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HAT and vPPR shortlisted in Pocket's nursery contest

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HAT, vPPR and Studio Weave are among eight emerging practices shortlisted for Pocket’s new £822,500 community centre and nursery in Haringey, north London

All the studios vying to work with the up-and-coming ‘micro-homes’ developer were founded within the past 10 years with the youngest, Ludwig Willis Architects opening earlier this month.

The full shortlist

  • Dallas Pierce Quintero (Founded 2009, London)
  • David Leech Architects (Founded 2014, London)
  • Dyvik Kahlen Architects (Founded 2010, London)
  • Gibson Thornley (Founded 2013, London)
  • HAT Projects (Founded 2008, London)
  • Ludwig Willis Architects (Founded 2016, Northampton)
  • Studio Weave (Founded 2006, London)
  • vPPR (Founded 2009, London)

The shortlisting comes just months after HAT won a high-profile contest for the Science Museum’s new entrance and a year after vPPR bagged the AJ Emerging Woman Architect of the Year prize.

Pocket head of design Russ Edwards commented: ‘We had a great response to the call for expressions of interest – 95 submissions from a broad range of practices. We are extremely flattered that so much talent has put in this much effort for us.’

The eight shortlisted teams now have until a final jury session in August to further develop their designs. De Rosee Sa and Denizen Works – which won planning for a second Tiree home this month – were also commended.

Aimed at design-led emerging practices, the contest seeks proposals for a low-cost facility which will act as a landmark civic gateway to the firm’s West Green Place development.

Masterplanned by HTA Design with BD Landscape Architects, the low-rise scheme will create a mix of open market and Pocket homes next to Downhills Park.

The existing West Green Playgroup Nursery and Goan Community Centre – which currently occupy the 0.74 hectare site – will be replaced by the new 360m² competition-winning structure.

Founded in 2005, the developer specialises in innovative compact-homes aimed at London’s squeezed middle earners.

Last year the outfit ran a high-profile ideas contest (AJ 16.01.15) to create a new compact layout for ‘two bedroom-two person’ apartments which are currently omitted from the mayor’s space standards.

Proposals for the West Green Place nursery are expected to include a storytelling area, play space, store room, sleeping room, kitchen and toilets with an external patio measuring at least 200m². A multi-function hall, kitchenette and lift will also be required for the community centre.

Judges include Edwards, HTA partner Ben Derbyshire, Architecture Foundation director Ellis Woodman and Lyn Garner – director of place and sustainability at Haringey Council.

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  • Alex Mowat - Mowat & Company

    It is very good to see Pocket following through on their promises and shortlisting new firms and new talent. It is also very good to see two of our previous part 2 & part 3 assistants now running their own businesses and getting onto the shortlist. May the best architect win !

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