Best Educational Building: National College for Nuclear Southern Hub

Bridgwater and Taunton College National College for Nuclear

Best Educational Building: National College for Nuclear Southern Hub

We are delighted that the National College for Nuclear Southern Hub, for Bridgwater & Taunton College, has been awarded Best Educational Building at the Somerset Building Control Partnership Awards.

This stunning new centre is focused on the development of new and innovative curricula to support the UK’s nuclear renaissance, closely linked to the nuclear development at the nearby Hinkley Point C. The project harnesses Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies to deliver specialist skills teaching programmes. The team included Austin-Smith:Lord, Midas Construction, Atkins and W T Hills. Our congratulations go to everyone involved!

The project will now be put forward to the South West LABC awards.

Read more info about the project here.

Meet Austin-Smith:Lord at MIPIM 2019

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Meet Austin-Smith:Lord at MIPIM 2019

Austin-Smith:Lord will be attending MIPIM 2019. We will be joining delegates in Cannes from 12-15 March to discuss our ongoing array of urban regeneration, mixed-use, commercial, residential, industrial and infrastructure projects from across the UK.

Our team is looking forward to discussing opportunities throughout the UK, drawing upon our design expertise from our studios in Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool and London.

Martin Roe, Partner at Austin-Smith:Lord said“MIPIM is an essential event for us, given our involvement in Regeneration projects throughout the UK from regional and city scale to neighbourhood and local. It provides a valuable opportunity to understand how common challenges and opportunities are being tackled around the world and to share our own intelligence and experience. The three day event brings together a global community of property professionals eager to engage with each other, share innovation and best practice.

“It is also an opportunity for us to help our clients, cities and regions promote themselves in what is badged as ‘the world’s leading property market’. With March 2019 now almost upon us, it is very pleasing to look back over the past year at the exciting work we have completed that either began with, or was helped along by conversations and the odd ’Eureka’ moment during MIPIM 2018, with both existing and new collaborators alike.

“We now look forward to MIPIM 2019, as the event celebrates its 30th anniversary in the year that Austin-Smith:Lord celebrates its 70th.”

If you would like to meet up at MIPIM please get in touch with:

Martin Roe, Partner
Martin.Roe@austinsmithlord.com
+44 (0)7879 402639

 

Graham Ross, Partner
Graham.Ross@austinsmithlord.com
+44 (0) 7795 608575

 

Tope Balogun, Associate
Tope Balogun@austinsmithlord.com
+44 (0) 7795 445032

 

Follow us on @AustinSmithLord to hear some exciting news about what we’re up to at MIPIM. To be announced soon…

 

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Making Falkland and Newton’s Future Community Links: Event on 12 December

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Making Falkland and Newton's Future Community Links: Event on 12 December

NEWS UPDATE:

Falkland and Newton of Falkland Community Council are holding a second Co-Design Studio as part of the Making Falkland and Newton’s Future Community Links project on Wednesday 12th December 2018. There will be the opportunity to join the design team to discuss the developing proposals for improving walking and cycling routes, and the key streets and green spaces within both villages.

At the successful Launch Event on 6th October, and the first Co-Design Studio event on 15th November, the following recurring issues were identified and these are being addressed within the developing proposals:

  • Vehicle parking making pavements inaccessible
  • Speeding vehicles through villages
  • Difficulty for mobility scooters to move around villages
  • Difficulty in accessing bus stops
  • Problems with visibility at certain road junctions
PROJECT OVERVIEW:

Falkland and Newton of Falkland Community Council (FNFCC) secured funding from the Scottish Government through Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme to develop plans to improve key streets and paths in both villages.  The project will encourage local residents and the business community to share their ideas to improve walking and cycling routes, connections to public transport, traffic management, parking and traffic speeds.

FNFCC have appointed a team comprising Austin-Smith:Lord (landscape architects, architects, conservation architects), Transport Planning Ltd, WAVEparticle (community facilitators, public arts), Baker Hicks (engineers), Neilson Partnership (cost consultants) and Icosse (heritage researchers) to work with the local community and key stakeholders to prepare plans for both villages.

The events planned for 12th December will be used to discuss the developing proposals for the Community Links project and the programme for the day includes:

Programme of Events in Falkland Community Hall – 12pm to 8.30pm

12.00pm to 8.30pm:     Community Hall Drop-In Studio focusing on: Green Spaces / Edge of Village Parking / Village Streetscapes

 12.30pm and 7.00pm:     Presentation – Update on the developing proposals

1.30pm:     Accessibility Session

Programme of Events in Newton of Falkland Village Hall – 4.30pm to 6.30pm

4.30pm to 6.30pm:     Village Hall Drop-In Studio focusing on: Newton Meadow / Village Hall Green Space / Main Street

 5.00pm:     Presentation – Update on the developing proposals

VIEW THE INFORMATION POSTER HERE

 


NOTE TO EDITORS:

About Sustrans:
Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. We connect people and places, create liveable neighbourhoods, transform the school run and deliver a happier, healthier commute.

Making Falkland + Newton’s Community Links has been funded by the Scottish Government, through Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme.

About Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links Programme:
Community Links is funded by Scottish Government and delivered by Sustrans Scotland in partnership with local authorities, statutory bodies and educational institutions for the creation of walking and cycling infrastructure for everyday journeys.  Since 2010 the programme has funded more than 500 projects across Scotland.

 About Making Falkland’s and Newton’s Future charrette:
The charrette was carried out in March and April of 2018 which was an intensive and collaborative plan-making process over several days.  The charrette was facilitated by a multi-disciplinary design team in collaboration with Falkland and Newton of Falkland’s Community Council.  The charrette was funded by Scottish Government’s Making Places Initiative Programme for community led design charrettes.

Making Falkland and Newton’s Future Community Links: Event on 15 November

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Making Falkland and Newton's Future Community Links: Event on 15 November

NEWS UPDATE:

Falkland and Newton of Falkland Community Council are holding a Co-Design Studio as part of the Making Falkland and Newton’s Future Community Links project on Thursday 15th November 2018. There will be workshops to discuss, sketch and test ideas and everyone with an interest in both villages is very welcome. The workshops will be an opportunity to share your ideas on improving walking and cycling routes, and key streets and spaces, within both villages.

At the successful Launch Event on 6th October, the following recurring issues were identified and these will be explored further on 15th November:

  • Vehicle parking making pavements inaccessible
  • Speeding vehicles through villages
  • Difficulty for mobility scooters to move around villages
  • Difficulty in accessing bus stops
  • Problems with visibility at certain road junctions

A workshop held in Falkland Primary School on 30th October, explained the project to schoolchildren, and the resulting thoughts from them included:

  • The importance of being able to access the local woods and hills to play in
  • Problems of cars parking where they shouldn’t be parked
  • Problems of cars speeding through the village
  • Difficulties for cyclists on some of the roads
PROJECT OVERVIEW:

Falkland and Newton of Falkland Community Council (FNFCC) secured funding from the Scottish Government through Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme to develop plans to improve key streets and paths in both villages.  The project will encourage local residents and the business community to share their ideas to improve walking and cycling routes, connections to public transport, traffic management, parking and traffic speeds.

FNFCC have appointed a team comprising Austin-Smith:Lord (landscape architects, architects, conservation architects), Transport Planning Ltd, WAVEparticle (community facilitators, public arts), Baker Hicks (engineers), Neilson Partnership (cost consultants) and Icosse (heritage researchers) to work with the local community and key stakeholders to prepare plans for both villages.

The events planned for 15th November will be used to discuss, sketch and test ideas for the Community Links project and the programme for the day includes:

Programme of Events in Falkland Community Hall – 12pm to 8.30pm

12.00pm to 3.00pm                 Co-Design Studio

3.00pm to 4.00pm                   Show & Tell – Work in Progress Review

4.30pm to 7.00pm                   Co-Design Studio

7.00pm to 8.00pm                   Show & Tell – Work in Progress Review

Programme of Events in Newton of Falkland Village Hall – 4.30pm to 6.30pm

4.30pm to 6.00pm                   Co-Design Studio

6.00pm to 6.30pm                   Show & Tell – Work in Progress Review

 

VIEW THE INFORMATION POSTER HERE

 


NOTE TO EDITORS:

About Sustrans:
Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. We connect people and places, create liveable neighbourhoods, transform the school run and deliver a happier, healthier commute.

Making Falkland + Newton’s Community Links has been funded by the Scottish Government, through Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme.

About Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links Programme:
Community Links is funded by Scottish Government and delivered by Sustrans Scotland in partnership with local authorities, statutory bodies and educational institutions for the creation of walking and cycling infrastructure for everyday journeys.  Since 2010 the programme has funded more than 500 projects across Scotland.

 About Making Falkland’s and Newton’s Future charrette:
The charrette was carried out in March and April of 2018 which was an intensive and collaborative plan-making process over several days.  The charrette was facilitated by a multi-disciplinary design team in collaboration with Falkland and Newton of Falkland’s Community Council.  The charrette was funded by Scottish Government’s Making Places Initiative Programme for community led design charrettes.

V&A East plans unveiled including a new Collection and Research Centre by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Austin-Smith:Lord

V&A East Collections & Research Centre

V&A East plans unveiled including a new Collection and Research Centre by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Austin-Smith:Lord

Internal render view of the new V&A collection and research centre at Here East, with Altamira Palace ceiling installed © Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The V&A has unveiled plans that will revolutionise how its world-leading collection of art, design and performance are accessed, explored and experienced. The V&A East project will create two interconnected sites in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – a brand-new museum, and a new collection and research centre – that will open in 2023. V&A East will also host a unique and unprecedented partnership between the V&A and the Smithsonian Institution – the largest museum and research complex in the world. 

V&A East will provide a 360-degree view of the V&A, and illuminate the breadth of its work in ways that have not been possible before. Situated within the vibrant creative hub of east London and surrounded by four of the city’s fastest-growing and most diverse boroughs, V&A East will be firmly rooted in its local neighbourhood and global in outlook.

At Here East, the new Collection and Research Centre will reinvent the idea of a museum store. With a design led by New York-based practice Diller, Scofidio + Renfro (and supported by Austin-Smith:Lord), the Collection and Research Centre will bring treasures out of storage and into public view for the first time in generations.

The centre will be a purpose-built home for 250,000 objects and an additional 917 archives from the V&A’s collection of fashion, textiles, furniture, theatre and performance, metalwork, ceramics, glass, sculpture, architecture, paintings and product design.

Visitors will be invited on a behind-the-scenes journey that uncovers and demonstrates how and why objects are collected, how they are cared for, conserved and researched and how they help make sense of our past, present and future as part of exhibitions and public programmes.

A central public collection hall will turn the storage inside out. A rich array of objects will be on display for visitors to explore – from some of the smallest curiosities in the collection to the largest and most significant rooms and building fragments.

Highlights announced today include Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1930s office for Edgar J Kaufmann Jr. – a unique and complete 20th-century plywood interior – and a 15th-century marquetry ceiling from the now destroyed Altamira Palace near Toledo, Spain, which will be resurrected within the centre as a real architectural element above a new public space for displays and events.

Internal render view of the new V&A collection and research centre at Here East, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro © Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Further spaces within the Centre will host pop-up displays, workshops, performances and screenings alongside live encounters with the museum’s work – from conservation and research to exhibition preparation. This new model builds on the continued success of The Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion located at Blythe House in West London where the V&A’s collection is currently stored.

A dedicated viewing gallery will be created to showcase a changing display of rarely-seen large rolled objects from the V&A’s extraordinary collection of theatre stage cloths, carpets, textiles, tapestries and paintings, including a 15-metre-wide theatrical backcloth designed by Natalia Goncharova for the 1926 Ballets Russes London production of Stravinsky’s Firebird.

Ten minutes’ walk away at Stratford Waterfront, a five-storey museum designed by Dublin-based architects O’Donnell + Tuomey will take a 360-degree view on the designed world. Two collection galleries and a programme of major exhibitions will offer cross-cultural and contemporary perspectives on the way we live today. The top floor will feature commissions, installations and interdisciplinary projects generated through collaboration across the East Bank campus and beyond. Three outdoor terraces will give spectacular views across the Park.

A pioneering partnership with the Smithsonian Institution – the foremost museum and research complex in the US – will deliver an innovative programme bridging art, design, science and the humanities, exploring topics of pressing global importance to society today. The inaugural exhibition in 2023 will be a world-first co-production by the two institutions, after which one in four exhibitions will be from the Smithsonian’s acclaimed programme, brought from the USA to London for the first time.

The museum at Stratford Waterfront will sit alongside UAL’s London College of Fashion, a new Sadler’s Wells theatre, and BBC spaces for performance, rehearsal and broadcast – its founding partners in the East Bank project – the £1.1bn powerhouse of culture, education, innovation and growth taking shape as part of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The partners are already active in east London with programmes of events, collaborations and activities developed together with local organisations and involving thousands of people from across the Olympic boroughs. Building relationships and networks across the many and varied local communities of east London is helping shape the collective East Bank project and ensure it is firmly rooted in its new neighbourhood by 2023.

V&A Director Tristram Hunt said “V&A East is timely and ambitious, allowing everyone to discover the national collections we look after in entirely new ways. With a 360-degree view of the V&A’s work – from collecting and conservation to experimental research and development – this future-facing project will bring art, design and performance into dialogue with current affairs, and will inspire the next generation of creative thinkers and the makers of the future.

 “Whether in Stratford, South Kensington, Scotland or Shenzhen, we are continuing to open up the vast collection that the V&A holds on the nation’s behalf, and we hope the V&A East becomes a place that sparks the imagination for generations to come.”

The V&A East project opens the latest chapter for the V&A in east London that began with the opening of the Bethnal Green Museum in 1872 – now the much-loved V&A Museum of Childhood which is itself undergoing a major transformation project in the coming years.

V&A East’s two venues will be open to everyone from school children, students, artists and designers to tourists, visiting academics and curious passers-by. People across the neighbouring boroughs are already helping to shape the project, and the V&A will continue to forge new partnerships as the project develops.

Tim Reeve, V&A Deputy Director and COO said “From the moment of an object’s acquisition, through its conservation, the research, enquiry and debate that follow, to its display as part of the story of an exhibition, V&A East will – for the very first time – illuminate the entire lifecycle of a museum and its collection in an ‘access all areas’ experience for visitors.”

 “It is vital that this latest member of the V&A family is developed collaboratively with its local community, and that we use this opportunity to deepen our long-standing relationship with east London. There is limitless scope for synergy and collaboration at Here East, and across the wider East Bank campus. Through our partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, we have the potential to support the next generation in east London and beyond – as change-maker, centre of innovation, and creative sourcebook for all.”

Elizabeth Diller, Partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro said:V&A East will be a new model for collection storage and public display. Planned from the inside out, this project will be like stepping into an immersive cabinet of curiosities—a three-dimensional sampling of the eclectic collection of artefacts, programmed with diverse spaces for research, object study, workshops, and back-of-house functions.”

Graham Ross, Partner at Austin-Smith:Lord, said; “We were thrilled to be invited by Diller Scofidio + Renfro to collaborate with them at the competition stage on this extremely exciting project for the V&A. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with the V&A and DS+R’s team, drawing upon our collective experience in delivering high profile arts and culture projects.”

Rob Firman, Project Director, Austin-Smith:Lord said; “The V&A’s vision for the V&A East is ambitious and pioneering. Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s design concept is a stunning architectural response. Having worked with Diller Scofidio + Renfro to develop the original concepts we look forward to working with the team through the next stages of the design and construction of this landmark project.”

Key project team members:
Client: V&A
Lead Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Executive Architect: Austin-Smith:Lord
Structures: Arup
Services: Arup
Cost Consultant: Gardiner & Theobald
Project Manager: Artelia
Principal Design Advisers: ORSA

 


 

For further PRESS information about the V&A East project please contact Benjamin Ward on benjamin@benjward.com / +44 (0)7837 134 193 (not for publication). A selection of press images is available to download free of charge from pressimages.vam.ac.uk

 Notes to Editors

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A) is the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity, spanning 5000 years of human creativity. It was established in 1852 to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. Today, its purpose is to champion creative industry, inspire the next generation, and spark everyone’s imagination.

Here East is located at the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London and provides over one million square feet of dedicated and versatile spaces for creative and digital companies. It is designed as a place for start-up entrepreneurial businesses to co-exist and collaborate with global established businesses and support genuine product innovation.

The Here East campus includes shared workspaces and public areas to foster a tight community, with space for discussion and events, a landscaped canalside and artisan cafes, shops and restaurants.

Here East is home to an array of organisations, including Studio Wayne McGregor, UCL/Bartlett School of Architecture and University of Loughborough London, as well as BT Sport, Plexal – a world class innovation centre and Ford’s European Smart Mobility Innovation Office. Online luxury fashion retailer MATCHESFASHION.com, UK charity Scope, and video game company Sports Interactive have recently moved to Here East. Here East is being developed by iCITY, a company owned by clients of Delancey, a specialist real estate investment advisory company.

Smithsonian Institution. Since its founding in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution has grown into the world’s largest museum, education and research complex.  It is composed of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoo, and nine research facilities. The Smithsonian is open 364 days a year (except for Christmas Day). There were more than 30 million visits to the museums and National Zoo in 2017.  The total number of objects, works of art and specimens at the Smithsonian is estimated at nearly 155 million. With museums in Washington, D.C. and New York City, as well as research programs and outposts in over 100 countries, the Smithsonian is shaping the future by preserving heritage, discovering new knowledge, engaging and inspiring people, and sharing resources with the world.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) is an interdisciplinary design studio based in New York. The studio has been distinguished with the first MacArthur Foundation fellowship awarded in the field of architecture and TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” list. The studio is responsible for two of the largest recent architecture and planning initiatives in New York City: the High Line and the transformation of Lincoln Center’s half-century-old performing arts campus.

The studio is currently engaged in two significant cultural projects, scheduled to open in 2019: The Shed, a cultural space that physically transforms to support artists’ most ambitious ideas; and the renovation and expansion of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). In addition to designing the V&A Collection and Research Centre, DS+R’s current projects in London include the London Centre for Music, a permanent home for the London Symphony Orchestra and a network of parks and riverside spaces spanning 5km in Greenwich Peninsula.

Austin-Smith:Lord is a leading multi-disciplinary design practice, with decades of experience and an impressive track record in successfully delivering high quality projects throughout the UK. The practice has a longstanding passion for arts and culture which is reflected in a distinguished list of completed projects. This portfolio includes internationally renowned museums, galleries and cultural archives providing some of the practice’s most rewarding experiences and signature projects.

Operating as a ‘creative collective’ from studios in London, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow and Liverpool, Austin-Smith:Lord delivers the highest degree of creative thought in architecture, landscape, conservation and urban design. There is an art to being practical. Current and recent art and culture projects include Shakespeare North near Liverpool, the Great Pagoda at Kew Gardens, G-Live Civic Concert Hall in Guildford, the People’s History Museum and John Rylands Library and Archive in Manchester, Liverpool Central Library and Archive, the Bluecoat and FACT in Liverpool, Shrewsbury Museum, Leeds Museum and Discovery Centre and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

O’Donnell + Tuomey is a studio-based practice, with offices in Dublin, Cork and London. Committed to the craft and culture of architecture, they have been involved with urban design, cultural, social and educational projects at home and abroad. The practice has an international reputation for its engagement with complex urban situations and sensitive landscapes. They have completed schools and university buildings, theatres and cinemas, community centres and social housing, art galleries and libraries in Ireland, the UK and on the European mainland. Winners of more than 120 awards, recent buildings include the Glucksman Gallery Cork, Timberyard Housing Dublin, Irish Language Centre Derry, Sean O’Casey Community Centre Dublin, Lyric Theatre Belfast, Photographers’ Gallery London, LSE Student Centre and the Central European University Budapest. They have exhibited six times at the Venice Architecture Biennale, with installations which advance their research into the useful beauty and poetic purpose of architecture, exploring areas of overlap with other art forms.

Making Falkland and Newton’s Future Community Links: Project Launch Events on 6 October

Falkland Charrette, Kids, community consultation

Making Falkland and Newton's Future Community Links: Project Launch Events on 6 October

Falkland and Newton of Falkland Community Council are holding a series of interactive Launch Events for the Making Falkland and Newton’s Future Community Links project on Saturday 6th October 2018.  Everyone with an interest in both villages is very welcome.  The event marks and celebrates the securing of funding to progress ideas emerging from the Making Falkland and Newton’s Future design charrette.

Falkland and Newton of Falkland Community Council (FNFCC) have secured funding from the Scottish Government through Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme to develop plans to improve key streets and paths in both villages.  Forthcoming events, starting on 6th October, will encourage local residents and the business community to share their ideas to improve walking and cycling routes, connections to public transport, traffic management, parking and traffic speeds.

Events will be held at Falkland Community Hall from 11am until 4pm and Newton of Falkland Village Hall from 12pm until 1.30pm.  Weather permitting, there will also be an on-street stall, walking and talking tours and fun activities to help highlight the issues and develop solutions to improve walking and cycling links in both villages.

FNFCC have appointed a team comprising Austin-Smith:Lord along with, Transport Planning Ltd, WAVEparticle (community facilitators, public arts), Baker Hicks (engineers), Neilson Partnership (cost consultants) and Icosse (heritage researchers) to work with the local community and key stakeholders to prepare plans for both villages.

Further events are planned for October and November. These will help identify preferred options and finalise plans to seek funding to construct and implement changes.

Ken Laurie from Falkland and Newton of Falkland Community Council said: “This award will enable the community to translate their vision, voiced over many years, of an inclusive, vibrant and healthy community finally into a reality. All members of the community will be actively involved in all stages of the project to ensure that any changes we make improves the quality of life and well-being of all residents.”

Graham Ross of Austin-Smith:Lord commented, “Securing the Community Links funding from Scottish Government through Sustrans’ programme is great news for Falkland and Newton of Falkland. The recent Making Falkland and Newton’s Future design charrette confirmed a number of vital issues for each village; the need to proactively manage traffic and parking to ensure reduced traffic speeds and significant improvement in access for all.  The Community Links programme will focus on projects to create attractive, safe routes and streets to encourage walking and cycling to key destinations including the school, local services, village centres and the countryside.

Dave Keane, Community Links Manager for Sustrans Scotland said, “We are very pleased to have been able to fund the Community Links project for Falkland and Newton of Falkland. We would encourage anyone with an interest in encouraging walking and cycling in the villages to come along to these events.”

The events planned for 6th October will be used to gather ideas for the Community Links project and include:

Programme of Events in Falkland – 11am to 4pm

11am – 3pm                            High Street Stall

11am – 4pm                            Community Hall Drop In Studio

11am and 2.15pm                   Launch Presentation: 15 mins

11.15am and 2.30pm              Transport Walk and Talk Session

Programme of Events in Newton of Falkland – 12 noon to 1.30pm

12 noon                                   Launch Presentation: 15 mins

12.15pm                                   Transport Walk and Talk Session

 


About Sustrans
Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. They connect people and places, create liveable neighbourhoods, transform the school run and deliver a happier, healthier commute.

Making Falkland + Newton’s Community Links has been funded by the Scottish Government, through Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme.

About Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links Programme
Community Links is funded by Scottish Government and delivered by Sustrans Scotland in partnership with local authorities, statutory bodies and educational institutions for the creation of walking and cycling infrastructure for everyday journeys.  Since 2010 the programme has funded more than 500 projects across Scotland.

 About Making Falkland’s and Newton’s Future charrette.
The charrette was carried out in March and April of 2018 which was an intensive and collaborative plan-making process over several days.  The charrette was facilitated by a multi-disciplinary design team in collaboration with Falkland and Newton of Falkland’s Community Council.  The charrette was funded by Scottish Government’s Making Places Initiative Programme for community led design charrettes.

Richmond Society Award for The Great Pagoda

Great Pagoda Kew Gardens Richmond Award

Richmond Society Award for The Great Pagoda

Austin-Smith:Lord has been presented with the Richmond Society Award for our recent restoration of the Great Pagoda, Kew Gardens.

The project, completed in July this year, has returned the iconic building back to its original splendour and recreated the eighty timber dragons which have become synonymous with the Pagoda.

David Millar, Head of Conservation at Austin-Smith:Lord said “It is wonderful to receive this award from the Richmond Society – the first the Pagoda has won following its careful restoration by Austin-Smith:Lord in close collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. The Society care passionately about the environment around them, and this echoes our thoughts on the importance of the quality of architectural design that surrounds us and the importance of saving and restoring unique historic buildings such as the Pagoda at Kew. A remarkable project and a worthy winner

You can find our more about the project at this link.

World’s largest mobile chemotherapy unit now complete

Tenovus Cancer Care

World's largest mobile chemotherapy unit now complete

Staff from Austin-Smith:Lord’s Cardiff office made a visit to the recently completed mobile chemotherapy unit for Tenovus Cancer Care, to see first-hand how our design is offering the best possible treatment for patients in South Wales.

The new design uses biophillic elements, large dimmable lights, and flexible partitions to create a relaxing and enjoyable space, which not only creates a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, but also aims to aid their recovery journey.

The staff were also shown how the unit is packed away and stored after each day, ready to move onto its next venue.

Big thank you to Andrew and Ashley from Tenovus Cancer Care for being so helpful and taking the time out of their day to show the staff around the new unit.

You can find out more about the project at this link.

Funding announced for Penicuik Town Centre

Penicuik Town Centre

Funding announced for Penicuik Town Centre

The National Lottery and Historic Environment Scotland have approved a £2.6 million funding package to help regenerate Penicuik town centre. The funding will support improvements to historic buildings and public spaces, along with a wide range of community activities and training opportunities for local people.

In a five-year project launching next month, Midlothian Council will work with local groups including Penicuik Community Development Trust and Penicuik First, to help reinvigorate the town centre. The council has already committed to investing £460,000 in street improvements in Penicuik High Street, with work expected to start on site in the autumn.

The initial works, which will include widening the pavement and reducing the width of the road, will focus on the junction of High Street, West Street and The Square.  The aim is to make the area safer for pedestrians while improving traffic flow, as well as making overall improvements to the town centre.

Austin-Smith:Lord, in collaboration with Douglas Wheeler Associates, were appointed to assist Midlothian Council in preparing the funding application necessary to enable Stage 2 submission to the Heritage Lottery Fund under the Townscape Heritage Programme. The Penicuik Heritage Regeneration Project included several community consultation events which fed into the development of the proposals.

David Millar, Head of Conservation at Austin-Smith:Lord said it is rewarding to see that the work our conservation and landscape architects undertook, in assisting Midlothian Council in their HLF stage 2 application, has resulted in this significant investment for the community within Penicuik. We look forward to seeing the impact of the initial project, namely the public realm improvements around the historic core of the town, and we hope that triggers some of the building owners to come forward and take up the offer of grant support for building fabric repairs.”


This funding announcement follows on from the recent Penicuik ‘A Town Hall for All’ project, led by Austin-Smith:Lord, which took place this summer.

‘A Town Hall for All’ went on to feature in the critically acclaimed ‘Scotland + Venice: The Happenstance’, as one of seven projects from across Scotland showcased at this year’s International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia in Venice.

Partick Bus Station Reopens After Redevelopment

Partick Interchange

Partick Bus Station Reopens After Redevelopment

After 11 months of construction, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT)’s redevelopment of Partick Bus Station is now complete and scheduled to open on 2nd September.

The new bus station forms part of a vital multi modal transportation hub in the west of Glasgow; integrating bus, rail and subway with national cycle and local footpath networks. It is one of Glasgow’s (and therefore Central Scotland’s) busiest interchanges serving one of Scotland’s most densely populated districts; connecting to the Riverside Museum, Glasgow Harbour, Glasgow University, Kelvingrove and bus routes to the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The design solution created by lead design consultant Austin-Smith:Lord increases the number of stances by 20% to accommodate increased bus patronage associated with the opening of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and anticipated growth resulting from recent and forecast development within the area. The new bespoke bus stances are designed to current best practice and provide modern high quality waiting space that fully integrates lighting, CCTV, seating, and customer information technology.

The stances with their cantilevered roof form and curved glass ends add an attractive and prominent presence within their context, representing the commitment shown by SPT to invest in the creation of a high quality of environment to meet today’s passenger expectations and encourage bus travel as a main transport mode in the west of Scotland.

From project outset, a significant emphasis was placed on improving safety in and around the bus station. The design achieves this by segregating bus movement from other vehicles, segregating pedestrians from the bus manouvering area and creating improved road crossing points. New Lighting within the bus station and stances also promotes an improvement to public safety.

Partick InterchangeThe public realm linking the new bus station with the existing interchange and surrounding streets is dramatically transformed with the installation of new granite paving, seating, trees and lighting which is extended along the interchange frontage to tie in with the recently completed public realm upgrade works by Glasgow City Council.

Austin-Smith:Lord’s Project Director Andrew McCafferty said We are delighted to have led the delivery process from concept to completion. We have enjoyed working closely with SPT and their stakeholders to develop a design solution that will improve the bus passenger experience, promote the ‘seamless journey’ and connectivity with the existing subway/rail Interchange and enhance the quality of environment for those who live and work within the area. The response to the project brief and our vision for the design of the new stances and transformation of the public realm has been realised through successful collaboration between Austin-Smith:Lord and our client SPT, (our sub-consultants Curtins and SVM), cost consultants Currie & Brown, Luddon Construction and specialist sub contractor Trueform.”

SPT senior director Charles Hoskins said “Partick Interchange is an important integrated transport hub for West Glasgow serving one of Scotland’s busiest and most densely populated areas. SPT investment in Partick and the new facilities will significantly improve the bus passenger experience.

 “The introduction of bespoke high quality shelters providing proper protection from the weather, real time passenger information displays, CCTV, and improved LED lighting as well as better provision for wheelchairs with high kerbs offering level entry to the buses, makes the station much more attractive and accessible to the whole community.”


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