Digital and Creative Technologies Centre, York

BLA were successful in winning the feasibility study for the establishment of a Digital and Creative Technologies Centre in Hungate, York. The team of consultants is lead by Huddersfield Media Centre with Cultureworks, ESD and Trends Business Research. The centre is to be situated as part of a major mixed-use scheme at Hungate, a 5 ha Brownfield site adjacent to the heart of York city centre. The feasibility study is commissioned from Science City York, Hungate site Developer consortium and Creation (a network of convergent media businesses.), with funding secured from the Yorkshire Forward. The study is expected to be completed by the end of July 2004. 

Dearne Community Centre

An Options Appraisal has been submited to the Arts Council of England for the refurbishment of a lovely and loved Dearne community theatre in Goldthorpe, South Yorkshire. The design team have identified a requirement for development funding of around 1.5 million pounds. The funding decision is likely to be known in June. If successful the project is expected to proceed in June 2004.

Conference

Irena Bauman has agreed to be a guest speaker at the RICS North East Regeneration Conference. She will speak at the conference dinner on Thursday 13 May 2004. The conference is an international conference to promote innovative successful initiatives and new policies in regeneration. Expert speakers will highlight leading edge issues that will have a major influence on the way regeneration is organised and delivered over the next three years. An essential event for policy makers, professionals and practitioners interested in regeneration, community leaders, and those interested in improving the prospects of communities. Also developers and financial organisations involved in regeneration and development, and all those who will gain from the exchange of views and experience from those who attend the conference. Register for your place NOW! E-mail George Jameson – gjameson@rics.org.uk  

Link to RICS North East Website

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Some four years after completing the refurbishment of barns into gallery and creative industry units for Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and following Tony Fretton Architects recent fit out a 2004 Civic Trust Mention has been awarded. 

Link to Civic Trust Website

York Housing Association

Bauman Lyons have been appointed by York Housing Association for feasibility work to reprovide hostel accommodation with a construction value of £2,500,000 funded by the ODPM.

Competition Award

BLA have been awarded 3rd prize in the ‘SOLUTIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES’ International Ideas Competition for a brownfield edge-of-centre site in Manchester. The aim was to ‘design a mixed-use scheme which demonstrates an energy revolution, celebrates the city, and promotes sustainable urban living’.

West Bowling

Working drawings are underway on £3.5 Million Neighbourhood Centre in West Bowling, Bradford for Bradford Trident. Start on site will be autumn this year.

Ravenscliffe Renewal Centre

Site Progress: Ravenscliffe Renewal Centre is at foundation level. Irwins are the main contractor and work will be completed in September 2004. For the groundwork anoraks out there this is a picture of concrete column bases.

Ravenscliffe Project Page

Southlands Avenue, Leeds

Work in progress: the extension to Southlands Avenue in Leeds is nearing completion. Scaffolding came down at the beginning of March. The building will be watertight in the middle of March and completion will be in the second week of April.