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Oliver Smith

Founder Director
5th Studio

Before founding 5th Studio Oliver had worked with Sir James Stirling and then Sir Richard MacCormac, combining practice with teaching at the University of Cambridge School of Architecture – focusing on attitudes to materiality and construction.

This research has been extended through the practice’s work to develop a critical approach to sustainable construction and in particular to the adaptation of existing fabric.

Recent project work at 5th Studio includes the award-winning low-carbon retrofit of the Wolfson Flats, Churchill College in Cambridge, and the Westlegate Tower in Norwich, and the highly-sustainable refurbishment of the Grade I listed buildings at New Court in Trinity. These have established the practice’s reputation for innovative new build and retrofit housing.

Current projects in Oxford, London and Cambridge are developing this approach over a wide range of projects including the retrofit of the iconic 1960s tower blocks at Thamesmead for the Peabody Trust.

Session Summary 

This session will summarise the range of interventions made to provide 21st century accommodation within this Grade I listed building, and will concentrate on the coordination and design issues arising from the introduction of complete new services installations.

These services include new lighting and heating as well as building-wide ventilation all coordinated within both the vagaries of setting out and level of the existing fabric and into fitted furniture and lining elements. These are designed to complement the character of the existing listed interiors and to provide full access to all services for future maintenance, repair or alteration.

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