Aylesbury Estate, Southwark The Aylesbury Estate in south London was in desperate need of regeneration in the late 90s, when we were commissioned to develop a mini masterplan for one part of the estate. We carried out workshops with the London Borough of Southwark, residents and local businesses to explore the various options for improvement. Our approach was to demolish the existing stock and build better housing in its place, while reintroducing the traditional, legible streets that had been lost when the estate was built in the 1960s.
The Atkinson, Southport This project combines three Grade II listed Victorian buildings on Southport’s handsome main street to form an integrated cultural centre, which includes performing arts, an art gallery, museum and library
Bristol Beacon, Bristol This scheme will become Bristol’s new musical hub. We devised a phased programme for works: phase one was completed in 2009 and the design for phase two is currently underway. The first phase involved demolishing part of the site to deliver a new foyer building, with all of the modern facilities necessary for an audience of 2,500 people. At its centre is an open informal performance space, whilst a range of flexible spaces also support the hall’s education, outreach and conference programmes.
Devonshire Park, Sussex Dating from 1873, Devonshire Park has long been an attraction within Eastbourne and for the wider south coast. As well as being home to three theatres, it hosts major tennis tournaments including the women’s warm-up contest for Wimbledon. However, over the years the facilities have fallen behind competitors and are in need of significant revitalisation.
Faculty of Laws, UCL, Camden UCL’s Faculty of Laws has increasing numbers of staff and students and requires improved facilities to enhance its reputation as a world-class study centre. Our design will fully integrate all existing parts of Bentham House – a Grade II listed former Union Headquarters – and the adjacent mid-20th century Gideon Schreier Wing within the predominantly Georgian conservation area.
66-72 Gower Street, Camden Our refurbishment of this 1950s building provides new offices and desk based research space together with innovation ‘labs’ and executive teaching rooms for computer scientists. Disabled access into and around the building was addressed and having highly adaptable accommodation for touch-down and permanent working makes all of the spaces very flexible. Environmental enhancements focused on replacement windows and internal insulation, whilst improvements to the building’s services have resulted in reduced power consumption in line with UCL’s commitment for carbon reduction. A ‘Gold’ rating of RISC SKA accreditation has also been achieved.
King’s School, Bruton, Somerset The new music school at King’s School, Bruton, sits on the site of a former open-air swimming pool, amongst a collection of listed buildings dating from the 16th century. Facilities include a recital hall, peripatetic rooms, practice rooms, music classrooms and a recording studio.
Levitt Bernstein was founded in 1968, shortly after David Levitt met David Bernstein whilst working on the ground-breaking Brunswick Centre. They decided to set up a practice focused on revitalising London’s decaying inner city. The capital was also in the throes of a housing crisis and the pair were dedicated to creating better homes for all – a principle that is as fundamental to our work now as it was then.
After initially focusing on social housing, we began to branch out into other sectors. A turning point was winning the commission to design a theatre in Manchester’s derelict Victorian trading hall. The new Royal Exchange Theatre won us our first RIBA Award and was the beginning of many public building commissions for the Practice. By the end of the 70s, we were well known for our work in urban regeneration, housing and cultural buildings, and still are today.
Ever since, we have grown organically and now have over 120 staff working on projects across the housing, arts, education, health and commercial sectors from our London and Manchester design studios.
In 2018, we celebrated our 50th birthday. To mark the occasion, we had a year-long partnership with Shelter to support their incredible work by fundraising, volunteering and campaigning. At a time when homelessness figures seem to know no bounds, we felt it more important than ever to add our support – so that more people have a proper place to call home.
As architects, landscape architects and urban designers, we create award winning buildings, living landscapes and thriving urban spaces, using inventive design to solve real life challenges. Putting people at the heart of our work, each of our projects is different but the driving force behind every one is the desire to create an environment that is beautiful, sustainable and functional.