BLA are delighted to have been selected following competitive tender to work with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in the design of the new visitor centre at Potteric Carr. We have been working with YWT since November 2014 to develop the design of the new visitor centre, which will be a naturally ventilated building requiring low energy input and constructed of timber. Materials & construction have been proposed to harmonise with the sensitive ecological setting, and visitor and staff experience will be enhanced with a close connection to wildlife and the beautiful surroundings.
Sadler Bridge Studios has been published in Brick Bulletin this month. Many thanks to Jonathan at Cloud 9 Photography for capturing it so well.
In May this year Sam attended training to become a Certified Passivhaus Designer. The course was delivered by AECB using material from the Passivhaus Institut and adapted for UK Building Regulations and practices. AECB’s Carbonlite Training is recognised by the PHI and included principles & science of Passivhaus Design, as well as use of the Passivhaus Planning Package. It was particularly useful to visit two Passivhaus projects and see the real terms benefits and in-use operation of completed Passivhaus buildings, as well as physically test performance characteristics first-hand. BLA are currently working on Passivhaus derived projects and putting the learning to good use!
During the international festival MAKE CITY in Berlin, Irena will be speaking on the theme: Self Made City: Mechanisms of Alternative Urban Development on 13th of June 14.30 – 19.30. For more information on the session and to download the full festival programme, see http://makecity.berlin
Irena will be guest speaker at the Chartered Institute of Housing Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Board: AGM on 9th July 2015 at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The theme is The Past, Present and Future of Modern Methods of Construction and Irena will talk about the potential of the new technologies to disrupt the construction industry. For more information, see www.cih.org/yorkshireandhumberside
Irena will be speaking at the Future Cities Salons’ forthcoming series of debates examining the future of public space. The next debate takes place at the Building Centre in London on 11 June 2015 under the title: ‘Crisis is the New Normal – What is a resilient city? For more info, see http://futurecities.org.uk/events/
Congratulations to Derby Museums for their major success in securing development funding from HLF for their ground breaking, disruptive project in co-making a makers museum. Exceptional team, exceptional leadership and exceptional ideas- congratulations to all.
Read more about the HLF investment and other successful applicants by following this link.
We are pleased to have secured planning consent for the extension and public realm works to Holy Trinity Church in Hull.
We are still in the process of obtaining Faculty consent due to ecclesiastical exception for these and the internal reordering, but are delighted to be one step closer towards helping to provide the church and the community with a sustainable future.
If you missed Irena’s talk Be the change you want to see in the world at last year’s 4×4 Lectures you can listen to it here. Irena speaks about the drivers of change that continue to impact on our cities and how as a society we are becoming increasingly able to influence these changes.
As part of Urbanistas: women innovators in architecture, urban and landscape design, Irena talks about the practice’s ethics, committing to working regionally and finding innovative approaches to the regeneration of local urban centres with particular reference to Dewsbury Strategic Development Framework (SDF).