The Queens Parade received planning permission. This scheme was a refurbishment of a 1970’s block. Brooks Murray revitalised the facade by creating a similar but modern extension of the existing building. Intricate brick and Moroccan fish tile paneling breaks up the long Elevation and adds colour to the street. The Culver Road elevation will be treated in the same way as the first floor, with the addition of profiled brick string coursing as a subtle detail that extends to the rear elevation for visual interest.
This year we had limited time because we were working so very hard so we started our annual Christmas event in the evening with a bang. Our party began at Crate Brewery in Hackney where we were guided round the microbrewery and taught how the different types of beers were brewed. We sampled a fair few selection and had a great guide who showed us all the different types of hops used. Our meal was at bar number 90 next door which is one of our projects. Another successful year for the practice and happy ‘beer filled ‘staff.
Three Barnes Fam restoration project and landscaping was featured in the November 2016 issue of another one of Britain’s leading magazines, House and Garden. The article showcases the grounds and the estate in superior photographic quality focusing on the quality of the heritage architecture, interior design and craftsmanship.
Brooks Murray were invited by Ecoled lighting manufacturer for festive drinks, to launch their lighting range at the Museum of architecture in Kensington, amonst the festive setting of Gingerbread city. Ecoled have a stunning minimalist range of lighting types and systems which illuminated the exhibition beautifully www.ecoledlight.co.uk.
Gingerbread City is an exhibition and series of workshops that make up the museum’s annual winter fundraiser, masterplanned and sponsored by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design. Architecture practices such as Foster and partners and Hopkins architects submitted gingerbread buidings to fit their allocated plots. The city was divided into areas such as the historical district and industrial area. The designs reflected the urban typology.
Brooks Murray architects and staff were invited by one of our clients to have a private tour of St Pauls with a cocktail reception after, as a thank you for all the hard work we have done. We were split into two groups and allowed access into the areas not accessible to the general public. We had a tour of the whispering gallery, the archive room with all the original hand drawn sections and elevations of the original cathedral as well as all the restorative and renewed designs. We also had a tour of the library and archive of all the stone works over the years.
Brooks Murrays Chapleton Town was featured in the Times following the completion of Scotlands largest new town. The masterplanning department of our practice have managed to impress the world with their skills and architectural craftsmanship. 40% of Chapleton is lush green space and the house type models are all based on traditional materials and period features.
One of brooks Murrays restoration projects of the three Barnes farm was featured in the Christmas issue of Home and Garden.
Another roaring success, this years Brooks Murray Christmas Party consisted of a 2 hour architectural walking tour and pub crawl of London followed by a 4 course dinner and drinks at the Dispensary. This was a chance to fuse our two great loves of architecture and socialising. After a great year our practice has now grown yet still retains a sense of family, support and camaraderie within the workplace. We actively encourage different backgrounds of ethnic origin and cultural diversity which helps us to stay creative.
The full planning application for the first Phase of the new town was approved by Aberdeen Council. In addition to this the outline planning for the full masterplan was also approved.
This was a joint competition entry with, Susan Parham from the University of Hertfordshire and Anthony Downs of Gascoyne Cecil Estates. The projects architects involved from Brooks Murray were Pablo Fernanadez and Gavin Murray.