Finishing Touches To White Post Quay

©BacaArchitectsWhite Post Quay- July2015Work continues at White Post Quay, a six-storey building overlooking the Olympic Park in East London that will be utilised by local artists and artisans.

The building has now been topped out and is watertight. The next phase includes the link block to connect the new canalside building to the existing suite of warehouses.  A sample of the feature façade will soon be made up for checking before the full integrated shading and balustrading is installed to protect and articulate the south-facing façade.

The new building will act as a hub for the sites’ numerous artists and artisans, housing a cafe and exhibition spaces. The building has been stepped back at ground and first floor levels to provide a public apron onto the canal and connection to the new footbridge.

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Floating Restaurants For Liverpool

168©BacaArchitects-Salthouse Dock-AerialBaca have developed feasibility proposals for a cluster of floating restaurants for Salthouse Dock in Liverpool.

Following the development principles set out in the ‘Waterspace Plan’ for the South Docks, the dock is designated for restaurant and retail uses and will form part of the ‘shop window’ to Liverpool’s historic docks and World Heritage Site.

The 12,000 sq ft development will be made up from three to four floating restaurants. These will cater for a variety of tastes and be linked by a public accessway and generous floating terrace at water level. Each unit will have a private roof terrace with panoramic views of the UK’s largest cluster of Grade I Buildings – the Albert Dock warehouses, and to the Liverpool’s famous Three Graces.

Background: Baca completed Liverpool South Dock’s ‘Waterspace Plan’ in 2013, which is now supplementary planning guidance for the Canal and Rivers Trust. The Waterspace Plan won the Water Renaissance top prize for Masterplanning and Regeneration in 2014.

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Baca’s Summer Fiesta 2015


Baca’s 2015 summer party, a pop-up fiesta, will be taking place at Beadnell Mews prior to demolition. The courtyard and small warehouses will make way for a new mews development.

Expect music, summer catering and a drink or two to celebrate the summer and another successful year.

We hope to see you there..!

About Beadnell Mews

Once completed, the development will comprise a three-/four-storey residential block along the street front, with four houses facing onto a shared courtyard to the rear. The front block is divided in two to provide a pedestrian routeway through to the new mews at the rear. Each house has its own garden that opens onto the central courtyard – a communal safe playground for children and a shared place for all the residents. The buildings have been sculpted to maximise light between and over the houses into the courtyard, as well as creating south-facing roofs for solar panels. The front block is designed to create a contemporary form that also provides continuity along the street line, with the roof of the front block crafted to reduce the eaves line.

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Water In Future Cities, Flood-proof Workshop, 30th June 2015

NERC - RCUK Watershowcase Event

We are fast approaching the National Environment Research Council’s RCUK Water Showcase, ‘Water in Future Cities’.  Taking place at The Crystal, London on the 30th of June 2015, the event will see policymakers, businesses and researchers exploring five distinctive visions for these cities of the future:

Green Food & Garden Cityscapes, Flood-proof Cities, Smart Homes & City Networks, Cities & the Underworld and Community Transition Cities

Richard Coutts of Baca will be running a workshop on Flood-proof cities with Dr. Jim Wharfe, one of the parallel workshops on Business of Water in Cities that will explore possible routes to realise these visions.

The Research Councils UK-sponsored event will facilitate dialogue and collaborations between researchers and research users in industry, government and third sector.

If you would like to attend the event, please complete the registration by following this link.

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Vision Event, London 2-3 June 2015 – Amphibious And Flood-Resilient Homes Workshop

Vision logo

The annual Vision event returns to London’s Olympia next week, bringing together architects, specifiers, clients and suppliers to discuss, debate and showcase the latest innovations and developments in architecture, design and the built environment.  Through a series of lectures, live debates and practical seminars, alongside an exhibition of cutting-edge products, Vision will provide the meeting place for professionals connected to the built environment.

The practice’s Richard Coutts will be speaking at the Amphibious & Flood-Resilient Homes workshop at 13.00 on the 3rd of June.  Under discussion will be the completed Baca-designed  Amphibious House on the banks of the Thames in Buckinghamshire plus a new generation of floating and flood-resilient homes.  Richard will also present other measures for protecting buildings from damage from flooding, including the demonstration flood-resilient building, in conjunction with Aquobex, planned for the BRE Innovation Park in Watford.

Amphibious & Flood-Resilient Homes workshop
Date: 3rd June

Time: 13.00 – 14.00
Location: Innovation In Architecture & Design Theatre

If you would like to register for the show, please click HERE.

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Thames Estuary Partnership Talk

Fullers RC TEP Talk2015

In a series of summer seminars at University College London (UCL), London’s vital artery, the River Thames, is celebrated and explored.  Sponsored by Fuller’sIn Touch with the Thames is organised by The Thames Estuary Partnership (TEP) and open to anyone who would like to learn more about the tidal Thames, its estuary, flood-plains, tributaries, communities, and commerce.  Viewing the Thames as a system as much as a location, the lectures are intended to stimulate conversation and the sharing of new approaches to understanding, managing or enjoying the river’s urban and rural hinterland and similar riparian and maritime landscapes in the south-east.

Tuesday the 19th of May saw Richard Coutts of Baca presenting research along with Thames-side projects that utilise the practice’s expertise in water-related design.  Plans for the Creekside Educational Trust’s Visitors Centre in the Thames Estuary were discussed along with the proposed Thames Tideway Tunnel and an update on the award-winning LifE (Long-term Initiatives for flood Risk Environments) Project.  Building on the success of the UK’s first Amphibious House, Richard expanded on the Baca design and presented some of the practice’s forthcoming projects including next-generation Amphibious Houses, an Elevated House & designs for further Flood Resilient Homes.

We would also like to say a big thank you to London brewer, Fuller’s, for supplying delicious complimentary craft beers at the event.

Baca’s forthcoming book Aquatecture from RIBA Publishing can be purchased by clicking on this LINK.

Some of the practice’s water-related designs are presented in Built on Water from Braun Publishing, available for purchase via the following LINK.

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Water, Water Everywhere – Landscape Institute Event 25/04/15

Landscape Institute flyer RB talk lores

This weekend, the Landscape Insitute’s AGM in Norwich will be accompanied by a series of inspiring talks exploring the pivotal role that water has in its purer landscape form:  rivers.  A group of expert speakers will be sharing their experiences in dealing with rivers in various design fields and disciplines at The River Is Everywhere event.

Robert Barker of Baca will be discussing the practice’s designs for The Deal Ground in East Norwich, recently granted planning permission.  The Baca-led consortium of designers had to consider the site’s numerous constraints, not least the issues of flood-risk, ecology and access.  He will joined by Jenny Mant of The River Restoration Centre, Eoghan Sheils of SheilsFlynn and Richard Haine of Frog Environmental.

Following the seminar, Eoghan Sheils will guide a walk along the River Wensum.  If you would like to attend the event, please follow the link HERE to book tickets.

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