AYRSHIRE HOSPICE

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

Ayrshire Hospice

Having been involved in early feasibility work to ascertain whether The Ayrshire Hospice could be redeveloped at its existing site close to Ayr Town Centre, Austin-Smith:Lord subsequently won a competitive tender and interview procurement process with Turner & Townsend as Lead Advisor under the Health Facilities Scotland (HFS) Framework to develop the new facility at 35-37 Racecourse Rd and the Hospices’ adjacent site at 15 Ronaldshaw Park.

The existing 20 bedded Inpatient Unit to the rear of the existing listed property at No.35 Racecourse Road will be replaced with a modern compliant inpatient unit comprising 12 single en-suite patient rooms and family areas.

LOCATION: AYR

CLIENT: AYRSHIRE HOSPICE

VALUE: £13M

COMPLETION: SCHEDULED 2024
SERVICE: CONSERVATION, ARCHITECTURE, INTERIORS, LANDSCAPE
SECTOR: HEALTHCARE
CONTRACTOR: MCLAUGHLIN + HARVEY

STRUCTURES: STRUER
SERVICES: ATELIER TEN
COST CONSULTANT: TURNER & TOWNSEND

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LLANELLY HOUSE, CARMARTHENSHIRE

Restoration of this Grade I Listed Georgian Town House to its 18th Century glory

Llanelly House, Carmarthenshire

Austin-Smith:Lord was commissioned by Carmarthenshire Heritage Regeneration Trust to carry out the conservation and restoration of Llanelly House in Llanelli. The aims of the project were to restore the Grade I Listed Georgian Town House to its 18th Century glory and turn it into a major visitor attraction. The listing of the building at Grade I reflects its importance in Britain on a national scale.

The restoration of Llanelly House was undertaken around a high quality programme of conservation and restoration that has drawn from and enriched the communities of Llanelli.

Project funders included the HLF, ERDF, Cadw, Llanelli Town Centre, Carmarthenshire County Council and GrantScape.

We are delighted with the high quality of conservation that has been achieved at Llanelly House and the central role that ASL’s team played in achieving this.

Claire Deacon – Carmarthenshire Heritage Regeneration Trust

LOCATION: CARMARTHENSHIRE

CLIENT: CARMARTHENSHIRE HERITAGE REGENERATION TRUST

VALUE: £6M

COMPLETION: 2013
SERVICE: CONSERVATION, ARCHITECTURE, INTERIORS
SECTOR: CULTURE
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STRUCTURES: OPUS
SERVICES: ROBERT BLOXHAM JONES
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Leeds City Museum, located in the ‘Cultural Quarter’ area around Millennium Square in the centre of the city, is a central hub for Leeds’ network of museums and cultural attractions. The Museum is part of a larger scheme which includes the new ‘Discovery Centre’, a museum collections building located in the Clarence Dock area of Leeds. The Museum is located in the refurbished Grade II* Listed Leeds Institute, an imposing mid-Victorian building designed by Cuthbert Brodrick.

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CLIENT: LEEDS CITY COUNCIL

VALUE: £27M

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THE READER, CALDERSTONES PARK

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GALLERY OF MODERN ART

A project to restore the clock tower at one of Glasgow’s most famous buildings

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A project to restore the clock tower at one of Glasgow’s most famous buildings led by Austin-Smith:Lord has now been completed. Restoration work at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) focused on the 189 year old clock tower and weather vane, which have been cleaned, restored and reinstated.

Previously coated in stained cream masonry paint and cement repairs, together with vegetation growing out of the Corinthian column bases, the clock tower needed an extensive series of conservation repairs.

Glasgow Life, which manages GoMA, instructed conservation accredited architects at the Glasgow studio of Austin-Smith:Lord to assess the true condition of the tower and advise on a suitable repair strategy.

The project, which was undertaken by City Building Group LLP and CBC Stone, received financial grant support from Historic Environment Scotland.

The Gallery of Modern Art is a building firmly tied to the history of Glasgow itself. We are delighted to reveal the restored clock tower and weather vane, in complete working order just in time for its 200th anniversary.

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The restored Monastery building now houses a commercially run visitor, conference and events centre incorporating an education and training suite. It was completed in 2007 and has been the recipient of many awards including a Civic Trust Commendation.

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GAIETY THEATRE, AYR

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Austin-Smith:Lord led the design team for the full refurbishment of the CategoryB Listed Gaiety Theatre, Ayr completed in 2016.

The work has been carried out over two phases. The first focussed on front-of-house audience facilities and the second rejuvenated the auditorium interior back to its Edwardian splendour with subtle colours and new seating all in keeping with the intimate interior.

The Gaiety auditorium is quite unique and one of the most important provincial working and teaching theatres in Scotland.The auditorium was originally designed by Alexander Cullen, acclaimed local Scottish architect from the practice of Cullen, Lockhead and Brown of Hamilton and was opened in 1903.

Image credit: Guy Hinks

Over eight years ago, Ayr Gaiety Partnership dreamt about this day. I am overwhelmed and delighted by the response we’ve received from our local and national partners and members of the community who continue to support us as we step into our next chapter.

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LOCATION: AYR

CLIENT: AYR GAIETY PARTNERSHIP

VALUE: £2.4M

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THE GREAT PAGODA, KEW GARDENS

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Austin-Smith:Lord was appointed to undertake the design and sensitive execution of fabric repairs to the iconic, Grade I Listed Great Pagoda at Kew Gardens, London.

The conservation team worked closely with the Historic Royal Palaces team to prepare proposals that are in keeping with this significant listed structure dating from 1761.

The Great Pagoda was designed by Sir William Chambers for Princess Augusta. Chambers was her architect and tutor to her young son George who would later become King George III.

Chambers created a series of architectural structures from around the world to create one of the most fashionable estates in England if not Europe at the time.

Only the Pagoda and Orangery survive to this day but other structures namely the Mosque, Alahambra and House of Confucius which were made of more ephemeral materials have been lost.

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The restored Pagoda reopened to the general public in July 2018 and will no doubt be extremely popular with visitors from all over the world.

See Austin-Smith:Lord’s Director and Head of Conservation David Millar talk about the project in more detail in these short videos:

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Image credit (completed project): Robin Forster Photography

It has been fascinating to piece together the story of the elusive dragons, missing from this remarkable building for over two centuries. Using tantalising contemporary accounts and drawings, and taking inspiration from surviving eighteenth century dragons in houses and museums across Europe, we’ll be pulling together a team of specialist craftsmen to ensure the new dragons are as faithful to the original design as possible.

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LOCATION: LONDON

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VALUE: £5m

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OLD COLLEGE, ABERYSTWYTH

We are developing a vision for the future of this Grade 1 Listed building

Old College, Aberystwyth

Austin-Smith:Lord has had a longstanding relationship with Old College and has been instrumental in the delivery of a restoration and adaptive re-use project for the building since 2012.

In 2012, Aberystwyth University engaged Austin-Smith:Lord to lead the preparation of a Feasibility Study into the adaptive reuse of the Grade 1 listed Old College building in Aberystwyth. This Study was completed in 2013.

In 2015, the University revisited the findings of that Study, reviewed the options presented and prepared an updated Business Case. Following this, the University again engaged Austin-Smith:Lord to prepare revised information describing the potential use(s) of the building in the future in support of a Heritage Lottery Funding Stage 1 Application.

Stage 1 Funding for the Development Stage was confirmed in summer 2017 and Austin-Smith:Lord joined a team led by Lawray Architects to provide Conservation Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Design services through to submission of a full Planning and Listed Building Consent Application and National Lottery heritage Fund Stage 2 Application.

Stage 2 funding was confirmed in December 2019 and Austin-Smith:Lord is developing the detailed design of the Conservation, Interiors and Landscape components of the scheme with Main Contractor appointment due in 2020 and the capital project due to be completed in late 2021.

LOCATION: ABERYSTWYTH

CLIENT: UNIVERSITY OF ABERYSTWYTH

VALUE: £26m

COMPLETION: 2021
SERVICE: CONSERVATION, ARCHITECTURE, INTERIORS, LANDSCAPE
SECTOR: ARTS & CULTURE 

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STRUCTURES: MANN WILLIAMS
SERVICES: HOARE LEA