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.
Architecture 519 have successfully achieved planning approval for a one-off house in a suburb of Bradford, set on the fringe of Greenbelt in the Aire Valley. Using a refined palette of brick and blackened timber in a simple agricultural style to suit to its environs, the house will also provide an artist’s private studio space for the owner to develop their interests.
With a brief to simplify the living conditions and reduce the level of maintenance that impeded the client’s lifestyle with their current residence, Architecture 519 looked to ‘Passivhaus’ principles as a key driver for the new house, using modern methods of construction to provide a house that will be energy efficient and low maintenance, allowing the client more time to concentrate on their own pursuits.
The scheme is due to start on site in early 2018.
The refurbishment and new build elements of Leeming Farm in Cumbria are almost complete. Final decoration is underway, scaffold is struck and everything is starting to come together in time for furniture to arrive for hand over in November
As part of our continued development and to keep our finger on the pulse with products and technologies, a couple of the team recently visited Procelanosa Group in Valencia, Spain. The group comprises a series of sub companies, each providing different products and services. The team visited each individual showroom and in some cases the manufacturing facilities to provide an in-depth understanding of the how the products are manufactured but also their range of application. Each manufacturing facility employed a hybrid workforce of robotic automation for operating, and man power for overviewing. The showrooms highlight the products in a real life scenarios, from contemporary designed apartments to 1:1 scale cladding panels, whilst also holding a library of most of their specific products. The key advantage of the trip was the variety of products and services that were on show, making it relevant to a lot of current and future projects, whilst the manufacturing side of the process and speaking with the technical team provided a good understanding of the technical capabilities of the products.
We would like to thank Porcelanosa for hosting us, particularly, Malcom Newell and Matt Latham for their hospitality and ensuring we were regularly fed and watered.
Architecture 519 has just passed the latest Quality Management audit and maintained EN ISO 9001 accreditation. Part of the audit included a transition to the new BS EN ISO 9001:2015 standard. There have been some internal changes to our systems to meet the new standard but these will simplify and assist our procedures, to ensure that we continue to maintain the highest standards.
On Tuesday 19th September, A519’s BIM specialists Paul Wilson and Jonny Martin attended the BSI BIM Conference in Manchester City Centre. The conference was well supported by industry experts and gave valuable insight into BIM uptake across various construction industry sectors, as well as a glimpse into the future of “Digital Built Britain”. It was interesting to hear directly from the conveners and authors of the PAS:1192 suite and the upcoming ISO:19650 as to the process of standards development and the reasoning behind the decisions taken by the relevant committees. With the Government BIM Level 2 mandate well underway, A519 remain committed to the highest standards of project delivery in accordance with BIM Level 2 processes and will always strive to exceed our client’s expectations by being at the forefront of industry protocols and procedures.
As part of the on-going technical development, one of our design team members, along with the Client and other members of the design team, recently had the opportunity to visit the Wiehag glulam factory in Altheim, Austria. A key element of the architectural design is the grass ‘meadow’ roof supported by an exposed curved glulam structure.
It was impressive to see the journey of the timber, from rough sawn boards, through sorting, drying, grading, jointing, gluing and forming – and see the quality control procedures, ensuring that the is a chain of custody for every piece of timber forming each glulam element. Beams up to 50m long can be produced and curved radii down to 9m can be formed – although transport of such long beams means we will be looking at more manageable 12 – 15m lengths.
The factory visit was followed by a technical design team meeting, exploring the challenges of the curved ribbon roof and developing solutions to enable a progression of the design towards the Reserved Matters Planning Application and the technical documentation.
We would like to thank Wiehag for hosting us, and especially to Dr. Erich Wiesner, head of Wiehag for providing a gratefully received beer at the end of the day!
Now that the summer term has ended and the children are all off site the works can begin in earnest on site. This photo was taken on Wednesday morning after craning in of the modules began on Monday morning. They were over half way through the modular installation mid week, and due to complete today. Great to watch the installation by Integra Buildings, and the precision and accuracy achieved via a crane and guide pin was most impressive.
Cladding will start in the next few weeks, but the building is already looking close to the planning render.
The Skelton Lake Services scheme approaches its next milestone as the project team researches and refines each aspect of the design in preparation for submission to Leeds City Council for detailed planning approval.
The concept expresses a series of pavilion buildings beneath a dynamic, unifying and undulating living roof gained unanimous support when first presented at outline planning stage. The team are now working with specialists from across Europe to refine the approach and to investigate the materiality ensuring the strong architectural vision remains the key driver.
Virtual reality technology is also being trialled to provide a fully immersive design review environment. The 3D/VR insights are invaluable to understanding the complexities of the internal arrangements and provides a new medium for our architects to flex their design muscles.
Architecture519 is pleased to welcome Eddie Hunter from Roundhay School for a weeks work experience and a chance to convince him that architecture is a great career path and profession to enter into.
Following his initial placement at AHR last week Eddie started on our ‘Architecture in a day’ project with the design of a Sitooterie – A place to Sit OOT in…
As the images of his scheme show he has a real eye for design and linear thinking in his approach to a relatively simple brief. For the reminder of the week he is master planning a site in north east Leeds for several eco homes, and will be venturing into Revit modelling.
Eddie is the second of four placements we are offering this year, in our continued commitment to the profession and giving an insight to industry to our eager young people who will be designing the buildings of the future.
We all wish him the best of luck in his future studies.