NISSI BEACH VILLAS, CYPRUS

Nissi Beach Villas Cyprus

Austin-Smith:Lord designed a number of high specification villas for Fastro Developments and SolTerra on the last beach-fronted site in Ayia Napa. Located to the East end of Nissi Beach the site has stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. As the brief called for exclusive properties, privacy was central to the development of the designs.

The decision was made at the start of the project to organise each plot around a pool and sheltered gardens, with an essentially L-shaped floor plan, the orientation of which was established through solar studies to achieve maximum daylight for the private external spaces as well as the main outlook from the principal reception and bedrooms. The villa forms a protective barrier for the private external space, with its external façade evolving into a thick curved concrete wall, reflecting traditional local structures and forming a distinctive street presence.

LOCATION: CYPRUS

CLIENT: FASTRO DEVELOPMENTS

VALUE: NOT DISCLOSED

SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE, INTERIORS, LANDSCAPE
SECTOR: RESIDENTIAL

LANDSCAPE: AUSTIN-SMITH:LORD

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WHITEHAVEN HARBOUR CUMBRIA

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Whitehaven Harbour Cumbria

The Whitehaven Harbour development is a pivotal project in the implementation of ‘Britain’s Energy Coast’, providing improved business accommodation and high quality housing on a prominent site along Cumbria’s Coastline.

The development offers an opportunity to continue the regeneration of this former working port which has been transformed into a thriving leisure marina over the past decade. Austin-Smith:Lord was awarded second place in this RIBA Open International Design Competition which attracted 139 entries.

LOCATION: WHITEHAVEN

CLIENT: MAGNUS HOMES

VALUE: £10M

COMPLETION: COMPETITION 2011
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE
SECTOR: RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL

STRUCTURES: CURTINS 
SERVICES: CUNDALL
COST CONSULTANT: GARDINER & THEOBALD

AWARDS: 2011 RIBA COMPETITION, PLACED 2ND

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MILKWOOD ROAD LONDON

Milkwood Road London

Austin-Smith:Lord worked with Pocket Living to design contemporary, stylish, intermediate-affordable homes for Londoners to buy on a number of different sites. For this long, narrow brownfield site that backs directly onto Network Rail land in Lambeth, South London, Austin-Smith:Lord proposed 48 units in a mix of modular one-bedroom Pocket units, socially rented and private-sale housing types, broken into three distinct building volumes.

Each block establishes its own geometry and landscaped spaces in response to the changing conditions along the triangular strip of land, but the three share a common material treatment of dark, semi-glazed brick and full-height bronze anodised windows. Together, the group will connect the derelict site with the local community, possibly for the first time in its history.

LOCATION: LONDON

CLIENT: POCKET LIVING

VALUE: £4.8M

COMPLETION: PLANNING 2011
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE, INTERIORS
SECTOR: RESIDENTIAL

COST CONSULTANT: POCKET LIVING

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STORE STREET MANCHESTER

Store Street Manchester

Construction of this elegant, crystalline 35-storey tower and its companion seven-storey block would make a dramatic statement about Manchester’s economic and environmental renewal.

We achieved planning permission for the development, which will create 384 apartments and 2,000m2 of commercial space in the former industrial hinterland around Piccadilly Station.

Both buildings will be wrapped in sheer glass skins that allow each apartment to enjoy a fully glazed timber-clad balcony. This buffer space provides tempered natural ventilation and reduces heat gains and losses – simple, low-technology, passive measures that reduce the carbon footprint of the development.

LOCATION: MANCHESTER

CLIENT: TIME AND TIDE LTD

VALUE: £50M

COMPLETION: PLANNING 2007
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE
SECTOR: RESIDENTIAL

LANDSCAPE: AUSTIN-SMITH:LORD
STRUCTURES: WSP
SERVICES: FABER MAUNSELL (AECOM)
COST CONSULTANT: THOMAS & ADAMSON

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BANANA ISLAND VILLAS

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Banana Island Villas

We were commissioned to design three villas in the affluent Banana Island neighbourhood of Lagos, Nigeria. Our design drew inspiration from the traditional forms of housing in South West Nigeria which are typically organised around courtyards which are the communal heart of the dwellings.

We introduced passive solar design measures in the design to minimise heat gain and reduce energy demand for cooling. Swimming pools are included in the design and have been located in the courtyards to help provide evaporative cooling.

LOCATION: BANANA ISLAND, NIGERIA

CLIENT: PRIVATE DEVELOPER

VALUE: CONFIDENTIAL

COMPLETION: 2019
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE, INTERIOR DESIGN
SECTOR: RESIDENTIAL

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MANOR HALL GARDENS, LONDON

Manor Hall Gardens, London

This development of an old garage site will provide a 3-storey apartment block with 10 affordable dwellings designed to the highly energy-efficient Passivhaus Standard.

Existing buildings in the immediate context are residential and are predominantly 2-3 storey, albeit with a taller, 5 storey apartment block to the north of the site.

LOCATION: LEYTON, LONDON

CLIENT: L&Q

VALUE: TBC

COMPLETION: ONGOING
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE
SECTOR: RESIDENTIAL
CONTRACTOR: TBC

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SERVICES: TBC
COST CONSULTANT: TBC

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PEARL HOUSE ADAMSDOWN SUPPORTED LIVING, CARDIFF

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Pearl House Adamsdown Supported Living, Cardiff

An urban infill development, by Cardiff Council, to provide accommodation and support for young adults with complex needs. The £1.8m scheme will provide new homes for young people between the ages of 16 and 21.

The key objective is that through the combination of high quality housing, and dedicated round the clock support, the scheme will help residents to progress to live independent lives in permanent accommodation.

LOCATION: CARDIFF

CLIENT: CARDIFF COUNCIL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

VALUE: £1.8M

COMPLETION: ONGOING
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
SECTOR: RESIDENTIAL
CONTRACTOR: TBC

LANDSCAPE: AUSTIN-SMITH:LORD
STRUCTURES: QUAD CONSULT
SERVICES: DRAC CONSULTING
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TROWBRIDGE MAWR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, CARDIFF

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Trowbridge Mawr Residential Development, Cardiff

We were appointed by Cardiff Community Housing Association to develop a design for 34 new-build social rented homes at land off Trowbridge Road in Cardiff. Located alongside the unique context of Gwent Levels’ Site of Specific Scientific Interest, the scheme design creates a place with a strong sense of identity defined by its positive and sensitive relationship to its natural setting.

The layout of the development will provide most homes with views over the pleasant greenery of the preserved and enhanced wooded areas and hedgerows as well as the newly created green open space featuring a pond and stretches with native species of reeds and grasses.

LOCATION: CARDIFF

CLIENT: CARDIFF COMMUNITY HOUSING ASSOCIATION

VALUE: £6.5M

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SECTOR: RESIDENTIAL
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Maelfa Mixed Use Regeneration

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Maelfa Mixed Use Regeneration

Following a long association with regeneration initiatives in this area of North East Cardiff, Austin-Smith:Lord were appointed by Cardiff Community Housing Association to develop proposals for this challenging project, with the aim of providing a mix of affordable homes and local retail whilst also delivering significant change and much needed improvements to a tired and failing 1970’s shopping centre environment.

The practice worked closely with CCHA and their development partner, Cardiff City Council, to overcome significant challenges to deliverability and affordability requiring a phased solution to maintain continuity of local retail and occupancy of an existing 10 storey residential tower throughout the development period.

All homes are designed to meet Welsh DQR, Lifetime Homes and RNIB standards.

“This incredibly challenging major regeneration project, of an existing 70`s indoor shopping centre, that had become a target for vandalism and anti-social activities, owes its success to the numerous community engagement along with stakeholder constellations carried out by the design teams, ensuring that the project team fully understood the communities needs and aspirations, leading to 56 new high quality affordable homes being built, along with 9 new retail units occupied by the original retailers benefiting from environmental improvements, accessibility, and a safer inviting location to live and work” Carl Hayes – Project Manager, Cardiff Community Housing Association

Carl Hayes – Project Manager, Cardiff Community Housing Association

LOCATION: CARDIFF

CLIENT: CARDIFF COMMUNITY HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

VALUE: £10M

COMPLETION: 2020
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, MASTERPLANNING
SECTOR: RESIDENTIAL
CONTRACTOR: JEHU

LANDSCAPE: AUSTIN-SMITH:LORD
STRUCTURES: BLACKBURN GRIFFITHS
SERVICES: HOARE LEE
COST CONSULTANT: RPA

AWARDS: RICS WALES AWARD, REFURBISHMENT/REVITALISATION CATEGORY

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Design of a supportive palliative care environment for those in Ayrshire with life-limiting illness

Sunnyside House, Bridgend

The Sunnyside House project seeks to address an urgent need for affordable housing in Bridgend by providing 65 high-quality, sustainable homes for social rent in close proximity to the town centre. The Site provides an opportunity for a landmark building to accentuate the corner of Sunnyside Road and Angel Street; providing a key wayfinding marker for the adjacent Sunnyside Health Centre and the Sunnyside Wellness Village and continue the ongoing regeneration of the local area.

All homes are to be designed to the latest Welsh Government Development Quality Requirements (WGDQR 2021). In doing so, the homes will target RNIB Visibly Better and Secure by Design Gold standards. The buildings will target an EPC A rating and will be designed to Lifetime Homes Standards.

LOCATION: BRIDGEND

CLIENT: LINC CYMRU

VALUE: £8.5M

COMPLETION: ONGOING
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE
SECTOR: RESIDENTIAL
LANDSCAPE: AUSTIN-SMITH:LORD

STRUCTURES: JUBB
SERVICES: DRAC CONSULTING
COST CONSULTANT: EXPEDITE

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