June 2020 An exemplary modern heritage interpretation providing beneficial economic and social impact to the future high street. An unloved part of Blackburn City Centre is being transformed through Blackburn with Darwen councils’ acquisition and National Lottery Heritage Fund investment in a mis-used heritage asset. Successive and uncontrolled alterations have left Blakey ... Read on
June 2020 Group Ginger has been shortlisted for RIBA North East award among the six buildings Read on
May 2020 An inspiring place for arts, events and the community, Group Ginger have recently been appointed to develop the detail design and preparation of listed building consent and detailed planning for the beautiful Grade II* listed former church building. The proposals improve the buildings flexibility, capacity and the facilities on offer ... Read on
May 2020 A productive and bio-diverse rural landscape Set in the foothills of the south Pennine range, Northern England, the original farm benefits from panoramic views of the beautiful open countryside. Following the retirement of the third generation of family farm tenants the agricultural use of the land has laid redundant and ... Read on
May 2020 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, ... Read on
April 2020 Lower Eastfield farm has secured detailed planning permission and work is now progressing on the technical and detail designs to enable contractor selection and a start on site with phase one; the conversion of the outbuildings and long barn. Read on
April 2020 Group Ginger are working with Teignbridge District Council to prepare their investment and development plans for the Alexandra Theatre, Market Hall and Market Square. We have prepared outline design proposals, a schedule of heritage improvements and the initial funding bid for the National Lottery Heritage Fund; to revitalise the listed ... Read on
December 2019 We are working closely with the Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council to develop Blakey Moor Terrace and help bring forward Townscape Heritage grant funded projects in the Northgate area. Since November, we have been busy working on a design framework that will help tackle some of the difficult details around ... Read on
December 2019 We were pleased to host RIBA Yorkshire AGM at the Leeds City Free room at Ginger Works. The Leeds City Free room is a place where artists, civic minded community groups and organisations can meet, display work and discuss opportunities and initiatives relevant to the city and the region. We are providing an independent agenda free space in the city. Read on
December 2019 Group Ginger have been appointed to come up with the design for the redevelopment of Blakey Moor Terrace in Blackburn by the Blackburn with Darwen Council. The scheme is a key part of the multi-million regeneration of Blackburn’s Blakey Moor. The scheme intends to breathe new life into the row of ... Read on
October 2019 A full planning application has been submitted for Lower Eastfield Farm ans is due to be determinded in December 2019. The design refurbishes extends and creates new accommodation to provide three new homes, an apple barn, an orchard, hay loft and wider tiered landscaping. Read on
October 2019 Free Room; Central to the works is the social and meeting space, Leeds CityFree Room; an open environment where conversation, discussion, debate and collaboration is nurtured and celebrated. The space can display creative outputs of our creative city communities. In the spirit of being open and collaborative we are inviting interesting ... Read on
September 2019 Group Ginger attended the UNIMAKER forum hosted by the iForge in the Diamond at the University of Sheffield. We gathered with people from across the UK and beyond who run makerspaces, or are just starting out on their makerspace journey. Group Ginger are preparing to set up a workshop at ... Read on
August 2019 Our latest completed project, Hartlepool Whitby Studios was featured in the Architects' Journal! We converted and extended the existing Grade II-listed former post office to provide education suites, teaching spaces, graduate studios and social networking for Hartlepool Borough Council and the Northern School of Art. To read the full article head over ... Read on
August 2019 Group Ginger’s new Pocket Book is now published. Pocket Book 02 presents the studios work, ethos and ambitions over the past 5 years. We hope you enjoy this new Pocket Book, “BE GINGER TOO”. This little book illustrates our commitment to establishing a practice which is focused on the crucial ... Read on
August 2019 It's taken nearly a year to realise the project from initially finding the building to completing the purchase and then refurbishing the space. Thanks to Crispin Interiors for all their support with the refurbishment and the quality finish. Group Ginger will occupy the first floor studio; with other spaces providing ... Read on
June 2019 Group ginger have been working with Leeds City Council to inform their plans for the open spaces surrounding St John’s Church. St John’s Church is the oldest church in Leeds City Centre, its construction dates back to 1632-34. The Anglican church has been declared redundant since 1975. It is a ... Read on
June 2019 Group ginger win limited competition to secure the opportunity to refurbish and modernise a flagship office building at Lawnswood business Park, Leeds. Group ginger were selected as they met the client’s requirements of providing imaginative and cost-effective design solutions to upgrade the building to attract high quality future tenants. Their ... Read on
June 2019 Group Ginger have secured a certificate of lawful development, as formal confirmation from Selby District Council to permit the development of an outbuilding as a complementary facility to a family home which therefore does not require a detailed planning consent for the development proposal. Group Ginger prepared information to demonstrate ... Read on
June 2019 Group Ginger are developing a flagship regeneration proposal for a new market, commercial space, cultural and leisure uses and a substantial number of affordable homes. The study will define an exemplary market experience. The variety balance and mix of uses will be determined by their potential to deliver a vibrant ... Read on
June 2019 Leeds Victoria gate phase one has delivered a high-quality retail environment which extends the established shopping quarter of Leeds; anchored with a John Lewis department store which has moved from its previous out of town location back into the heart of the city. The original masterplan proposed a continuation and ... Read on
June 2019 Business leader; June 10th 2019 A programme to help regenerate Cleethorpes town centre has received a £1m boost through the Government’s Local Growth Fund as part of their commitment to the Northern Powerhouse. The funding, which was secured by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, will complement the Cleethorpes regeneration programme which ... Read on
May 2019 Scarborough Market and Tophill low The Hide were both received highly commended in RICS awards 2019; Scarborough Market in Building conservation category and Tophill low The Hide in Tourism & Leisure category Read on
February 2019 Doncaster Council’s Cabinet agreed to appoint MAM, Market Asset Management to operate Doncaster and Mexborough Markets. Group ginger will be working with MAM to define the next chapter of this historic market; looking to the future and an investment of £2.3 million in the first 5-years and a further £6.2 ... Read on
January 2019 Planning submission registered with Leeds City Council for Victory Works, formerly Clarence house. The project provides 400m2 of office accommodation within in one of the remaining historic buildings within the Leeds Dock and Southbank area. The proposed layout amplifies the spaces within the existing historic fabric and provides support space ... Read on
January 2019 Mai Omi successfully passed her national qualifying examination in Japan and obtained a licence as first-class Kenchikushi (architect and building engineers). In Japan Kenchikushi exam is quite different from British architect professional exam. It is not specific to only architect. Other professionals in construction industry, including structural engineers, construction manager, ... Read on
January 2019 Group Ginger are working with the council and Quarterbridge market specialists to test the feasibility of a flagship regeneration proposal for a new market, commercial space, cultural and leisure uses and a substantial number of affordable homes. The study will define an exemplary market experience. The variety balance and mix ... Read on
December 2018 Group Ginger visited Dublin for this year’s Christmas field trip. 24 hours - Dinner, Party, Breakfast, Cycling, Building tours, Guinness and Flights home! Buildings visited; Timber-yard Social Housing Temple bar gallery and studios Artist studios in Dublin Trinity College Dublin & The Book of Kells Berkeley Library Trinity Long Room ... Read on
December 2018 Group ginger have secured a freehold building in the heart of Leeds city centre for their future office. The proposals will refurbish the property into three units. Central to the works is the social and meeting space; an open environment where conversation, discussion, debate and collaboration is nurtured and celebrated. ... Read on
December 2018 Our design proposals for seven one bedroom, three storey townhouses with roof terrace have secured detailed planning. Work on site starts in earnest in the new year. The buildings are located in the heart of the city centre adjacent to the railway viaduct. Their central location hidden behind existing retail and entertainment venues makes them a perfect location for small urban living.
October 2018 Group Ginger welcomes Alice Brammer to the team for her second year out as a Part 1 graduate from Sheffield School of Architecture.
October 2018 SUAS were excited to commence the 2018 Autumn Guest lecture series, kicking off with Simon Baker of Group Ginger in the Well, Floor 16 from 6pm, followed by drinks afterwards at University Arms. Simon presented the work of the practice discussing the design ethos and consistencies that run through each project ... Read on
September 2018 The class of 2017/18 graduated from (re)-activist studio in June. This year the studio explored “throwntogetherness” in Molenbeek Brussles; living togther as equals with dignity.
June 2018 BUILD Magazine's annual architecture awards have named Group Ginger Most Client-Focussed Architects 2018 while Leeds College of Music takes Best UK Rooftop Extension & Refurbishment Project
June 2018 Group Ginger, Cushman & Wakefield and ARUP collaborate to develop a future vision for this cultural institution.
May 2018 The grass is down and the space has been transformed from a building site to a green public space. All it needs now is a lick of paint...
May 2018 Creating contrast between new material finish and the existing building fabric of the new Business Innovation and Skills Centre. Read on
April 2018 We are delighted to win Small Project Architect of the year at BD's Architect of the Year Awards last night. Read on
March 2018 The Hide is the centre piece for Tophill Low Nature Reserve. It was also submitted as Regional Small Project of the Year. Read on
March 2018 This Grade II Listed Market Hall is one of three Group Ginger projects that are shortlisted for this year’s RIBA Yorkshire Awards. Read on
March 2018 Striking new addition to Leeds College of Music is one of thirteen buildings shortlisted for this year's RIBA Yorkshire Awards. Read on
March 2018 Sam and Cian speak to BD about the challenges of starting out as a young practice and future aspirations for Group Ginger. Read on
March 2018 We are thrilled to have Scarborough Market Hall, Tophill Low Bird Hide and Leeds College of Music all make the shortlist for RIBA Yorkshire regional awards. Read on
March 2018 A very positive walk around the site this week with the Heritage and Countryside manager, Sarah Scarr. The spaces are beginning to take shape as the steelwork is erected and the partitions installed. Read on
February 2018 Group Ginger has been shortlisted for BD's Architect of the Year Awards 2018. We have been shortlisted for Young Architect of the Year and Small Project Architect of the Year. Read on
January 2018 Successful presentation of the Future of the Food Axis at AMPS Conference Bristol 2018 in collaboration with Public Heatlh Film Society and World Health Organisation. Read on
December 2017 After several months of construction we have finally reached completion. The landlord and college are extremely pleased with their new space and the extension to the college above the BBC in Leeds Read on
December 2017 Great trip to Jansen factory with Schuco UK. Fantastic steel production and impressive projects in St Gallan, Switzerland!
December 2017 In collaboration with Cushman and Wakefield, Gardiner and Theobold, ARUP and IPW. Read on
December 2017 The london based course addresses both philosophical and practical aspects of the responsibilty of working with historic buildings.
December 2017 This annual award for recent graduates is given by The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, encourages and celebrates the sympathetic reuse of old buildings and sensitive new design in a historic context. Read on
November 2017 Can collective action transform waste and waste space into a valuable resource, adding to the quality of life for the neighbourhood, establishing shared activity and contributing to health benefits? Read on
November 2017 Planning application submitted for a landscape proposal to St Peter's Square, Leeds. The proposal draws on themes of performance prominent in the Quarry Hill cultural quarter.
October 2017 "Group Ginger has not being precious about the design ideas but open to discussion and constant client input to reach these shared goals." Read on
October 2017 The bar is taking shape at The Venue, Leeds College of Music. The feature brass bar has been installed along with the hung metal powdercoated frame.
October 2017 The city is turning into a place of consumption, without production. This is a problem! Read on
September 2017 Mai Omi was invited by the Japan Society of Urban and Reginal Planners (JSURP) to deliver a talk in Tokyo about Group Ginger’s approach to regeneration and urbanism in UK regional cities. Read on
September 2017 Our design for the refurbishment of Grade II listed Hartlepool Post Office has been featured as a key regereration project in Hartlepool! Read on
September 2017 Since Scarborough Market’s refurbishment was completed, it has seen a surge of new and innovative businesses celebrating local skills. Read on
September 2017 Group Ginger join forces with Urban Space Management, Cushman Wakefield, ARUP and Portas Agency in open tender for Halifax Borough Market Read on
August 2017 Re-think 2017 is an annual competition organised by Balmond Studio, a research-led practice of architects, designers, artists and theoreticians run by the world’s leading thinker on form and structure – Cecil Balmond OBE. Read on
August 2017 RE-Activist Architecture studio has been featured in the Architects' Journal annual degree show review. Read on
August 2017 A student project by Re-Activist studio's John Chia has been featured on Arch Reporter. Read on
August 2017 We are proud to announce that Scarborough Indoor Market has been shortlisted for the Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2017. Read on
August 2017 Things are taking shape as the construction of LCOM's new rooftop extension is underway.The design proposal consists of a rooftop extension and refurbishment at third floor level in order to extend the existing foyer facilities for ‘The Venue’ at Leeds College of Music. To read more about this project click here
August 2017 With the production of tender information for Lichfield Friarsgate, we have been busy considering a sensitive materials pallete for the scheme. The developments location within a conservation area has resulted in careful consideration of construction materials. To find out more about the Lichfield Friarsgate project click here.
May 2017 Following CCF funding investment, Scarborough Market Hall has been transformed into a 21st Century retail space whilst still retaining the charm and character of a traditional market in the grade II listed historic building. The grand opening of this project formed part of a number of cultural events within the town as ... Read on
January 2017 A three day symposium at the school of architecture, January 16th, 18th & 20th 2017. Simon Baker invited and hosted external practicing architects, and industry professionals to participate in this year's reflection of the industry. Read on
November 2016 Group Ginger along with collaborator Sarah Mills have worked with Tsukuba University and Leeds School of Architecture. Group Ginger were invited as guest critic for unit review of the student proposals in Tokyo following the students study trip and helped facilitate a workshop with the Japanese students and Leeds Beckett Students in Scarborough. Read on
November 2016 Following planning approval for Post Office, Hartlepool, Group Ginger have been appointed by Hartlepool Council to develop technical design and tender information.
October 2016 Group Ginger has been featured in the Yorkshire Post, Marc Casci interviews Simon Baker to understand his business objectives
September 2015 Group Ginger are celebrating their first birthday Thank you for all your support in making this year what its been.
September 2015 A community organisation has drawn up alternative plans for the future of the Grade II-listed Elinor Lupton Centre in Headingley – to turn it into a music hub rather than a pub. Read on
July 2015 Creation of a 21st century market place, St Helens Square, Scarborough. Read on
July 2015 An exciting new bar. Construction of the new bar for The Brunswick is in fabrication, soon to be delivered to site for installation.
May 2015 The RIBA Yorkshire Awards 2015 celebrating the best new British architecture in the region with Simon Baker conducting his duties as Yorkshire Chairman.
March 2015 Group Ginger recently appeared in the new practice section of the AJ. Shame they got our name wrong but why not have a read of what we said to the questions here…
January 2015 Yorkshire Post Business Club breakfast seminar. Hosted by Igloo. Simon Baker worked with Igloo and Anita Morris Associates to deliver a business seminar on the future potential of the South Bank of Leeds. What difference will the new ‘South Bank’ make to doing business in Leeds? Read on
Group ginger is a practice of architects. Our name derives from the political term, a ginger group. Ginger groups work to identify alternative ideas for the benefit of their host. As such Group Ginger works with clients to identify opportunities which amplify development potential and celebrate activity.