Historic Bath mill converted into student complex

First show flat in the former 19th century Twerton mill opens this week   The £16.6m scheme, developed by McLaren Property Ltd and delivered byBristol-based Midas Construction, will include 330 student bedrooms within a complex that comprises cluster flats, studio flats, shared town houses and individual rooms. Other facilities will include a gym, games room, laundry…

Marmite buildings need love too

This week on Building4Change.com, I published a case study about the refurbishment of Guy’s Tower, that impressive hulk of brutalist mid-twentieth century architecture which has dominated the Southwark skyline for the past 40 years. That dominance has been replaced by its new neighbour, the gleaming scalpel-sharp Shard, but Guy’s Tower is still keeping it real,…

Updating a Grade II listed cinema

The transformation of the Shepherds Bush Pavilion into a luxury hotel shows how sympathetic adaptation can lift of a heritage building. The was designed by architect Frank Verity. When the 3,000 seat Shepherds Bush Pavilion, designed by Frank Verity opened in 1923 on the west-side of Shepherds Bush Green, it was the largest picture house…

The only way is up?

The rise and rise of London’s tall buildings casts into sharp focus the debate around London’s housing crisis and the preservation of its historic character. “What we can’t do is impose some kind of freeze on the skyline and suspend the capital in stasis”. So said Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning,…

Renovation as art

Few outside the world of contemporary art will have heard of Theaster Gates but this Chicago native has managed to fuse together art and building renovation. Included in the Art Review’s ‘Power 100’ list of most influential artists of 2013, Gates’ has made a name for himself as a socially aware artist-cum-property developer. The roofer’s son has…

New proposal challenges Smithfield demolition plan

Urban Space Management (USM) yesterday submitted a proposal for a 90-year lease on London’s Smithfield General Market based on a business model that will bring the Victorian buildings back into use without the need for demolition. The developer’s proposal challenges the current plan put forward by Henderson Global Investment, which proposes to replace the the…