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Morrow + Lorraine replaces Martha Schwartz on Royal Mint job


Morrow + Lorraine and urban design specialist Spacehub have been brought in to replace Martha Schwartz Partners on the landscaping at the heart of the Royal Mint Court site close to the Tower of London

The practice had already been working on the revamp of the 200-year-old Grade II*-listed Johnson Smirke Building as part of a huge Sheppard Robson-led redevelopment of the site.

Now developer Delancey and The LRC Group has appointed Morrow + Lorraine to draw up new plans for the scheme’s public realm, which will increase its permeability, ’enliven the space and unlock the potential of the site’.

Explaining the decision to switch teams, a Delancey spokesperson said: ‘We decided to take the public realm in a different direction which we thought was more appropriate for the setting of the listed buildings.’

According to Morrow + Lorraine, the new designs for the landscaping are an ‘opportunity to merge the site’s rich past and surrounding historic territory with a fitting contemporary present’.

A spokesperson said: ‘Through opening up the space, adding quality, and innovatively integrating the natural existing elements, the space will be transformed into an inviting, lively and accessible destination for local residents, commercial tenants and passing visitors alike.’

Morrow + Lorraine and Spacehub are working with townscape adviser City Designer, lighting designer Studio Fractal, art consultant Modus Operandi and artists Brian Catling, AC Dolven and David Musgrave.

The latest plans are expected to be submitted for together with ’updated design proposals’ for the Murray, Dexter, Registry and Johnson Smirke buildings on the Royal Mint Court site later this year. 


Readers' comments (2)

  • So in what direction was Martha Schwartz Partners taking the public realm?

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  • In the looking forward way and avoidance of the wide spread landscape cliche public realms we see in London. It doesn't matter as the project is now becoming the Chinese Embassy, but as the landscape lead design at that time, MSP did an incredible job; unfortunately the client just wanted conventional-ism and the architects a tight control of anything on the public realm, making the collaboration non viable.

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