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Farrells complete last piece of planning process on historic Chelsea Waterfront

20.02.2017

The culmination of over a decade of positive work saw Farrells complete the planning process at Chelsea Waterfront with section 73 consent granted for new architecture in relation to the original 2005 planning consent.

Designed by Farrells for Hutchison Property Group, the redevelopment of the landmark Lots Road Power Station and eight acre site at Chelsea Waterfront combines well-loved heritage elements with first class modern design.  Successfully delivering 420 further units through the planning process, this consent unlocks 165 affordable units and 255 private on the Kensington and Chelsea side of the site. 

Split between two boroughs, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham, this redevelopment is centred around two glass residential towers that mirror the towers of the power station, originally built in 1904.  Working alongside Formation Architects, who are designing the fitout of the power station, Chelsea Waterfront is the first development of this scale on the north bank of the Thames in over 100 years.  It opens up to the river with beautifully landscaped gardens and is set to become a destination in its own right.

The Hammersmith & Fulham side is heading fast towards completion in mid-2019, with the cladding for two low-rise buildings nearing completion whilst the 37-storey tower is progressing well.

Farrells Principal Terry Farrell commented:

“We are delighted to have been granted planning consent for the redevelopment of this site.  Combining contextual modern architecture with quality placemaking, Chelsea Waterfront will bring new life to the north bank.”


Kennedy Town Swimming Pool to appear in Hong Kong exhibition

15.02.2017

The new Kennedy Town Swimming Pool will be featured at the 10 X 100 Exhibition Hong Kong Edition, opening this Friday, 17 February at PMQ in Central, Hong Kong.


The second and final phase of the Farrells-designed swimming complex opened to the public on 7 February. This phase comprises the indoor pools, including a 50-metre main pool, a 25-metre training pool, and a jacuzzi. The first phase, comprising a 50-metre outdoor pool and a children’s leisure pool, opened in 2011.


The 10 X 100 Exhibition will showcase notable architecture and urban design from Hong Kong and Mainland China from the past decade. It will include 50 works from Hong Kong architects alongside 50 works from Mainland designers.


“The exhibition is timely. We have been working on the swimming pool since the West Island Line project began, when it was decided to build the new Kennedy Town MTR station on the site of the former Kennedy Town pool at Smithfield. The full completion of Kennedy Town’s replacement pool has been many years in the making,” commented Farrells director Stefan Krummeck. “The building is unique in Hong Kong – not only due to its form, but also the materials, which include weathering zinc cladding and transparent roof membrane which floods the swimming hall with natural light.”


Likened to a futuristic spaceship by Hong Kong media, the new swimming complex owes its distinctive shell-like shape to the streets and historical tram line that define the triangular site.


The Kennedy Town Swimming Pool has won citations including Large Project of the Year 2016, awarded by the New Engineering Contract (NEC) of the United Kingdom’s Institution of Civil Engineers.


堅尼地城泳池全面竣工啟用

08.02.2017

Farrells建築事務所設計的堅尼地城泳池工程已於去年年底全部竣工,第二期工程於今天(27)投入服務。第二期工程由兩個分別為25米及50米的室內暖水泳池加上按摩池所組成。泳池的一期工程包括一個50米室外泳池和嬉水池,已於20115月向公眾開放。

堅尼地城泳池竣工是港鐵堅尼地城站工程的最終成果,堅尼地城站在最原先的規劃中是位於科士街的遊樂場,上址保留了有120年歷史的舊石牆和與其共生的榕樹,工程的進行必將對這幅具歷史意義的樹牆帶來影響。為減低地鐵工程帶來的破壞,地鐵站的位置被移往原址的東邊的士美菲路,原堅尼地城泳池的位置。

新的泳池需要在原有的泳池拆除前投入服務,泳池的新址選擇在一個露天停車場,並坐擁無遮擋的海景,但該處土地在90年代被收回後一直處於廢棄的狀態。為將這個擁有豐富環境資源的土地變成一個充滿活力的建築並回饋給這個地區的居民,設計的目標是在這個被遺忘的角落建立一個設計獨特,令人難忘的社區地標。

被南華早報形容類似太空船,新的堅尼地城泳池有著獨特的獨特的建築外觀,矗立在被社區街道和電車路所環繞的三角形地塊中。新泳池的設計實際上是受到貝殼的造型啟發,獨特的外觀令由東面沿路到達堅尼地城的市民帶來深刻的印象,加上泳池較低矮的建築高度,令工程進行時和竣工後,均不會影響到旁邊民居的景觀,在泳池竣工落成後,更使居民心理上覺得與海邊的距離更近。

因應港鐵西港島線工程需要開挖地下隧道的原故,泳池工程需要分成兩期進行,在西港島線於2014年全面通車後,泳池二期工程才得以展開。

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。


影响世界的中国地址

05.12.2016

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。

作为深圳新的中央商务区(CBD),前海设计了最大的连接性。QFC由该地区最大的铁路枢纽服务,前海湾站,一个综合运输中心,落成后将成为亚洲最大的同类型。许多地铁线路汇聚在车站,包括新开通的11号线,在几分钟内将QFC连接到深圳国际机场。

Farrells2000开始参与前海珍珠岛概念的规划。今天,在这个充满活力的新市中心,共有9座由Farrells设计的塔楼正在建设中(其中6座已经竣工)

 


《读丨独宅》巡展

23.11.2016

展览场地: 香港大学上海学习中心

展览期: 19/11/2016 - 5/2/2017

本次巡展的策展理念源于2011年策展人香港大学上海学习中心李亮聪教授和台湾建筑师金光浴先生作为“深圳/香港双年展”香港部分总策展人时提出的“三相城市:时间•空间•人间”的主题,并由此延伸提出城市年龄的概念,认为中国大陆、台湾和香港分别是“年轻城市”、“成熟城市”和“中年危机城市”。

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

28.09.2016


Farrells celebrate half a century in business

14.09.2016


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

20.07.2016

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

14.06.2016


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

16.05.2016

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

25.04.2016

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.

24.03.2016

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

17.03.2016


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

11.02.2016

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

11.02.2016

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

20.01.2016

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

15.01.2016

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

17.12.2015


Planning approval granted for Valentines House, Ilford

07.12.2015

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

07.12.2015

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

07.12.2015

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

30.11.2015

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

19.11.2015

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

18.11.2015

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.

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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.

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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

12.11.2015

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

26.10.2015

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: emma@beam.uk.net.

Read the full essay here.


Farrells at China Design Week

15.10.2015

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 laura.ward@farrells.com if you would like further details.

 

 


''How to Create a Better London''

09.10.2015

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

05.10.2015

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 AWARDED PLANNING FOR NEW ECO HOUSE

19.05.2015

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

18.03.2015

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

10.03.2015

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

18.01.2015

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.


SIR TERRY FARRELL BECOMES A TRUSTEE of THE TREES AND DESIGN ACTION GROUP TRUST.

15.01.2015

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 APPOINTED TO DESIGN NEW CLUB FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES IN HONG KONG

22.12.2014

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

24.11.2014

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

13.11.2014

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

17.10.2014

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

14.10.2014

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

04.09.2014

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

02.09.2014

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 FOR LONDON’S NEXT BUSINESS DISTRICT AT ROYAL ALBERT DOCK GIVEN GREEN LIGHT

24.07.2014

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

21.07.2014

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”

14.07.2014

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

04.07.2014

5 projects shortlisted for 2014 awards


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Farrells shortlisted for 5 WAF Awards

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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 https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/

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”

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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.

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Launch of Farrells Creative Hub

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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: https://hubblehq.com/office-space/2955/farrells-creative-hub-paddington


Shortlist for 2016 'Oscars of the Planning World' unveiled

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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

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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.


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Planning in London Issue 97 April- June 2016

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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


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