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6 Jan 2017

HKR Architects News

HKR Architects appointed to design significant mixed use development at Nyes Wharf, Southwalk

16th January 2017: Leading International architecture and design practice, HKR Architects has been appointed by Hinkcroft Ltd to design a significant residential led, mixed used development at Nyes Wharf in the London Borough of Southwark.

The proposals will include the provision of up to 200 new homes and around 15,000 sq. ft. of employment generation space, parking and associated landscaping.

Geoff Brocklehurst, Director of HKR Architects comments, “Development and regeneration is about building a long term future and creating places for people and we are extremely pleased to be part of such an exciting project in London. HKR’s approach to masterplanning and urban design focuses on creating environments where people can live and work in a safe, integrated community.”

Nyes Wharf is part of a larger composite 13 hectare site masterplan known as OKR14. The Old Kent Road is designated as an Opportunity Area in the London Plan because of its significant capacity for new development. Over the next twenty years, the Opportunity Area will be transformed, increasingly becoming a part of central London.
The site being developed in conjunction with Southwark Council’s draft Area Action Plan which seeks to deliver more than 20,000 new homes over the next 20 years. There is also the potential delivery of two new Bakerloo line stations.

6 Jan 2017
UK Architecture Practice HKR Architects reaches final for International Design Competition

6th January 2017: Leading architecture and design practice, HKR Architects, credited as the only UK architectural firm to be a finalist in an open International Design Competition for DEWA’s new office headquarters in Dubai.

DEWA’s new office headquarters in Dubai

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) competition brief was to prepare a design for a building of International standing to meet the needs of its various departmental stakeholders within an over-arching principle of delivering a net Zero Energy Building.

HKR’s initial response was to challenge DEWA’s own brief on overall size of development and the hierarchical needs of the business to deliver a ‘smarter’ building. HKR’s initial questioning sought to reduce the building volume by 30% by reducing the associated area of work space per person down to a more standard BCO provision, thus reducing significantly both capital cost at the outset and annual running costs – a smaller building is more efficient to build and manage.

DEWA’s new office headquarters in Dubai

The practice also examined inter-departmental connectivity and associated building uses with the aim to ‘compartmentalise’ the building by department and activity to ensure functionality was not compromised during ‘compression’ of the brief. In addition to this proposed spatial reduction to the brief, the design also incorporated the ability to ‘shut down’ large sections of the total building during significant parts of the working week to further reduce overall energy consumption, principally in the form of cooling.

The final submission comprised an impressive atrium office building delivering a genuine sense of arrival and prime connectivity to key departments with inter-linked building elements to accommodate ancillary activities such as public auditoria, conferencing, health and fitness facilities and staff well-being. This commercially astute approach to design also incorporated best practise basics – office spaces which are flexible and sub-divisible to ensure the building has the adaptability to meet the future needs of the owners or any subsequent tenancy.

DEWA’s new office headquarters in Dubai

Geoff Brocklehurst, Director at HKR Architects comments, “As lead consultants, the team at HKR produced a fully brief-compliant scheme design to meet the net Zero Energy Building demanded by the client. We are delighted the design was short-listed against some of the most well-known and influential architectural businesses across the globe.”

HKR’s design also focused on introducing high quality public realm, social space and a strong element of genuine place-making to the development, attributes often found lacking in large developments within cities undergoing ‘artificially’ accelerated growth.
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12 Oct 2016

HKR Architects – Recent Buildings

Most Recent Developments by HKR Architects:

The Anvil Office Development, Bristol, South West England, UK
The Anvil Bristol Temple Quarter
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Planning consent for The Anvil, landmark office development in Bristol’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.

Walker House, Liverpool, England, UK
Date built: –
Walker House Liverpool
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Walker House

Aurora Belfast, Northern Ireland
Date built: 2009
Aurora Belfast
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Aurora Belfast : tallest proposed building in Northern Ireland

The Wave, London
Date built: 2008
The Wave London
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The Wave London

Millennium Hotel, Ocean Village Estate, Southampton, England
Date built: –
Southampton Ocean Village
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English Hotel : for Marina Developments Limited

HKR Architects – Key Projects

Designs by HKR Architects listed alphabetically:

Axis, Albion Street, Manchester
Date built: 2007-08
Axis Tower
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HKR Architects : Manchester building

Boddingtons Brewery Redevelopment, Manchester, England
Date: 2008-
Boddingtons Brewery

Chancery Place, Booth Street, Manchester, England
Date built: 2007-08
Chancery Place
image from HKR Architects
Manchester office tower

Dublin City Market development, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
HKR with make and Gehl Architects
Architecture Competition winner Feb 2008
Former fruit & vegetable market redevelopment

Fore Street, London, UK
Fore Street London
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Fore Street London

Groucho Club Soho – Refurbishment & Extension, London, UK
London development

The Hive, Stevenson Square, Manchester, England
Date built: 2007-08
The Hive
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HKR Architects : Manchester building

Northern Quarter, Prince’s Street, Dublin, Ireland

Oxford Academy, Oxfordshire, England
English School Project

Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin, Ireland
Approx. £70m

St Peter’s Square, Stockport, south Manchester, England
Date built: 2007-09
St Peter’s Square
image from HKR
Manchester building

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HKR Architects – Practice Information

HKR Architects are an international architectural practice with offices in London, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Dublin and licensed to operate in Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkey.

HKR Architects was established in 1992 and has since grown to become a world leading international architecture and design practice delivering exceptional design, value engineering and lead design consultancy to their clients.

In January 2008 HKR Architects appeared in Building Design’s annual survey of top global practices, and was ranked Number 1 in Ireland, 18th in the UK, 25th in Europe and 68 worldwide. This architecture practice’s expertise spans several sectors including urban design and re-generation, commercial, residential, retail, hotel, education, healthcare, leisure and culture. This design studio also has dedicated capabilities in master planning and public private partnership projects, and specialise in the design and corporate fit-out of interiors for all buildings.

In the 2 years since HKR opened its Manchester office it has grown to a team of 40 and a turnover in excess of £3 million. HKR’s Manchester office was recently named ‘Consultants of the Year’ by Property Week at the North West Property Awards 2008 and team member Adam Thornton won Insider Young Property Professional of the Year 2008.

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