The 1930s Thomas Coram Foundation campus building off Brunswick Square in London is being renovated and extended to designs by CGHP Architects. Now on site after winning planning permission just before Christmas, the £2.1 million job includes new conservatory-like extensions to the nursery facilities at ground level, new staircases and lifts, while new facilities include a nursery centre, healthcare facilities and a children and family resource centre geared to providing support to parents.
Weston Williamson's four-storey mixed-use building on a brownfield site on Tower Bridge Road in London, which was part of the former Sarson's Vinegar Works, is now under construction.
Richard Murphy Architects has applied for planning permission for a doubling in size of Maggie's Centre, the award-winning Scottish centre for people with cancer. The new building will create an airy counterpart to the existing one, housed within an old stable.
Part of London's famous Spitalfields Market will house glass-fronted restaurants on raised terraces overlooking a square edged by shops.
The design by Lyons+Sleeman+Hoare will be part of a conversion of the Grade II market designed by Robert Horner. The 10,000m2 scheme on the east side will be overshadowed by Sir Norman Foster's liffe office design, due to start in April on the west side. All new buildings at ground- and first-floor levels will be under the existing glass-roofed design from the 1920s. It will cost around £7-£10 million, said project architect Scot Masker. The client, Spitalfields Development Group, was holding fire on a start date until work on the liffe building was well under way, Masker said. 'Foster's building is so monumental we could be adversely affected by the construction.'