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Architecture 519 studio staff recently welcomed work experience students from Guiseley School and Selby High School, who joined the team to learn about life in an architecture practice.

Across the course of a week, the GCSE students were tasked with two projects devised to give them insight into the design process from initial client brief to the build and presentation of a basic model. Structured activities included consideration of site, context and brief development, site surveying, drawing context plans, sketching ideas and finally developing cardboard models.

The first brief was to design an external breakout space for practice staff within the vicinity of the Architecture 519 offices in Granary Wharf. Students were first asked to explore the area and consider environmental factors such as views, sunlight and the materials used in the surrounding buildings before choosing a suitable site for their designs.

In the second task, the students developed ideas for an extension to Architecture 519’s award-winning development at Leeming Farm in Cumbria. Students worked with the original plans for the farmhouse which provided a template for their own drawings whilst helping them understand simple architectural drawing practices, such as how door and window openings are indicated. Following the drawing process, the students created models of their extension designs which included concepts for a hotel and a swimming pool.

As well as project activities, the students accompanied architect Tim Wenham to meetings with Architecture 519 client, Extra MSA Services, where details of the ongoing Leeds Skelton Lake project were discussed. Participating in one small client meeting and a larger team meeting to discuss site conditions with soil and drainage experts, planners and Skelton Lake civil engineers, the students were able to gain knowledge of the wider issues of the building construction process.

The team at Architecture 519 was impressed with the hard work and creativity shown by the students and we would like to wish them well in their future studies.

Cardboard models created by architecture work experience students

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Architecture 519’s design for Skelton Lake Motorway Services has been shortlisted for the Yorkshire Property Industry Awards in the Design Excellence category.

Due for completion this autumn, the design for the first motorway services in Leeds features an undulating living roof structure with exposed timber beams and a double-height central glazed atrium overlooking Skelton Lake.

Located close to Rothwell Country Park and the grounds of Temple Newsome House, the building has been planned to provide services to motorway users as well as visitors to the surrounding countryside. Connections to the landscape are emphasised by the ribbon roof structure of the building which will be planted with a vibrant green living roof. Internally, high-level Clerestory glazing provides views of the living roof whilst natural building materials such as expansive wooden glulam beams further link the building to the landscape.

The Skelton Lake MSA development is the latest of many projects undertaken by Architecture 519 for Extra Motorway Services and follows the success of designs for Beaconsfield and Cobham motorway service areas.

The Business Insider awards ceremony is due to take place on Thursday 19 September at the Royal Armories in Leeds. Good luck to all the other shortlisted entries.


Architecture 519 Shortlisted for Design Excellence Award

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Following the receipt of full planning approval for 30 houses, work has now started on site at Mowden Hall in Darlington – the site of the former Department of Education Offices. The layout was developed to reflect the geometry of the adjacent Marchbank Free School, a Grade II Listed Building and knit in amongst a number of mature trees to create pleasant tree-lined external spaces. We are delighted to have worked with Galliford Try Partnerships North on this attractive development and look forward to completion late 2020.


An initial sketch proposal for the site

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As part of Architecture 519’s continued expansion, we are currently looking to recruit a talented and ambitious Intermediate Architectural Technologist to join our Leeds city centre studio. As part of the technical team, you will be involved in the delivery of projects at various scales and within multiple sectors, such as residential, commercial, transport, and security. Revit experience is desirable as it is the primary tool we use in the studio.

If you would like any additional information about the role or would like to apply, please email or visit our website at

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Two members of the Architecture 519 team will be participating in the Wharfedale Ton today, cycling 100 miles in support of the Marie Curie Bradford Hospice. The yearly event began in 2016 and grew to 250 riders participating in 2018, each contributing towards the cause.

Best of luck to Andy Brown and Dan Copley, as well as everyone else taking part, and thank you to all those who have donated!


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A519, along with other members of the Leeds Skelton Lake team, attended a master planning workshop at Leeds East Academy. Year 10 pupils were given a brief for a motorway service station and asked to develop proposals for the site. The teams produced some imaginative ideas, giving consideration to site constraints, relationships on site, building form, landscaping and ecology.

Choosing a winning team was very difficult, however, ‘The VIP’s’ demonstrated excellent team work, listened and took on board advice and suggestion, gave consideration to integrating the proposals within the surrounding and thought about how the scheme might benefit the local community through job creation.

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At Architecture519, we take security seriously. Following a successful cyber security surveillance visit, we have renewed our Cyber Essentials Plus certification for 2019.

This reinforces our ongoing security strategy whereby all staff are security cleared and committed to information security, whether it be relating to the design of high security facilities or sensitive projects for government organisations or our private clients.


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Architecture 519 working for Berkeley Homes (East Thames) Limited have recently had two planning applications approved for the proposed mixed use redevelopment of the former Carriageworks Factory (Building 10) at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich. The proposals, based on an initial concept design developed by AHMM, provide 3240 sq m of high quality commercial spaces for a mix of uses, 1050 sq m of publically accessible, semi-covered landscaped square and relocates an existing chimney for the adjoining energy centre, all within the footprint of the refurbished Grade II Listed former factory building.

Building 10, which is the last remaining Listed building on the Royal Arsenal site to be redeveloped will form a vital link between the adjacent Cross Rail Station, which is due to open next year, and the wider Arsenal site. The proposed commercial spaces, publically accessible, semi-covered landscaped square and previously consented new build residential units will ensure a vibrant and sustainable environment is created which can be enjoyed by residents and visitors.

The enabling works are planned to commence on site in the near future with a planned opening date of Summer 2021.

CGI image developed by Hayes Davidson

Design development sketch perspective showing the proposed commercial units viewed from within the new landscaped square


Original concept design developed by AHMM

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A519 has been ‘speed dating’ architecture students at Leeds Beckett University this week to find an undergraduate for a work placement next week to learn about what the programme leader, Simon Warren, refers to as ‘the real world’.  We look forward to welcoming the selected student to the real world of A519 next week.

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One of our new starters, Matt Usher, recently wrote an article in collaboration with ArchDaily on how to combat loneliness in ageing populations through design. We think it is important for our employees to explore parts of the industry they feel strongly about, and we hope to write more thought pieces on subjects in the future under the A519 name. Below is the introduction to the article and a link to the full publication can be found at the bottom.

“When the world undergoes major changes (be it social, economic, technological, or political), the world of architecture needs to adapt alongside. Changes in government policy, for example, can bring about new opportunities for design to thrive, such as the influx of high-quality social housing currently being designed throughout London. Technological advances are easier to notice, but societal changes have just as much impact upon the architecture industry and the buildings we design.

The same is true of changes in demographics, and we are in the midst of a monumental shift. In 2015, 8.5% of the population of the world was aged 65 or over (617 million people). This is predicted to grow to 12% of the population by 2030, and to a staggering 16.7% of the population by 2050. Historically, this percentage has steadily grown but dramatic advances in medicine are allowing people to live longer, creating aging populations across the globe. This problem is compounded in countries where the birth rate is also incredibly low, as is the case with Japan. We must reevaluate how the elderly are treated within society.

When thinking about the impact of these statistics, the natural assumption within the context of architecture is to think about medical care, hospital design, and accessible cities. However, this overlooks an emerging and serious problem: loneliness and social isolation. Within the UK, 51% of those aged over 75 live alone, and 11% of older people are in contact with friends and family less than once a month. Similar results are present across Europe. Chronic loneliness within the elderly population is incredibly prevalent and a significant number of studies have been conducted looking at the measurable health impact it has, such as creating a higher risk of disabilities, heart disease, strokes, and dementia. Architects can help tackle loneliness at the source and dramatically help increase the quality of life for a portion of the population who are often isolated. This article explores how good design can help further this cause, how architects have combated this previously, and what the industry leaders are doing now.”

The full article can be read at here on ArchDaily.


Photograph of Pilgrim Gardens, designed by PRP. Copyright Tim Crocker. Source PRP.