Rowan Moore of The Guardian chose our Ely Court project in Kilburn to represent the best of architecture of 2016.
“The best news in the not-entirely-cheerful year of 2016, architecturally speaking, is that the finest new housing is being built by local authorities. Projects such as Alison Brooks’s Ely Court for the London borough of Brent, or similar works in the boroughs of Camden, Hackney and elsewhere, are showing that council homes do not have be the grim monoliths of legend. They are well considered and humanly scaled, with hospitable shared spaces, balconies you might actually want to sit on and other small but significant details. As central government is showing glimmers of realisation that volume housebuilders cannot meet the country’s needs alone, developments like these are part of the answer.“
We are proud to announce that Alison Brooks Architects are a partner of the Women In Architecture Campaign. The 2017 awards are open for entries now!
Alison Brooks will speak at the national conference of the New Zealand Institute of Architects 2017. It runs from 9–11 February 2017 in Auckland.
The theme, in:situ, is about architecture and the contexts in which it occurs – physical and intellectual, geographical and typological, social and historical. It has a wide focus on the forces and circumstances that influence architects’ work and their careers. The conference speakers traverse much of the contemporary architectural terrain. They work on a wide range of projects of varying scales in very different places, and have built diverse and accomplished careers. In doing so they have responded to the changing nature of practice and proved the continuing relevance and importance of the role of the architect.
Alison Brooks was in conversation with Ab Rogers and Jon Harrison on the role of architects and designers in shaping indoor public spaces. A panel talk hosted at Moooi London.
Alison Brooks discussed our Barton Park project at a roundtable themed ‘Making New Places’ at Oxford Town Hall.
This event focussed on the high level of detail, planning, legislative constraints, placing a special spotlight on the process from inception through to design of the Barton Park development in Oxford. Topics included identifying the key initiatives and challenges, the planning framework for growth, setting design principles, the architects perspective and the community feeling to look at key learnings and what makes good design.
- Alison Brooks, Creative Director, ABA
- Glynn Mutton – Development Manager, Hill Developers
- Alexis Butterfield – Associate Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards
- David Edwards – Executive Director, Oxford City Council
- Clare Harrison – Senior Programme Manager, Grosvenor
- Paul Comeford – Director, Aecom
- Dr Riette Oosthuizen – Partner, HTA Design LLP
- Jon Rowland – Chair, BOB-MK Urban Design Network
Alison Brooks Architects has won the Best House Design category at the Sunday Times British Homes Awards. The award was given for ABA’s Bath Western Riverside scheme with developer Crest Nicholson.
This mixed use scheme, located on the banks of the River Avon in Bath, is conceived as three ‘variations’ on the Bath Crescent housing typology, consisting of fourteen large family houses, six mews houses, six apartments, and a cafe. A Semi-detached villa crescent, a terraced crescent and a mews crescent are arranged as sculptural stone objects on an elevated riverside plinth.
Photography: Paul Riddle