Now that 2018 is in full swing we have made a resolution to take some time to share interesting and inspirational things our team have discovered. They are shared regularly in the studio and it seems a shame to keep them to ourselves! Not restricted to Architecture our discoveries cover everything from interesting people, inspirational businesses and initiatives to fascinating story’s and simple things to spark a thought during the day.
First off is Roman Mars. He is host and creator of 99% Invisible, a podcast and blog which is about all the thought that goes into things we don’t think about- unnoticed Architecture and Design that shape our world.
Roman Mars was named as one of the 100 Most Creative People in 2013 and was a TED main stage speaker in 2015. He produced the most successful crowdfunding campaigns for a podcast in history when setting up 99% Invisible.
Visit 99percentinvisable.org for more. Try starting with Episode 246– a great 30 mins about Frank Lloyd Wright
Planning permission has been granted by Leeds City Council for a two-storey extension to a stone-built property in Alwoodley, Leeds. The existing house forms part of a courtyard of stone and slate former farm buildings that sit within the green belt. It also benefits from a large rear garden with views across the countryside beyond. The current dispositions of rooms does not allow for a strong connection with the garden with the kitchen, staircase and bathrooms positioned against the rear wall. The extension will provide high quality living, dining and bedroom accommodation enhanced by large glazed sliding doors and windows which will provide that connection with the garden and spectacular views of the countryside.
Architecture 519 continue to develop how we present our designs, in order to engage the client throughout the design process, allowing them better understand the complexities of a design. This has been prevalent in our successful incorporation of Virtual Reality (VR) within the design process. We have recently been having fun experimenting with Augmented Reality (AR) which can project a digital design into reality using a smart phone / tablet and a 2D drawing. We will be further developing our AR skills, so watch this space for further updates.
Another one of our bespoke homes is progressing well on site. With the roof underdrawn, partitions constructed and first fix m+e in place, the Grade II listed, former mill is really starting to take shape.
Architecture 519 have worked closely with the client and local authority, from inception of the project, to realise the clients vision and enhance the listed assets.
The project is due for practical completion in February.
Working with Interserve Construction Ltd, Integra Buildings, and Portakabin for LCC a phased construction programme which stated out from a draft feasibility study in mid 2016 lead to a year long project to deliver a KS2 facility, an Early Years Village [EYV], and internal remodelling and refurbishment works to take the existing school capacity to over 700 pupils, on a restricted and landlocked site in Harehills.
Through intensive brief development with the Schools Senior Leadership team and LCC Project Managers the brief morphed from a new single storey EYV, to include provision for a two storey KS2 facility, with 6 no. classrooms, small hall, and support accommodation. Due to the complexities of working on a live school site during the build, the constraints of the tree lined site and the critical construction programme an off site solution was proposed.
A simple gird shift allowed for a more appropriate siting to the KS2 facility within the existing site, and allowed a legible building form to be reflected in the external materials. The Small Hall and ancillary block, which backed onto the adjacent wooded boundary to the residential neighbours, took on a robust aesthetic, whilst the ‘frontage’ was softened with a mix of masonry, and external cladding in muted tones to reflect the ethos of a forest school, yet provide a facility that would broker the link to secondary education for the Year 5 and 6 pupils who will use it.
Concurrently the EYV building was refurbished to offer seemingly random external cladding panels in a controlled and reserved palette of materials. Greys and greens giving a nod to the forest school whilst presenting the vibrant new facility to the main route along Hovingham Avenue.
Grass seeding and final external landscaping works will see the buildings settle in as an integral part to the School.
Architecture 519 continues to be busy designing a variety of schemes which have been submitted for planning within the last few weeks. These include a large scale sub-urban, landscape led masterplan in the Midlands; a number of contemporary, small scale infill developments on challenging sites in the south-west; a one-off redevelopment of a former farmstead in West Yorkshire and a 65 child capacity day nursery.
The development of exciting design proposals, for a range of different sites such as this reflects our approach to treat each new commission as a unique response to site, brief, budget and aspiration. This has resulted in the adoption of different approaches to the development of the design proposals, the consultation with the key stakeholders and the way in which the proposals were presented for each site.
Architects from Architecture 519 involved in the Skelton Lake Motorway services project, Leeds attended a design Workshop with 6th Form pupils at Garforth Academy. The event organised by Denis Enuson of Extra Motorway Services.
50 students from Year 12 from Garforth Academy took part in a virtual in-school launch from Extra Motorway Services, asking them to design a service station based on a real life brief in East Leeds.
Students attended a workshop day launched by Dennis Enuson, Planning & Development Officer for Extra Motorway Services. Business volunteers from Architect 519, Addleshaw Goddard, Shoosmiths, Curtins, Genecon, Social Communications, Mascot Management, Spawforths Planning, Arup, I-Transport, Hoare-Lee and Wardell Armstrong then helped deliver a range of workshops covering build considerations, responding to the environment and community impact. Students were also able to speak to the volunteers about the range of partners and roles involved in the lifespan of a build project,
Students then had time to develop a site plan concept, impact report and local employment plan to a panel of industry judges before Dennis shared the real plans for the project for comparison.
full article can be found here. http://www.aheadpartnership.org.uk/make-the-grade/case-studies/extra-motorway-services-challenge/
Photo Credit: Ahead Partnership
We are pleased to announce Architecture 519 is now an accredited Bloom supplier which means that any Bloom member or associate member of NEPO may now request our services through the Bloom neutral vendor solution.
Bloom specialises in bringing together a wide range of buyers and suppliers to help the public sector buy professional services more efficiently. By delivering the Nepro neutral vendor solution Bloom are opening up procurement by changing the way it’s done, delivering the best choice for buyers, and more business opportunities for suppliers.
Bloom comprises a select community of suppliers with the right capabilities, capacity and experience to meet a wide range of professional services and we look forward to working with our existing clients and any new opportunities offered through this extensive network of clients and professionals.
Drone photography has recently been used to provide us with a clear overview of the site for the new Skelton Lake Services for the M1. The undulating site has inspired a design which incorporates sweeping green roof forms that rise up from the landscape. The drones capabilities has allowed us to verify key views from the proposed high level viewing gallery across Skelton Lake and beyond to the Aire Valley.
We are delighted to announce that Full Planning and Listed Building approval has been granted for alterations to the TF & JH Braime factory on Hunslet Road here in Leeds. The alterations include the refurbishment of part of the Hunslet Road frontage, the demolition and making good of a redundant wing on Brookfield Street and new staff car parking providing an additional 24 spaces. The Braime factory is Grade II Listed and, as such, the proposals were carefully considered to ensure the character of this early twentieth century metal pressings factory is maintained and that the quality of the manufacturing element matches that of the recently completed University Technical College. We look forward to moving the proposals forward with Braime in the near future.