Blue in Wallpaper*

Leading architecture and design magazine Wallpaper* has just published a piece about one of our latest projects: Union Wharf with Nicholas Szczepaniak Architects.

Union Wharf saw Szczepaniak convert a drab canal-side house in London to a sleek, immaculately designed and highly functional family home. The most striking aspect of the project is the top floor, which now sees a sculptural steel and timber pod   where the structure acts as a masterclass in high end, minimalist design.

Visit wallpaper.com for further details and images of the project.

ICE QUEST SCHOLARSHIP

Congratulations to our Structural Apprentice Mia Airoll on being awarded an ICE QUEST Technical Scholarship from the Institute of Civil Engineering.

From her early days with Blue, Mia has shown great determination and dedication to learn and progress in her career. This accolade is a great achievement; ICE QUEST Scholarships are widely known and respected in the engineering industry. Mia will now work with other scholars and the ICE regional support team for London to promote civil engineering to young people.

Don’t Move Improve exhibition

Blue is proud to have worked on a number of projects that were in the running for this year’s Don’t Move Improve Awards, which celebrate London’s best-designed and most innovative home extensions completed in the last two years across London.

An exhibition showcasing all 120 projects has just opened at the New London Architecture centre in Fitzrovia. The free exhibition displays a wealth of inspiration, an eclectic mix of building types, and demonstrates how homeowners can extend above, below and through their buildings, or reconfigure existing layouts to optimise or create space.

The projects we worked on that are included in the exhibition are: Acute Intervention with David Stanley Architects, Albion Drive with ZCD Architects, Fin House with Inter Urban Studios,  Shakespeare Road with Darren Oldfield Architects, Tree House with ZCD Architects, Union Wharf with Nicholas Szczepaniak Architects, Pitch Perfect with Nimtim Architects and Amhurst Road with Poulsom Middlehurst.

The exhibition is open until 20 April 2018. 

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Blue announced as Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer

We are proud to announce that last week, Blue was recognised in the sixth Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list.

The Top 100 list, compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service recognises excellence in organisations that employ apprentices. It showcases the breadth of employers who now offer apprenticeships, and we are proud to be on such a prestigious list.

Apprentices are hugely important to our practice and we are delighted that everyone’s hard work and dedication has been recognised in this way.

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Wraparound extensions in Grand Designs

Last month, Grand Designs published an extensive feature on wraparound extensions, including the need for careful planning and local authority permissions. The feature included comment from Darren Oldfield, one of our frequent collaborators, and included a complex wraparound extension we worked on with the architect in Dulwich.