Monthly Archives: June 2016

PLANNING APPROVAL FOR dRMM’S FIRST LONDON RESIDENTIAL TOWER - 24-06-2016

Brill Place

Brill Place

Planning approval has been granted for dRMM’s Brill Place tower, a critical component of Camden’s ambitious Community Investment Programme (CIP) enabling delivery of a new primary school, community facilities, affordable homes and enhanced public open space.

The slender 25 storey building is composed of paired micro-towers creating a slim profile and minimal footprint; a ‘light touch’ approach. A double height transparent plinth minimises visual impact on Brill Place and allows views through into the landscaped spaces beyond.

The proposed typology reconciles the conflicting constraints of St Pancras Station, the Francis Crick Institute and the adjacent Cooper’s Lane Estate and minimises overshadowing of open space and neighbouring properties. All apartments are double or triple aspect with panoramic views of Somers Town and across central London. The stepped plan arrangement allows all units to benefit from views north into the greenery of Purchese Street Open Space.

The highly articulated façade is composed of balconies, projecting window bays and winter-gardens; an expression of the internal organisation. Sliding screens provide solar control, privacy and activation to the façade. The glazed façade reflects trees and sky allowing the building to de-materialise. An elegant ‘scissor’ form of inclined roof planes defines the top of the tower. Its distinctive profile will create a new local landmark and will announce the gateway to the rejuvenated public open spaces of Central Somers Town.

Client: London Borough of Camden
Architect: dRMM
Masterplan Architect: DSDHA
Plot Architects: Adam Khan, Duggan Morris, Hayhurst and Co.
Planning Consultant: Turley
Property Consultant: Savills
Structural Engineer: Booth King
Services & Sustainability: Skelly & Couch
Facade and Fire Consultant: Buro Happold
Air Quality: Ramboll Environ

Thank you for your support – Sadie Morgan - 10-06-2016

Sadie Morgan

dRMM’s Co-Founding Director, Sadie Morgan, will be undergoing surgical and medical treatment for breast cancer in the next coming weeks. She was diagnosed in early May and expects to make a full and speedy recovery.

Sadie’s diagnosis comes amidst one of the busiest periods of her career. Aside from her role in the studio, she is Design Chair of High Speed Two (HS2), a commissioner of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), and has recently been appointed Visiting Professor of Interior Architecture at the University of Westminster, London.

The dRMM team, especially her co-Directors, will be working to support Sadie during her treatment and recuperation. As for her out-of-studio roles, Sadie plans to resume her duties with the NIC and HS2 at the beginning of July.

Sadie and the whole team remain committed to the creation of inspiring architecture with our clients and collaborators. She would like to give her personal thanks to everyone for their kind wishes and support so far.