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Open House 2014

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With the preparations for this year’s open house now well underway, this weekend is set to be one to remember.

Since its establishment in 1992, Open House has sought to open up some of London’s finest example of architecture to the public, engaging local communities in discussion beyond the workplace or classroom. As a non-profit organisation, Open House allows the general public to access some of the capital’s most prolific buildings. Whether you are interested in 21st century urban design, the ever-evolving skyline of London or the concept of a ‘green city’ then be sure to plan you weekend to make the most of all that is available.

This year, MDR Associates are pleased to be participating with the events of the weekend. Some of our staff will be leading tours of Dawsons Heights, the iconic residential block located on the edge of East Dulwich.

Designed in the 1960’s by architect Kate Macintosh for Southwark Borough Council, the building has created a lasting mark on the area that has certainly caused much debate over the years.

The development, consisting of almost 300 residential units over two main blocks of 12 storeys, took 8 years to complete for the grand sum of £1.6m. In 2012 the building was a strong candidate to be considered for a Grade II listing by English Heritage.

There is no need to book a place, simply turn up and enjoy the tour. Groups will be able to access the building between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 20th September 2014.

To find out more please visit http://events.londonopenhouse.org/building/20086

Hope to see you there!

Braving the Storm – 2 Additions to Gibbon’s Rent

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Yesterday evening, along with Team London Bridge, we officially launched the Little Library and Gateways to Gibbon’s Rent.

It was a great evening and although the rain tried to rain on our parade, we welcomed 2 new additions to our neighbourhood’s little green space. Thank you to Team London Bridge who co-hosted with us, to everyone who braved the weather and to all those involved in the two projects.

The Little Library was designed by Mill & Jones, through a competition on IdeasTap sponsered by The Peter De Haan Charitable Trust.
The new Gateways was designed as a partnership between RARA Co-Operative, Superuse Studios, The Architecture Foundation & Southwark Council.

Have you recently visited Gibbon’s Rent or used the Little Library? Tell us what you think. Email info@mdrassociates.co.uk You can also tweet us @MDR_Associates or use the hashtag #GibbonsRent

Photos courtesy of Team London Bridge. Click here for more photos of the event.

Gibbon’s Rent Little Library & Gateways Launch

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With the success of Gibbon’s Rent Pocket Park, we couldn’t wait to join forces with Team London Bridge once again, to host the official opening of the Little Library and newly installed Gateways. Whether it’s used as a connecting route between one corner of London Bridge and another, or as a sunny spot for lunch, Gibbon’s Rent has been warmly welcomed into our local community and we can’t remember life before.

We’re excited to see how this new installation will contribute to the social and economic development of our local area, bringing together local residents, businesses and passers by. Our own Little Library seeks to further develop the pocket park’s use as a place to read, dwell and socialise. The Gateways at both entrances to Gibbon’s Rent will place the line of potted plants on the map as the next best place to be. If you are in the area on Thursday 14 August, join us from 4.30pm for an afternoon tea themed grand unveiling.

Little Library & Gateways Invitation