The Momentum 2017 Study Tour took place this year in the sunny city of Porto.
We visited a number of iconic buildings including the Casa da Musica and the Livraria Lello bookshop, plus a steep and stunning walk to the centrepoint (65metres high to be exact!) of the Arrabida Bridge. A great weekend was had by all.
A new public landmark that Momentum worked on has arrived.
Commissioned by development partners, Countryside and L&Q and created by sculptor Matthew Lane Sanderson, the six ton steel and zinc monument "The Corwned Stag' stands ten metres high and heralds the entrance to a very large development named ‘Beaulieu’, just north of Chelmsford. The intricate organic styled spherical sculpture depicts a regal reflection of a stag under a tree, set on a reflected crown base.
Launch of giant festival structure.
Last week saw the introduction of The Bravo Dome at Lowlands Festival 2017, Holland. Momentum worked with StageCo to design the brand new arena for the festival where artists including Solange, Iggy Pop, Elbow and Skepta performed.
More information here
Photo credit . StageCo
Wood Awards Shortlist
Two projects that Momentum have worked on have been shortlisted at The Wood Awards 2017.
Cedars Hall at Wells Cathedral School has been shortlisted in the Education and Public Sector Building category, whilst Stepping Stone House has been shortlised within the Private Building category.
More information about the Wood Awards
Bedales School receives a number of RIBA awards.
The new Art and Design building at Bedales School has won an impressive number of RIBA awards, including RIBA South Award 2017, RIBA South Sustainabilty Award 2017 (sponsored by Geberit), RIBA South Project Architect of the Year 2017 (sponsored by Taylor Maxwell), RIBA South Client of the Year 2017 sponsored by Tobermore) and RIBA National Award 2017.
Momentum worked with FCBStudios to design specialist carpentered timber screens and external balcony structures of this new Art and Design facility at Bedales School in Hampshire.
More awards for Brighton College Music School
A double celebration for Brighton College Music School as it receives a RIBA South East Award 2017, and is also commended at the Schueco Excellence Awards for its 13m by 13m glazed facade, installed by specialist contractor UKTOP. Well done to everyone involved.
Cedars Hall at Wells Cathedral School wins two RIBA awards.
The brand new music facility was awarded both the RIBA South West Award 2017 and the RIBA South West Building of the Year. A huge well done to all involved.
More information about the project here
Image Credit . Dirk Lindner
Arthur's Cave, a project that Momentum worked on with Miller Kendrick, is now complete.
The cabin, located at Castell y Bere, Wales, is one of eight winning entries for Epic Retreats – a project part funded by the Welsh Government’s Tourism Product Innovation Fund . The cabin will be featured as part of Channel 4’s ‘Cabins in the Wild with Dick Strawbridge’ documentary series, with the first of four episodes aired on Sunday 21st May.
Other publications include:
Construction of Arthur’s Cave is underway
Momentum supported Miller Kendrick Architects in the design of this boutique pop-up hotel for Epic Retreats.
The Bristol Old Vic Theatre
This restoration project continues with the recent uncovering of the theatre's original 18th Century wall, which has been hidden for 250 years.
More information and short film here on BBC News
Brighton College has been awarded a Civic Trust Award 2017.
The 58th Annual Civic Trust Awards Ceremony was held on Friday 10th March at The Guildhall Winchester, supported by Winchester City Council. From 247 applications, 45 national and international projects were rewarded with a Civic Trust Award or Commendation.
More information about Brighton College here
Construction on Bristol Old Vic Continues.
Bristol Old Vic has revealed the progress of the redevelopment project in a number of articles that show the construction work as it unfolds. The project will make improvements to the theatre's Front of House.
2017 AJ Small Projects Award.
A house renovation project that Momentum worked on with J Foster Architects has been unveiled. The underground extension that created three rooms, including a music room, has also been submitted for the AJ Small Projects Award 2017.
See more images and plan on AJ
The New London Architecture Don't Move Improve! 2017 Shortlist. Two of our recent residential projects, Lacy Brick and Stamford Road, which we worked on with Pamphilon Architects, were included in the Don’t Move, Improve! 2017 shortlist that showcases London’s most innovative home extensions.
Mise-en-abyme opens at Oxo Tower Wharf
An installation project that Momentum has worked on with Allegri and Fogale is now on display at Oxo Tower Wharf. After the success of their installation at the V&A for the London Design Festival 2015, in partnership with the British Manufacturer Johnson Tiles, London-based design studio de Allegri & Fogale bring Mise-en-abyme back to life at Oxo Tower Wharf.
The materials from the original sculpture have been recycled, and the structure adapted, to respond to the outdoor setting of Courtyard.
Mise-en-abyme is intended to reflect the movement of bodies passing through the Oxo Tower Wharf site and encourage interaction among people, objects and public space. It will be visible from Riverside Walkway, as well as Bernie Spain Gardens and Upper Ground and free to enter.
More Information here
Work begins on The Bristol Old Vic Theatre
Bristol Old Vic’s refurbishment has begun on site, as Chief Executive Emma Stenning handed over the keys to the King Street site to Gilbert-Ash Contract Director, Raymond Gilroy on Thursday 17th November.
The Front of House spaces will be transformed to create a social resource for the whole of Bristol with a new glass-fronted entrance foyer, revealing the original 18th walls of the Theatre to the street. The project will also see the return of the Grade 1 listed Coopers’ Hall to its original 18th century dimensions for use as an events space, while it will bring a new studio theatre, a modern bar and restaurant facilities, lifts to all floors and new toilets.
The plans have been developed by Stirling Prize winning architects Haworth Tompkins.
More information about Momentum's work on the project here
Christ Church Spitalfields AJ Retrofit Win.
We’re delighted for Dow Jones Architects who won an AJ Retrofit Award last night for the Christ Church Spitalfields Crypt, a project that we were lucky enough to work on with them, in the category of works to a listed building under £5m.
The judges said of the project "Provocative new elements challenge the existing, though the materials defer, making the interventions on the right side of awkward. Very clear distinction between old and new is a strength of the design, while it also features a strong intervention which is nevertheless modest with a degree of underplay."
More information about Christ Church Spitalfields here
Christ Church Spitalfields Shortlisted for Church Architecture Award.
The shortlist for the 2016 Church Architecture Awards has been announced by the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association and the National Churches Trust, which includes a nomination for Dow Jones Architects for the refurbishment of the crypt at Christ Church Spitalfields.
Winning entries will be revealed at an awards ceremony to be held at St Mellitus College, London SW5 on Thursday, 3 November 2016.
Full details of all the shortlisted entries can be found here
Engineer of the Year
We are very pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted for an Engineer of the Year award at the Structural Timber Awards 2016 for our work on Sanctum, Temple Church. Other nominations for Sanctum include the Low Energy and Engineering awards, whilst the CAA pavilion has been nominated for the Commercial award.
More information about the awards here
Sanctum Information here
Momentum has been working with HAT Projects on an art installation due to launch this coming weekend at Silver End Village Hall as part of the Radical Essex Architecture Weekend, taking place on 10th-11th September. One of the pioneering sites for British Modernism, Silver End is a unique model village created by the Crittall family. The installation translates the spirit of experimentation that the Radical Essex programme celebrates.
More information here
Middle Rocombe Farm
David Kohn Architects has revealed the plans for the Middle Rocombe Farm in Devon, a project that Momentum will be working on with the architect. The vision for the site includes reviving near-derelict farm buildings with the original farmyard redeveloped into a landscaped courtyard, the Big Barn and Little Barns converted into three-bedroom homes and a new house and studio built to the south.
More information can be found via Architects' Journal here
We are pleased to see that two of our clients have been shortlisted at the Wood Awards 2016. Congratulations to Hollow Pavilion, a public artwork in the grounds of the Royal Fort Gardens, designed and created by artist Katie Paterson and architects Zeller & Moye, which has been shortlisted for a Small Project award, and also congratulations to The Christ Church Crypt, Spitalfields with Dow Jones Architects, which has been shortlisted for an Interiors Award.
More information about the Wood Awards can be found here
Credit: Max McClure
Structural Timber Awards 2016 Finalists
We are proud to announce that two of our projects have been shortlisted as finalists in the Structural Timber Awards 2016.
The projects Sanctum and CAA Pavilion, both temporary timber installations, have been shortlisted across three categories. Sanctum, a theatre made entirely from recycled timber, is nominated for two awards including Low Energy and Engineering, whilst the CAA pavilion, a pop-up art space and gallery for Contemporary Applied Arts, has been nominated for the Commercial award.
The Awards will be presented at a high profile dinner on the evening of 19 October 2016 at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham.
For further information visit the website
Make the Future - Shell Eco-Marathon
A recent project that Momentum worked on was the Make the Future - Shell Eco-Marathon, which involved a temporary roof, erected above the spectators’ seating block, for the racing event that took place at the London Olympic Park across four days between 30th June and 3rd July 2016.
Shell Eco-marathon is a unique competition that challenges students around the world to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient car. With three annual events in Asia, Americas and Europe, student teams take to the track to see who goes the furthest on the least amount of fuel.
For more information please visit here
RIBA and Woodland Trust Win
Momentum is very excited to have been on the winning team for the new Visitor Hub at Langley Vale Wood in Surrey.
Momentum assisted competition winner Mark Wray Architects, along with SEED Landscape and King Shaw M&E, who were named as winner by the RIBA and the Woodland Trust. The scheme was judged to respond most effectively to the site and to the Woodland Trusts ambitions, described as an imaginative and beautiful scheme which would demonstrate how mankind and nature can co-exist.
Langley Vale is a 640 acre site in Surrey on the edge of the M25 and near the town of Epsom. The land has been chosen as the location of England’s First World War Centenary Wood1. The Trust intends to protect and manage the existing mosaic of habitats, including ancient woodland and open grassland. The WT also plans to plant 200,000 native broadleaf trees at the site, to commemorate the efforts of all those involved in the First World War.
The new Visitor Hub will provide amenities for visitors and create a welcoming and exciting connection to the woodland. The hub will enable visitors to dwell on site and raise the profile of Langley Vale Wood as a destination for local residents, day visitors and volunteers.
HakFolly at Clerkenwell Design Week
An exciting installation project that Momentum worked on with Flea Folly Architects can now be seen as part of Clerkenwell Design Week which runs until Saturday 28th May.
The 4.5m tall structure, called HakFolly, has been constructed from Dutch flooring company Hakwood's finished planks, and leftover timber created during floorboard manufacture. The installation creates a wooden tunnel within the arch of St John's Gate - a former priory entrance and one of the last remaining examples of the area's monastic architecture.
More information for Clerkenwell Design Week here
Dezeen news article here
Hollow Pavilion, Bristol, now open to the public.
Hollow, an art installation project that Momentum worked on with fabricators Millimetre, is now open to the public at Royal Fort Gardens to mark the opening of the University of Bristol's new Life Sciences Building.
The artist behind the project, Katie Paterson, has amassed a collection of 10,000 tree species to form this new artwork. The samples of wood span time and space and have been sourced from across the globe. From the oldest tree in the world to some of the youngest and near-extinct species, the tree samples contain within them stories of the planet’s history and evolution through time.
For more information visit the website
Watch the BBC4 film with the artist here
Photo credit: Max McClure
The Owers House wins RIBA South West Award 2016
Momentum are thrilled to annouce that The Owers House won a RIBA Award last week. Momentum Director Stephen Fisher and Engineer Ben Whitfield, who both worked on the project, collected the RIBA South West Award 2016 alongside the client and John Pardey Architects. Well done to all involved.
See here for more project information
Photo credit: Oliver Edwards
Legal & General Cycle to MIPIM
Richard Heath, Momentum Director, completed the very challenging Legal & General Cycle to MIPIM charity challenge last week that saw him, and 100 industry professionals from the property sector, cycle 1500km from London to Cannes.
Richard now assists with the event, working as a rider captain and mobile DJ, to motivate riders throughout the challenge.
Now in its 11th year, The Legal & General Cycle to MIPIM is a Club Peloton endurance charity bike ride, with cyclists riding from London to the international retail estate show, MIPIM, in Cannes. Fundraising for a number of its charity partners, the event has helped make the overall total raised by Club Peloton to more than £2 million. Well done to Richard and all the other participants!
More information can be found here
Christ Church, Spitalfields RICS Award Shortlist
Momentum is proud to announce that Christ Church, Spitalfields has been shortlisted for no less than three RICS awards including Building Conservation, Community Benefit and Regeneration.
Winners will be announced at a ceremony on 4th May at The Lancaster Hotel.
See more about the project here
Our latest temporary structure was opened in Bristol last week. The art project, Sanctum, will run for total 24 days, 24 hours each day, filling the time and the newly created space in the disused Temple Church with a variety of performing arts, music and poetry. Photo by Max McClure.
link to BBC news article here
link to The Guardian article here
find out more from Sanctum website here
Momentum are pleased to announce Wormsley Pavilion and Footbridge have won a Structural Steel Award. The Judges described the pavilion and its access bridge as 'exquisite' and 'a testament to the pursuit of technical refinement'
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Momentum are thrilled to announce that The Foundry - home of The Social Justice & Human Rights organisation has gone on to win a RIBA National Award.
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Following the success of The Foundry, Momentum are very excited to have worked with Dallas Pierce Quintero on Courtyard House, winner of the RIBA London Small Project of the Year Award. Congratulations to DPQ who were also runner up in the Emerging Architect category!
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Momentum are celebrating being part of the team that won Best Building at the RIBA London Awards working with Architecture 00.
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Momentum are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Olympicopolis project as part of the Baumschlager Eberle team, which includes 6A and Office KGDVS. The competition is to design a new culture and education quarter at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, which will include new campuses for The Victoria & Albert Museum, Sadler’s Wells, University of the Arts London and UCL. The new buildings are to be located on the site of the London 2012 water polo arena.
Click here for LLDC press release.
Working with ES Global we designed a simple frame, re-using panels from the 2012 Olympic Stadium wrap, to create a covered play area for a school in Uganda. A team from ES Global went to Uganda to build the structure at the end of 2014
Sam Wanamaker playhouse wins the Commercial and Public Access category at the 2014 Wood Awards.
To find out more about this wonderful project, click here.
Ferro cement barge converted into floating offices moored at Jubilee Wharf in Falmouth. Momentum provided engineering support to the local design and build team.
Momentum took again an active part in the Plasa Rigging Conference in London Excel, with Abigail delivering a presentation on the importance and meaning of various design safety factors. The talk was entitled 'Pushing the limit"
The original film prop from the latest X-Men film instalment marched into London's O2, under Momentum's structural supervision.
YouTube video here.
Momentum have completed the engineering design of Britain's first permanent outdoor building structure using the WikiHouse principals with architecture 00. The structure is designed to resist the high wind pressures in Argyllshire and incorporates the next evolution in the structural strategy developed through this open source initiative.
Momentum have continued their involvement with the WikiHouse project assisting architecture 00 and Arup in the design of this prototype house outside the Building Centre. Momentum were able to bring their longstanding experience of the WikiHouse, it's evolution and our involvement in research carried out at the University of Bath to guide the design.
A new FIFA Fan Zone opened in Doha, Qatar, in time for Brazil 2014 world cup. The building houses three large video screens, a retractable roof and a host of entertainment facilities for 1500 visitors. Momentum were part of a larger engineering team, delivering demountable and temporary aspects of the venue.
Momentum were the structural engineers on two recent RIBA 2014 regional award winning projects.
We worked with HAT Projects on High House in the East region and Manor Works won Building of the Year in the Yorkshire region working with Architecture 00.
New front of house plans for Bristol Old Vic win unanimous council support & hit 50% fundraising target.
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Momentum were recently appointed to work with 6A architects on the renovation and extension of Milton Keynes art gallery http://www.mkgallery.org. This exciting project is at scheme design stage, and will be submitted for planning later on this year.
The first Brooklyn Bowl venue to be opened outside the USA attracted a number of VIP visitors during its opening party earlier this month. Momentum were tasked with structural design of the venue, housing 12 bowling alleys, which sit directly below one of the iconic quadruple legs of the O2 on the Greenwich peninsula.
The Duke of Edinburgh, patron of Shakespeare's Globe, was joined by designers, builders, donors and staff on 19 November for the official opening of the new £7.5m indoor Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. A plaque was unveiled to commemorate the occasion and the final candle of the 100 beeswax candles was lit.
Momentum have been working with Allies & Morrison to design both the new green oak theatre and re-worked foyer allowing Shakespeare's Globe to provide year round performance.
The annual Qlimax dancing event took place in the GelreDome Stadium, Arnhem with thousands of ravers enjoying a huge kinematic stage in the shape of a giant beetle, designed by Momentum for StageCo, Netherlands.
The 20m high structure, unfolding its wings to an impressive 60m wingspan, was designed and fully installed in only 16 working days!
The RIBA have announced Baumschlager Eberle as winners of a non-denominational reception building that will provide commemorative services for a green burial site to be created at Alne Wood Park, near Alcester. Momentum worked with Baumschlager Eberle to develop this sculptural, ribbed timber structure, and are looking forward to progressing the design.
The replacement of the main revolving support to the Olivier Theatre's historic Drum Revolve was successfully completed in time for 50th anniversary of the National Theatre.
Momentum worked closely with the theatre, diagnosing the original problem and designing the replacement parts and temporary support of the 180 tonnes structure, thus allowing a single stage replacement within a 2 week period. The Olivier stage remained in full use during the entire refurbishment process. Photo by Brijesh Patel
Momentum worked with the Mutoid Waste Company and Glastonbury Festivals to place 6 tonnes of kinematic structure on the canopy of iconic Pyramid stage.
The largest bird in Somerset since gastornis' disapperance 65M years ago; the Phoenix was awoken over the festival weekend by the Rolling Stones and Mumford & Sons, on a nest of pyrotechnic fire. Photo by Rosanna Westwood
Momentum are proud to be engineers for 4 projects awarded 2013 Civic Trust Awards.
Jerwood Gallery, Garsington Opera, London 2012 (Waterpolo) and SOAR have all "made a difference to local people and their communities"