MCNEIL STREET RIVERSIDE, GLASGOW

49 ‘very sustainable’ homes on a riverside setting overlooking the Clyde and Glasgow Green

McNeil Street Riverside, Glasgow

NGHA commissioned Austin-Smith:Lord to design 49 ‘very sustainable homes’ setting the challenge of developing an approach to energy efficient housing that was transferable and the housing association could apply in the future. Designs for the derelict brownfield site were developed in close consultation with the client and their tenant-led design committees and sought to reduce energy consumption and provide adaptable housing.

Working in collaboration with Gaia Architects, A-S:L’s in-house sustainability accredited architects developed an ‘eco-minimalist’ design ethos in line with our long-standing, pragmatic approach to sustainable housing.

High quality, genuinely sustainable design with innovative, workable, energy efficient features, excellent documentation and good contract management.

Simon Metcalfe – Head of Development, New Gorbals Housing Association

LOCATION: GLASGOW

CLIENT: NEW GORBALS HOUSING ASSOCIATION

VALUE: £4.8M

COMPLETION: 2012
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE
SECTOR: RESIDENTIAL
CONTRACTOR: CCG SCOTLAND

SERVICES: URS SCOTT WILSON
COST CONSULTANT: ARMOUR CONSTRUCTION CONSULTANTS
SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANT: GAIA ARCHITECTS

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SUNNYSIDE WELLNESS VILLAGE

Integrating Wellness into the design of this sustainable, mixed-use development

Sunnyside Wellness Village

Austin-Smith:Lord is delighted at having been appointed by Linc Cymru Housing Association to work with them and their project partners Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, ARCH and Bridgend Council, on the exciting proposals for the Bridgend Wellness Village project.

The brief is innovative and forward looking in its aim of providing a vibrant, multi-generational community focussed on integrating Wellness into the design of the sustainable mixed use development.

The project includes a new Health Centre, general needs housing and potential future phase will include a new Register Office in addition to further homes. The positive impact of good design on health and wellbeing is actively integrated into the masterplan with the project forming part of a wider network of innovative Wellness facilities in South Wales. The scheme is designed using fabric first principles with MVHR to all housing units and connection to the Bridgend Local District Heating Network to achieve high levels of energy efficiency.

LOCATION: BRIDGEND

CLIENT: LINC CYMRU

VALUE: £12M

COMPLETION: 2020-2021
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE, MASTERPLANNING
SECTOR: RESIDENTIAL, HEALTHCARE
CONTRACTOR: TBC

LANDSCAPE: AUSTIN-SMITH:LORD
STRUCTURES: JUBB
SERVICES: HYDROCK
COST CONSULTANT: EXPEDITE PROJECT SERVICES

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LEEDS CITY MUSEUM

Extensive interior refurbishment of Grade II* listed building

Leeds City Museum

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.

Austin-Smith:Lord prepared proposals for the extensive repair, alteration and restoration of the original building to accommodate a range of state-of-the-art galleries, a museum shop, a café, conference/education suites and back of house facilities.

Austin-Smith:Lord has proved to be imaginative and sensitive

Martin Gresswell – Project Development Officer, Leeds City Council

LOCATION: LEEDS

CLIENT: LEEDS CITY COUNCIL

VALUE: £27M

COMPLETION: 2007
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE, CONSERVATION, LANDSCAPE, INTERIORS
SECTOR: ARTS & CULTURE
CONTRACTOR: LAING O’ROURKE

LANDSCAPE: AUSTIN-SMITH:LORD
STRUCTURES: BURO HAPPOLD
SERVICES: BURO HAPPOLD
COST CONSULTANT: RIDGE

AGRICULTURE INNOVATION CENTRE, BRIDGWATER

BREEAM Excellent, new build facility for Bridgwater College

Agriculture Innovation Centre, Bridgwater

Austin-Smith:Lord was appointed to assist Bridgwater College in the improvement and rationalisation of facilities across their Cannington Campus sites by addressing the improvement of teaching facilities at Rodway Farm. This was seen as an important project towards retaining the College’s position as a leading provider in the land-based education sector, achieving continuous improvement and continuing its key role with the Bridgwater and wider Sedgemoor economic and social community.

We provided a multi-disciplinary team to provide options and feasibility studies for a new build facility of some 900m2 to a challenging timescale. The resultant Stage C report was integral to helping the College secure funding support from the Skills and Funding Agency in late 2012.

LOCATION: BRIDGWATER, SOMERSET

CLIENT: BRIDGWATER COLLEGE

VALUE: £1.8m

COMPLETION: 2014
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE, INTERIORS
SECTOR: EDUCATION
CONTRACTOR: MIDAS CONSTRUCTION

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STRUCTURES: CURTINS
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BUSINESS SCHOOL AND GROWTH HUB, GLOUCESTER

Flagship building for the University of Gloucester

Business School & Growth Hub, Gloucester

The new £17m flagship Business School and Growth Hub building for the University of Gloucestershire is a central part of the wider development of the University’s Oxstalls Campus. It provides 5,500m2 of purpose-built learning spaces to accommodate the expanding student population and academic offering, whilst consolidating the University’s presence within Gloucester.

As the most significant element of the campus masterplan, the Business School forges links to the remodelled sports facility and new student accommodation, as well as including significant areas of meadowland, hard landscaping, car parking and making provision for a future phase of development of approximately 5,000m2.

The new building has been in use since last September and has been extremely well received by staff, students and visitors alike. Unusually for a building of this size and use, we have received no negative comments, only praise for the layout, design, airiness and general transparency from the atrium to the exterior. We are immensely proud of the building and also the positive relationship forged between us, the design team and main contractor.

Duncan White – Executive Director of Estates Strategy at the University of Gloucestershire 

LOCATION: GLOUCESTER

CLIENT: UNIVERSITY OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE

VALUE: £17m

COMPLETION: 2018
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE, INTERIOR DESIGN, LANDSCAPE
SECTOR: EDUCATION
CONTRACTOR: WILLMOTT DIXON

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STRUCTURES: ARUP
SERVICES: ARUP

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH NOREEN & KENNETH MURRAY LIBRARY

BREEAM excellent new landmark building providing an array of teaching and learning environments

University of Edinburgh Noreen & Kenneth Murray Library

Austin-Smith:Lord was appointed as Lead Consultants to undertake two parallel projects on King’s Building campus to create enhanced teaching and study environments for the College of Science and Engineering. Both projects were designed in response to thorough client and end user consultation and enshrine the new pedagogic methods being applied by the University.

The new build £4m Noreen & Kenneth Murray Library on the site of the demolished Robertson Library Building links into the retained KB Centre. The Library is a new studying and social hub on the campus, a landmark building providing a dynamic array of teaching and learning environments with the backdrop of the Campus Green.

Austin-Smith:Lord has developed a design with a two-storey ‘Podium Hub’ on the lower levels with a cafe, soft study and meeting areas for discussion and debate. On the higher levels there are a series of quieter and acoustically separated study spaces. There also exists an opportunity for an outdoor study environment on a second floor roof terrace area overlooking the Campus Green.

The Noreen & Kenneth Murray Library follows on from the very well received Learning and Teaching Cluster located within the refurbished Level 3 of the James Clerk Maxwell Building.

The new library:

  • is designed as a low energy building that has universal, barrier-free access and future adaptability
  • has achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating, the first achieved by the University of Edinburgh
  • has almost twice the amount of insulation as required by the current building standards
  • uses recycled newspaper and timber insulation
  • has external walls designed with a “breathing”, moisture diffusive construction
  • has free heating using surplus hot water from the adjacent CHP building
  • uses natural ventilation – when windows in the south elevation open, windows at the top of the stairs also open, to draw air through the library and up the stairwells
  • provides a high level of daylighting to all library spaces but uses timber louvres and blinds to control glare
  • uses Scottish sourced European Larch timber cladding and Western Red Cedar louvres
  • has a green roof – a sedum moss carpet laid over all the roof area, which provides an increased mix of biodiversity in the area as well as slowing down the rainwater run off from the roof

Download our Sustainability Case Study here:
Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library: Sustainability Case Study

The Library and other award winners displayed fantastic results that should be held up as exemplary case studies of best practice to show how a building can become more energy efficient, benefitting both the environment and the organisations’ bottom line. They not only embody low carbon design principles, but also deliver reduced energy demand and emissions, sustainability and a high quality of occupant experience

Paul Wedgwood -Manager, Carbon Trust Scotland

LOCATION: EDINBURGH

CLIENT: UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

VALUE: £5.5m

COMPLETION: 2012
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE
SECTOR: EDUCATION
CONTRACTOR: MORRIS & SPOTTISWOOD

STRUCTURES: PARSONS BRINKERHOFF LTD
SERVICES: PARSONS BRINKERHOFF LTD
COST CONSULTANT: KLM PARTNERSHIP

AWARDS:
2013 LOW CARBON BUILDING AWARDS HIGH COMMENDATION

UWE BOWER ASHTON MASTERPLAN

Campus masterplan, and design/delivery of two new buildings

University of the West of England, Ashton Bower Campus

Austin-Smith:Lord were appointed by the University of the West of England to deliver the Bower Ashton Masterplan and undertake the architectural design and delivery.

Home to the Faculty of Creative Arts, the masterplan significantly improves the outdated existing campus, adding two new buildings, demolition of existing poor quality accommodation, refurbishment of existing facilities, as well as comprehensive landscaping of the campus including a new central courtyard space and rationalisation of car parking and site access.

Building 1 – the new-build Digital Media building (completed in 2017) provides a modern, fit-for purpose, digitally-connected environment that will attract and retain students and retain the University’s reputation as a sector leader. It provides space for growth in high performing subject areas.

Building 2 – The Physical Making building, currently ongoing, comprises of the demolition of an existing building, construction of the new Physical Making building, and rationalisation of carparking and site access. A new central landscape courtyard is planned as part of future phases along with refurbishment of existing buildings and an extension to the Physical Making building.

We are delighted and proud of our new digital media building designed by Austin-Smith:Lord. The building provides a demanding technical function within a striking and elegant design.

A-S:L have been creative and supportive throughout the design and build and have set a benchmark for our campus redevelopment.

Roger Conlon – Deputy Dean, Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries & Education, University of the West of England

LOCATION: BRISTOL

CLIENT: UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND

VALUE: £13.5m COMBINED

COMPLETION: BUILDING 1: 2017. BUILDING 2: ONGOING
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE, INTERIORS
SECTOR: EDUCATION
CONTRACTOR: WILLMOTT DIXON

LANDSCAPE: AUSTIN-SMITH: LORD
STRUCTURES: ARUP
SERVICES: ARUP
COST CONSULTANT: FAITHFUL & GOULD

AWARDS:
2018 LABC BRISTOL EXCELLENCE AWARDS: BEST PUBLIC SERVICE BUILDING & BEST EDUCATIONAL BUILDING (BOTH FOR DIGITAL MEDIA BUILDING)
LABC WEST OF ENGLAND REGIONAL AWARD: BEST EDUCATIONAL BUILDING (DIGITAL MEDIA BUILDING)

(Y)OUR CITY CENTRE: GLASGOW REGENERATION FRAMEWORKS

Collaboration with MVRDV to design District Regeneration Frameworks for four districts of Glasgow City Centre

(Y)our City Centre: Glasgow Districts Regeneration Frameworks

Glasgow City Council has appointed a team led by MVRDV and Austin-Smith:Lord, supported by Space Syntax and a multidisciplinary team, to embark on the design of District Regeneration Frameworks for four districts of Glasgow City Centre. These Regeneration Frameworks will look to create a clear urban structure to realise Glasgow’s economic, cultural and social potential. The project will focus on the areas comprising Broomielaw, Blythswood, St Enoch and Central as part of the city’s ambitious City Centre Strategy.

The regeneration frameworks are being prepared in consultation with stakeholders and the local community. The completed regeneration frameworks will become supplementary planning guidance, augmenting the new City Development Plan.

The future of Glasgow city centre is of huge important to so many of us as this area is without doubt the economic powerhouse of Scotland.  This next stage of the regeneration framework for the city centre will look at four districts that play a significant role in our economic and cultural life, to identify and support and then develop the assets they have in new and innovative ways to ensure Glasgow continues to grow.  There will be an investment of £115million in the city centre from the Glasgow City Region City Deal, and our engagement with the stakeholders of these areas will help decide how this investment is delivered.  At the end of this process, we can look forward to a city centre that has changed for the better to become an even more attractive place in which to live, work, study, invest and visit.

Councillor Frank McAveety

LOCATION: GLASGOW

CLIENT: GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL

VALUE: N/A

COMPLETION: 2018
SERVICE: MASTERPLANNING, URBAN DESIGN, CONSULTATION
SECTOR: URBAN REGENERATION

LEAD DESIGNER: MVRDV
CONNECTIVITY/SPATIAL ECONOMICS: SPACE SYNTAX
SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONSULTANTS: DOUGLAS WHEELER ASSOC
PROPERTY MARKET CONSULTANTS: RYDEN
COMMUNITY ANIMATION/ENGAGEMENT: WAVEPARTICLE
STRATEGIC CITY DESIGN ADVISER: GERRY GRAMS
ENGINEERING ADVICE: ARUP
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GIRVAN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

This building set a new standard for hospital design for the NHS in Scotland

Girvan Community Hospital

Austin-Smith:Lord was appointed by NHS Ayrshire & Arran to provide a fitting replacement to the existing Davidson Cottage Hospital. Our brief was to create a landmark building to provide healthcare service for Girvan and its local catchment area.

The £15.2 million project was developed from the outset with the full involvement of the Client Steering Group and the Local Community. The plan for the hospital was conceived as a series of identifiable buildings unified into a cohesive whole by a curved circulation street.

The stakeholder consultation mainly involved the users. However, the community were also heavily engaged as there was a real (emotional and historical) attachment to the Davidson, the old hospital, and people were concerned about losing this from the town. 

Iain Wylie – Partner, Austin-Smith:Lord

LOCATION: GIRVAN

CLIENT: NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN

VALUE: £15.2m

COMPLETION: 2010
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE
SECTOR: HEALTHCARE
CONTRACTOR: BARR CONSTRUCTION

LANDSCAPE: AUSTIN-SMITH: LORD
STRUCTURES: SCOTT WILSON
SERVICES: RSP
COST CONSULTANT: CURRIE & BROWN

AWARDS:
2010 BUILDING BETTER HEALTHCARE AWARD – BEST SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
2010 HEALTH FACILITIES SCOTLAND AWARD – ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

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LOUDOUN SQUARE

A collaboration between Cardiff City Council, Cardiff Community Housing Association, Cardiff Local Health Board and Cardiff and Vale NHS

Loudoun Square, Cardiff

The Loudoun Square regeneration project is a collaboration between Cardiff City Council, Cardiff Community Housing Association, Cardiff Local Health Board and Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust. The site is located between Cardiff City Centre and Cardiff Bay, and was previously occupied by an existing health centre and local shops, together with a vacant area of land.

The area has been regenerated with the creation of new modern facilities to serve the local community and include a new health centre, shops, affordable homes and community facilities.

Sustainability was of paramount importance for the project, with the new Community Centre and Shops designed to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’. The Health Centre is the first BREEAM Excellent Health Centre in Wales. It was also awarded a Welsh BREEAM Health Care Award.

The 62 new homes are designed to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes – Level 4 and Level 5. To achieve these stringent environmental targets, the designs incorporate innovative strategies such as harvesting of rain water, Bio Mass fuelled heating and extensive use of ‘A’ rated insulation materials.

Given this is a mixed use scheme with a range of stakeholders, Austin-Smith:Lord’s team managed to take on board the design challenge and inputs of the users, to help deliver a high quality and functional building.

Ken Thomas – Project Consultant, CCHA

LOCATION: CARDIFF

CLIENT: CCCH / CARDIFF COUNCIL

VALUE: £13m

COMPLETION: 2014
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE, INTERIORS, LANDSCAPE
SECTOR: CIVIC, HEALTHCARE, RESIDENTIAL, RETAIL
CONTRACTOR: LEADBITTER

LANDSCAPE: AUSTIN-SMITH: LORD
STRUCTURES: BINGHAM HALL O’HANLAN
SERVICES: SABA CONSULT
COST CONSULTANT: DAVIS LANGDON

AWARDS:
FIRST BREEAM EXCELLENT HEALTHCARE CENTRE IN WALES
HOUSING AWARDS 2014 – UK HOUSING DEVELOPMENT OF THE YEAR