LIFE SCIENCES INNOVATION CENTRE, INVERNESS

£9 million Life Sciences Innovation Centre in Inverness for partnering Client consortium of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).

Life Sciences Innovation Centre

Austin-Smith:Lord were commissioned to design a £9 million Life Sciences Innovation Centre in Inverness for partnering Client consortium of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).

The 2,700m2 building features office & agile working space, laboratories, sports health suite, knowledge exchange and innovation space.

The Inverness Campus is a new development zone located on the fringes
of Inverness city and is intended as an incubator for emerging life sciences technologies.

It features a mix of academic, business, research, community and sports facilities. The building is designed to be sustainable with a focus on creating a low energy healthy environment for research and innovation within a building envelope that achieves a high standard of insulation and thermal performance.

The new Life Sciences Innovation Centre was officially opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal in April 2023.

You can view a tour around the building at this link:
https://www.invernesscampus.co.uk/business-premises-and-land/lsic

LOCATION: INVERNESS

CLIENT: HIE and UHI

VALUE: £9M

COMPLETION: 2023
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE, MASTERPLANNING, INTERIORS, LANDSCAPE
SECTOR: EDUCATION
CONTRACTOR: ROBERTSON NORTHERN

LANDSCAPE: AUSTIN-SMITH:LORD
STRUCTURES: FAIRHURST
SERVICES: PICK EVERARD

YSGOL GYNRADD GYMRAEG ABERDÂR

Expansion of existing Welsh medium primary school

Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Aberdâr

Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Aberdâr is a Welsh medium primary school located on the outskirts of Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf. The existing school has been expanded as part of the Local Authority’s drive to increase the provision of Welsh medium education. The building was extended with a new two storey building and a single storey hall extension.

The two storey extension accommodates four new classrooms with associated cloak and WC facilities, a hall/studio and a new childcare facility. The hall extension creates a larger dining area to support the enlarged school.

The scheme also involved extensive external works and the creation of a new hard surface play area, nursery play area, staff parking area, and a new path linking the Welsh medium childcare facility to the existing pupil drop off.

LOCATION: ABERDARE

CLIENT: ANDREW SCOTT

VALUE: £4M

COMPLETION: 2022
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE, INTERIORS, LANDSCAPE
SECTOR: EDUCATION
CONTRACTOR: ANDREW SCOTT

LANDSCAPE: AUSTIN-SMITH:LORD
STRUCTURES: BINGHAM HALL
SERVICES: SABA CONSULT

YSGOL Y GRAIG PRIMARY SCHOOL

New build, 240 pupil, one form entry primary and nursery school in Merthyr Tydfil

Ysgol Y Graig Primary School

Ysgol Y Graig is a new build, 240 pupil, one form entry primary and nursery school in Merthyr Tydfil. The County Borough Council progressed the design to Stage 3, prior to appointing design and build contractor Kier. Austin-Smith:Lord worked in consultation with the Local Authority Architect to take the project through detailed design and construction.

The school achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and included PV panels, maximising daylight and a hybrid ventilation solution.

Located on a constricted and sloping urban site surrounded by residential streets, the school maximises the potential of the site, and provides high quality learning spaces arranged around a central heart space.

LOCATION: MERTHYR TYDFIL

CLIENT: MERTHYR TYDFIL CBC

VALUE: £6M

COMPLETION: 2021
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE, INTERIORS, LANDSCAPE
SECTOR: EDUCATION
CONTRACTOR: KIER

LANDSCAPE: AUSTIN-SMITH:LORD
STRUCTURES: CB3 CONSULT
SERVICES: SABA CONSULT

AYR RIVERSIDE

Redevelopment in the heart of the town centre within the designated Ayr Central Conservation Area

Ayr Riverside

Austin-Smith:Lord were appointed by HUB South West Scotland (HUB SW) in partnership with South Ayrshire Council (SAC) to lead the design proposals and subsequent development of the site at Ayr Riverside.

The site occupies 4,135.00 m2 of brown field, located in the heart of the town centre within the designated Ayr Central Conservation Area.

The newly developed area has created a new major public space between the High Street and Ayr River. This new urban realm responds to the importance of the historical context of the site whilst providing hard and soft landscape, new street furniture, places to dwell, lighting, and access to the river’s edge.

A key aspect of the development is the provision of space and infrastructure to support a programme of events and activities throughout the year such as regular pop-up markets or gatherings.

A new community pavilion has also been introduced with meeting and events space, public toilets and storage space.

LOCATION: AYR TOWN CENTRE

CLIENT: HUB SW / SOUTH AYRSHIRE COUNCIL

VALUE: £3M

COMPLETION: 2023
SERVICE: LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, ARCHITECTURE
SECTOR: URBAN REGENERATION
CONTRACTOR: LINEAR DESIGN & CONSTRUCT

STRUCTURES: HARLEY HADDOW
SERVICES: HARLEY HADDOW
COST CONSULTANT: RLF

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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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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)
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SUNNYSIDE HOUSE, BRIDGEND

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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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AYRSHIRE HOSPICE

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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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Fitzalan High School, Cardiff

Austin-Smith:Lord were appointed as part of Kier’s winning team to lead the design for the new Fitzalan High School after a mini competition based on a detailed brief, which called for the provision of a replacement new 11-18 high school at 10FE including 350 post 16 places. The Design Team worked closely with Cardiff Council and their advisors, as well as the School, to realise the vision for a sustainable learning community aligned to the new flexible curriculum.

Located on a site close to the existing school, and sharing facilities with the adjacent Cardiff International Sports Campus, the completed project represents a significant new facility for the pupils, staff and local community.

We feel that A-S:L totally understood our vision and passion for our school and what we wanted the new school to enable us to be. They have captured our demands for an inspirational environment that also allows us to deliver the curriculum in the bespoke responsive way that ensures our pupils will be successful. We cannot be constrained by typical classrooms and traditional methods and the A-S:L team have grasped that as a concept and designed an amazing facility that will allow for the flexibility and innovation that we are so keen to continue.
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LOCATION: CARDIFF

CLIENT: CARDIFF CITY COUNCIL

VALUE: £45M

COMPLETION: 2023
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE, INTERIORS, LANDSCAPE
SECTOR: EDUCATION
CONTRACTOR: KIER

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COST CONSULTANT: MACE

THE BLUECOAT, LIVERPOOL (LANDSCAPE)

RIBA Award-winning arts centre

The Bluecoat, Liverpool

The Bluecoat is the earliest surviving building in Liverpool city centre and the oldest arts space of its kind in the United Kingdom. Built in 1717 as a school for poor children, it became an arts centre in 1911, and hosted the first ever UK exhibition outside of London featuring works by Picasso, Matisse, Cézanne and Van Gogh.

Austin-Smith:Lord’s brief was to reposition the arts centre as the city’s new creative hub, restoring the historic fabric of the Grade I listed building, improving access and adding a new wing for an art gallery and multi-purpose performance space in time for the European Capital of Culture celebrations in 2008.

The new garden at the Bluecoat has opened the area up and is now used by all who visit. It is a social space, full of life.
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My god, but this is good
Opening words of the first review of the redevelopment of The Bluecoat, RIBA Journal, Editor

LOCATION: LIVERPOOL

CLIENT: THE BLUECOAT

VALUE: £12.5M

COMPLETION: 2008
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE, INTERIORS, MASTERPLANNING, URBAN DESIGN, LANDSCAPE
SECTOR: ARTS & CULTURE
CONTRACTOR: KIER NORTH WEST

LANDSCAPE: AUSTIN-SMITH:LORD
STRUCTURES: TECHNIKER
SERVICES: ERNEST GRIFFITHS
COST CONSULTANT: GLEEDS

AWARDS:
2008 RIBA AWARD
2008 LIVERPOOL ARCHITECTURAL SOCIETY AWARDS: SPORT, LEISURE, CULTURAL AND BEST LIVERPOOL BUILDING

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