Building Tour: Centre Point by MICA

Join MICA for a tour of the practice’s transformation of the Grade II-listed Centre Point in central London

Starts:

11:00am, Sunday, 20 October 2019

Until:

12:30pm, Sunday, 20 October 2019

Tour Guide:

Gavin Miller

GM

James Kirk

JK

Duration: 1.5 hours

Time: 11:00 - 12:30

Tickets: £8 // AF Members and Supporters can receive 20% Discount with code

Start: Meet at St Giles Square, New Oxford St, London WC2H 8LH

Getting There: Tottenham Court Road station

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Take a tour with MICA director Gavin Miller and associate James Kirk around this landmark regeneration project for developer Almacantar. MICA have transformed the Grade II listed 1960s’ complex to create new retail units, restaurants and a major pedestrian square at ground level, removing traffic from the base of the iconic tower.

The scheme provides a new retail and leisure anchor to the east of Oxford street immediately adjacent to Tottenham Court Road Station. This safe, attractive and pedestrian-friendly space will form an important new meeting place for locals and visitors alike.

The arrangement of units restores and transforms parts of the complex, while keeping to its spirit, creating ground floor entrances and frontages to every unit. New elements are blended with old, in combination with restoring and reinstating key historic features. In removing floors and inserting new stairs and lifts, the language of transparency and openness is developed to reorientate the complex to its new public realm setting.

Tour Guides:

Gavin Miller
With over 20 years experience in architecture and urban design, often in highly challenging and sensitive settings, Gavin has become a specialist in being able to deliver successful solutions, through clear strategic and innovative spatial strategies, developed from a rigorous analysis of context, and in a wide range of scales. He views architecture, infrastructure, urban design, the public realm and landscape as an integrated whole.

Born and educated in Glasgow Gavin has worked on masterplanning schemes in Belgium, France, Austria and Scotland and has lectured and taught widely on urban design. He has extensive experience in educational, cultural, mixed use and masterplanning projects in highly sensitive and complex settings, in both public and private sectors.

Building upon the reputation of design quality established by the partners of Rick Mather Architects over 20 years, Gavin has co-founded a new practice MICA. Under Gavin’s leadership the practice has developed an analytical, engaging approach over the last four years which has been applied to all projects, from strategic masterplans and landscape planning to individual buildings, interiors and furniture.

James Kirk
James has over 10 years experience working on a variety of regeneration, mixed use, residential, educational and commercial projects. He works to produce creative and pragmatic designs for complex sites and brief environments, having worked on projects involving significant heritage, structural, environmental and architectural constraints.

James is has been a key member of the Centre Point team from concept, through construction, to fit-out for retailers. He is now on the client side team guiding the design and redevelopment of the grade II listed complex for Almacantar, which now offers new civic and leisure space, new- build residential and public space at the east end of London’s prime shopping street. He is also currently producing designs for improved facilities at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in Twickenham. James plays an important role in managing IT systems for the practice and has developed MICA’s building modelling and representation methods.

James has recently taught the 2019 BA Interior Design course at Chelsea College of Arts, and has also been integral to the practice’s involvement in mentoring students from the Stephen Lawrence Trust, leading CV workshops, CAD training and workplace training.