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May 19, 2016

RIBA AHR Stephen Williams Scholarship 2016/17: call for entries

£5,000 scholarship for postgraduate study The RIBA is calling for applications to the RIBA AHR Stephen Williams Scholarship 2016/17. The scholarship provides £5,000 and a mentor from AHR to support one postgraduate student for up to 12 months. The scholarship is open to students entering their first or second year

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Employers Unite to Create New Apprenticeship Standard

Construction employers have come together to design a new apprenticeship standard aimed at ensuring the next generation of workers have the skills they need to succeed. The standard for plastering has been approved as part of the trailblazer initiative, which was set up to encourage business leaders to join forces

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Graham Plumbers’ Merchant Releases Latest Trade Offers

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant releases latest trade offers Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has released its latest ‘Just the Job’ trade offers. Until 11 June, installers can benefit from deals on a total of 24 products from every day items to boilers and hot water cylinders. Bathroom products feature heavily once again with

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Austin-Smith:Lord consolidates success in Bristol with UWE Design

Architects, Austin-Smith:Lord have won a competitive tender to deliver architectural, interior design, landscape design and engineering services to the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol as it begins a major redevelopment of its Bower Ashton Campus. The practice, which has recently opened a new Bristol studio, will

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Revised design gives more space to Preston Bus Station

The winner of the RIBA competition to create a youth centre at Preston Bus Station has revised his design so it no longer touches the grade II brutalist structure. John Puttick, a former Make partner, won the competition last year to restore BDP’s neglected 1969 landmark and add a 2,600sq

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Peabody submits plans for redevelopment of Thamesmead

Peabody has submitted plans for its vast Thamesmead site in south-east London. Masterplanned by Proctor & Matthews Architects alongside Mecanoo and landscape architects Turkington Martin the new scheme will deliver 1,500 new homes and 10,000sq m of commercial, retail and leisure space in the Thamesmead area and “remedy earlier random

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Prime London agency sets up lettings and property management arm

VanHan, the prime London agency run by Rory Penn and Thomas van Straubenzee, has set up a lettings and management division alongside its sales and buying services. The new arm will be overseen by ex-Knight Frank, ex-Cluttons and ex-Foxtons staffer Matilda Macpherson, who has worked in prime central London for

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May 19, 2016

RIBA AHR Stephen Williams Scholarship 2016/17: call for entries

£5,000 scholarship for postgraduate study The RIBA is calling for applications to the RIBA AHR Stephen Williams Scholarship 2016/17. The scholarship provides £5,000 and a mentor from AHR to support one postgraduate student for up to 12 months. The scholarship is open to students entering their first or second year of Part 2 in the UK or abroad. RIBA President Jane Duncan said: “This scheme is vital in supporting students who are struggling financially during their postgraduate studies, and I would like to thank AHR for the generous decision to renew the scholarship this year. I am looking forward to reviewing the applications and participating in the judging panel in June.” Brian Johnson, Director, AHR Architects Ltd said: “AHR are delighted to confirm their continuing support of the Stephen Williams scholarship for 2016. Over the last eight years we have through the scholarship been able to provide much needed financial and mentoring support to enable those wishing to enter the profession to continue with their studies. AHR are looking forward to once again working with RIBA to award the scholarship to a worthy candidate.” Since 2008, the scholarship has been awarded to Laura Collins (University of Sheffield, 2009/10), Henry Fisher (University of Bath 2010/11), Joseph Deane (Royal College of Art 2011/12), Kerry Watton (Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art, 2012/13), Mick Scott (Oxford Brookes University 2013/14), Chloe Anderson (London Metropolitan University 2014/15) and Jonathan Connerney (Queen’s University Belfast 2015/16). For more information, visit www.architecture.com/ahrscholarship. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 24 May 2016. ENDS Notes to editors 1. For further press information contact Callum Reilly in the RIBA Press Office: 020 7307 3757 callum.reilly@riba.org 2. For further information on applying for the scholarship: contact Hayley Russell, RIBA Education: hayley.russell@riba.org 020 7307 3678. 3. The scholarship was established in 2008 thanks to the generous support of AHR (formerly Aedas Architects) and is offered in memory of Stephen Williams, a past Director of Aedas. 4. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members www.architecture.com Follow us on Twitter for regular RIBA updates www.twitter.com/RIBA   Posted on Wednesday 30th March 2016 Source link

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Architects' under-employment at new low – December 2014 Future Trends Survey results

Under-employment at its lowest since the survey began in January 2009 Evidence of a growing market for architects’ services Large and medium-sized practices remain the most optimistic The RIBA Future Trends Workload Index was unchanged in December 2014, (remaining at +29), reflecting continuing confidence in the medium term outlook for the architectural services market. Workload forecast balance figures were positive in all nations and regions of the UK with the most positive figures reported in Scotland (+75) and Northern Ireland (+50).   In terms of practice size, small practices (1 – 10 staff) remain positive about the outlook for future workloads (with a balance figure of +22), but medium-sized practices (11 – 50 staff) and large-sized practices (51+ staff) continue to be more optimistic about workload prospects in the next quarter. In terms of different sectors, the private housing sector workload forecast fell back marginally to +25 in December 2014, down from +26 in November 2014.  The private housing sector continues to be the most robust, supported by continuing historically low interest rates and the on-going Government Help to Buy schemes to assist home lending. The commercial sector workload forecast lost some momentum this month, falling back to +17 in December 2014 from +20 in November 2014.  By contrast the public sector workload forecast (+7) and the community sector workload forecast (+6) both improved this month. The RIBA Future Trends Staffing Index increased to +17 in December 2014, up from +11 in November 2014, with just 1% of practices predicting a decrease in overall permanent staffing levels over the next quarter.   Medium-sized practices (11 – 50 staff), with a balance figure of +47, and large practices (51+ staff), with a balance figure of +67, continue to be more confident about their ability to sustain higher staffing levels in the medium term than small practices (1 – 10 staff), with a balance figure of +11. In December 2014, the percentage of respondents reporting that they had personally been under-employed in the last month fell to just 9%, representing a new all-time low since the survey began in January 2009.  This suggests that the amount of spare capacity within practices is now rapidly reducing.  Although there are clearly many macro-economic uncertainties ahead, given increasing workloads and reducing slack, the prospect for salaried architects going into 2015 appears better than it has been for a number of years. RIBA Director of Practice Adrian Dobson said: ‘December 2014’s Future Trends Survey results concur with the ONS figures released this week showing architects’ unemployment at the lowest levels since mid-2008 – evidence of a real improvement in the economic outlook for the profession. The challenge in this recovery is that as spare capacity within the profession reduces, we are beginning to see signs of practices encountering difficulties in attracting new staff with the right mix of skills and experience, particularly in areas such as Building Information Modelling.’  ‘Recovery in fee levels seems to remain somewhat elusive for the profession, with many practices reporting that they have not yet seen any significant uplift in fee levels and profit margins remain tight on many projects.’ ENDS Notes to editors 1. For further press information contact the RIBA Press Office: 020 7307 3761 pressoffice@riba.org 2. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members. 3. Completed by a mix of small, medium and large firms based on a geographically representative sample, the RIBA Future Trends Survey was launched in January 2009 to monitor business and employment trends affecting the architects’ profession. 4. The Future Trends Survey is carried out by the RIBA in partnership with the Fees Bureau. Results of the survey, including a full graphical analysis, are published each month at: http://www.architecture.com/RIBA/Professionalsupport/FutureTrendsSurvey.aspx 5. To participate in the RIBA Future Trends Survey, please contact the RIBA Practice Department on 020 7307 3749 or email practice@riba.org.  The survey takes approximately five minutes to complete each month, and all returns are independently processed in strict confidence 6. The definition for the workload balance figure is the difference between those expecting more work and those expecting less. A negative figure means more respondents expect less work than those expecting more work.  This figure is used to represent the RIBA Future Trends Workload Index, which for December 2014 was +29 7. The definition for the staffing balance figure is the difference between those expecting to employ more permanent staff in the next three months and those expecting to employ fewer. A negative figure means more respondents expect to employ fewer permanent staff.  This figure is used to represent the RIBA Future Trends Staffing Index, which for December 2014 was +17   Posted on Thursday 22nd January 2015 Source link

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The Lighting Industry Association – supporting a level lighting playing field in Europe

The Lighting Industry Association’s (LIA) new 12,500 sq ft purpose built Laboratories have bid successfully and are undertaking testing as part of LightingEurope’s Compliant Lighting Initiative. The objective of the Initiative is to support the placing of compliant lighting products on the European market through effective market surveillance, safe and good quality lighting products for consumers in Europe; as well as a level playing field and fair competition for industry players.  A significant number of lighting products, including those from LightingEurope members are being tested on behalf of the Initiative by various independent test laboratories in Europe including the LIA Laboratories. The LIA’s Laboratories are purposely designed and ready to meet the global lighting industry’s practical testing and certification requirements and will be putting LED lamps from producers, importers or other label owners through their paces covering safety, photometric performance and life testing compliance, as part of this initiative. In the case of non-compliance, affected manufacturers and distributors will be informed of the results with the request to take appropriate action. Product related allegations raised in the LightingEurope initiative will also be communicated if needed to the relevant national market surveillance authorities.  

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Employers Unite to Create New Apprenticeship Standard

Construction employers have come together to design a new apprenticeship standard aimed at ensuring the next generation of workers have the skills they need to succeed. The standard for plastering has been approved as part of the trailblazer initiative, which was set up to encourage business leaders to join forces to improve on-the-job training. It will be followed by a new standard for bricklaying set to be agreed in the near future, with both standards expected to be operational as early as 2017. Brian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders, said the developments would help to equip the workforce of the future with essential skills and knowledge. He said: “We believe that the new standards we are developing will ensure that future generations of bricklayers and plasterers will not only have excellent technical knowledge and craft skills, but will result in young people with careers that are packed full of potential.” The standards were created as part of a collaborative process involving small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in construction, training providers and awarding bodies. This is said to be particularly important, as two thirds of the apprentices entering the construction sector are estimated to be trained by SMEs. Trailblazer apprenticeships form part of the Government’s efforts to create three million new apprenticeship places by the end of the decade. They are said to put employers in the driving seat, helping to ensure that training meets the needs of business, as well as giving a vital career boost to trainees. Welcoming news of the new standards, Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “By giving leading employers the power to design and deliver high-quality apprenticeships, we are giving people the vital skills our businesses need. “We are committed to three million apprenticeships by 2020 because apprenticeships deliver benefits to employers, apprentices and the economy.”  

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Graham Plumbers’ Merchant Releases Latest Trade Offers

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant releases latest trade offers Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has released its latest ‘Just the Job’ trade offers. Until 11 June, installers can benefit from deals on a total of 24 products from every day items to boilers and hot water cylinders. Bathroom products feature heavily once again with Alterna Lesina and Puccini mixer showers and the Vie electric shower from Mira. These are in addition to the Bristan Blueberry Sink Mixer and Grohe Eurosmart Cosmo taps. There are also deals on heating products and spares including the A-rated Ideal Logic+ Combi Boiler and Adey MagnaClean filters. Trade customers can also take advantage of £100 cash back on Worcester Bosch Greenstore cylinders, available in a range of sizes. In addition, ‘Just the Job’ features products from the Always Available range. If an item from this range is out of stock in a customer’s local branch, Graham offers £10 off the next purchase.

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Austin-Smith:Lord consolidates success in Bristol with UWE Design

Architects, Austin-Smith:Lord have won a competitive tender to deliver architectural, interior design, landscape design and engineering services to the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol as it begins a major redevelopment of its Bower Ashton Campus. The practice, which has recently opened a new Bristol studio, will design a new centre for digital media programmes including film, animation and photography. The three storey building forms the first phase of a masterplan for the redevelopment of the campus, which will include a second arts building, central landscaped square and the refurbishment of existing space. UWE’s Bower Ashton Studios is situated in close proximity to Bristol’s Ashton Court Estate which comprises a grade 1 listed mansion, listed landscape grounds and deer park and the new building is situated in a prominent position on the approach to the Estate. Commenting on the challenge, Tim Young, Director at Austin-Smith:Lord said: “In collaboration with the client and the contractor, Willmott Dixon, we worked hard to ensure that the design enhanced the conservation area setting, whilst providing a modern facility which would meet the needs of the University. Our solution was a design aesthetic which draws on the typology of agricultural barns and local materials. “ The new building provides 2400m2 floorspace, incorporating a series of workshop and studio spaces, including a TV production studio. A large student hub zone space is located at first floor, with a full height panoramic window giving views out across the adjacent deer park. This level also provides a series of computer labs and stop-motion animation studios. The quieter top floor accommodates a series of specialist sound recording spaces as well as staff offices, editing suites and further computer labs. The building has been designed to achieve BREEAM Very Good rating. Since being appointed to work on this project, Austin-Smith:Lord has subsequently been appointed to refurbish the Arnolfini building in Bristol Alex Gilkison, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education says, “The new studio facilities will support the Faculty’s ambition to develop a modern, digitally-enabled studio campus close to the heart of Bristol’s creative and digital economy.   “The Faculty has partnerships with BBC, Watershed, Encounters and Wildscreen Festivals, Aardman Animation, M Shed, Spike Island and Arnolfini.  These links are central to the Faculty’s practice-oriented strategy where students learn in industry relevant settings and with industry partners.”

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O’Brien Contractors awarded SME of the Year at the 2016 Celebrating Construction Awards

With a long-established track record of delivering expert civil engineering solutions across the Midlands, O’Brien Contractors is proud to be named SME of the Year at the West Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards 2016.   O’Brien scooped the highly acclaimed award for investing in its people, focusing on improving customer satisfaction and adopting industry best practises across all areas of the business. O’Brien was also praised for its commitment to sustainability and maintaining an above industry record for health and safety.   Peter O’Brien, Managing Director, said: “A fundamental element of our success has been the commitment we’ve placed to the Midlands. We believe by focussing on the region, we can forge strong and long-lasting relationships with clients and our supply chain facilitating greater collaboration, essential in delivering projects successfully.”   Established in 1958, O’Brien has partnered with the region’s leading industry clients, including: Morgan Sindall, Aston University, John Sisk & Son, Kier Group and University of Birmingham.   Peter added: “It’s not just about consolidating your efforts into one area. We have continually invested back into the business so that we have a highly talented and knowledgeable team, operate the most efficient plant and technology, and benchmark against industry best practices, like Achilles BuildingConfidence – having achieved a 5-star rating in 2014. This regional award recognises the hard work and commitment of the whole O’Brien team.”

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Revised design gives more space to Preston Bus Station

The winner of the RIBA competition to create a youth centre at Preston Bus Station has revised his design so it no longer touches the grade II brutalist structure. John Puttick, a former Make partner, won the competition last year to restore BDP’s neglected 1969 landmark and add a 2,600sq m “youth zone” alongside it. His winning entry was for a building that stepped down to slot in under the bus station’s projecting tiers. Now he has revealed a new standalone design that will be cheaper, less complex and create a clear distinction between the two buildings. It will also allow the youth sport, art and performance space to be run by an independent operator. John Puttick Associates, which is based in New York and London, worked with the Twentieth Century Society and Historic England on the revised scheme which will preserve the long views down the side of the bus station. Puttick said: “One of our key objectives has been to design a building maximising available public space in and around the bus station to create a major new square for Preston. This supports the civic quality of the project. “It has also been important to respond to the proudly utilitarian quality of Preston Bus Station by designing a new neighbour that shares and celebrates this robustness.” In plan, the youth zone’s relationship to the bus station is in keeping with the original BDP strategy of a family of satellite structures including the vehicular ramps and taxi rank which read as a sequence of sculptural objects adjacent to the main building, he said. John Puttick Associates is also designing the overall refurbishment of the bus station. Puttick said this would involve a careful restoration of existing elements many of which are in good condition but compromised by visual clutter in the building. In order to reinstate the powerful original design, the practice will pare down the interior, return features to their original colour palette and reintroduce the Helvetica typeface for signage, he said. A main entrance hall will be created to give spatial coherence to the building, improving a sense of orientation and flow.

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Peabody submits plans for redevelopment of Thamesmead

Peabody has submitted plans for its vast Thamesmead site in south-east London. Masterplanned by Proctor & Matthews Architects alongside Mecanoo and landscape architects Turkington Martin the new scheme will deliver 1,500 new homes and 10,000sq m of commercial, retail and leisure space in the Thamesmead area and “remedy earlier random interventions to create a coherent community”. Thamesmead, which straddles Greenwich and Bexley boroughs, is roughly the same size as the whole of central London. It was developed in the late 1960s under the guidance of GLC division architect Robert Rigg who was responsible for including large areas of open space and lakes intended to create an atmosphere of calm. Despite this Thamesmead suffered reputation problems not helped by being the backdrop to Stanley Kubrick’s distopian film A Clockwork Orange. According to Peabody the new proposals will create a linear focus to the neighbourhood which runs from Southmere Lake in the north to Abbey Wood station in the south. The plans also address issues with the Harrow Manorway road which has acted as a barrier to integration of the area. In April Peabody brought in former chief executive of the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation John Lewis to spearhead the scheme. A detailed application for a new civic quarter has also been drawn up by Proctor & Matthews and Mecanoo. Pitman Tozer, Bell Phillips and Project Orange are part of the wider design team for later development phases. Chief executive Stephen Howlett said: “Thamesmead is a special part of London with huge potential for the future. The creation of 1,500 new homes and a new high street as part of the Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead Housing Zone, together with the arrival of Crossrail means we also have the opportunity to create hundreds of new jobs and attract new business. “Peabody is committed to working with local residents to create the dynamic and thriving place where people aspire to live, work and visit. “We are particularly excited about the design quality of these proposals, and are proud that the plans have evolved from extensive conversations with people who live in South Thamesmead over the last two years.” Active frontages for commercial, retail and leisure spaces will create a mixed-use area with a high-quality public realm, activating the lakeside and improving the experience of the surrounding landscape, he said. The development will be built in four phases, with the civic quarter due to commence in early 2017 and the final phase completing in 2021. The architects’ view Four principal design approaches are expressed in a design code that defines the scheme and the four character areas: Southmere Lane This secondary route runs parallel to Harrow Manorway. Designed as a linear neighbourhood focus which meanders across the existing urban grid, it acts as an anchor for a visually enriched townscape, and offers a safe and logical route for cyclists and pedestrians. Ensembles In a reinterpretation of late 19th-century Peabody buildings, clusters of connected (yet differently sized) residential blocks will be grouped around raised shared courtyards, creating smaller communities within the larger whole and enlivened by active frontages with a mix of uses. Squares and Specials New squares include a lakeside civic square and smaller squares forming neighbourhood focal points. ‘Specials’ buildings – such as a new Library or two ‘flatiron’ residential buildings – will be visible from a wide area, different in shape and height from the Ensembles and accentuating specific townscape moments. Connection to landscape Southmere Lane will act as the main link to the landscape surrounding South Thamesmead, with smaller scale connections reinforcing the main pedestrian links. The civic quarter – detailed planning application The new Thamesmead civic quarter by Proctor & Matthews Architects and Mecanoo occupies a large site on the edge of Southmere Lake. A stalled regeneration scheme by Gallions Housing Association (subsequently acquired by Peabody in 2014) had seen much of the original masterplan demolished, and with it many of Thamesmead’s community and retail facilities. The new civic square will act as the focal point for local residents and visitors, and restore high quality community facilities to the area. Opening towards Southmere Lake, it emanates the qualities of a traditional European square or piazza: an attractive environment that allows street life to thrive. Ensemble blocks define the square. While each has its own distinctive character, they are tied together through a uniform façade articulation. The predominant material is brick, in response to residents’ desire for contrast with existing concrete buildings. Courtyards are differentiated in architectural language, detail, materials and colour. A five-storey building height clearly defines the square, while maintaining a sense of openness towards the lake. The first two levels are articulated as a colonnade, activated at ground level with shop frontages and building entrances, while a lighter rhythm is introduced on the upper levels. Beyond the fifth storey, further residential levels are set back to maximise sunlight into the square. The majority of apartments have dual aspect, with private balconies designed to maximize views and exposure to natural light. Raised gardens and recessed ground level courtyards within each block provide an element of variety and valuable shared open space for residents. The development contains a broad range of dwelling sizes from one bedroom apartments to four bedroom townhouses, and the design team and Peabody has worked closely with CBRE Residential to provide a residential mix that delivers high quality housing across all tenures, with 45% affordable housing. Proctor & Matthews Architects has also created a new civic building, housing a library, nursery and gym, to act as a social hub and the compositional focal point of the square. A three dimensional triangular form tapers from a single storey at the lake edge, rising to five storeys in response to the buildings surrounding the square. Its principal elevation is punctuated by a water clock tower, extending the inherent aquatic theme of Thamesmead and forming an important townscape marker. One of the building ensembles designed by Mecanoo incorporates Blewbury House and Tilehurst Point. These are existing 13-storey residential

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Prime London agency sets up lettings and property management arm

VanHan, the prime London agency run by Rory Penn and Thomas van Straubenzee, has set up a lettings and management division alongside its sales and buying services. The new arm will be overseen by ex-Knight Frank, ex-Cluttons and ex-Foxtons staffer Matilda Macpherson, who has worked in prime central London for over eight years. The agency says the move into lettings follows a record 12 months on the sales side – it claims that while transaction volumes in London generally were down 31.3 per cent in the first quarter of this year according to data firm LonRes, the agency’s own transactions actually doubled in the same period. Highlights have included three residential sales of around £50m, including one of Kensington’s largest ever transactions. “Moving into lettings is a natural progression. Clients are increasingly looking for a more boutique and bespoke offering, and this very much applies to lettings as well as sales” claims managing director Rory Penn.    

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