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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.

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Following a successful 2018, Architecture519 are pleased to welcome a few fresh faces to the practice, further strengthening our growing team.

Sam Kapasa, previously of Group Ginger in Leeds, is an Architect with experience covering numerous sectors including Mixed-use, Commercial and Heritage projects. Sam has also a keen interest in art and graphic design and will be assisting the development of the Architecture 519 brand.

Matt Usher has joined us following his recent completion of his Architectural Part II studies at Liverpool John Moores University. Matt has previously worked for Overton Architects in Ilkley where he gained experience working on conservation and heritage schemes.

Jessica Wormald has recently completed a degree in Architectural Technology from Sheffield Hallam University. Jessica has previously worked for numerous architectural practices in the region and has gained experience across numerous sectors, primarily residential and religious facilities.

Architecture519 would like to welcome all of our new team members and hope they enjoy their time with us.


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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.