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.
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.
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.
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!
Reserved Matters approval has been received for Leeds Skelton Lake Services following unanimous approval from Leeds City Council members at the Plans Panel meeting on 29th March 2018.
The Plans Panel praised the scheme for its design progression from the outline proposals and its continuity of the original design concept with key building elements; such as the dynamic living ribbon roof form, integration with the surrounding landscape and the vibrant glazed central atrium space.
The building will provide facilities to both users of the M1, and the developing parkland routes between Temple Newsam House and Rothwell Country Park, under a sweeping and exposed long span glulam timber beams covered with an undulating ‘Living Green Roof’ tying the building into the natural landscape.
The enabling works for the site will begin in April 2018, with a planned opening date of Summer 2019.
At Architecture 519 we take security seriously, and following a successful cyber security surveillance visit we have now received our 2018 Cyber Essentials Plus certification.
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.
Architecture519 were approached by a private residential client to extend and rationalise the internal space within their Grade II listed Farm house in East Keswick. The project albeit small scale works was of interest as the existing farmhouse was built originally in the Georgian ear, and then extended in the Victorian era, therein lay the design challenge to create something to not only reorganise the internal environment to suite the family’s needs but to proposed a bespoke design solution that would enhance and unify the two historic elements if the existing building. The existing also had several disparate out buildings of non-determined age/period, in varying states of dilapidation.
The proposed scheme of internal reconfigurations, was to create a new family centre for the dwelling in opening out the kitchen, and creating a snug area, which sought to free up the majority of the ground floor in the Georgian part of the house and linking this thorough both visually and physically to the extensive rear garden via the proposed dining room extension.
The out buildings were also refurbished to create utility space, and ground floor ablutions, and stores, and designed to reflect eh original character of the existing outbuildings.
The project completed in January 2018, following extensive liaising with Leeds Planning and Conservation due to the complex nature of the Listing.
Due to the expansion of their local Nursery offer our existing client appointed us for a Change of use planning application of former restaurant on a prominent site in west Leeds to create a 65 place day nursery.
The existing building currently occupied as a restaurant required internal reconfiguration and rationalisation to facilitate the new use and to align to the operational and functional requirements of the new nursery for the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Calverley Village Nursery’s new facility.
The scheme also involved a reorientation of the existing building to address the frontage car park for secure access and legibility of the proposed nursery. Therefore we proposed a unique intervention in the form of a new entrance/reception area, which offers a subservient counter point to the traditional York stone building; vertical timber rain screen, render, and flat roof with integral roof lights.
Works are due to commence in April 2018, following the recent planning approval, which involved much collaboration with LCC Planning and Transport Development Services to reach an approved scheme on the existing site.
Architecture 519 presented the design of a unique motorway service area for Leeds Skelton Lake Services to Leeds City Council in Summer 2016. The strong concept involved a series of undulating living roof ribbons rising from the land, to integrate the building with the surrounding landscape and included a glazed central atrium and viewing area overlooking Skelton Lake. The design was driven forward to ensure the dynamic building form was retained, with the inclusion of an exposed glu-lam structure and natural building materials reinforcing the established design principles. The original ambitious concept remains inherent in the developed scheme recently submitted for reserved matters approval.
Before Christmas, Architecture519 took part in an international design competition – Redevel(o)p. The brief was working alongside Dichterbij Velp, a Dutch healthcare organisation that provides care for patients with complex care needs, to create an innovative concept to improve the lives of the residents and their networks.
After much deliberation and work a scheme was submitted, proposing the improvement and expansion of the residential and care facilities as well as offering new leisure opportunities to bring the wider community together.
We are pleased to announce that our scheme, Undivided Society – Care 2.0, won an Honourable Mention, coming in 4th place behind some stiff competition. We look forward to seeing how the real life site develops over the coming years and how the lives of those who rely on their care improve.