Thursday, November 09, 2006

Barr Gazetas refurbishment in Wood Green London

Parma House
This 33,000 square foot refurbishment in Wood Green also has a new build element which attaches to the front elevation. The opportunity was grasped to create a strong contrast to the existing warehouse in terms of materials and forms. The client, Workspace, have many offices in London of which all have a fascinating industrial past. This was previously a sweet factory and is the sister building to the Chocolate Factory opposite. The units are a variety of sizes and act as incubator units for a whole range of local start up businesses along with artists and crafts people. There is also a performance “incubator’ present in the form of Cameron Mackintosh Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Barr Gazetas build new Greenwich Peninsula Spire

The Peninsula Spire a new landmark for London
A new riverside landmark has been created for London with the installation at Greenwich Peninsula of the UK‚s tallest stainless steel sculpture. Standing taller than the Royal Albert Hall, The Peninsula Spire is 45 metres (147 ft) high and built in twisted and tapering stainless steel. It was designed by London-based architects Barr Gazetas and structural engineers Whitbybird, and made in Switzerland.

The Peninsula Spire will be a permanent art feature in Peninsula Square, a spectacular new outdoor space for London and the gateway to the new entertainment destination, The O2.

Barr Gazetas wins planning permission for O2

The 02 Entrance
Barr Gazetas has won planning permission for the new main entrance to The 02 (formerly known as the Millennium Dome). A new array of automatic doors, plugged onto the front of the existing 02 structure, has a central circular light feature that allows visitors to pass through, encouraging interaction and sense of place.
Opening in Summer 2007, The 02 will be attracting over 30,000 visitors to music and sports performances. The centrepiece of The O2 is the 23,000 capacity arena which will provide London with the state-of-the-art major venue it deserves. With its comfortable, flexible seating, flawless sightlines, perfect acoustics and impeccable service, the guest experience will be unlike anything previously known in Europe.

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Barr Gazetas - Peter Kallos

The client, Peter Kallos, was the key driver of a previous BG project for Enterprise Oil in Aberdeen. Four years later with his new company, Petro Canada, he was keen to promote the same benefits of staff attraction and retention using good quality architectural design. This 50,000sq foot fit out meant that radical changes in working practices could be accommodated. The building is at Number One London Bridge which gave good floor plates and extensive 360 degree views across London.

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Monday, January 10, 2005

Millennium Square Regeneration

Next step in £5bn Greenwich Peninsula regeneration announced as plans for London's newest public square are approved. 'Millennium Square' designed by Barr Gazetas, will act as the gateway to the Dome and as the focal point to the surrounding regeneration. Greenwich Council approved detailed plans, submitted by Meridian Delta Ltd, Anschutz Entertainment Group Europe and English Partnerships, on 25th November 2004. The designs for Millennium Square incorporate a sweeping canopy linking North Greenwich station to the Dome entrance, a permanent performance stage, substantial tree planting and water features. A 56m tall 'mast' will be a permanent art installation and provide a strong visual reference from all parts of the peninsula.

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Barr Gazetas Runner up in international architectural competition

Barr Gazetas have been named as the runners-up in a major international architectural competition run by the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) on behalf of the East of England Development Agency (EEDA). The competition, which had to be entered anonymously, was to design an ‘Innovation Centre’ in the city of Peterborough. It attracted a total of 56 submissions, including entries from Argentina, Dubai, the USA and Europe. Barr Gazetas were shortlisted to the final six and then created the runner-up scheme in response to a brief ‘to take a visionary approach to sustainability and the use of innovative technologies’. The Barr Gazetas scheme took the form of white-rendered wings with a glass and timber central interchange and ‘sky hub’ with a 30m wind turbine at its centre. The scheme featured completely integrated sustainable technologies and was bound by the central tenets of multi-usage, flexibility and low maintenance.

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Bar Gazetas Wins "Streets of Colour Award"

Barr Gazetas have been named as winners of the ‘Streets of Colour’ Awards - a national ideas competition run by Keim Mineral Paints to celebrate the company’s 125th anniversary, together with media partner The Architects' Journal. Barr Gazetas chose the neglected central London thoroughfare Adam and Eve Court as the location for their proposed scheme, which enlivens a forgotten, graffiti-covered alleyway running between Eastcastle Street and Oxford Street. The scheme – following a colour spectrum of cool blues from office-dominated Eastcastle Street (where Barr Gazetas’ own offices are) through to the hot reds that denote the frenetic activity of Oxford Street – was selected as the winning project by a panel including architects Will Alsop and Cezary Bednarski, Helen Hughes from English Heritage, Paul Finch from the Architect’s Journal and Gareth Davies of Keim Mineral Paints. The judges commented that this scheme won because they were ‘particularly impressed by the dynamic use of colour in an urban context.’

Working with Clegg Gifford

Barr Gazetas have completed a crisp and modern new-build office block in the heart of Romford (in the south-east of England) for insurance company Clegg Gifford. The new 10,000 sq ft 5-storey scheme is designed to provide maximum contrast to its monotonous 1980s and 90s red-brick neighbours in Romford's Eastern Road. The steel-frame building has blockwork cavity construction and is rendered white. A curved-edge tower structure projects to the left and slightly in front of the next door building, giving users a clear view down the road to the local train station, with further views from an inset balcony area on the top floor. To the rear, a glass tower houses a spiral stair with open treads, giving the rear elevation a strong identity.

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Barr Gazetas and CB Richard Ellis

Barr Gazetas have completed work on the new headquarters of recently-merged CB Richard Ellis – the world’s leading property services firm - in London’s Wimpole Street. Barr Gazetas, appointed to the project after a three-way creative pitch against major UK and US architectural practices, were responsible for the design of the front-of-house public areas of the scheme, including a double-height reception area, where a dynamic four-section staircase links the ground floor to a floating lily pad meeting area, a further mezzanine meeting area and a first floor social space, comprising meeting and conferencing areas as well as a daytime café and night-time bar.

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