Designer Spotlights

Here at Change we are very excited by new and innovative design.  It makes our project manager lives more interesting and keeps us in touch with current culture and sector markets.  We also pride ourselves in great working relationships with our designer colleagues and plan to build on these in 2018.

To this end, we are really happy to begin our Designer Spotlights page to highlight some exciting new work of our closest designer friends.  First up is turnerbates...


14 March 2018


turnerbates Design & Architecture

Hackney Town Hall wins 2018 Civic Trust Award Commendation

turnerbates’ collaboration with Hawkins\Brown on the restoration and refurbishment of the Grade II Listed Hackney Town Hall recently won a 2018 Civic Trust Award Commendation. The building was finally finished in late 2017 after 12 years of complex refurbishment, allowing the Town Hall to remain open throughout.

Practical interventions by the team, such as a 66% increase in office space, are paired with careful restoration, modern-style fittings and a transformation of the service courtyards into spacious symmetrical atriums. The restoration embraces the art deco style, whilst providing a useable space for events.

The project brought the listed building back to life, and ‘has allowed for the sensitive introduction of new event venues with the capacity to generate future revenue’.

About turnerbates

After starting out their professional journeys together, some 25 years later and after working at various highly regarded and award winning architectural practices, John & Howard decided it was time to go it alone and create their own vibrant, talented and multi-disciplinary studio. Committed to delivering quality, client focused and cost-effective design and communication solutions.

Now over 5 years on, turnerbates work on a diverse range of projects, both home and abroad in the commercial hospitality, heritage, retail, workplace and residential sectors, with both large and small independent organisations and enterprises.

Located close to London Bridge, the studio is home to a dynamic and creative team who work with passion, dedication and commitment throughout every step of a project.

Drawing on their experience and complimented by a young, professional and highly talented team, John & Howard continue to live their dream, researching, developing ideas and delivering exciting and commercially viable schemes on behalf of their clients, building strong relationships and understanding of our client’s needs and wants, reflected by high percentage of repeat business.