Studio Anyo’s project, Berkeley Homes (East Thames): Building 11 Royal Arsenal Riverside is a finalist at the 2020 Offsite Awards


We are delighted to share that Berkeley Homes’ Royal Arsenal, a Studio Anyo project is one of the finalists for the Private Housing Project of the Year at the 2020 Offsite Awards.

The 2020 Offsite Construction Awards has received over 200 entries from companies who are at the forefront of the industry in terms of innovation and expertise. Offsite technology is changing the contemporary built environment – driving forward projects that represent outstanding examples of prefabrication and factory-based methods, products, systems and disciplines.

With Royal Arsenal, the goal was to transform the derelict industrial ammunitions site into a high quality residential-led, mixed-use development and destination. We developed the scheme to be compliant with the modular system design and UK regulations. Our challenge was to redesign the layouts to comply with Building Control whilst simultaneously adhering to the Planning Permission and to Berkeley Homes’ high standards. In addition, the team at Studio Anyo carried out a full inspection of the modular suppliers factory to ensure that their system met UK standards.

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Meet Architect Zak from Cardiff

Zak Akhtar

Zak hails from Cardiff which according to research was once the richest city in the world. Now that is just one amongst the many interesting facts you can find about this extraordinary place. Do you know that it’s also a city of castles? No wonder Zak adores his hometown so much; it’s a beautiful historical city with lovely listed buildings of architectural note. The Cardiff City Hall is one of his favourites which opened in October 1906. It cost £129,708 to build – that’s a whopping £10,191,092 in today’s money!

Do you share similar interests with Zak?

What are you working on now?

Eco Lodge – Ashcombe Estate, the folding cabin. It’s a project for a client where I work on the technical details, bringing the designs to life and solving the technical issues we encounter.  I really enjoy working on this project especially because I am mainly responsible for problem-solving.

What do you love about architecture?

I’m very practical and enjoy that part of architecture. I like making things, my favourite subject at school was Design Technology. I wanted to be an Electrician but with my love of DT, I decided to go down the architecture route.

What’s your favourite building?

Cayan Tower, known as Infinity Tower – Dubai

Cayan Tower – I call it the twisty building. It’s also known as the Infinity Tower, a 75-story skyscraper in Dubai. The tower was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill SOM architectural group, the same group who did the concept design for the Burj Khalifa and Trump Tower in Chicago. It became the world’s tallest high-rise building with a twist of 90 degrees but has since been surpassed by the Shanghai Tower, two years later.

What’s the best project you have worked on?

The Barn in Guildford – we converted an old barn into 3 dwellings. I was project lead on this from start to finish and saw the project through to the end. So it was quite an experience for me.

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Property Hub Magazine – Kunle Barker Profile Interview

Kunle Barker Property Hub Profile - Front

Non-Executive Director Kunle Barker shares his thoughts about his personal and career endeavours in an exclusive interview with Property Hub magazine.

The article provides up-close information on how Kunle started his journey and his passion for renovating property. It also covers the challenges he encountered along the way and his many accomplishments. His years of experience have brought him countless opportunities and is now one of the most sought after property expert in the UK.

Kunle Barker Property Hub Profile - Front

Read the full article here.

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Getting up close and personal with Architect Patricia

Patricia Gonzalez

Patricia grew up in Spain, a country renowned for its hospitality, laid back lifestyle, culture and historic cities. She takes pride in her great relationship with her family, and fondly recalls spending quality time exploring forests and mountains at the weekends.

There are several wonderful buildings and places in Spain that Patricia loves. As a matter of fact, when she started studying architecture, the museums in Madrid became more relevant to her.

Patricia loves The Who, an Enlish rock band  formed in London in 1964. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide.

What are you working on now?

Downs Road – I have been working on this scheme since February 2019. It’s huge; it comprises five different buildings, where one is a tower of 15 storeys. The development is mostly residential, but it has some commercial areas on the ground floor. The park is very close, and we have one street going around all the buildings linking to the park so that it continues to the buildings.

What do you love about architecture?

My dad is an architect – He has his own practice for 40 years and has completed over 2000 residential projects. Two years ago he did a hotel in Madrid – it was an old building converted into a hotel for police dignitaries.

When I grew up architecture was all around me – I found it really interesting when I would go to my father’s office, I saw the drawings and materials that he was using, and that’s when architecture became interesting.

I don’t recall the moment I decided to be an architect – I just always knew I would be one.

What’s your favourite building?

CaixaForum Madrid by Herzord & De Meuron

CaixaForum Madrid by Herzord & De Meuron – I like the materiality of the museum. It is an old building made in brick with a new extension on top using a different material. I  love that contrast. I like how people enter into the building and the way the street is almost consumed by the structure. It has a huge green wall – so the contrast between the old brick, new extension and green wall works very well.

What’s the best project you have worked on?

Down Road – I like this because I’m heavily involved in the entire project. I appreciate the overall process; it allows me to work on every stage and see its progress. It is challenging but in the end, you get a sense of fulfilment whenever you complete a project.

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