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Enabling works have commenced on site for Leeds Skelton Lake Services with drilling and grouting about to begin for the building footprint. The aerial photograph shows the setting of the site within its surrounding context becoming more visible and we are excited to watch the scheme as it progresses.

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Our Lakeland farmhouse project, completed last year, has just received a regional LABC award recognising excellence in construction. It won the ‘Best Extension Award’ in the northern region. The award recognises a combination of both design and construction excellence with an emphasis on the role of close collaboration between the design and construction teams to deliver the best possible schemes. The scheme has now been put forward for the national awards in November.

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Our scheme for seven new family homes on a constrained conservation area site in Meole Brace, Shrewsbury, has received planning approval from Shropshire County Council.

The linear trackside nature of the site is reflected in the contemporary layered and linear forms of the new homes that also relate to historic trackside building forms. The detailing of the dwellings, built predominantly of red brick, including banding and textured bonds respond to local features within the conservation area.

Each of the four house types incorporate covered parking, a courtyard garden and a flexible plan. While each type is closely related they are varied to make the most of their position related to solar exposure and views across the adjacent allotments and to the Long Mynd. Some incorporate terraces, while others have double height spaces connecting the levels within them.

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Six members of Architecture 519 recently passed their Autodesk Revit Architecture Certified Professional exam at Graitec’s offices in Bradford. Jonathan Martin, Paul Wilson, Dan Calverley, Gary Suffield, David Lee and Richard Rayner undertook the exam and achieved the industry recognised qualification in the use and expertise of the Building Information Modelling software. Architecture 519 remain committed to delivering high quality projects in Revit and this qualification is tribute to each individuals commitment to excellence in the use of the software.


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Feasibility work is underway for a low to high rise residential scheme in the North of England.

Initial massing studies have been carried out to propose a form that whilst responding to the site constraints and local context allows for the required mix of 1,2 and 3 bed apartments. The scheme is still at feasibility stage however a robust study is carried out to allow the mix of apartments to be quantified in order to aid our client in assessing the viability of the proposed site. The scheme proposes approx. 430 units, plus ground level commercial and retail opportunities.

Amongst the other services offered by Architecture 519 we can also offer feasibility and viability studies at varying project scales.



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A new ‘Vision Document’ has been issued to support the proposed development of a motorway service area facilities near Solihull on the M42 for Extra MSA. Architecture 519 has provided additional design study images to support the submitted outline planning application. The Vision demonstrate how the proposed scheme will integrate with the surrounding landscape through the sweeping curves of a living roof and the exposed Glu-lam structure. The dynamic forms and welcoming spaces included as part of the ‘new concept’ motorway service area will form a key part of the wider development of the M42 corridor if approved in Summer of this year.

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Lee Holmes Design Associate at A519 has been involved for the ninth year with the final year diploma reviews at the University of Huddersfield.

It is refreshing to see that in this age of digital reliance for production of architecture there is still room and interest for students to experiment with pencil and paper, and rough cut development models. Through these early investigations the scheme can develop unhindered.

The Diploma students are tackling some interesting projects with one focusing on the built form post disaster with an earthquake relief and research facility, as ever an inspirational break away from day to day professional practice.

If you are in Huddersfield on the 8th June, call in to the End of Year Show to see the efforts on display.

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The main building work is due to start on site this Summer for the Leeds Skelton Lake Motorway Services. The visitor facilities include for a double height atrium space at the heart of the building. The dynamic curved ribbon roof is expressed internally through the exposed Glu-lam structure. Clerestory glazing provides glimpses to the living roof above and curtain walling around the extents of the space provides views and connectivity to the external amenity space and landscape beyond.

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Our Lakeland Farmhouse scheme has been shortlisted for the LABC awards recognising both the quality of the scheme and the constructive partnerships between the Design Team, Contractor and Building Control to deliver an exceptional building.


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We have been developing a relationship with Trafford council for some time, providing support to their in house teams in considering various development options for their sites across the borough. This relationship led to them inviting us to compete, alongside various big name practices, to provide masterplanning services for the redevelopment of the area surrounding Old Trafford Cricket Club, incorporating the new UA92 university campus. We worked with re:form landscape architects to develop an inspirational public space centred approach, that could celebrate the unique nature and opportunities presented by the area. Unfortunately despite a positive reaction to our ideas one of the big names (who we like!) got the gig. This did save us the problem of working out how our resident Yorkshire Cricket devotee would relate to the Lancashire Cricket Club Client team in meetings!