Review of the book, Architecture & Resilience

Buildings & Cities journal has just published a review of the book, Architecture and Resilience. The book was co-edited and co-authored by Irena and has recently received a positive review from Vanesa Castán Broto.

The review is available here:

We would like to thank Vanesa Castán Broto and Buildings & Cities for the positive feedback. 

More information about the book can be viewed here. 

Kirkham Eco and Heritage Skills Centre

We have just completed options appraisal work on the proposed new Eco and Heritage Skills Centre in Kirkham.

It is a very innovative project conceived by Fylde Borough Council as part of their successful Historic England HAZ bid.

It was great to work with Creative Space Management on the business plan outline. The next stage is to buy the building and commission a full business plan and planning submission.

For more information on the project click here

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Future High Street Fund Bid for Kirkham

We are very pleased that after 7 months of intense and successful collaboration with Fylde Borough Council, MHA, BWA, ACCEND and Avison Young we have made a submission to the FHSF in support of funding for the regeneration of the High Street in Kirkham.

This government funding is eagerly awaited in Kirkham as clearly explained in this beautiful video made by Blake House Film Cooperative for this project – here


Park Road – First affordable housing scheme in MassBespoke

We designed MassBespoke to be both Bespoke and Mass-produced. It is a timber cassette system design for digital fabrication on a CNC router. This means that small workshops can be set up cheaply and easily in neighborhoods to build homes locally. We call this new infrastructure BuiltInCommon and explain it here: .

We are now working with Hull-based fabricator contractor Blok Build, to build two affordable homes in Doncaster for Doncaster Central Development Trust who have put their trust in us for which we are hugely grateful.

After one or two mishaps including Covid-19 we have restarted on-site and the pace is furious.

Nail-biting time.

Acts Against Collapse

For a second year running, the M-Arch in Architecture at Central Saint Martins will be joining forces with Material Cultures, a research organisation working at the intersection of low embodied carbon and high efficiency off-site construction.

As a part of the Construction in Detail summer unit CSM will host a series of talks about building and ecological action. Over 3 days, 9 speakers will open up the terrain of what it means to act sustainably and how this can be integrated into a form of practice. Irena will be speaking on Monday 6th of July about MassBespoke and Build InCommon.

Talks are open and free to the wider public see Microsoft Teams links below.

The full programme and links to talks are below :



9am  The Local: Marianne, Luma

10am Low impact: Alex Sparrow, ASBP

12am Building Technology: Irena Bauman, Bauman Lyons Architects



9am Circularity: Richard Boyd, ARUP

10am Just Sustainabilities: Nicholas B. Torretta, University Umea

2pm Ecology: Julia Watson, author of Lo Tek



9am : Decolonising Design : Lina Ashour

10am Building Systems :  Sophia Rawlins, Arup

11am Circular Planning – Joseph Henry, GLA




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Good news!

Many things have happened in the first half of 2020. One of the many good news stories we would love to share is that our Associate, Simon has recently passed his RIBA Part 3 examination and is now a qualified architect.

Congratulations Simon!

Covid-19 – BLA policy

In response to the UK government guidance, everyone at BLA is now working from home. We have established procedures allowing us to continue operating, to look after the health and safety of our team, and to provide for our wider responsibility to others we work with and the general public. The health and wellbeing of our team is of uptmost importance to us and so we are supporting flexible working for any employees who may need it.

We continue to communicate and collaborate with each other and our clients, using a suite of digital tools.

Staff can be reached directly on their direct dial phone numbers. If you cannot reach a member of staff then please email directly and we will call you back.

All procedures enable BLA to provide a continued, professional and attentive service to our clients. Our full office protocol document can be viewed here.

Kirkham Future High Street

We are pleased to be appointed to work with Flyde Council with Future High Street Fund to revitalise the town centre of Kirkham. We are working with our regular and trusted associates: Avison Young, Accend, Bernard Williams, Martin Higgitt Associates. 

Stephenson Memorial Hall

We are delighted to have been appointed to work with Chesterfield Borough Council on developing options for the refurbishment of the Stephenson Memorial Hall in Chesterfield.

This unique building, built as a tribute to George Stephenson and home to both Chesterfield Museum and the Pomegranate Theatre, has huge potential as a key focal point in Chesterfield’s cultural offer. We are looking forward to collaborating creatively with Tourism UK, Rambol, Charcoal Blue, BWA, Core, Burdus Access and the Council over the next few months.

Merry Christmas from the team at BLA

A big thank you to all the wonderful people who we have worked with and for in 2019!

With the turbulent conditions of climate change, and growing injustice in resource distribution we continue to be inspired by the constancy of human kindness and creativity.

And the capacity to have FUN!

We look forward to more of both in 2020 and wish you all a cracking break.

Using Timber in Affordable Housing

We look forward to discussing disruptive approaches to centralised off site manufacture of timber construction with Wessex Community Assets and Assemble Studios.

Discussing how digital construction systems such as MassBespoke can enable local small scale fabrication of affordable homes.

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