We were delighted on Friday evening to be the recipient of the RISE Awards 2015 for Product & Element Interface. The award recognises the development of our MassBespoke digital construction system, enabled by Innovate UK grant funding.
The RISE Awards celebrates research & development in academia and industry and is hosted by Leeds Beckett University. The awards ceremony followed the “Sustainable, Ecological, Engineering Design for Society” conference, with a keen focus on innovation.
Congratulations also to CITU for winning a RISE Awards in the category “Sustainable Development & Energy” and for hosting us at their dinner table.
We are delighted to be working with Leeds-based developer CITU on their mixed-use residential project at Little Kelham in Sheffield. Adjacent to recent regeneration projects at Kelham Island, Little Kelham will be a new energy-efficient, low-carbon neighbourhood on a former steel works complex North of Sheffield City Centre. 153 super insulated and air-tight homes are currently being constructed using offsite technologies. The project is being fully documented and delivered to BIM Level 2.
First image: Original site model by Sturgeon North/CAL Architects
Second image: Taken from Green Lane end of the site, phase 1b is visible in the distance with the pitched roofs
With a bit of delay, we want to share a thoughtfully written article on the AJ of the Urbanistas exhibition that Irena was part of. The article in full can be found here.
The Building Local Resilience School Platform, of which Irena Bauman is part of as Professor of Sustainable Urbanism, is an exciting new initiative in the Sheffield School of Architecture. Currently this project is being developed as a new ‘umbrella’ research platform. A timeline of events has been part of this process, which began in June 2013 is now leading to the Architecture and Resilience on a Human Scale international conference, of which Irena has been the lead organiser.
The conference will provide the opportunity to explore the many ways that architectural academics and practicing architects are engaging with issues of resilience, to collate the emerging knowledge and set it in its theoretical context. Also, this conference celebrates the body of work developed in the Building Local Resilience School Platform and the contribution it is making towards transformational society. We share the words and sentiment of the anthropologist Henrietta Moore : .. the future learning will not be about the transferability of whole models with known outcomes, but rather about incomplete learning, experimentation and collaboration.
The conference will be held at the Showroom, Sheffield on the 10th till the 12th of September 2015. For more information on the conference Proceedings and Programme, please see here.
Our client South Yorkshire Housing Association have produced a short video to share the new kitchens at the Lister Project (part of the LiveWell schemes), in Sheffield. We enjoyed working on this project and getting involved with both customers and staff. The kitchens’ refurbishment reinforces our belief that small design interventions can bring a positive impact to our lives and wellbeing. You can watch it here.
We are happy to report that our Sam Wilson has passed the Passivhaus exam to achieve “Certified Passivhaus Designer” status. This new learning adds to our interest in Building Physics and ability in making and delivering low-energy sustainable places & spaces. Bauman Lyons are currently engaged in a number of projects employing Passivhaus principles – so watch this space!
We are very pleased to announce that Irena has been accepted as a new Trustee to Architecture Sans Frontieres – United Kingdom. Find out more about the fantastic work that the organisation do at http://www.asf-uk.org/
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).
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.
We are pleased to have secured a £130,000 Research and Development grant from Innovate UK to enable us to develop our MassBespoke digital construction system. We will be working with ARUP, Stage One and Rhino and the project will be led by Matt Murphy and Irena Bauman at BLA. It was our third attempt at getting past assessors and we would like to thank TBAT for getting us over that tough hurdle!