Recruitment - Summer 2017
Studio Octopi is currently interviewing for experienced Post Part 2 & qualified Architect positions.
Experienced Post Part 2 & Qualified Architects
Studio Octopi are looking for an experienced Part 2 & qualified Architect.
The successful applicants will be responsible for delivering exemplary projects from inception to completion. Duties will include hands-on production of design, working drawings and specifications, alongside checking technical and construction detailing produced by other team members.
You will be joining the practice at an exciting time. The practice recently completed the refurbishment of a Victorian amphitheatre, an arts foundation and continues to pursue urban swimming.
Candidates must be able to demonstrate an extensive understanding of design dialogue, materials, construction processes, systems and methodologies, with experience in contract documents and construction administration. Experience with private residential projects is essential.
Vectorworks is preferred but not essential. Knowledge of 3DStudio is a bonus.
Please send a covering letter, CV and examples of your work (demonstrating a range of skills, including hand drawings/sketches) to:
1c Burrows Mews
London SE1 8LD
and / or low resolution PDFs to email@example.com
Due to the quantity of CVs the practice receives, we unfortunately cannot reply to every email or postal submission. We keep all relevant CVs on file.
Earlier in the year we met with MPs to present our proposals for a temporary floating Parliament. Our concept, which we have drawn up jointly with Beckett Rankine, Expedition Engineering, Houlder, Jackson Coles and Securewest, was initiated by a similar proposal from Gensler. We thought that Gensler’s idea was interesting but had complications in respect of security, constructability and particularly cost.
Coincidentally Transport for London will be replacing the three Woolwich ferries in autumn 2018, the existing ferry hulls are in excellent condition but their machinery is well past its useful life. So could the hulls be reused?
A size comparison showed that each debating chamber, together with the Commons division lobbies, could be fitted onto each of the hulls. From this realisation our team worked up a scheme for re-configuring the three Woolwich ferry hulls, mooring them outside Parliament and installing all the core facilities required for the temporary decant of Parliament. The floating accommodation includes a central lobby, two debating chambers, division lobbies, committee rooms, catering facilities, roof-top bars and restaurants and other support facilities.
The additional weight on the hulls was an issue but by stripping out the existing engines and equipment and boxing out the hull ends we were able to obtain 1,100t of capacity and with structurally efficient superstructures we were able to keep within that allowance. Discussions with Lloyds Register confirmed that the re-purposed hulls could meet their Class rules. We obtained in principal support for the scheme from the Port of London Authority and also from TfL who were keen for the ferries to have a beneficial second life. We then costed the scheme and at £55m it would be less than half the government’s budget for Parliament’s six year temporary accommodation.
This is a serious proposition but one that opens up a debate on reuse of existing infrastructure on cost and environmental grounds. The high land values in London mean the considerable waterways of London provide opportunities for temporary but also permanent solutions. With HMS Parliament the main problem is timing.
A final decision on the decant of Parliament is being put back and back. Decisions on the refurbishment programme has been postponed many times and therefore its highly unlikely anything will be agreed before TfL sell the ferries. While this is unfortunate our work on exploring the reuse of the ferry hulls has created an appreciation for their potential and we are now on the lookout for an alternative reuse opportunity. If you know of one do get in touch!
Our winning entry for ‘The Imminent Diorama’ in collaboration with National Trust & Bompas & Parr at the Horniman Museum and Gardens.
2017 marks 80 years since St Paul’s Heights was first introduced. Since then the Greater London Authority has protected 27 views in the capital, but only thirteen hold Protected Vista status. Nine of these are from north of the river, with just four from south of the river. The ‘Points of View’ project seeks to address the apparent disparity and explore the potential for new protected views from south London.
It’s 2098 – London has finally built itself out of the housing crisis; the centre has densified, outer boroughs have built up and key workers once again enjoy the city in which they live. London is a joyous city of sprawling leisure parks and integrated live-work spaces and now looks to the future. Planning policy focuses on enriching the lives of all of its citizens and celebrating modern achievements. Instead of protecting views of the icons of yesteryear this new London frames views to the Shard, the new debating tower at Westminster, the 2050 Tower of Culture and the world’s tallest co-living building.
The Imminent Diorama will be found at the Horniman Museum & Gardens.
Date and times: Monday 13 November to Sunday 26 November
Location: Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ