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Nimtim architects

Becontree corner plots: A tour with nimtim architects

Valence House Museum

13 November 2021

Join architects from nimtim on this morning tour to hear about their competition-winning designs to embed new green infrastructure across the Becontree Estate.

After outlining a number of corner plots at junctions across the estate, nimtim have been working with resident groups and schools to develop designs that will encourage informal play and informal gathering. Another key priority is to landscape these pockets of public space with plants and shrubs that are compatible with the former ecology of the site.

The tour will start at Valence House with a presentation by the architects on their initial research and the community engagement process through workshops and model making. We will then walk over with nimtim to visit two of the sites being developed.

The tour will take place on Saturday 13 November, 11am-12.30pm. Tickets cost RIBA Members: £5, General: £10, + booking fees. To find out more click here.

RIBA is offering a number of complimentary tickets to local residents, if you’re interested in attending an event please contact talks@riba.org

To view more RIBA events taking place over the Becontree centenary click here.

Valence House Museum
Becontree Ave

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Nimtim architects was founded in 2014 by Nimal Attanayake and Timothy O’Callaghan (Nimi and Tim). They founded the practice following Nimi’s diagnosis and recovery from cancer, which inspired their decision to create a ‘relatable, approachable and supportive’ practice, committed to ‘a healthy work/life balance’ and ‘adding social value’.

Katie Schwab works with installation, textiles, furniture and moving image, to explore personal and social histories of education, migration and labour. Her research focuses on domestic textiles and civic design from the inter- and postwar period and, in particular, the underrepresented work of women artists and émigré designers. Embedded in the communities and contexts in which she works, Katie’s long-term projects incorporate collaborative workshops, oral history interviews, archival research and craft-based learning.

The corner plot commission is part of the Becontree centenary, a partnership between Create London, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham (LBBD) and RIBA, supported by LBBD.