Twenty- five years ago in October 1994, 150 architects guests and exhibitors gathered in the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells for the inaugural, not yet Royal, Society of Architects in Wales Annual Conference and Exhibition. The conference posed the question: Architects Leaders or Follower?
It would be fascinating to see how much the architectural profession has changed in the quarter of century since then.
Irena will be considering how can we hold on to ethics in architectural practice.
‘Value’ (noun) :The worth of something compared to the price paid or asked for it.
Bauman Lyons are delighted to be awarded the contract to develop a Railway Heritage Quarter in Darlington in celebration of 200 year anniversary of the first steam engine. We will be working with Accend, Fore Consultants, SLC Rail, Bernard William Associates, Tourism UK, Build Heritage and Camlin Lonsdale Landscape Architects.
Irena was pleased to be part of the Research Practice Leads Forum which explores the theme of ‘A step change in the perception of Architecture to leverage our skills to deliver better performance’ and has attracted representatives from some of the most research active architectural firms.
The workshop included presentations from Richard Saxon on ‘The Birth of the Digital Twin’ with discussion and Pecha Kucha presentations of ongoing research in practice Irena Bauman, Bauman Lyons on Built InCommon fellowship and Craig Robertson, Hawkins Brown.
Our MassBespoke™ construction system was displayed for the first time at the recent Effects Design Market in York.
It was great to be in the company of many up and coming designers and we had lots of good conversations.
We had a great discussion recently with Modcell, South Yorkshire Housing Association, Mascott Project Management, WikiHouse, We Can Make, R-Urban and Blok CNC on the potential and challenges of distributed fabrication in construction. Accreditation and Insurance came up as some of the most serious obstacles to overcome.
This workshop was the third conversation that we have hosted as part of the research project Built InCommon funded by the Royal Commission 1851 Fellowship.
A big thank you to all who attended!
It has been a busy year since Calderdale Council moved in to our scheme for the Grade-II listed Princess Buildings in Halifax. We are very happy to see that everyone has settled in well and are enjoying working in the refurbished and remodelled building.
We are pleased to share a selection of photographs of the building in action taken by the fantastic Felix Mooneeram – https://felixmooneeram.co.uk
The building has also received an excellent write up by David Hanson from the Halifax Civic Trust in their 2018 Awards – http://www.halifaxcivictrust.org/awards.html
We are thrilled to have submitted planning for 20 new-build homes in Hebden Bridge.
Over the past couple of years Bauman Lyons have been working with and supporting our client the Calder Valley Community Land Trust to design new low-energy housing for affordable rent on a steeply sloping site in Hebden Bridge town centre. Throughout the process we have been inspired by the incredible effort put in by volunteers who are doing great things to make a difference in their community and who are actively changing the shape of new housing delivery.
We look forward to continuing to support the CLT in their efforts on this fabulous project!
We are delighted to have been appointed to work with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council to develop a scheme to restore the existing Grade-II listed Redcar Central Station Building. Bauman Lyons are working on the project as part of a multidisciplinary project team including Accend and GVA Leeds.
The railway station was built as part of the extension of the Stockton and Darlington Railway and is the only station in Cleveland which still has its original train shed.
We are looking forward to working with the project team to bring this significant local building back into use.
Congratulations to our Client Bolsover District Council for being shortlisted as a finalist at the National Urban Design Awards 2018. The shortlisting recognises the exemplar approach taken for the Sharing Bolsover Regeneration Framework for the four towns of Shirecliffe, Clowne, Bolsover and South Normanton. Read more about the project on our website link: http://baumanlyons.co.uk/projects/bolsover
We’re delighted that MassBespoke was shortlisted in the Pioneer of the Year category at the Offsite Construction Awards 2018.
Find out more about the organisation and the other finalists via this link www.offsiteawards.co.uk and more about our MassBespoke system on this PDF download.
North Wales Society of Architects are inaugurating a series of events on a thoughtful approach to architecture and community problem-solving with Coherent Connections. Irena will be in discussion with Andy Goodman and John Parkinson examining aspects of ‘environment-focused learning and operative platform’- a new approach to teaching for complex future.
To inaugurate the research project Built InCommon funded by the Royal Commission 1851 Fellowship, BLA hosted a workshop exploring the challenges of delivering affordable housing on difficult to develop sites and to consider how new collaborative procurement methods and digital technologies might help to unlock some of the challenges.
Thank you all who attended from Goodwin Development Trust, Doncaster Central Development Trust, Leeds Community Homes, Calder Valley Land Development Trust, Locality and Hull City Council and for making the conversation so valuable. The next conversation will be Show and Tell – sharing information about specific projects.
There was so much good: we finished a cluster of listed buildings at Princess Building, Halifax for offices for Calderdale; we are completing work on a glorious Grade 1 Listed Hull Minster refurbishment; and we are finalising a complex options appraisal for EUREKA! Children’s Museum.
We also had some bad times. Our first (and we have made it our last) experience of working with an unscrupulous developer who exploits the supply chain – we lost fantastic people – Brexit, UK being dropped in the European Capital of Culture Contest in the 11th hour, losing some tenders which we should have got – these are some of the lows.
But we also had some fantastic times: we have worked with the Silk Mill Museum of Making in Derby to secure planning permission and all the funding. We will be delivering this £16M project through a new partnering contract in which ‘conflict’ and ‘risk avoidance’ are replaced by ‘co-production’ and ‘risk and opportunities’. We have taken steps to diversify the practice by forming a new company, MassBespoke, to develop and fabricate our own timber cassette construction system and we have built our second MassBespoke prototype with Innovate UK funding. We have secured a 2 year long fellowship from Royal Commission 1851 to develop models for neighbourhood based factories for affordable housing. But the most fantastic experience has been working with residential clients, the visionary motivated community land trusts, with the team at Derby Museum Trust, and with all of the long term collaborators who add so much value to our everyday work. And of course our own BLA team.
We thank you all and wish you only The Good and The Fantastic for 2018.
We’re delighted that Hull Minster is providing the impressive backdrop for the Turner Prize 2017. The transformation project is currently in the construction phase with the new stone floor, glazed narthex and refurbished pews being the most recent works to complete.
Read more about the project by following this link: http://hullminster.org/transformation-project/
We’re delighted that our offsite structural timber system MassBespokeTM has been featured in YEP’s series on alternative housing in Leeds.
MassBespokeTM is being developed to enable more people to carry out their own custom designed self-build projects.
Read the full article by following this link: http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/leeds-housing-focus-amazing-tech-could-see-houses-being-printed-1-8735480
Bauman Lyons are working with the Construction Leadership Council to develop ROADMAP FOR SMART construction.
We are looking for exemplar schemes that have used offsite construction and have data on speed, costs, productivity and performance that can be evaluated.
Please get in touch if you know of any.
Irena is honoured to be invited to join the bid team for Leeds European Capital of Culture 2023. Read more about all the exciting plans via the Leeds 2023 website: http://leeds2023.co.uk/
Catch up on Irena’s talk Neighbourhoods Redefining Prosperity from Bristol Festival of Ideas 2015 – available to watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/zb3sM0vjWtA
Bauman Lyons were delighted to speak at ‘Sowing the Seeds of Practice Research’, a symposium for architectural practitioners and researchers organised by the RIBA and the University of Nottingham on the 30th June 2017.
BLA Director Sam Wilson delivered the keynote closing address at the event, providing insight and practical advice on the benefits and challenges regarding entry into the field of practice-based research. The University of Nottingham is currently developing a course which places students undertaking part-time research degrees into architectural practices. Find out more about the event by clicking on this link.
Check out the newly unveiled mirror pools designed by Mel Chantrey of the Fountain Workshop Ltd as part of the Trinity Square project which was designed in collaboration with Bauman Lyons as part of the reordering of Hull Minister.
These contemplative pools feature a 2mm thick film of water and are believed to be the first of their kind in the UK.
Read more about the project at Hull Daily Mail.