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: http://massbespoke.com/built-incommon.html .
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.
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 :
ACT 1: SYMPOSIUM
MONDAY 6TH JULY
9am The Local: Marianne, Luma
10am Low impact: Alex Sparrow, ASBP
12am Building Technology: Irena Bauman, Bauman Lyons Architects
MONDAY 7TH JULY
9am Circularity: Richard Boyd, ARUP
10am Just Sustainabilities: Nicholas B. Torretta, University Umea
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boasting a rich history of industrial firsts, it is unsurprising that the former Silk Mill in the centre of Derby is at the forefront of a potential step-change for the construction industry, as well as a striking permanent exhibit – a seven-tonne jet engine
Join us for an evening of explorative talks inviting new and old ways of thinking. Talks by Irena Bauman from Bauman Lyons, Richard James MacCowan from Biomimicry UK and James Newton from Yorspace are coming to talk about how we could redesign our economic, building and planning systems to create a more democratic, circular and innovative model for housing, cities, and our futures.
York Design Week is a weeklong celebration of design and creativity taking place from 23rd-30th October 2019. With over 20 events in several different locations, there’s something for everyone: check out yorkdesignweek.com for more information.
Current and important issues for Future Architectural Practice will be discussed at the RIBA Smart Practice Conference on 1st October 2019.
Together with the full Client and Contractor team we are happy to present early thoughts on the process of the collaborative IPI contract which we are testing at the Museum of Making – a £17m HLF, ACE and local authority funded cultural project in Derby.
We are discovering forgotten and magical areas of the Grade II Listed complex of Abbey Mills hoping to create a trailblazer project community led project. We look forward to working with Leeds City Council, Kirkstall Valley Development trust and the local communities.