Inns & Yards project

Borough High Street Inns & Yards is the latest project to be commissioned by Better Bankside, with Team London Bridge and Southwark Council, as part of the Bankside Urban Forest. Immortalised by Chaucer, Dickens and Shakespeare, the Inns & Yards follow the approach to London Bridge, the city’s first river crossing. UP has been appointed to develop a Toolkit for yard improvements and to design an exemplar scheme for White Hart Yard. We’d like to reinstate some of the special qualities of these unique spaces which connect Borough High Street to Guy’s Hospital and Great Maze Pond.

Landscape Institute award

Untitled Practice was the winner in the ‘Adding Value Through Landscape’ category at this year’s Landscape Institute Awards, for Sidcup High Street Revival Programme. The judges said, “A clear winner of best practice and an excellent case study.” We would like to thank our client London Borough of Bexley, and everyone who worked with us on the project. (Photo by Robert Taylor).

New York trip

Fenella has just returned from a visit to New York with Kingston University’s studio S3.5, where their itinerary included visits to inspiring projects at St Ann’s Warehouse, the High Line and Brooklyn Bridge Park. The study trip focussed on re-purposed industrial buildings and landscapes for new cultural and community uses to support the studio project for a ‘Creative Campus’ and new music venue at Joseph Bazalgette’s Crossness Pumping Station, Thamesmead.

Bedfordshire Market Towns appointment

Untitled Practice has been appointed by Central Bedfordshire Council to work on its High Street Improvement Scheme (HSIS), providing support to businesses with new branding and shop front designs, across 11 market towns. The scheme is part of CBC’s wider Market Towns Regeneration Fund Programme which is developing to support an increasing population from new homes growth. Central Bedfordshire’s market towns are particularly important as hubs for this largely rural community, and we will respond to the distinctive history and character of each place as we develop proposals.

Southmere Square event

Southmere Square hosted the ‘Made in Thamesmead’ art festival’s Outdoor Cinema on Sunday 18 September, including a premiere of the short film ‘Budgie’, a collaboration by award-winning director James Slater with local young people. A mini-Oscar ceremony celebrated the achievements of these talented actors following the screening to the local community. The Square is part of UP’s Lesnes to Crossness Phase 1 project. (Photos by Barry Willis).

Sidcup hero signs

We visited Sidcup High Street recently to interview and photograph some of the business owners following completion of the project, as part of our ‘Adding Value Through Landscape’ submission to this year’s Landscape Institute Awards. While we were there, we shot off this short film of Stage Door’s shimmering hero sign, one of the distinctive and humorous designs that Kieren Jones produced for the project. (Film by Barry Willis).

Peckham Coal Line shortlisting

UP were delighted to be shortlisted for this exciting and unusual crowd-funded community-led project in SE London. We were one of 6 teams selected from 19 submissions. Our proposal was based on a reading and reinterpretation of the ‘figure’ and the ‘ground’, growing from the archetype and culture of the London yard, to situate the viaduct and embankment structures of the former railway within a wider green infrastructural context, whilst supporting local people and mitigating climate change impacts.

Acton High Street Fund appointment

Untitled Practice have been appointed to deliver LB Ealing’s HSF project at Acton. The scope is focussed around Churchfield Road, the historic route between London and ‘The Mount’, now better known as Acton Town Square. The recent arrival of the Overground at Acton Central Station gives Churchfield Road renewed importance as a local centre. We will be working with Retail Revival to consult on local needs from a ‘pop-up’ shop, identify new workspace opportunities, and develop public realm and shop front improvement proposals.

Avenham Park flooding

Avenham Park Pavilion in Preston narrowly avoided significant flood damage when the River Ribble burst its banks during the recent extraordinary rains. Fenella was the landscape architect for the RIBA competition winning scheme with architect Ian McChesney. The design included a sculptural landform which elevates the pavilion above the 100-year flood level. It was the only scheme to acknowledge this risk at the competition design stage. (Photos by Adam Christopher and Ed Walker).

Lesnes to Crossness Phase 1 time-lapse film

UP has completed the construction of our Lesnes to Crossness Phase 1 project at Southmere Lake in Thamesmead. The works were recorded by time-lapse photography. The film shows the layered processes of working with landscape at this green infrastructural scale. We extended the embankment landform of Abbey Way closer to the lake, to form the new Southmere Square with a terraced lawn, planted extensive new trees and wildflower meadow to improve biodiversity, and installed a raingarden SUDS facility. (Time-lapse by Regenology).