BLA at The Museums Association Annual Conference & Exhibition

We are pleased to have participated in The Museums Association Annual Conference & Exhibition held on November 5th/6th in Birmingham. This is Europe’s leading museum and heritage event and the largest event of its kind for museum and heritage professionals in Europe with over 1,500 attendees from all over the world coming together to discuss the key issues affecting the sector.

  • Irena presented a panel convened by Derby Museums Silk Mill http://www.derbymuseums.org/thesilkmill/  titled Head, Heart, Hands – Think , Feel, Do . The panel reflected on the issues of co-production learned through the successful Re-Make The Museum pilot that led to an award of £9.4 Million grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a contribution of £4million for Derby City Council towards the development of Silk Mill: Museum of Making.
  • The panel was chaired by Daniel Martin from Silk Mill, with Helen Charman, Director of Learning and Research at Design Museum, London and Chris Keady Curator of Making and Lifelong Learning Programmer at Silk Mill as panelists.

For full details of the Conference Programme see: http://view.pagetiger.com/conference-exhibition-2015/conference-2015

Exploring Neepsend 2015 // Public Charrette

The Sheffield School of Architecture students on the MA in Urban Design Programme will be hosting a public design charrette “Exploring Neepsend 2015” this Thursday at KIAC (Kelham Island Arts Collective).

The students have been studying the area around Neepsend through a range of creative research urban design tools and methods. During the charrette they will share their findings and their views on the area, seek feedback on their proposals, and initiate a discussion around possible futures for Neepsend and surrounding areas.

This event is jointly organised by the Sheffield School of Architecture, SKINN and KIAC.

Where: KIAC, The Lions Works, 40 Ball St, Sheffield S3 8DB
When: Thursday 22 October 2015, 4-6pm

 

 

RISE Awards 2015

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.

Little Kelham, Sheffield

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.

Original site model by Sturgeon North/CAL Architects

As taken from Green Lane end, phase 1b is visible in the distance with the pitched roofs.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

Urbanistas exhibition in the AJ

AJ Urbanista article

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.

Architecture and Resilience on a Human Scale

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.

New kitchens for Lister – Sheffield SYHA

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.

Passivhaus – Results Day!

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!

 

Potteric Carr visitor centre

Planning Render 01_Final

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.

 

Planning Render 03_Final

Passivhaus training

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!

The Past, Present and Future of Modern Methods of Construction

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

 

Derby Museums secures HLF funding

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.

Holy Trinity Hull secures Planning Consent

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.
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