Spring News – 25 Years

2018 sees us celebrate our 25-year anniversary. Architect Tim Wood formed Forge Architects in 1993 and since then Forge has grown from strength to strength. Whilst a lot has changed over these 25 years, we continue to believe in simple, functional architecture that enhances both its environmental and the well being of its end users.

LFA - Folly Design

We are proud to be participating in the London Festival of Architecture Folly Design Challenge, which celebrates the extraordinary women of Bankside. In total there will be 11 folly designs with architects and designers from across London getting involved. Our design aims to embody "darkness, rhythm, growth and protest", inspired by SE1 figure: singer-songwriter PJ Harvey.

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The Great Get Together 2018

Our director Tim Wood is chairman of the Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) who are once again hosting the Great Get Together on 24th June, in memory of the late Jo Cox MP. The event involves local communities in the Bankside Area, bringing people together through activities and celebration in a street party spanning Union Street to Flat Iron Square.

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Jim's FORGE Blog

Jim has been with us since 2001 and was involved in creating the offices we now occupy, which led him to start blogging about his experiences at FORGE. Jim is currently working on projects in the residential / industrial sectors, and continues to be a key member of the team.

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 Laura, Tom and Louise busy at work

After joining FORGE as an architectural assistant, Laura has worked on several planning projects as well as a large private house. She is also working towards her Part III Course at Westminster University with Sheaveshill as her case study project.

Tom joined Forge as an architectural assistant in early 2017 to work towards his Part II Course with RIBA Studio. Tom has been busy creating detailed drawing packages for residential and commercial projects while liasing with clients and contractors to deliver coherent schemes.

Louise is in the process of completing her Part III at Westminster University. Since joining FORGE, she has worked on a number of resi spaces and environment projects including Lawrence Road, as well as the design packages for a large residential scheme in Leatherhead.

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Fore Street achieves planning
Our planning for the Fore Street project has been approved. This mixed-use development in Enfield involves the redevelopment of a site mostly occupied by derelict and underused buildings. Our proposal will create two commercial units as well as 58 residential units arranged in an 'L' shaped form. We aim to use materials that compliment the local area with a red brick tower featured at the corner of the building, emphasising the local typology.

Southwark Playhouse - London Bridge and Newington Butts
Director Tim Wood, who is the chair of trustees at Southwark Playhouse was in the national news last week confirming that the theatre will soon create two new venues in Elephant and Castle and London Bridge.
"What an exhilarating time in the history of this organisation and an amazing opportunity to finally set down roots in Southwark after 25 years of being theatrical nomads. The development project is in the capable hands of an intrepid and daring team led by invincible artistic director Chris Smyrnios" - Tim Wood
 
The McKenzie Memorial
To mark the centenary of the Zeebrugge raid where Albert McKenzie earned the Victorian Cross, Forge has worked with members of the Oxford & Bermondsey Club to erect a memorial statue in his honour. The memorial has been designed by local artist and blacksmith Kevin Boys and stands upon a representation of the Zeebrugge sea wall. The new dedication was attended by Admiral Lord West, Sir Simon Hughes, The Major, local Sea Cadets and other members of the naval community.

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