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AKT II is a London-based structural engineering firm recognised internationally for designs which embrace innovation across a range of scales and sectors
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As part of this year’s London Design Festival, we have collaborated with car company MINI and designer Asif Khan to create the MINI LIVING ‘Forests’ Installation.

This project of three plant-filled spaces will be placed around the Shoreditch area of London, each unique in its design. Following different themes (Connect, Create and Relax), they will provide places for people to meet up in locations that have been designated as left-over public space.

The installations will be in place throughout the London Design Festival (17-25 September).

Find more information on the installation on the LDF website http://www.londondesignfestival.com/events/mini-living-%E2%80%9Cforests%E2%80%9D-installation-asif-khan
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14/09/2016
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TRADA (Timber Research and Development Association) has published a case study on the HELIX, for which AKT II Director Rob Partridge contributed.

In collaboration with students from the Royal College of Arts’ School of Architecture, the HELIX (Healthcare Innovation Exchange Centre) is a temporary pavilion based on the concept of simple, IKEA-style furniture. It houses a research group, formed between the RCA and the Imperial College NHS Trust, which is seeking to determine ways that design can improve and affect healthcare.

Read the article on TRADA (registration may be required): https://www.trada.co.uk/casestudies/overview/the_helix/

For more info on the HELIX: http://www.akt-uk.com/projects/helix%20centre
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As part of the regeneration of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, UCL are creating a new campus. The first phase, comprising two sites, will accommodate 3,000 students and 625 staff, for which AKT II will be providing structural engineering services.

The Pool Street site, designed with architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, is a 16,500 sqm mixed-use facility of residential and academic space. The Marshgate site, designed with Stanton Williams, is a 33,500 sqm academic block.
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2016-08-11
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After recently being named RIBA Regional Award winners, three of those projects have now won RIBA National Awards. These exceptional buildings are highly deserving of recognition.

The winners are:
• Middle East Centre (Investcorp Building), a Zaha Hadid-designed link building providing modern academic space at St. Antony’s College, Oxford.

• Drawing Studio, Arts University Bournemouth, a steel monocoque shell structure, brightly illuminated by five window openings, designed by Sir Peter Cook of Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau (CRAB).

• The Turnmill, a London office building featuring a single-skin, cut-brick façade, designed with Piercy & Company.

These projects are now entered into the shortlist for the prestigious Stirling Prize to be announced next month.
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2016-06-24
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This year’s Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group and engineered by AKT II and AECOM, is now open in London’s Kensington Gardens. The design is of an ‘unzipped’ wall of glass-fibre reinforced plastic which opens up to form the pavilion.

As part of the expanded event, the pavilion is joined by four summer houses inspired by the nearby Queen Caroline’s Temple, originally built in 1734. Asif Khan, Kunlé Adeyemi, Barkow Leibinger and Yona Friedman each offer their own unique take on the design brief, again supported by us.

More details on the Serpentine Pavilion can be found on our website: http://www.akt-uk.com/projects/serpentine%20pavilion%202016
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2016-06-10
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From Wednesday 15th June, will have a series of displays in the Victoria and Albert Museum for their exhibition, Mind Over Matter: Contemporary British Engineering. The event is free to the public.

Amongst a collection of models and images that showcase Bloomberg’s European headquarters in London, is a model of the innovative building’s dynamic ramp. This has been constructed with the same material (Fiberline’s glass-fibre reinforced plastic) as Bjarke Ingels’ recently built Serpentine Pavilion.

More info on the exhibition can be found on V&A’s website: https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/mind-over-matter
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This year’s Clerkenwell Design Week, running from 24th to 26th May, includes a series of talks, discussions and debates, showrooms, exhibitions and street spectacles, all to explore and push the boundaries of design.

With sites set up around Clerkenwell, in which the AKT II office is based, the event has drawn people from all over, inspiring and entertaining.

We were involved in the creation of the Future of Design pavilion, CDW’s first education and community project. The pavilion was designed and built by GCSE students in a series of workshops run by Scale Rule, a collective of architects and engineers, with support from AKT II, Grimshaw, Hanson Plywood Ltd and Library of Things.

http://www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com/
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2016-05-25
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In this year’s New Civil Engineer Top 100, we were ranked 13th, despite primarily being a Structural Engineering firm.

Our ranking came as a combined result of our position in four of NCE’s awards categories:

• First in Future Tech firms
• Fourth for Technical Excellence
• Finalist Technology Trailblazer Award
• Finalist SME Of The Year Award

Read the full list on New Civil Engineer: http://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/nce-live/nce100-the-nce100-companies-in-full/10006300.article

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4 Pancras Square has received the spotlight in this month’s New Steel Construction, with the building’s steel exo-skeleton and unique storey-high truss of weathering steel being highlighted.

Currently under construction and scheduled to finish next year, 4 Pancras Square is the final piece of the six building puzzle we have designed for Pancras Square, part of the ongoing redevelopment at King’s Cross, London.

Read the article on New Steel Construction: http://www.newsteelconstruction.com/wp/weathering-steel-highlights-offices/

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This year’s RIBA Regional Awards have proven very successful for AKT II projects, with 5 winners across 4 regions of the country. We are proud to see such a diverse range of structures receiving the recognition they deserve.

The winning projects are:
• Manchester Central Library Walk link building, a glass walled structure with a stainless steel monocoque ‘cloud’ roof, designed with SimpsonHaugh and Partners.

• Middle East Centre (Investcorp Building), a Zaha Hadid-designed link building providing modern academic space at St. Antony’s College.

• Drawing Studio, Arts University Bournemouth, a steel monocoque shell structure, brightly illuminated by the five window openings, designed by Sir Peter Cook of Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau (CRAB).

• The Turnmill, an office building featuring a single-skin, cut-brick façade, designed with Piercy & Company.

• Merchant Square Footbridge, with Knight Architects, which generates a dramatic fanning motion when opening, similar to that of a traditional Japanese hand fan.
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2016-05-05
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