Our Solent office has been named ‘Architectural Practice of the Year’ at the South Coast Property Awards 2017.
Judging was based on “innovative approaches to developing high-quality BIM-led information for build, evidenced by a successful project or portfolio of schemes”. McCarthy & Stone, sponsor of the award, commented:
“We believe practices which show that BIM is at the centre of their delivery put themselves at the forefront of the industry – both at a regional and national level – and their ability to face the challenges of this dynamic industry can only be good for clients.”
The South Coast Property Awards highlights the outstanding talent in the region’s property sector (commercial and residential).
Current highlights for the Solent studio include:
Our £22.8m University of Chichester scheme provides new engineering and digital creative technology facilities. The scheme, intended to attract between 1,200 to 1,500 students to Bognor, proposes a TV production studio, a green room and a Create, Design, Implement and Operate (CDIO) centre.
There is also a machine shop, welding area, fabricating laboratory with a 3D printer and engineering workshops.
The planned centre will enable 33 new degree courses to be offered by the university, including maths, electronic engineering, digital design and computer animation.
The building includes a range of social learning spaces located across every floor of the facility. The opportunity to engage with local businesses has been embraced with co-working facilities integrated within the design, allowing students and employers to collaborate on projects.
Working with Kier, we have designed and are delivering two secondary schools as part of the South 2 Priority School Building Programme batch.
Bitterne Park School is a specialist performing arts school which provides accommodation for 1800 students aged 11-18 in Southampton.
The new design replaces the existing, dispersed school buildings. This includes a three and a half storey single building, arranged around a central, triple height atrium space, allowing the school to maintain passive supervision across all floors (critical to their existing outstanding behaviour achievement). The project is nearing completion.
King Richard School Portsmouth – a similar approach has been taken to the design which will provide an outward statement of investment in the local community and support the track record of continuous improvement at the school.
Winchester Sport and Leisure Park
Winchester City Council has commissioned Stride Treglown, working alongside LA Architects, for the new Winchester Sport and Leisure Park at Bar End.
The proposal is currently undergoing public consultation leading to the Urban Design Framework.
The aim of the Park is to deliver a building that provides long life, high quality facilities for all people. It has a swimming pool and sports hall at its heart, with a range of supporting facilities.