Wednesday, 25 August 2010

BFF projects open to explore as part of Open House London

Two buildings which were refurbished and remodeled under the guidance of Burrell Foley Fischer LLP are open to the public as part of Open House London, which takes place on 18-19 September 2010.

Open House London is the capital’s greatest architectural showcase; a city-wide celebration of the buildings, places and neighbourhoods where we live, work and play. It provides the general public with the chance to explore hundreds of inspiring buildings for free, which this year includes The Royal Society in Carlton House Terrace and the Almeida Theatre in Islington. Please note that advance booking is required for some events – refer to the Open House London website for full details.

Visit the Open House London Website

The Royal Society – 6-9 Carlton House Terrace

Burrell Foley Fischer LLP have been responsible for major refurbishment of the Listed Grade 1 Nash designed town houses at 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, which form the headquarters of The Royal Society, the UK’s national science academy. The most recent phase of the refurbishment was works to the library to form The Royal Society Centre for the History of Science. Open House London includes access to a special 350th anniversary exhibition ‘The History of the Royal Society, 1660-2010’.

Visit The Royal Society Website

The Almeida Theatre

Built originally as reading rooms and a lecture hall in 1830s, it was renovated and opened as the Almeida Theatre in 1980. Development works designed by Burrell Foley Fischer LLP have included extending the backstage accommodation, the building of completely new foyer, bar and technical areas, new services installations and seating, and improved disabled access and acoustics. Open House London will include access to the front of house, stage area, dressing rooms and wardrobe department.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Mark Foley speaks at Designing School Theatres, the annual conference of The Theatres Trust.

Mark Foley spoke at Design School Theatres, the annual conference of the Theatres Trust held in April 2010 in Leeds. Mark outlined his experience of designing performing arts spaces for schools (including The Menuhin Hall, at the Yehudi Menuhin School and The Performing Arts Centre at Frensham Heights School) and the issues that arose in his drafting of the unpublished Building Bulletin 97 for the DFES “Facilities for Sports and the Performing Arts”.

Also participating was Margaret Rutland, Former Headmistress of The Godolphin and Latymer School, Hammersmith, London who talked about the recently completed Bishop Centre, a multi-purpose performance space in a redundant Butterworth Church, designed by Burrell Foley Fischer LLP.

The recently published Theatres Trust Conference 10 report, Designing School Theatres addresses the differences in school theatre design in maintained and independent schools, and the importance of performing arts teachers’ involvement in the design process and is available to download from their website.

Visit the Theatres Trust website

Visit the Godolphin and Latymer website

Monday, 2 August 2010

Martyn Clark appointed Associate

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Martyn Clark as an Associate.

Martyn was the Project Architect for the recently completed Kavli Royal Society International Centre at Chicheley Hall and will be the Associate in charge of the New Forum for The Royal Academy of Engineering at Carlton House Terrace.