On Sunday 24 January, in a flurry of snow, BAFTA reached an exciting milestone in the redevelopment. They took over the westbound lane of Piccadilly with a 9 tonne mobile tower crane to lift the large, very heavy air handling units onto the roof of 195 Piccadilly. This equipment helps monitor the temperature and make energy efficient changes to the air movement in the building.
“We worked with Westminster City Council to partially close Piccadilly. This is only the second time we have done this – the first was in 1975 when we moved into 195 Piccadilly for the first time and used a crane to lift the steel support for the Princess Anne Theatre seating in through the second floor windows. Technology moves on but sometimes only a big crane will do the job.” You can watch the crane in action here.
We are delighted to announce that we are one of the shortlisted teams that will take part in Stage 2 of the Camden Highline competition. Our team includes Eiko Tomura Landscape Architects and Kathryn Firth Urban Design supported by Haruo Morishima; Noumena; Price & Myers; Design ID; Alan Baxter; Harley Haddow; LAPD Lighting and DP9. Congratulations to the other teams joining us on the list, which are led by Agence Ter, Feilden Fowles, James Corner Field Operations and We made That.
The Camden Highline will turn a disused stretch of railway viaduct into a new elevated park and walking route, connecting Camden Gardens in the west to York Way in the east.
The route is 1.2km long, around 8 metres above ground and will bring new local green space to 20,000 people.
The new national prayer monument known as Wall of Answered Prayer, has been granted planning permission, and building work is set to begin in the spring of 2021. Our Director Renato Benedetti was Chair of the principal judging panel that established the winning design of the RIBA competition.
The 50m-high structure will be built between the M6, M42 and proposed HS2 line at Coleshill Manor on the edge of Birmingham, and will be constructed from a million bricks, each one funded by a £10 donation and symbolising a prayer answered.
The winning design by Southampton-based practice Snug Architects, was inspired by a Möbius strip and incorporates a visitor centre.
Our project Eleventh Church of Christ, Scientist is opening its doors as part of the Open House weekend in September 2019.
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Stripping-out and enabling work has begun on our comprehensive improvements and expansion of BAFTA’s Grade II Listed headquarters at 195 Piccadilly.
Originally built in 1883 as galleries and multi-purpose event spaces for the Royal institute of Painters in Water Colours, a medium then over-looked by the neighbouring Royal Academy of Arts across Piccadilly, the building is being completely transformed as the centre of excellence for the moving image arts in film, television and games.
Pictured – Renato Benedetti and Associate / Project Architect Carla Sorrentino on the 1st floor balcony overlooking Piccadilly.
Our tailor shop project, Connock and Lockie based in London which completed in 2016, has been featured in August’s edition of the Italian Mastery Magazine, Xtra part of Design Diffusion World.
As part of the London Festival of Architecture 2019, Renato Benedetti gave a talk at BAFTA headquarters to give a more detailed and exclusive look at the comprehensive expansion and improvements to BAFTA’s Grade II listed building.
Benedetti Architects are delighted to announce that our BAFTA scheme has been shortlisted for the New London Awards 2019 in the Culture category.
The awards honour the capital’s very best architecture, planning and development and gives recognition to the impact the projects have on their surroundings and to London as a whole, as well as their architectural quality.
See the shortlist here
Renato Benedetti presented the BAFTA scheme to the BAFTA Annual General Meeting on Monday 03 June 2019.