect-planners who have previously drawn up proposals for the HS2 interchanges at Crewe and Old Oak Common, have completed a strategic study setting out key design principles for a new hub station in the East Midlands for HS2 phase 2. 

The objective of this new hub will be to maximise the economic growth potential for the East Midlands, linking the station with surrounding areas and cities.

Commissioned by East Midlands Councils, and with engineering support from Peter Brett Associates, the report sets out a world class level of ambition for the station design, and guides future HS2 driven growth.

Infrastructure partner at Farrells, Neil Bennett said:

 “We are delighted to have won this commission and continue to bring our knowledge and experience of designing high speed stations throughout the world back to the UK.”

Farrells Appointed for HS2 East Midlands Hub


Farrells, the architect-planners who have previously drawn up proposals for the HS2 interchanges at Crewe and Old Oak Common, have completed a strategic study setting out key design principles for a new hub station in the East Midlands for HS2 phase 2.

The objective of this new hub will be to maximise the economic growth potential for the East Midlands, linking the station with surrounding areas and cities.

Commissioned by East Midlands Councils, and with engineering support from Peter Brett Associates, the report sets out a world class level of ambition for the station design, and guides future HS2 driven growth.

Infrastructure partner at Farrells, Neil Bennett said:

 “We are delighted to have won this commission and continue to bring our knowledge and experience of designing high speed stations throughout the world back to the UK.”

“Energising the Northern Powerhouse” - Farrells vision for Northern Gateway HS2 hub at Crewe is unveiled


Farrells vision for a Northern Gateway around a new HS2 hub station at Crewe has been released following the Chancellor’s announcement that HS2 will arrive there six years early, in 2027.

On the day that the government have announced accelerated delivery of HS2, adopting Farrells previous proposals for a HS2 hub station at Crewe, the architect planners have released an ambitious new vision for the town. The proposals, developed for Cheshire East Council, build on Crewe’s long tradition of connectivity through rail, whilst enabling its future growth within a vibrant ‘Northern Gateway’ of constellation towns linked together by excellent transport connections.

The Chancellor’s announcement brings all the benefits of HS2 to the north west, 6 years earlier than planned. Farrells growth and transport vision is for Crewe to continue and grow its role as a vital hub within the north west of England, connecting the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine growth areas. The study shows that within the Northern Gateway – spanning Cheshire through Stoke to north Staffordshire and Shropshire – there is the potential for over 120,000 jobs and 100,000 homes, all generated by an HS2 hub station.

Farrells have a unique and unparalleled track record in planning and designing world-class, high speed rail hubs. In December 2012, the longest high-speed railway line in the world was opened in China which is bookended by Farrells stations in Beijing and Guangzhou - two of the largest in the world.

Sir Terry Farrell, Principal, and Neil Bennett, Rail and Infrastructure Partner at Farrells are available for interview. 

TFP Farrells win international design competition for winland in Xiamen


TFP Farrells won an international design competition, organised by Winland Group, for the Xiamen Cross Strait Financial Centre in an emerging CBD district in Xiamen. Under the 12th Five-Year Plan, this proposal will form an integral part of a new financial centre. From its position on the eastern coast of Xiamen Island the development will offer panoramic views of Taiwan and Kinmen Island.

The design concept illustrates the importance of Xiamen as a gateway between China and Taiwan. TFP Farrells Director Stefan Krummeck said: “Our design provides a dramatic visual impact, ensuring the breathtaking view of the coast of China is maximised.”
This ambitious scheme for Winland Group comprises four super high-rise towers: office buildings, a serviced apartment tower, a 5-star hotel and retail space with a total GFA of 500,000 m2. The iconic gateway towers form the centrepiece of the ensemble. The ground level connects to Huandao Road and offers direct access to a future metro entrance.

As the pioneer project of an emerging financial district, the gateway towers symbolise the significance of openness and cooperation. The floating hotel at the top creates the ‘GATE’, a form that offers dual advantages of height and landscape value as well as an architecturally striking new landmark befitting up-and-coming Xiamen.

The building features high speed elevators which will whisk guests to the spacious sky lobby at the 150m level. Stunning 360-degree views from the sky lobby, rooftop viewing deck and infinity pool will offer guests unprecedented vistas of Kinmen Island and city of Xiamen. The development will serve as an urban beacon to surrounding areas and reflects the contemporary side of Xiamen City.

Kennedy Town


Building an MTR line in Hong Kong is a unique challenge. The extension of the Island Line to Western District was a huge construction project in one of the most densely populated urban environments on earth. In planning and designing Kennedy Town Station, an urban design approach was essential as the scope of the project extended far beyond the station itself.

Kennedy Town is one of the oldest districts of Hong Kong. In 1857 the colonial government formally expanded the boundary of Victoria City, embracing a new Western District. The area comprises, from east to west, the neighbourhoods of Sai Ying Pun, Shek Tong Tsui, and Kennedy Town. 

Hong Kong evolved dramatically in the years following World War II. The population ballooned with technological innovations like the rise of the automobile and the development of high-rise building technology. The first Mass Transit Railway (MTR) line opened in 1979, offering a high-speed, high-capacity link between Central and Kowloon.

West Island Line
Throughout the 20th century, the Western district remained largely working-class, in stark contrast to the glitzy and unaffordable Central and Mid-Levels districts mere minutes away. This was due in part to the late arrival of the railway to the district. The West Island Line, an eastward extension of the Island Line, was first mooted in 1967 but delayed until 2003 when the MTR was finally asked to undertake the project. It includes three stations: Sai Ying Pun; HKU; and the terminus, Kennedy Town.

New railways affect urban districts both through the immediate impact of transport infrastructure and by contributing to a process called gentrification. The construction of some earlier MTR stations was a destructive process that would not be tolerated today. A more sensitive approach was required, making use of government-owned sites wherever possible, as an alternative to resumption of private land. The recurring delay in building an MTR line to Western District helped to slow gentrification in comparison to areas that got stations much earlier. Hence Kennedy Town, despite its relative proximity to the city centre, retained a special character that should be protected through a holistic, community minded approach to project design and construction.

Kennedy Town Swimming Pool
The original site chosen for Kennedy Town Station, long and wide and free of major buildings, was the Forbes Street Playground. However, during the public consultation process, a key demand emerged for the protection of historic trees growing on stone walls that would be affected by station construction. The MTR Corporation thus committed to protecting the tree wall, but this was not an insignificant decision. The Forbes Street Playground site was chosen for its ideal engineering viability. A new site would add considerable expense and technical complexity. To preserve the tree wall, the station box was shifted eastward, onto Smithfield and the site of the Kennedy Town Swimming Pool.

The new pool had to be opened before the existing one could be demolished. It would be located on nearby surface car park that boasted an uninterrupted sea view but had lain derelict since the land was reclaimed in the 1990s. To draw residents to this neglected corner of an otherwise vibrant neighbourhood, the site needed a memorable icon. Likened to a futuristic spaceship by the South China Morning Post, the new Kennedy Town Swimming Pool has been constructed in two phases: the first phase was opened to the public in May 2011 and comprises a 50-metre outdoor pool, a leisure pool, staff rooms and the filtration plant.

During construction of the West Island Line, the site adjacent to the first phase of the swimming pool was home to a shaft for the removal of underground spoil. Now that the railway line has opened, construction of the pool’s second phase, featuring two indoor pools, a jacuzzi, and an outdoor garden, is well underway.

Kennedy Town Station
As the first phase of the swimming pool was completed and opened to great fanfare, construction of the new Kennedy Town Station moved into full swing. The station is a return to the more restrained dimensions of first-generation MTR stations. The building is not designed as a civic monument – the new swimming pool fulfils this role well enough. Instead, the station aims to sensitively blend into the existing urban fabric. A bus station sits directly above the station, where bus passengers can transfer to MTR under a protective canopy extending from the station entrance. The shallowness of the station afforded an opportunity to introduce natural light into the concourse areas. During the day, sunlight pours into the transparent entrance buildings as well as the glassed in lift shafts. Several local walkability improvements were made to improve access to the station, knit communities together and reduce reliance on polluting road-based transport. Two new lifts, also designed by Farrells, connect Rock Hill Street with the upper section of Sands Street. A new 30-metre long escalator traverses the steep slope beginning from the top of the lifts.

In short, this multifaceted urban intervention revitalised the community through two very different approaches. The architecture of the new swimming pool is a bold civic statement that creates a new locus of activity on a hitherto blighted corner of the neighbourhood. Meanwhile, Kennedy Town Station enhances the community in a much more subtle way. Respectful of local heritage and existing recreation facilities, the station forms a vibrant new neighbourhood centre without making a spectacle of itself. It recedes into the background as it if were always there – a natural fit. When facing redevelopment, Hong Kong’s culturally rich older districts demand a sensitive, contextual, community minded approach. Designers must not consider this a stifling limitation, but an exciting opportunity to enhance the urban quality of the final product.

C20 supports listing of early Farrell PoMo building


C20 Society is supporting an application to spot list 69 Leadenhall, also known as Landmark House and 76 Fenchurch Street, which is one of Terry Farrell’s major early post-modernist buildings, dating from 1987. The building is currently threatened by a consented planning application to alter its distinctive facades and remove both its feature entrances, harming its integrity and special architectural significance.

With the loss of other important early works such as Clifton Nurseries and the TV-AM building, with its jaunty egg-cups, it is now one of only a few buildings from the 1980s which show Farrell’s influential contribution to British architecture. Timothy Brittain-Catlin, C20 trustee and Reader in Architecture at Kent School of Architecture, describes it as ‘a seminal building in the history of British post-modern architecture, designed by the architect who played the leading role in the aesthetic, practical and theoretical formation of it.’

Henrietta Billings, Senior Conservation Adviser, Twentieth Century Society said “Postmodernism remains an under-researched period of twentieth century architectural history which is only now beginning to be appreciated. It is still often dismissed as an unfashionable and frivolous style, and many key examples have been lost. We consider Landmark House to be an important representative of the best of this period and that this should be reflected and acknowledged through national designation.”

The sophisticated composition of the building and the careful consideration of its urban context demonstrate some of the enduring influences of postmodernism and new urbanism. It makes the most of its striking corner site using a tower, containing a boardroom, significantly predating Stirling’s tower for 1 Poultry nearby. Like Farrell’s Comyng Ching Triangle in Seven Dials,  Covent Garden, Landmark House plays games with layers, hierarchy, materials (granite, steel and painted aluminium) and form. The visual language of the porches, windows and doorways draw on historic precedents and their proposed removal would mutilate the facades.

Now that buildings of this period are beginning to be appreciated again, the best examples should be preserved as part of the architectural history of the City of London.

Others who have written in support of protecting the building include Jonathan Glancey, Hugh Pearman and architects Charles Holland of Ordinary Architecture Limited and David Knight of DK-CM.

Soul in the City


A bold new essay on the role of artists was launched at an Open Forum organised by Beam in Wakefield on 16 October.

Graham Henderson’s essay Putting Soul in the City: Towards a Manifesto, is part of a new initiative aimed at bringing fresh perspective and impetus to the promotion of the role of artists and the arts in place-making. The essay places this role at the very centre of the planning, design, and revitalisation of ‘place’—- not at their edges, nor as an afterthought. It also centralises the role of individual citizens and communities. It calls for a ‘new Manifesto’ for ‘public art’—- any creative intervention in or affecting public space.

The ‘new Manifesto’ initiative has emerged from the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment 2014 and has been led by Robert Powell, Associate Director of Beam and a member of Sir Terry Farrell’s expert panel, in close collaboration with Farrells and with strong support from a range of artists and other built environment and cultural professionals. It has now been adopted as part of the Place Alliance—- a broad federation of those interested in place-making.

A new ‘Manifesto for the Public Arts’ is currently in preparation, along with further events and an action plan. Further information:

Read the full essay here.

Farrells at China Design Week


Farrells will exhibit at the inaugural China Design Week, taking place at Compressor House at the Royal Albert Dock next week. This new international event will bring together the best of the East and the West within design, innovation and technology. 

Farrells will also be leading a discussion on the afternoon of Tuesday 20th October, giving two talks on ‘21st Century City Making – From London to Shanghai'. Register for your free place now.

- Working by the River - Learning from two cities

Talking about Farrells work in the Royal Albert Dock and the Shanghai Shipyard Pudong, Peter Barbalov will speak about two office-based projects and the lessons learnt for design process and urban regeneration.

- East meets West - A journey of opportunities

From Europe to Asia and back again, Laura Mazzeo will tell the story of two design journeys, highlighting Farrells expertise in railway projects and cultural masterplans and the benefits of sharing knowledge between London and Hong Kong.

The talks will be followed by a Q & A session.

Please contact if you would like further details.



''How to Create a Better London''


Laura Mazzeo, Associate at Farrells, sat on the panel this week in a debate chaired by Rowan Moore, that focused on "How to Create a Better London". The event was organised by Deloitte and hosted by British Land on the 15th floor of the Leadenhall building.

Amongst other notable figures, the panel included, Graham Morrison, Allies and Morrison; Mick Mulhern, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation; Patricia Brown, Centre for London; Jean Marc Vandevivere, Head of Residential at British Land and Colin Wilson and Justin Carr from the GLA.

Topics brought to the forefront of discussion within the lively debate included the importance to create certainty: having a vision backed by political leadership, the ability to engage with the community and a planning framework. Placemaking was also widely discussed; with the development of Earls Court and its 21st century high street connecting existing and new highlighted as a leading example in the capital.

Laura Mazzeo discussed the social benefits that the vertical city around transport hubs could bring in addition to activities at street level as well as the need to find new models to retain industrial uses in metropolitan areas.

Many of the views in the Farrell Review were also widely supported in the debate; the need for more pro-active planning; strong stewardship and the need for long term thinking around infrastructure.

Redefining Density


London First and Savills have launched ‘Redefining Density’ – the latest in a series of reports identifying ways in which we can solve the capital’s housing crisis.

The report, released last month, argues London is actually not a dense city, compared with other major cities such as Paris and Madrid and examines the ways in which London can make best use of city land to build more homes, as we try to accommodate a rising population.

To launch this latest report, an event was held at Savills office on Margaret Street, to further discuss how we might reimagine housing density in London, reflecting on questions raised in the report. Nigel Bidwell, a partner at Farrells, sat on the panel for the event, alongside Alan Benson, GLA; Richard Cook, Lendlease; John Dickie, London First and Susan Emmett, Savills.

Nigel Bidwell spoke about how good design can deliver higher densities, the current shortfalls in measuring and understanding density and the role that suburban and urban centres and their social infrastructure have to play in London’s wider need for housing.

Farrells also contributed their thoughts and research to the official ‘Re-defining Density’ report, which can be viewed in full here.



Farrells have been awarded planning consent for a new rural eco house in Goudhurst, Kent.

The eco house design met the exceptional architectural quality and innovation criteria required by Paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), providing special circumstances for a new dwelling to be built in the countryside. There have been as few as 100 approvals since the "Country House" clause was created in 1997, and this is believed to be the first for an eco house.

Located on the edge of the Kent village of Goudhurst, existing disused farm sheds on the site will be replaced by the proposed 5 bed family home. The low impact house is stepped and sunk into the sloping site, making it appear

New London Quarterly - Top Of Their Game


Farrells were interviewed by New London Quarterly for the Top Of Their Game feature. The interview discussed the future of the practice and how we are preparing the ground for a new succession plan. The full article can be downloaded here.

Sir Terry Farrell reveals his vision for London in Estates Gazette


At MIPIM 2015 Sir Terry Farrell revealed his new vision for a greener, better-connected capital in Estates Gazette's London Investor Guide. The full supplenent can be downloaded here.

New designs show how Gatwick will be the world’s most efficient two-runway airport


An expanded Gatwick would be the world’s most efficient two-runway airport - flexible and responsive to meet the changing needs of passengers and airlines - as new images and an animation produced by Sir Terry Farrell released today show.

The airport will operate to reflect changing trends in passenger travel and the plans demonstrate how queues will be eliminated, passenger transit through the airport will be sped up, and aircraft turn-around will match the quickest in the world.

Please find the full press release here.



The Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) and Farrells are pleased to announce that Sir Terry Farrell is now a trustee of the TDAG Trust alongside Martin Kelly, Chair; Dr Mark Johnston, co-author of Trees in Towns II and Keith Sacre, Sales Director at Barcham Trees and lead author of the recent BS8545: Trees: from nursery to independence in the landscape – recommendations

TDAG was formed early in 2007 following a round table discussion convened by Martin Kelly, then director at Lovejoy London and now land planning director at Capita Property and Infrastructure and became a charitable trust in 2013. Over the last eight years TDAG has grown in membership and influence. It is recognised as a pioneering group of individuals, professionals and organisations from both the public and private sector who have come together to increase awareness of the role of trees in the built environment throughout the UK.



Farrells Hong Kong office have been appointed to design a new recreational club for the emergency services in Hong Kong. This exciting scheme is part of a multibillion-dollar infrastructure project for the new Shatin to Central Link in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. The site, in Causeway Bay, is one of Hong Kong harbour’s most prominent locations and the new Club will include a wide variety of facilities including sports and recreation amenities, primarily for the police.


Farrells Win Planning Award for Economic Growth in London


At the inaugural Planning Awards, Farrells took home the award for Planning for Economic Growth for their work on the Royal Albert Dock masterplan. The practice was also highly commended in the Planning for Housing Growth category for their North West Bicester project.

The press pack with full press release and images can be downloaded here.

Farrells awarded planning permission for Marlow office retrofit and refurbishment


Concept Business Group Ltd has been awarded planning permission for the Farrells designed retrofit and refurbishment of Volvo House, a 1980s office building in Marlow which was originally the HQ of car manufacturers Volvo. Farrells have been appointed to carry out the design and transformation of the building and surrounding landscape.

The full press release can be downloaded here.

Farrells wins Future Project Award at MIPIM UK


Farrells have won the MIPIM UK Future Project Award for their work on the Earls Court Masterplan in London. The award was announced last night at a gala at the very first MIPIM UK that is taking place in London this week.

The full list of winners for all categories can be found here.

Sir Terry wins Blueprint Award for Critical Thinking


This week Sir Terry Farrell was awarded the Blueprint Magazine Award for Critical Thinking. Voted for by the public, Sir Terry was nominated for this award for the recently published Farrell Review - a broad and independent review of architecture and the built environment which sought contributions from government, institutions, agencies, industry and the public. Making over 60 recommendations, the Review is a call to action – for policy makers, local government and industry.

To read more about the Sir Terry's award and all other winners, click here.

QPR launch Old Oak Common Consultation


Queens Park Rangers Football Club has today announced the launch of a public consultation for a new football stadium and 24,000 new homes within the Farrells designed Old Oak Common materplan in West London.

Follow this link to the news announcement on the BBC News London website.



Gatwick response to Airports Commission announcement on Thames Estuary airport


This morning the Airports Commission announced that the Thames Estuary Airport has been ruled out of the shortlist. 

Responding to the announcement, Gatwick Chief Executive Stuart Wingate said: "This is an important juncture in the aviation debate because now Britain’s choice is clear; expand Gatwick and support genuine competition, lower fares and greater choice for passengers".

Read the full response from Gatwick here.



Plans from Chinese developer ABP and UK development manager Stanhope to transform the Royal Albert Dock into the capital’s next business district, creating up to 20,000 new jobs, have been awarded planning approval by Newham Council.

The 35 acre scheme for businesses from Asia will bring much-needed investment worth £6bn to this part of London and the UK, bolster trade links with Asian markets and attract new companies to set up European HQs. 

The media pack, with full press release and images, can be downloaded here.

Planning permission sought to preserve and enhance former Bishopsgate Goodsyard


A planning application for a scheme by London’s most experienced masterplanner, Sir Terry Farrell, to regenerate the 4.2 ha former Bishopsgate Goodsyard has been submitted to the London Boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets. 

The media pack, with full press release and images, can be downloaded here.

Eric Pickles backs landscape-led regeneration of the “Thames Estuary Park” – “it’s time to reclaim the Thames”


This week Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said “It’s time to reclaim the Thames and allow London’s growth to happen in a sustainable way” at a meeting of the Thames Gateway Local Nature Partnership (TGLNP) chaired by Sir Terry Farrell.


Eric Pickles, a keen bird watcher and regular visitor to Rainham Marshes, led a discussion with 20 leading figures from the natural and built environment sectors on how to further the aims of the TGLNP and rebrand the area as the Thames Estuary Park. 


The full press release can be downloaded here

Farrells shortlisted for WAF


5 projects shortlisted for 2014 awards




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Farrells shortlisted for 5 WAF Awards


5 Farrells projects have been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival 2014, including Earls Court, Royal Albert Dock, Gatwick, Qianhai and Z15. The full shortlist can be found on the WAF website here

We look forward to presenting these projects at the Festival in Singapore this October.

Eric Pickles backs landscape-led regeneration of the “Thames Estuary Park”


This week Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government said "It's time to reclaim the Thames and allow London's growth to happen in a sustainable way" at a meeting of the Thames Gateway Local Nature Partnership (TGLNP) chaired by Sir Terry Farrell.

Eric Pickles, a keen birdwathcer and regular visitor to Rainham Marshes, led a discussion with 20 leading figures from the natural and built environment sectors on how to further the aims of the TGLNP and rebrand the area as the Thames Estuary Park.

Media Pack download


Launch of Farrells Creative Hub


We are delighted to announce the launch of the Farrells Creative Hub! This rentable office space is open to London’s creatives and entrepreneurs who are looking for the flexibility within a creative environment.

It is well documented that London is going through a rapid transformation of the way commercial space is being designed, marketed and occupied.  Our own office is in a 1930s furniture factory which, having seen many refurbishments in its long life, has accommodated everything from furniture-making to spitfire production and now architecture.  Currently housing offices as well as residential accommodation, we have worked rentable office space into our internal placemaking.  The Farrells Creative Hub is the latest manifestation of this living building.

So if you are looking for somewhere to start your creative business or you need somewhere to further your goals without the risk of long-term overheads, please get in touch.

For more details please see:

Shortlist for 2016 'Oscars of the Planning World' unveiled


From an office block made of recycled shipping containers to plans to turn London into the world’s first ‘National Park City’, developments vying for London’s top planning awards have been unveiled.
Organised by London First, in conjunction with the Mayor of London, the Royal Town Planning Institute and London Councils, the London Planning Awards is the most prestigious event for the planning and development sector.

Farrells proposal for 'Bridging East London: Unlocking housing capacity with low-level river crossings' has been shortlisted in the Best Conceptual Project catergory.

Read the full London PLanning Awards 2015/2016 press release here.


A first skyscraper rises in Cambodia


Vattanac Capital stands proudly as Cambodia’s first skyscraper since 2015. Located near the railway station as part of future planned urban spine with row of new towers in masterplan, this mixed-use development comprises a 38-storey, 187.3 metre tower housing Grade A office space and a luxury hotel with 148 rooms sitting atop a shopping mall podium. Tower 2 has been designed as a life style cube which has cinema, fitness, forecourt and medical floor.


Vattanac Capital is Phnom Penh’s most prestigious commercial address. With a form firmly rooted in local culture, this soaring landmark is designed and constructed to the highest international standards for Cambodia’s emerging business community.



Planning in London Issue 97 April- June 2016


Sir Terry Farrell's latest column 'Shortening the Food Chain' is out now in the April-June 2016 Issue of Planning in London magazine.

Read Terry's latest column here.


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Farrells celebrate 25 years in Hong Kong with a series of events representing an URBAN DIALOGUE

Having celebrated 50 years in practice in London in 2015, this year marks 25 years in Hong Kong for Farrells. Taking the opportunity to explore Farrells contribution to the Hong Kong landscape as well as the opportunity to dig deeper into the issues and themes running through the built environment debate in Hong Kong, our URBAN DIALOGUE celebrations kicked off with a tour of The Peak.

The National Trust visit Farrells on their Postmodern London walking tour


Saturday 30th April saw Farrells postmodernist mavericks play host to the final stop of a National Trust tour of Postmodern London. Arriving at Farrells Hatton St office on Saturday afternoon, the extraordinary turnout of members were met by our very own Adam Nathaniel Furman and Farrells Partner Gary Young, who stood amongst a kaleidoscope of models on display that ranged from MI6, Fenchurch St, and even an original egg cup that once perched atop TVAM, and who took them on a more Farrell-esque walk through postmodern London. Gary began by introducing the 48 strong audience to projects old and new, from the concept behind the jigsaw puzzle that makes up the Comyn Ching Triangle, to the celebrity of MI6. It was then Adam’s turn to take to the mic; one of Adam's responsibilities since joining Farrells has been to raise awareness about, and seek the recognition and protection of some of London's most notable postmodernist works, Comyn Ching being one of them. The fight to protect such landmarks encapsulated the tone of his talk to the Trust that afternoon, and with unequivocal passion Adam rounded off the tour by bringing to the fore the importance of protecting some of our built environment’s most characterful gems. To that end, we hope that the National Trust visit was as enjoyable to be a part of as it was for us to host, and that, perhaps, it may also symbolise an even greater collective effort to embrace and recognise London’s fascinating and fantastic postmodern heritage.


Farrells 25th Anniversary Exhibition at The Peak extended to 30 June


Due to an overwhlemingly positive reception, and with the generous support of the Peak Tramway company, we are pleased to announce the extension of Urban Dialogue at The Peak Tower until 30 June 2016.

Planning in London Issue 98 July- September 2016


Farrells latest column in Planning in London magazine 'Autonomous Vehicles and Future Placemaking' by Farrells Partner Nigel Bidwell is out now. Read the full article here.

The Peak Magazine Interview with Sir Terry Farrell


Read through the interview Sir Terry Farrell gave to The Peak Magazine in Hong Kong to celebrate Farrells HK being 25 years old this year here