HB Reavis invites architects to pitch at MIPIM UK.

Wednesday 18th October, 2017 | 16.30-17.30

Hammersmith Rd,
London W14 8UX,

Real estate developer HB Reavis will select an architect to work on an existing commercial building in Farringdon at the next Architect Pitch.

Seven architects will be chosen to pitch at MIPIM UK to a panel that includes Kiran Pawar from HB Reavis and Simon Glynn from the City Corporation.

As with previous pitches, architects have just three minutes to give a synopsis of their practice. The challenge is to convince HB Reavis you are a practice they would enjoy working with, have lots of fresh ideas and understand its ethos and approach.

Part of the presentation should include some idea of how you would tackle the brief using a maximum of three slides for this part of the pitch. After the pitch the panel will give their feedback and a winner will be chosen.

All seven architects will receive two complimentary tickets for MIPIM UK.

The pitch will be followed by a networking drinks.

We are also offering a special Archiboo rate of £220 to attend MIPIM UK on October 18th and 19th. This is compared to the final price of £595. Please click ‘book ticket’ to register for the special Archiboo rate.

The Brief

 There are hundreds of roof terraces all over London. The majority are simply paved areas that are only used when the weather is good. As a result, they sit empty for most of the year and add little to the end user experience. HB Reavis believe this is a huge lost opportunity and with more innovative and creative design ideas, this outside space could play a more permanent role in the life of employees..

The property’s terraces comprise 13.2% of the total usable area for the building and could become one of the key selling points for the scheme. The terrace space of the building is spread over three levels (please see floor plans attached):



Level Area (m²)
Level 3 Terrace 668
Level 5 Terrace 168
Level 6 Terrace 648
Total 1,484


HB Reavis is looking for a design idea or approach that considers all the external spaces.  432 m² of the level 6 terrace space is accessible to tenants of all floors.

The building located in EC1 is adjacent to a major transportation hub and comprises 10,000 sq ft of retail space at street level and approximately 125,000 sq ft of Grade A office space over seven floors. The competition winner would work alongside the lead architect of the scheme.

Part of the unique experience could be space for social interaction, space for various events, activities and informal meetings even allowing for less formal workspace to be partially extended outside. Although permanent structures would breach the right of light for neighbouring properties, temporary/adaptable coverings could be explored.

  • Think about the views, orientation, weather impact and other restrictions for the terraces and roofs, as this could have significant impact on usability.
  • Think about target audience and options for the roof.
  • Think about the option of creating access to the level 3 terrace from level 2 assuming different tenants for each.

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To apply for the Architect Pitch please complete the form by October 6th. Click the image below to open up the form. 




Kiran Pawar
Kiran Pawar joined HB Reavis in 2017, as Development Director for the UK business. He is responsible for leading the development management team in the UK and for overseeing the expansion of the development portfolio in London. Current projects in the pipeline include Elizabeth House next to Waterloo Station. Kiran previously worked for Land Securities and was involved in some of the group’s most high-profile and successful projects in London, including 20 Fenchurch St, One New Change and Nova.

Steven Skinner
Steven Skinner joined HB Reavis in 2017 as Transactional Director. He is responsible for developing the UK business and leading teams through acquisitions, leasing, financing, asset management and marketing. Prior to joining HB Reavis, Steven was head of BNP Paribas Real Estate’s West End and Midtown office.

Festus Moffat
Festus has been a director of John Robertson Architects since 1996 and has continuously played a leading role in the direction, development and output of the practice: helping JRA become one of the most respected and trusted architecture studios in the hugely competitive Central London market.

Clare Dowdy
Clare has been writing about the business of design and architecture for 20 years. As well as working on staff at Wallpaper and Design Week magazine, she had a column in the Financial Times for two and a half years. Clare has freelanced for titles including Monocle, The Guardian and Wired and has written books on design.

Clarisse Tavin
Clarisse is a Group Manager in the Public Realm team of the City of London Corporation. Trained in France and Italy, she is a chartered Architect with 10 years’ experience of delivering and managing high level public realm programmes and projects from inception to completion on site, in a very dynamic and complex urban environment.