Will Alsop to take the reins at RMJM’s London studio

Will Alsop OBE, one of Britain’s most renowned architects and winner of the coveted Stirling Prize, has announced that he is to create a studio called ‘Will Alsop at RMJM’ as part of the RMJM worldwide architectural firm.

Will Alsop’s appointment completes the recent management reorganisation at RMJM’s base in London, where he will take pole position, aimed at creating a flagship office within the RMJM global network.

Winner of the Stirling Prize in 2000 for the Peckham Library in London, Alsop has worked extensively across the UK and internationally with major projects in Toronto, Marseilles, Hamburg and New York. Recent projects in the UK include the affectionately nicknamed ‘Chips’ building in Manchester, The Public in West Bromwich and a luxury hotel development on the banks of the River Thames.

In his new role at RMJM, his energies will be very much focused on building a world class global design studio which further enhances and develops RMJM’s reputation in the UK and abroad.
Alsop will be supported in his new design role by a recently appointed management team. Miriam White, previously of Rafael Viñoly Architects and Foster + Partners, joined the studio as Operations Director and Scott Lawrie, who has held senior positions at PRP Architects, John McAslan & Partners and Foster + Partners, has joined the team as Principal.

SOURCE: RMJM.

Ride the streets of London – Car Free

Ever wanted to ride past Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and The Tower of London with your friends or family on a car free road?  Well September 20 getting your helmet and bike ready to cycle the streets of London car free as apart of the Mayor of London’s Skyride. The event is will have activities along the route for the whole family including Professional BMX and Mountain Bike riders performing tricks, Skyride Active Zone – Tips on health and wellbeing from British Cycling and Bike4Life.  Just register at bristish cycling.

Mayor of London Skyride Route Map - SOURCE: British Cycling

Mayor of London Skyride Route Map - SOURCE: British Cycling

SOURCE: Mayor of London and British Cycling

Bike share systems for London and Boston

Both London and Boston announced this week that they will be installing a share bicycle scheme using the Bixi system that is used and made in Montreal.

The London (UK) scheme will be run by Serco for a cost of 140 million pounds over 6 years. The system will incorporate 400 docking stations across a 44 square kilometre travel zone.

On the same day the city of Boston announced that they were in negotiations with Public Bike System Co. – the makers of the Bixi system to install 290 stations and 2,500 bikes across the city by next summer.

Currently the manufacturer is working on solutions to the current issue in Montreal reported by La Presse in July that one in five bicycles have been vandalised.

SOURCE (London bike system): Reuters – Serco to run London’s new bike hire scheme

SOURCE (Boston bike system): NYTimes – Boston Gears Up for Biggest Bike-Sharing Program

IMAGE SOURCE: Flickr – amesis

Chelsea design bidders include five linked to prince – The Guardian

The Guardian reports

Five firms of architects closely allied to the Prince of Wales’s approach to architecture will compete to draw up plans for the vacant Chelsea barracks site in London, after the prince succeeded in blocking an earlier design that he deemed “unsuitable”.

SOURCE: The Guardian – Chelsea design bidders include five linked to prince

Conservationist fears high-speed line will scar Chiltern landscape

Guardian.co.uk reports

White and his colleagues at the Chilterns Conservation Board, the public body responsible for protecting the Chilterns area of outstanding natural beauty, fear this bit of south Buckinghamshire could be “trashed” if the government goes ahead with its plan to drive a high-speed London-Birmingham line through the Chilterns.

SOURCE: Guardian.co.uk – Conservationist fears high-speed line will scar Chiltern landscape

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