TR2 is one of 6 projects shortlisted for the RIBA’s prestigious Stirling Prize. The £20,000 prize is named in memory of Sir James Stirling and is awarded to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year.
The Spire of Dublin was officially inaugurated at a ceremony yesterday, 7th July, by the Mayor of Dublin, and last Friday night, for the very first time, the Spire’s architectural and aviation lighting was switched on, and the logarithmic bronze base revealed. The architectural light illuminates the upper stainless steel surface of nearly 12,000 tiny holes in the structure.
The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
After the successful award of early Fellowships for research into ‘Landscape and Modernity’, ‘Urban Issues’ and, more recently, into ‘Human Habitation’ and ‘Transport for the Built Environment’, the Commission now intends to make a further, similar award.
Plymouth Theatre Royal Production Centre has received the prestigious RFAC Trust Building of the Year Award 2003. The shortlisted projects included The Centre for Mathematical Studies, Cambridge University by Edward Cullinan Architects; Manchester Art Gallery by Michael Hopkins and Partners; Laban Centre for Dance by Herzog & de Meuron. Several programmes covering the projects, judging and awards will be shown on SKY/Artsworld during the next year.
As part of the Theatre Royal Plymouth’s 21st birthday celebrations, TR2, the new Production and Education Centre at Cattedown, Plymouth, is opening its doors to the public for a special preview on the May 5th Bank Holiday Monday, prior to its official grand opening by Their Royal Highnesses Earl and Countess of Wessex, on Tuesday 6th May.
The new West London Line station at Shepherd’s Bush is an important transport element in the regeneration of this part of west London and is being funded by Chelsfield plc as part of the whitecity development. The Strategic Rail Authority has agreed to prioritise the project with a completion target of December 2004.
A 1/250th scale model of the Potters Fields project for Berkeley Homes will be exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2003. In addition, concept etchings by Ian Ritchie of Plymouth TR2, Whitecity, Potters Fields and a relief print of The Spire of Dublin will also be shown. The exhibition opens to the public from 2nd June to 10th August.
Ian Ritchie has been invited to speak at the Alpbach Forum, founded by Karl Popper in 1945, in the session entitled Sustainable Architecture: "Tomorrow’s Solution or Yesterday’s Dream". The Architectural Forum runs from Thursday 4pm to Saturday evening 16th August, with the Sustainable Architecture session from 2pm Saturday. This is the third year that architecture has been a fixture at this European Forum, and this year the Alpbach Forum will be opened by Kofi Annan, UN General Secretary, Sir Christopher Zeeman, mathematician, Univ. of Warwick, and Erhard Busek, President, Austrian College.
The invitation to architects to compete for one of the joint CABE/DAPA Social Housing projects (in and around the two capital cities) has been announced. The competition brief is available at www.unite-initiative.com.
The CABE side of the project is being managed by the Kent Architecture Centre. Ian Ritchie, CABE Emeritus Commissioner, will be chairing the selection panel.
Improving the quality of the built environment is the long-term aim of CABE, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. CABE Education has been established as a charitable foundation dedicated to unlocking the educational potential of the built environment. A website dedicated to CABE Education will be created shortly.
Plymouth Theatre Royal Production Centre, published by Categorical Books, is 14cm x 14cm, has 96 pages, a full description of the design process with colour photographs and drawings. It retails at ø and will be published in May 2003. Please contact us and include your name and address with the number of copies you wish to reserve and this will be forwarded to Categorical Books.
A second public exhibition was held at Lambeth College on 2nd, 3rd and 4th April 2003 showing the revised new mixed development scheme on a site adjacent to Tower Bridge and the GLA City Hall. A planning application has been submitted to London Borough of Southwark. There is approximately 11,000m2 of public cultural and community space accessed from an expanded Potters Fields Park, and 386 residential units, of which 30% will be available to a Registered Social Landlord for affordable or key worker housing.
A planning application has been submitted to the London Borough of Southwark by Berkeley Homes for a mixed development comprising more than 11,000m2 of public space, 386 residential units of which 30% are affordable / key worker, and Potters Fields Park increased by 40% in area. A further public exhibition is being planned.
Berkeley Homes have also recently appointed Ian Ritchie Architects to design a mixed development near Canary Wharf and will include several hundred new homes.
Wanda Diebolt, Directrice of DAPA , La Direction de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, will officially launch the 2nd Carnets Internationaux ‘Recent Innovative Social Housing in France and UK’, in Paris on 13th December 2002. CABE will be represented by Joanna Averley (Dir. Of enabling) and Alex Ely (Housing Co-ordinator).
The three top sections were lifted as one piece into position on 21 01 2003 at 12.20. Thousands cheered.
The Spire of Dublin should be completed by the end of February 2003. The lighting at the top and the bronze base have yet to be installed, and the unveiling of the mirrored pattern around the bottom of the Spire is expected to occur when the Spire is officially inaugurated close to St Patrick’s Day, March 17th 2003.
Ian Ritchie will be one of four panelists speaking at the Royal Institution on February 12th at 19.00hrs. This will be a public discussion and is one of several initiatives aiming to strengthen perceived weak links between science and the arts.