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).
On the 16th April, Irena will be speaking on the topic of making our capital more resilient in response to population growth and the effects of climate change. The talk will be part of the ongoing Urbanistas exhibition at Roca Gallery London of women innovators working in landscape and urban design, of which we are pleased to be showcasing a selection of our projects from around the Yorkshire region. Book your place early to avoid disappointment!
We recently returned to Eldwick Primary School to see progress on the Phase 2 admin and classroom extension. The external larch cladding is in place and the new staff spaces have been handed over. The internal fit out of the classrooms set to be completed in the summer as part of Phase 3 of the works and in time for the new school year.