Walthamstow High Street strategy

Walthamstow is a thriving town centre, at the heart of London’s first Borough of Culture and home to Europe’s longest street market.  A team led by Matter have been chosen by Waltham Forest Council to deliver a strategy and pilot public realm projects for strengthening and enhancing the High Street and town centre.

Castleford Bridge 10th Anniversary celebrated

The local community in Castleford organised a day of celebrations and a photographic exhibition to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of the multi-award winning footbridge designed by McDowell+Benedetti.

Community arts space funding bid for Clapham Manor

Matter have drawn up concept designs to convert an industrial building into a community arts space for Clapham Manor primary school. The scheme is being submitted as a bid for grant funding.

Network Rail Footbridge Design Ideas Competition launched

Jonathan McDowell is acting as RIBA Adviser on the recently launched international competition to find innovative design ideas to significantly improve the quality of future bridges across the rail network.

Epping, Harlow and Gilston Town Quality Review Panels

Harlow and Gilston Garden Town is a partnership of five District and County Councils delivering 16,000 new homes by 2033. Roland Karthaus joins the Quality Review panels for the Garden Town as well as Epping Forest District Council, launched this week. The panel will ensure the Garden City principles are embedded in new development.

Harlow and Gilston Garden Town

Transport for London’s ‘Architecture, Design and Urbanism Panel’

Matter have been appointed to TfL’s prestigious ADUP framework for Transport Design, to support the Mayor of London’s regeneration programmes and other public sector funded projects in London.

Matter ‘one to watch’

FX design magazine features Matter Architecture in its March issue as ‘one to watch’. The international design magazine highlights leading designers from the fields of art, product design and architecture.

HS2 Independent Design Panel

Jonathan McDowell has been appointed to join HS2’s Independent Design Panel- acting as an architect with expertise in bridge design to help HS2 deliver design excellence across the new national high speed rail network.

Roland Karthaus and Lily Bernheimer on collaborative design for wellbeing

Matter Director Roland Karthaus and environmental psychologist Lily Bernheimer discuss their collaboration for the Wellbeing in Prison Design project in Architecture Today (February 2018). They propose that interdisciplinary working is key to providing for people’s health and wellbeing in the built environment.  Read the article here

Matter and Lucy Harrison win competition for new public landscape project in Leyton

Our winning scheme for Linear Park in Leyton is part of Making Places, an initiative funded by Waltham Forest Council to deliver creative projects across the borough.  Plot Lines traces the previous housing on the site in strips of lavender, with historic stories inscribed on plaques amongst meadow grasses and flowers. Full details here

Development brief for complex site in central Walthamstow

Matter have been appointed by Waltham Forest Council to draw up a development brief for a site in central Walthamstow. The brief will unlock a complex, constrained site to deliver a new, mixed-use development at a pivotal location for the regeneration of the town centre.

Wellbeing in Prison Design Guide launched

Matter’s team including policy experts and an environmental psychologist have published guidance on prison design to support rehabilitation. Funded by Innovate UK and the RIBA, the team worked alongside the Ministry of Justice’s new prison programme and carried out primary research in HMP Berwyn. The report is available here.

Planning Appeal win

Matter’s design for 7 new flats and two new houses on a tight former garage site in Hendon has won planning consent at Appeal. See the project here.

RIBA Shinfield Community Centre competition

Jonathan McDowell has been appointed as RIBA Advisor on the design competition for a new community centre in Shinfeld, Berkshire. Details here.

RIBA Planning Advisory group

Roland Karthaus has been selected to join the RIBA’s Planning Advisory group.  In his statement, Roland argues for reform of the online planning system, so that policies, plans and consents are more publicly accessible, transparent and predictable. Full details here

Clapham Manor Children’s Centre on site

Construction work has started on Matter’s scheme for the expansion of childcare provision offered by Clapham Manor school.  The project follows a successful funding bid based on our masterplan for the centre and is due to open in early 2018.  See the project here.

Elderly housing scheme to deliver Homes for Londoners

Matter’s almshouse scheme for Pathways Housing Trust has been awarded funding by the Mayor of London to deliver genuinely affordable housing in Ealing as part of the Homes for Londoners programme.  A planning application will be submitted later this month.  See the project here.

Major step forward in the regeneration of Catford

Over the past year, Matter has been supporting Lewisham Council in planning the regeneration of Catford.  In July, the Mayor and Cabinet approved proposals to reconfigure the South Circular Road, which will radically transform the town centre environment.  We are continuing to explore the future of Catford with the Council. Details here

Opinion piece published in RSA Journal on co-design

Matter’s Roland Karthaus argues for the critical importance of co-design in producing better, longer-lasting and more beautiful architecture in the latest edition of the RSA Journal – read the article here

‘Bridge: Heritage of Connecting Places & Cultures’ conference

Jonathan McDowell will speak at the conference and present our ‘Playing The Bridge’ project which, as part of Hull 2017 UK City of Culture, allowed people to explore the sonic potential and physicality of Scale Lane Bridge through a series of workshops, performances and audio-visual installation.

Clapham Manor Children’s Centre expansion

Lambeth Council has granted planning consent for our scheme to expand Clapham Manor Children’s Centre. This is the first phase of our wider masterplan to comprehensively improve the centre. Construction is expected to commence soon.

Reforming prison design conference

Roland Karthaus will talk about his current RIBA Research Trust Award work to improve prison environments for health and wellbeing at an international conference at the RIBA on 2nd June. Leading academic Yvonne Jewkes is convening the conference to share international expertise on reforming prison architecture.

Lake Lothing third crossing, Lowestoft

Suffolk County Council have appointed Jonathan McDowell as architectural design adviser to support the design team on the design of the £73m project for a major new bridge connection for the town.

 

Clapham Manor Children’s Centre expansion

Following a successful funding application, Matter have now submitted a detailed planning application for the expansion of Clapham Manor Children’s centre. This building will form the first piece of our wider masterplan to comprehensively improve the centre and connect it with neighboring services and the community.

Innovate UK funding award

Matter has been awarded a grant by Innovate UK to improve the design of prison environments.  Working with an environmental psychologist, we will engage with the Ministry of Justice’s current Prison Estate Transformation Programme to embed design measures that promote health and wellbeing with the goal of reducing reoffending.

Playing the Bridge performance

Sunday was a brilliant sunny day for people to enjoy hitting metal on Scale Lane Bridge. Hull Community Gamelan and York University musicians played Javanese gamelan on the bridge roof terrace. Led by composer Nye Parry, workshop members and The Assembled then played the brige itself to create an amazing sonic exploration.

 

Clapham Manor Children’s Centre expansion

Having helped secure government funding, Matter are now working with Clapham Manor Primary School to deliver the first phase of our comprehensive masterplan to expand one of their children’s centres.

 

Playing the Bridge

Workshops on 25/26 February explored the sounds and engineering of Scale Lane Bridge in preparation for 26 March performance and audio-visual installation in April organised by composer Nye Parry, artist Madi Boyd and Matter. Participants included students from York and Hull universities, Hull Community Gamelan and City of Culture Volunteers. Event information can be found here:  https://www.facebook.com/PlayingTheBridge/

 

Architect@Work

Jonathan McDowell spoke about bridge design at Architect@Work on Wednesday 25th January 2017 at Olympia London

 

Supporting Women in Architecture

Matter is proud to be a Partner of the Women in Architecture initiative, established by the Architects Journal and the Architectural Review.

Urban design strategies for Lewisham

Matter have been appointed by Lewisham Council to carry out strategic urban design studies in southeast London.

Public exhibition of elderly housing scheme

Local people braved a wet day to come and discuss our emerging proposals for affordable, elderly housing in Ealing.

The ideas cloud

Working with St James Big Local, Waltham Forest Council and students from the University of East London, Matter delivered an event structure to inspire people to share ideas for the future of a ‘meanwhile’ site in Walthamstow. The best ideas will be used to transform the existing car park into a longer-term, active community space.

Playing the bridge

Grant awarded by Creative Communities Programme to turn Scale Lane Bridge into a giant musical instrument for Hull 2017 UK City of Culture. Matter will collaborate with composer Nye Parry, artist Madi Boyd, and Hull Community Gamelan on workshops, performance and installations to allow people to explore the sonic potential of the bridge.

How Super Cool Stuff Works

Scale Lane Bridge included as one of the ‘breathtaking structures’ in new book ”How Super Cool Stuff Works” published by Dorling Kindersley (www.dk.com)

Affordable and sustainable elderly housing

Matter has been appointed by elderly housing charity Pathways to design new, modern Almshouses with an emphasis on biodiversity and cultivation.

Family centre gains consent

Matter has gained planning approval from Lambeth Council for a new family centre on the edge of Clapham Common in the Metropolitan Open Land. The new building will provide Special Educational Needs nursery facilities and act as a ‘Natural Thinkers’ resource centre for families to explore the Common.

Research Award

RIBA Research Trust Award 2016 granted to Roland Karthaus for ‘Building Rehabilitative Spaces’ research project, which looks at how prisons and MoJ land can be designed and used to support rehabilitation amongst offenders.

Speculative office conversion at 250 Tottenham Court Road completed.

New Lea Valley sailing club scheme

Matter Architecture have been appointed to assist King George Sailing Club in preparing a regeneration masterplan, and to develop exciting new proposals for a bank-side clubhouse.

Spencer Tunick’s fantastic Sea of Hull installation- including 1000 people riding on Scale Lane Bridge!

Matter Architecture launched and opens new office in Bethnal Green.