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Architecture 519 would like to congratulate Tabitha on successfully passing her Architecture part lll exams. She is now a fully qualified architect. She received confirmation last week from the university and soon the office was aware of her success, as was most of the building (She was a little excited to say the least!).

We now have 9 fully qualified Architects within our ever expanding office.
Congratulations Tabitha!!!

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Following recent success in winning new projects, we have been able to take the next step in our business development plan and expand our studio. Alan Harper and Tabitha Caple join our team and we are already benefiting from their experience and enthusiasm.

Alan joins us after spending the past 7.5 years with Atkins as an Architect. Alan Graduated from Leeds Met University in 2006 after Studying his Architecture Degree and his Graduate Diploma at Lincolnshire and Humberside. We all are looking forward to working with Alan and hope he enjoys his time with us here with us here at Architecture519.


We welcome back the familiar face of Tabitha Caple as the majority of the team worked with her at our previous practice. Tabitha is currently completing her Part lll after gaining her Architecture Degree and Architecture Diploma at Huddersfield University. Tabitha spent a year working with Envirolectrics, so comes back to the office with new found electrical knowledge.

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Architecture519 have made another progressive step to helping the environment and reducing our Carbon Footprint. We are now using a new email management system called Mail Manager. This system enables us to file, find and share emails easily. This also reduces on paper filing substantially and assists in our compliance with the QA system requirements. It is a great system developed by Arups and marketed through Oasys.

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The Architects Journal has published an article by one of our Directors, David Lumb.

For the past few months, David has been promoting the idea that there must be a way to supplement or replace the massive reduction in paid positions for year-out students in practice.

To read this article please visit the link below. If you are a student struggling to gain valuable experience in practice it would be good to hear your views.

www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/news-analysis/building-for-the-future/5201260.article

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On Tuesday 17th March 2009 the new motorway services we have been working on off Junction 2 on the M40 officially opened and began trading. Britain’s largest motorway services comprises an amenity building, budget hotel and petrol filling station with over 750 parking spaces for cars, caravans, coaches and HGV’s.

Central to the development is the 3,000m2 amenity building, which comprises ten retail units surrounding an atrium dining space. A host of key retailers including Marks & Spencer, Starbucks Coffee, WH Smith, McDonalds, KFC, LP4 and Gamegrid occupy the units within this building. Linked to this is an 85 bedroom lodge operated by Etap Hotel. A landscaped courtyard is formed between the two buildings, leading to a pond, water feature and woodland walks for the enjoyment of short stay and overnight guests. At the entrance to the development lies the UK’s largest petrol filling station operated by Shell, which has been designed to maintain their corporate image whilst complimenting the architecture on the amenity building and lodge.

This is unquestionably the most modern and contemporary of all the motorway services operated by Swayfields, trading as Extra. It features elements of architecture often associated with airports or high quality office space, which should set the precedent for future MSA design for our client.

This is the first project to be completed by architecture519 and it has been a resounding success…… A huge “thank you” and thoroughly deserved “well done” goes to all the team involved in delivering this great project.

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On Thursday 5th March, Lee Connolly attended Ecobuild 2009 at Earls Court, London. With around 800 exhibitors, 100 seminars and dozens of attractions it was clear to see why this was regarded as the world’s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment. Highlights included the ECO2H2OUSE, LandARK and ruralZED Zero Carbon House. Various new and improved products were on offer ranging from vertical axis wind turbines to soy-based spray foam insulation and almost everything in between.

For further details click the following link to Ecobuild’s website.

www.ecobuild.co.uk

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Comic Relief 2009 and Architecture 519 turned on the style for a ‘Wear it Red’ day with all of the team declaring at least one red item of clothing. Although there were no red suspenders (on show), the contributions ranged from baggy red pants (worn suitably outside of the trousers) through to 1980’s throw-back red braces and a rather fetching pair of red slippers. In the charity sweepstake Dave Singh won a duvet-day for correctly identifying Graham Norton in the Red Nose Grid game. All in all, a fun Friday to end a hectic week with plenty of money raised for charity.

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We believe there is a growing need for an initiative to respond to the increase in unemployed Part I and Part II architectural students, associated with the current severe recession.

Architecture 519 currently employs a Part II student and a part time undergraduate trainee, we are unable to do more because of the constraints on our investment directly related to the downturn. We do however have the capacity, and the enthusiasm, to provide mentoring of students or graduates who are unemployed. We are aware that we are not alone and believe that there is an urgent need for some “joined up thinking” to ensure that as much as possible of this spare capacity is used to facilitate additional practical training opportunities.

One of our Directors David Lumb is seeking to establish a connection between the RIBA, local and regional organisations who share an interest, interested practices and, initially, the Leeds School of Architecture (but subsequently other schools in the region), with a view to establishing a locally based, sustainable vehicle to provide real support for unemployed “year out” students of architecture (both Part I and II).

David’s initial thoughts are that there is a way to properly manage and therefore legitimise the provision of “internships” within participating practices sponsored either by the practice or by others, or by both, where necessary. The intention is not to replace but rather supplement full employment in practices where for economic reasons a student may need to go elsewhere to obtain full or part time, paid employment or where a practice can do more but cannot sustain the cost.

There is undoubtedly a growing problem which will become a more significant problem as this academic year starts to seek appropriate employment in a market that is forecasted to continue to contract.

David is looking to initially gather information on the extent of the problem (currently and forecasted) whilst seeking to put in place a sustainable, support scheme that is adequately funded providing a realistic alternative to obtaining practical experience where full time employment is unavailable.

For further information contact David at
d.lumb@architecture519.com
0113 213 5656

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Sustainability is a key element of Architecture 519’s philosophy not just in the buildings we design but also in the way we work. As part of our ongoing commitment to reducing our carbon footprint we have now signed up with Ecotricity to provide our studio’s electricity.

Ecotricity is an electricity company with a difference – they are dedicated to changing the way electricity is made. They take the money their customers spend on electricity and invest it in clean forms of power like wind energy. What’s more, they actually build these new renewable energy sources. In 2007 alone they invested £25 million in wind energy.

If you want to learn more about them visit www.ecotricity.co.uk

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Architecture 519 has now been in existence since the beginning of the year and we thought it was about time we started to tell everyone what we are up to.

The intention of this Blog is to provide a shared space for the team at Architecture 519 to share news about our business and general life in the studio.

Hopefully it will be of interest to our clients and the people we work with.