In September, we opened the doors of our award-winning studio at Pennington Street Warehouse to the public for the first time since we moved into the neighbourhood of Wapping in 2019. Open House Festival is a wonderful programme that enables people from all walks of life to be given access to buildings they otherwise wouldn’t see and are able to appreciate the effort and resources that have gone into creating these special spaces.
For us, the pride in our retrofit of a 200-year-old warehouse still burns passionately. Mankind is producing more than ever before. In 2020, man-made materials exceeded the mass of all living things for the first time. There is now twice as much plastic on the planet as animals, and more concrete, bricks and asphalt than trees and shrubs. The built-environment industry is in dire need of revolution and adaptive and creative reuse of existing structures is more relevant today than it has ever been. The opportunity to fly the flag for retrofit is an important one.