July 2015

Green Council Homes in the Green Capital

Emmett Russell Architects have submitted planning applications for three developments of new build council homes for Bristol City Council. In keeping with the City’s ambitions as European Green Capital, the housing has all been designed to Passivhaus Standards. The three sites are located in the Henbury and Brentry areas of the city. The developments form part of Bristol City Council’s New Build Council Housing Programme which aims to deliver 1000 new council homes over the next 15 years on housing infill sites.

October 2014

Campus Pool Skatepark, Bishopsworth

Emmett Russell Architects have been appointed as architects for the transformation of the old Bishopsworth Swimming Pool in South Bristol into the South West’s best indoor skatepark. The team from Campus Skate intend to turn the derelict site into a valuable community resource.

“Our aim is to positively engage young people through skatepark based activities, providing a facility for the local and wider community that is both excellent and sustainable.” This video gives more details of the project: http://vimeo.com/107706460

August 2014

Lilyville Road Completed

Work has just finished on our most recent London project on Lilyville Road in Fulham. The work involved the reconfiguration of a house to provide a light and open kitchen living room that makes the most of the courtyard garden to the rear of the house.

July 2014

Planting completed at Fentiman Road, Vauxhall

The very talented Karena Batstone has just completed a new landscaping scheme for our project at Fentiman Road, Vauxhall. The scheme includes galvanized roofop planters on the new extension and a compact family garden.

May 2014

Planning Granted for Porthkerry Road Conversion

Planning Permission has been granted for the conversion of a Listed church in Barry and its associated church hall into 10 houses. After the completition of two successful previous projects for the developer, Brownfield Green, we are delighted to have secured planning consent for our third project for this client.

May 2014

Planning Permission Granted for Winterton House, Wendover

Planning permission was granted this month for the development of 21 retirement flats in the grounds Winterton House, Wendover. The project involves the conversion of a Listed former rectory and a new building in the grounds.

March 2014

ERa featured in Architects Journal

Emmett Russell Architects were featured in the New Practices Slot of the Architects Journal this week.

March 2014

TRa becomes ERa

We are delighted to announce that from 1st April Tom Russell Architects will become Emmett Russell Architects Ltd (ERa). After eight years of successful collaboration, Victoria Emmett and Tom Russell are consolidating their growing practice under a new name to reflect their shared roles in developing the work of the practice.

March 2014

Reimagine Ageing Published in Architectural Design

Our winning scheme for the RIBA Re-imagine ageing competition has been published in Architectural Design this month. As part of an issue dedicated to ‘Designing for the Third Age’ Professor Lorraine Farrelly has written an article outlining the ambitions of the competition and the ideas that have emerged from it. “Tom Russell Architect’s design places an emphasis on simultaneously embracing the occupiers’ individuality and the creation of shared social spaces, encouraging cross-generational interation across the wider community”.

December 2013

Rose House Completed

Construction work on Rose House was completed in December 2013. Through careful detailing and meticulous work by the team from Greenheart the house managed to exceed Passivhaus standards in the airtightness testing.

October 2013

Wendover Planning Application Submitted

Following our win in the RIBA Re-imagine ageing competition, we were asked to design a new development of 21 retirement apartments in Wendover, Buckinghamshire. The project will involve two principle components: the restoration and conversion of a Grade II Listed Rectory building to provide 5 retirement apartments and the development of a new building on the adjacent site to provide 16 new 2 & 3 bedroom retirement apartments. A Planning Application was submitted in October.

June 2013

Winners of Reimagining Aging Competition

Tom Russell Architects announced as winners of the RIBA Re-Imagine Ageing Competition. The competition run by the RIBA on behalf of McCarthy & Stone, the country’s largest provider of retirement homes, asked competitors to re-think retirement housing for a new generation. The competition attracted over 120 entries from architects around the UK.

Based on a site in Bishops Waltham, our project offers the baby boomer generation a new model for home ownership in later life. At its heart, our proposal is about providing a setting for a mutually supportive community, where those entering later life can maintain independence and privacy. We have set out to challenge established conventions of the retirement home, move away from more institutional models and turn expectations for later living inside out.

McCarthy & Stone Executive Director Ali Crossley said: “The winning entry contained many visionary ideas for accommodation that directly respond to the generational shift in the perception of age that the sector is currently experiencing. We believe that the design provided by Tom Russell Architects will appeal to the inherent ideals of the next generation of older people, and we are now looking at how we can work with them to evolve new housing products .”

Chair of the RIBA judging panel Robert Sakula added: “This proposal, with its elegant layout and intelligent balance of privacy and community, really advances the debate as to how older people want to live. It’s a beautiful scheme and a worthy winner.”

March 2013

Telegraph LCP

The Saturday Telegraph magazine published an article about Artist Jessica Quinn who lives in one of our Hillside Houses.

Heavily reinforced retaining walls were an essential part of the project, and Russell, who is clearly adept at making a virtue of necessity, saw this as an excellent opportunity to borrow an elegant trick from the renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando, who made his name using exposed concrete to spectacular effect. It works brilliantly in Russell’s design too. The texture of the concrete is brought to life as light falls down across its rough surface and it, in turn, energises the restrained, understated ground-floor space.