New Flats completed in Glasgow’s Southside for Bield Housing & Care

New Flats completed in Glasgow's Southside for Bield Housing & Care

Thirty new flats in Mamore Street, in Glasgow’s Southside, are now complete and occupied by residents.

The design for Bield Housing and Care is two storey corridor access flats fronting all three sides of the triangular site. The entrance is at the northern apex of the development.  Access to first floor is by stair and lift from the apex foyer.  Visitors follow the inner curve of the stair enclosure to the first floor foyer.  The red curved stair wall terminates the development at the junction of Mamore Street and Glenspean Street.

The flats are all designed to Housing for Varying Needs standards and include facilities such as level access showers, parcel shelf adjacent to the door handle and low level cills to allow residents to see out from a seated position.

The corridor access is single sided and heated providing a buffer zone between the flats and the external air.  The single sided corridors allow reference to external spaces allowing residents to orientate themselves avoiding confusion for some residents who have declining faculties.

base2stay Liverpool secures a Civic Trust Award

base2stay Liverpool secures a Civic Trust Award

base2stay Liverpool’s application to the 2013 Civic Trust Awards has been selected as one of their winners and is guaranteed to receive an Award, Commendation or Community Recognition. This will be revealed at the Civic Trust Awards Ceremony at City Hall in Cardiff on Saturday 09 March 2013.

Gold Award for the Calman Cancer Care Centre at Friends of Glasgow West Awards

Gold Award for the Calman Cancer Care Centre at Friends of Glasgow West Awards

The Calman Cancer Care Centre (formerly Gartnavel Royal Chapel) was presented with the Gold Award at the Friends of Glasgow West award ceremony on the 22nd November.

The project was seen by the judges to fully combine good conservation practice with true community values giving a new lease of life to a derelict building in the West End Conservation Area in Glasgow.

The award was presented to Austin-Smith:Lord, Cancer Support Scotland and Glasgow Building Preservation Trust. David Millar, Head of Conservation in the Glasgow studio, attended the ceremony.

Austin-Smith:Lord welcome Studio 2080

Austin-Smith:Lord welcome Studio 2080

Austin-Smith:Lord’s Glasgow studio are delighted to announce that they are hosting Studio 2080, an emerging ‘community interest company’ formed by four final year architecture students at University of Strathclyde. The arrangement enables Studio 2080 to develop their social enterprise model investigating architectural solutions to some of the pressing housing issues facing communities in sub-Saharan Africa, notably in Mali.

Glasgow studio principal, Graham Ross, said, ‘I’m delighted that we’ve established this arrangement with Studio 2080. As a practice we’ve always sought to assist students in developing their careers and nurture new talent. This innovative model provides scope for us to support a very worthwhile endeavour whilst assisting four promising young designers to take forward their ambitious idea.’

Colin Reynolds of Studio 2080 commented, “Studio 2080 are excited to be hitting such a milestone in their professional career by setting up shop in the Austin-Smith:Lord Glasgow studio. We feel the working environment is conducive to the set up of the social enterprise and will add to the potential success of our 5th year thesis at Strathclyde University.”

Further information is available at Studio 2080’s website; https://www.studio2080.org/

Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library Open to Students

Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library Open to Students

The new build Noreen & Kenneth Murray Library on the University of Edinburgh’s King’s Buildings Campus on the city’s southside opened at the start of the 2012/13 academic term. The 1,950 sqm, 4 storey building provides enhanced teaching and study environments for the College of Science and Engineering and acts as a social hub on the campus.

The project has been designed in response to thorough client and end user consultation and the supportive environments created enshrine the new pedagogic methods being applied by the University, of intellectual engagement, connectedness to the wider world,  recognition of difference and strong sense of community. Initial user feedback has been very positive.

Dalkeith Health Centre Now Open

Dalkeith Health Centre Now Open

This new £2.9m health centre in Dalkeith, Mid Lothian, replaces the former Dalkeith Medical Practice which occupied the same town centre site. As well as a base for GPs and nurses, the new centre provides a range of services including podiatry, physiotherapy, midwifery, speech therapists and community psychiatric nurses. Accommodation for visiting specialists and voluntary groups is also available. The building also has an Old Persons Welfare Hall, continuing a well used facility from the previous health centre.

The design required a sensitive response to the adjacent historic town centre and conservation area. The strong entrance gable frontage of the taller three storey wing echoes the prominent gable ends of neighbouring buildings. The curve on the two storey clinical wing maintains a strong street frontage, while creating a set-back for the sheltered main entrance. A simple palette of contrasting renders helps define the massing of 2 and 3 storey buildings. The incorporation of technologies such as a ground source heat pump and photovoltaic panels assists in meeting the building’s energy needs and helped achieve the targetted BREEAM rating.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who opened the facility said:  “More sustainable, high quality and continually improving health services as close to home as possible is what the people of Scotland want, and Dalkeith Health Centre is a great example of how we are delivering this.”

G-Live Performing Arts Centre wins RIBA Regional Award

G-Live Performing Arts Centre wins RIBA Regional Award

Guilford Civic has won the RIBA South East Downland Award.

This replacement for the old Guildford Civic Hall occupies a steeply sloping site and acts as an ‘anchor’ to the upper end of Guildford High Street. A diagonal public route passes the cafe, dips under the theatre auditorium, towards the studio theatre and park, encouraging the varied use of the foyer spaces throughout the day.

The venue provides a performance venue for everything from classical music to rock, from comedy to ice shows, conferencing to banqueting – as well as a home for the Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra.

base2stay wins Refurbishment Award at Merseyside Civic Society

base2stay wins Refurbishment Award at Merseyside Civic Society

Alistair Sunderland was delighted to receive the Refurbishment Award at the Merseyside Civic Society Award Ceremony for base2stay.

The base2stay concept is about combining the best aspects of serviced apartments and boutique hotels in thriving city centre locations, providing only essential hotel services in areas where an abundance of other facilities such as bar, restaurant, spa or gym are accessible locally. The design for the hotel draws on themes common to many of our projects within the Ropewalks Area where we have stitched new contemporary additions into the Georgian and Victorian building fabric.

Double Award Shortlist for Austin-Smith:Lord

Double Award Shortlist for Austin-Smith:Lord

Austin-Smith:Lord has been successful in having two projects shortlisted in the RICS Awards in Wales.

Bedwellty House and Cardiff School of Management have been shortlisted in the building conservation and design and innovation categories respectively.
The awards lunch on Thursday 3 May 2012 at the Parc Hotel in Cardiff will reveal the winning entries.

Second major phase secured at Cardiff Metropolitan University

Second major phase secured at Cardiff Metropolitan University

Following our RIBA award winning School of Management at Cardiff Metropolitan University, completed in 2010, Austin-Smith:Lord has been awarded the second major phase of development at the Llandaff campus.

The practice has been commissioned to design a new school of art and design reflecting the school’s dynamic and fundamentally creative nature.  To be completed and open for September 2014, the total estimated project investment is £14 million.  The new facility will bring together fine art, ceramics, product design, illustration, making, graphic communication, textiles and architectural design and technology.

Tim Young said, “This is a very exciting project and a further opportunity for us to work with a creative and forward thinking client which recognises the importance of high quality design.  By adopting a collaborative approach we have already begun to develop ideas that will lead to a flexible, highly sustainable and inspirational building that will greatly add to the student experience at the Llandaff Campus.”

Image credits to Morley Von Sternberg.