This week saw a wet and windy progress meeting on site at Leeming Farm. Work is progressing well and the detailing and quality of materials is really starting to show. Workmanship has been excellent and now the internals are coming together, everyone can get a feel everyone can get a feel for the quality of spaces and the amazing views throughout the site. Plastering has started and next month’s meeting should be another big step forward.
Architecture 519 continues to be busy working on feasibility studies for potential developments across the country. These projects involve residential, education, commercial and mixed use and we are looking forward to developing some exciting schemes further over the coming months.
The sketch shown describes a development of 10 bespoke houses proposed for a linear site adjacent to railway lines and allotments within a suburban site in the West Midlands. The nature of the site and its context requires a specific response and offers the opportunity to create unique homes within an interesting and diverse environment.
After months of dedicated work, the University of Nottingham’s Architecture students can finally breathe a sigh of relief with the opening of the Degree Show last Thursday. The show displays work from all years with every 3rd and 6th year student given free rein to display their projects. The projects and their design styles varied greatly, from community centres to dockland factories. I was particularly impressed with the use of large scale models exploring the facades and construction of the schemes. The show is well worth a look over the coming weeks – Congratulations to all involved.
Rob Cundy, A519 Associate Director, joined a team competing in the Go Outdoors Mountain Mayhem 24hr race, being held for its 20th year. A challenging 11km circuit around the woods of Princess Anne’s residence, Gatcombe Park, and the hottest weekend of the year so far, made it hard work for the team. The result of riding through the day, the night and on into the next day? A top 25 finish in their category and the need for a well-earned beer and lie down.
Mountain Mayhem will be returning next year in a different format, and Rob is already looking for willing ‘volunteers’ from the A519 staff!
Architecture 519 recently attended the launch of The Works Skate park’s new 2020 Aspiration initiative. This initiative which A519 have been supporting through the design of a new Eco-School ‘The Works’ which aims to provide a supportive environment, providing sport and education facilities with the aim of getting one of their students to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics where skateboarding will feature for the first time.
The launch event, attended by the Lord Mayor of Leeds opened their new ‘Big Biff’ skate ramp and included a demonstration of the new ramp.
Image taken from The Works Blog found here. https://theworksskatepark2020rebuild.wordpress.com/
Months of hard work and focus culminated in the Department of Art, Design and Architecture Degree show on Friday of last week. There was as ever a broad spectrum of projects from Foundation, through Undergrads to Diploma Masters Thesis. The final year diploma students are the headline act of the show offering well resolved, and considered schemes to the gathering crowd with some well deserved awards.
The stand out pieces were the Museum of Communism in Romania, and a Crematorium in London. Both took evocative subjects for their brief and layered this with a poetic interpretation of the building type and a robust and mature architectural response.
However the highlight of the show for me was an unassuming support act in the form of a 2nd year scheme [Fixby Winery] which showed promise and understanding beyond its years, with some well pitched hand drawings [below].
Congratulations to all.
… and as the curtain closes on another successful academic year everyone involved should take a bow.
An inspirational and engaging lunch time viewing of the Leeds Beckett Uni Architecture Degree Show. A very strong and consistent turn out of presentation [if some a little more difficult than others to interpret.]
Well worth a look before it closes in a week or so, and to see a particular favourite of mine – ‘The Walking Theatre’, great to see such a conceptual approach that not just thinks out side the box, it ignores the box completely and trundles off down Briggate on wind powered legs!
Also refreshing to see the lack of reliance on CGI and CAD, some truly well accomplished hand drawn presentations, a credit to the tutors and hard work of the students involved.
Architecture 519 have entered the 19th Annual Petanque Tournament for the ColliersCRE Cup, and practice session No.1 [of 1] saw the team realising they aren’t as bad as expected. Although we were actually aiming for the little ball in the middle, we felt maximum coverage to be a positive game plan!
Running from May to August the 2017 event will again fill Bond Court with the charged atmosphere of petanque teams competing for the ColliersCRE Cup , the
Lord Mayors Rosebowl and The Colliers Robert Barry Plate.
Progress photos from the modular build of the Key Stage 2 facility for Hovingham Primary school. Works are well underway both on site, and in parallel, in the Integra factory. The modules will be factory finished and installed on site within the half term break, then external claddings applied in situ ready for the September ’17 term.