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August 2021

Group Ginger has been selected as one of Britain's Best Emerging Architects.

Published in association with the Architecture Foundation, New Architects 4 showcases the wealth of emerging architectural talent in the United Kingdom. It provides a unique guide to over 80 of the most innovative and talented young architectural practices, many of which are destined to become the leading practices of tomorrow. With this publication, the fourth in a ground-breaking series that began in 1998, the Architecture Foundation continues its tradition of championing new generations of architects and helping the development of many young practices.

The first edition of New Architects was cited by architects and clients as the one key reference source for the commissioning of public and private projects, offering a critical outlook on the buoyant British architectural scene. The Observer newspaper said of New Architects 2, published by Merrell in 2001: In terms of providing an insight into future trends in architecture, it is hard to beat. Today, the British architectural scene remains lively and diverse, yet it is still difficult for young practices to gain significant commissions. This brand-new book, featuring practices selected by a jury of architectural professionals, represents the next generation of talent, and will be invaluable for all those interested in creating the best new additions to our built environment. The book provides a comprehensive, independent expert assessment of each practice. Offering both practical information on how to get the most out of the client/architect relationship and an overview of the architecture scene in the UK, this book will serve not only as a reference for clients, advisers and urban planners, but also as a resource to inspire readers and celebrate the value of high-quality contemporary architecture.

The building appeals to occupiers and visitors alike. Internally there is a rawness that reveals and celebrates the historic fabric of the building. From the entrance, you are drawn to the central communal covered space, where views into the adjacent units embody the feeling of community and openness – the creative process is on view here and the potential for collaboration is clear.

Colour is central to the project and is handled with expert precision; there could have been a danger of sensory overload with colour, texture, exposed services and cellular office spaces, but the balance has been tuned to create a series of interconnected spaces which seem to perfectly reflect the creativity of the occupants.

A worthy winner, The Bis, Whitby Street Studios is building a community of creative enterprises that will no doubt be of great economic and cultural benefit to the town. The project is a great credit to Hartlepool Borough Council who were clearly an engaged and active client. The listed building has been revitalised on an extremely challenging budget, and the whole project has been developed with an unpretentious sensitivity and creativity which has resulted in an overwhelming sense of positivity for the future.