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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!

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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.


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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.

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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.

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Due to the strong start to 2017 and the growth in projects coming through the doors at our canal side office in the heart of Leeds Architecture519 is recruiting.

We are currently seeking interest from Architectural Technologists with a range of project sector and levels of experience to join our team.

Take a look at our website and if you think you could be a face that fits then drop us a line and your current CV to


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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.



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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.


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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.


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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!



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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.