Last year I photographed the new RocketSpace Tech Campus in London. The campus is located in the Royal Bank of Scotland's old cash-counting facility in Angel, Islington. Natwest partnered with RocketSpace to help it enter the UK market. The project was designed by LOM architects, with Overbury as the fit out company, fdcreative designing the lighting scheme, and the photography was in collaboration with Project Pictures.
Since launching in 2011, RocketSpace have brought Velocity to the World’s Top Innovators, with 750 tech start-ups and 16 unicorns including Uber, Blippar, Supercell and Spotify. The new State-of-the-art campus is designed specifically for high-growth tech start-ups and is RocketSpace’s first new facility outside San Francisco. Services and amenities will accommodate the needs of growing tech start-up teams, including office-as-a-service, a multi-gigabit internet connection, cafe, collaborative workspaces, and a large event space. Members have access to hands-on workshops, peer group roundtables, trend talks and networking events, among other services.
The Brief was to create a flexible work environment for up to 1,500 people in the Regent’s House building which included converting the loading bay into a double-height state-of-the-art event space, and NatWest’s former cash vault into a lounge and games room.
The reception area was opened up and transformed by taking the walls back to bare concrete. Lighting focuses on the reception desk, seating areas and the Rocket Space Brand.
The upper floors have been divided into open plan dedicated workspaces and cellular office suite spaces using over 700 linear meters of acoustic glazed partitions. LOM has designed a completely bespoke desk system to maximise space usage and reflect the utilitarian aesthetic. Compact desk tops in lacquered ply sit above raw steel frames with cable management and slim-line pedestals to optimise ergonomics. All 1,000 fixed desks are powered height adjustable.
1200 tonnes of material was removed to create the events space, with the 1980’s building stripped back to its original concrete frame, revealing the blast proof reinforced structure, coffered ceilings and brickwork. A utilitarian workplace design includes exposed services, clean lines, steel and concrete with accent colours. LOM have also created bespoke signage. The presentation area is the gravitational centre of the campus and includes bleacher seating and a 24 panel digital screen for presentations, web conferences and gaming. The impressive double height space provides a shared social, interactive networking hub teaching facilities and a bar area. The internal volume has been optimised by introducing a new mezzanine level to accommodate media pods and flex-rooms.
The bank vault has been converted to a break out space and games room complete with bullion cages and vault doors. Banquette seating, plush upholstered furnishings, a cinema lightbox and ornate billiard table provide reference to the auspicious activities of a former cash vault. The vault doors, bolts protruding, have remained untouched. The lounge and games room was lit using a mixture of decorative pendants located over seating areas to create an intimate atmosphere. This was coupled with surface mounted downlights, linear LED wall washers and table lamps. The lighting was zoned and dimmed to create the desired mood providing emphasis on the soft seating and pool table. Curtains separate the various spaces.
The new RocketSpace Tech Campus really shows a commitment to UK innovation and enterprise by all those involved.
“London’s tech community continues to rapidly expand and drive innovation,” said RocketSpace Founder and CEO Duncan Logan. “Creating a physical presence here is critical to our expansion strategy and mission to build an ecosystem for innovation to thrive, across a global network of campuses. We are very excited about working with London’s tech entrepreneurs, who are creating some of the most disruptive technologies of the future.”
I am featured in the latest Nikon Pro Magazine, the tri-annual publication from Nikon Europe read by over 75,000 professional photographers and serious enthusiasts worldwide.
The magazine carries news and features that are intended to inspire, inform and engages its readers. Each issue selects “eight superb photos” and discusses “the motivations of the people who created them.
My picture of a school boy in a village in Rwanda, photographed for the organisation DelAgua, was selected for a two page spread. DelAgua’s project in Rwanda will provide individual households with a ready supply of clean water and a safer, more efficient means of cooking.
The water filters eliminate bacterial contamination - providing safe water for drinking and washing. The cookstoves use less wood and burn more efficiently - this helps prevent diseases caused by air pollution and reduces carbon emissions.
Mix Interiors magazine’s November issue ran a feature on the award winning Adobe workplace project with a selection of my pictures.
Mix Interiors is the leading magazine for the commercial interiors market. Aimed at the architectural and design community each issue of Mix Interiors includes a number of detailed case studies.
The Adobe scheme has been designed by Gensler and Hoare Lea, and managed by Turner & Townsend and is a mixture of open plan areas, meeting rooms, social hubs, a library, tech cafe and games room. The creative work environment equally prioritises both individual and group space and equips employees with the technology they need to easily and efficiently collaborate. A major feature includes a ‘Customer Experience Centre’ – providing UK and European customers with an environment to experience Adobe’s technology. The office boasts cutting-edge connectivity and technology alongside bright and open areas where teams can meet and work together, as well as quieter spaces for individual work.
An interconnecting feature staircase constructed in bold, red perforated metal mesh around a steel structure that sits on a combination of concrete and timber platforms. Light cubes on wire mimic falling pixels spreading through the void space. The feature stair connects staff across levels 7 and 8 and reflects the industrial feel of the building. The overall aim was to create a feeling of home, not just a workspace that tells the story of the Adobe brand and culture.
To read the online case study -
Occasionally I am asked to photograph events that cannot be discussed until after, interiors that are not to be seen by anyone other than the client and people whose portraits are restricted ... I can now add top secret food to that list!
I have been photographing for Pladis for a while now and earlier this year they contacted me to see if I would like to photograph a project as commissioned by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
In 1947, McVitie and Price made the official wedding cake for the young royal couple. Parent company Pladis offered its services to Buckingham Palace to provide a cake to celebrate the royal milestone, and in July, Pladis received a letter from the Master of the Household, stating that “Her Majesty would be very pleased to receive the cake.”
Pladis’s team of chefs created the one-of-a-kind cake on Hopwood Lane in Halifax, which was decorated in High Wycombe and has been delivered to Windsor Castle.
It was created by a team of specialist bakers lead by Esther Gamble, Product Design Lead, and Mark Schomberg, Global Development Chef at Pladis.
The cake includes intricate handmade sugar work details such as flowers replicating the Myrtle used in The Queen’s original wedding bouquet and intertwining initials to represent their union.
The cake is a fruit cake, weighs 35kgs, is 24 inches at its widest point and stands almost 2 feet tall.