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Image - Office trip to Hastings Pier by dRMM
MIPIM

Our director Annalie Riches will be at MIPIM Cannes next month, from Tuesday 14th March - Friday 16th. She'll be speaking about Design & Quality at the UK pavilion on Wednesday 14th March at 4pm.

Drop her a line if you'd like to say
hello.

MATERIALS


With Elliot Wood Partnership we're exploring the use of ‘reciprocal structures’ from coppiced green timber in the round. These self-supporting structures require little machining & mechanical fixings. There is an abundant supply of coppiced timber & bringing this back into rotation promotes biodiversity as well as providing building materials.

Reciprocal structures were first seen in Leonardo DaVinci's designs for a bridge & dome.
Image by Mikhail Riches

VELOCITY

So incredibly proud of our winning entry for the National Infrastructure Commission - to be exhibited in April. Velocity promotes a new idea for developing the Oxford to Cambridge corridor: growing existing places sensitively. The successful scheme tackles current issues from health & wellbeing, to food production & sustainable transportation.

We were part of the multi-disciplinary team including Tibbalds, Khaa, Featherstone Young, Marko and Placemakers & Expedition Engineering. We'd love you to watch our short film.

Contact the team here.

REMEMBERING

Sadly we have lost 2 great housing Architects this year, Neave Brown & Ivor Smith. Annalie was privileged to share a stage with Neave last year to present ‘A Discourse on Home’. They compared two projects each, highlighting the changing nature of the architect's role in housing development across 4 decades.

As the only UK architect to have all his projects listed, Neave's receipt of the RIBA Gold Medal in 2017 was more than deserved.

Annalie’s ‘Inspiration’, an article in BD discusses Park Hill by Ivor Smith & Jack Lyons. Read it here.

MAYOR OF LONDON ...

has launched a small sites programme where Architects, small developers & community groups can bid for plots of land around the capital. Two of the four projects that are referenced as innovative examples are ours; Whatcotts Yard as a self-build collaborative project & Church Walk as Architect/developer.

Read about the pilot sites here.

INSPIRED BY

We were lucky to be shown round the relatively unknown Pimlico District Heating Undertaking designed by Powell & Moya. Running since the 1950’s this exemplar building is a wonderful piece of engineering, providing clean reliable heat & power to over 3,200 homes. With capacity for much more.

PDHU is part of Open House. We recommend a visit if you're close by.

BD ARCHITECT OF THE YEAR

 
Mikhail Riches are thrilled to be a finalist in BD's Housing Architect of the Year Awards, to be announced 18th April ...
If you'd like to drop in for a cup of tea, we'd love to tell you more about what we do.
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