Rob Firman

Rob Firman

BSc(Hons) BArch RIBA

Rob joined Austin-Smith:Lord 2008 and was made a Director in 2009. With more than 30 years’ experience in Arts and Culture projects, having worked both domestically and internationally, Rob is highly skilled in the design and delivery of large scale, high profile projects and to this end his experience is as varied as it is striking. Rob believes passionately that buildings serving the arts should engage directly with the local community and, as such, economic development and regeneration have been paramount in all of his work. Rob is a published author and acknowledged expert on the performing arts infrastructure and buildings of Wales.

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  • Key Projects
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  • V&A East Collections & Research Centre
    V&A EAST COLLECTION & RESEARCH CENTRE
    Pioneering new Collection and Research Centre in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Austin-Smith:Lord
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  • MAELFA INDEPENDENT LIVING
    41 care-ready flats, providing fully accessible one and two bedroom homes and a range of communal facilities
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  • Brynhyfryd Health Care Centre
    BRYNHYFRYD PRIMARY CARE CENTRE
    New high quality premises to secure better health outcomes and improved access to services for patients
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  • Cardiff International White Water Surf Facility
    CARDIFF INTERNATIONAL WHITE WATER SURF FACILITY
    A new indoor ‘Flowrider’ Surf Facility in Cardiff Bay
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  • Birmingham Dance Hub
    DANCE HUB, BIRMINGHAM
    A striking new rooftop extension to Birmingham Hippodrome’s campus, the home of Birmingham Royal Ballet
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  • Pontypool Market Hall
    PONTYPOOL MARKET HALL
    Design team leader, architect and conservation architect to undertake a multi phase project for the restoration of the Pontypool Market Hall
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  • Shrewsbury Museum
    SHREWSBURY MUSEUM
    Sensitive restoration and conversion of the Grade II* listed Vaughan’s Mansion and Grade II* Music Hall
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  • Bridgwater and Taunton College National College for Nuclear
    BRIDGWATER & TAUNTON COLLEGE: NATIONAL COLLEGE FOR NUCLEAR
    The new BREEAM Excellent building will form the southern hub of the Government’s flagship National College for Nuclear (NCfN)
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  • Pembroke Learning Campus_Ysgol Harri Tudur
    YSGOL HARRI TUDUR
    The largest school project undertaken by Pembrokeshire County Council to date.
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  • Vale of Neath Primary Care Centre
    VALE OF NEATH PRIMARY CARE CENTRE
    New community-based centre, recently completed
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  • Gelliswick (Hakin) Primary School
    GELLISWICK VC PRIMARY SCHOOL
    A new £8m BREEAM excellent primary school for 480 pupils
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  • Birmingham Royal Ballet
    BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET
    Refurbishment of the Birmingham Royal Ballet building
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  • OLD COLLEGE, ABERYSTWYTH
    We are developing a vision for the future of this Grade 1 Listed building
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  • Bridgwater College Advanced Engineering Centre
    BRIDGWATER COLLEGE ADVANCED ENGINEERING CENTRE
    £4.2m new build Advanced Engineering Centre
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