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Scott Brownrigg has completed the new Three Rivers Academy in Surrey. Replacing the former Rydens Enterprise School, the 1,875-student school is a rare example of a new state school building procured outside the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Contractor Framework. Commissioned by the Surrey based Multi-Academy Trust - The Howard Partnership, the new school provides high quality, spacious facilities to inspire 21st Century learning, with a Vision to create a “world class learning environment for students”. The project team consisted of architects Scott Brownrigg, BAM Construction (Main Contractor), Arup (civil, structural, geotechnical and ﬁre engineering services), MEA (Project Managers and Cost Consultants), Silcock Dawson (Mechanical and Electrical Engineers) and Innovare Systems (structurally insulated panel system).
The new school was funded by the sale of surplus land for residential development and Scott Brownrigg carefully designed the masterplan to create a new neighbourhood centred around a civic square and a landscaped boulevard connecting the square to Hersham Road. Both the square and the boulevard provide opportunities for the safe drop oﬀ and collection of children to and from the school, by both bus and car. The masterplan sets the boulevard in a crescent shape with a central footpath that meanders between the trees and links through to the centre of the square. The square is a shared surface space deﬁned spatially by apartment villas and townhouses on three sides and the frontage of Three Rivers Academy on the fourth eastern side. Architect Projects
“We are thrilled with our new state-of-the-art school. Our vision was to create a world-class learning environment for our students, and the project team have achieved this with a building that is designed for students’ present and future needs, and that is very much not a standard speciﬁcation building. This has resulted in a professional, safe, accessible and inclusive environment for our staﬀ, students and the wider community”. Anne-Louise Payne, Head of School, Three Rivers Academy >> All Images © Hundven-Clements Photography
Architect Projects ensures you reach current and new contacts within the industry. The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) has today formally signed the application to establish the New Zealand Chapter. With the Association increasing its membership year on year through international development, CABE’s fully functional New Zealand Chapter is testament to the growing role the association has with building engineering across the globe.
Housing provider One Manchester has exceeded its ambitions to build 500 new homes across south and east Manchester within ﬁve years, with a total of 663 new homes recently either completed, under construction, or with full approval to go ahead within the next few months.
(Social Impact Bond) with Traﬀord Housing Trust and Bridges Fund Management; a project which has now engaged over 500 rough sleepers and has so far resulted in over 60 people securing accommodation. One Manchester's Group Chief Executive, Dave Power, said: “We set out to be ambitious with our initial plan to build 500 new homes in ﬁve years, so to have surpassed this target with two years remaining is an absolutely incredible achievement by all of the team.”
At its inception in April 2015, One Manchester committed to provide more aﬀordable housing and tenure options for residents across the city. Just three years later and faced with an unprecedented rise in homelessness across the city, One Manchester is doubling the target of its original pledge and is now committed to delivering at least 1,000 homes by 2020.
In the three years prior to merger and One Manchester’s subsequent formation in 2015, Eastlands Homes and City South Manchester between them provided around 50 new build homes.
As a leading provider of quality homes, One Manchester's mission is to act as much more than a social landlord. The organisation prioritises creating resilient communities and outstanding community resources, helping people to manage their money, gain new skills, start businesses and stay healthy as well.
Mr Power adds: “The whole point of the merger was to pool our expertise and resources to help raise more money and drive eﬀorts towards building much needed new homes across Manchester. It’s very encouraging to see from the results that this decision has proved to be so eﬀective.
With Manchester’s rapid expansion becoming more visible in the growth of major private developments and private rented accommodation, a lack of newer good quality and aﬀordable housing is highlighting growing inequalities across the city.
"However, "Howeve the plight of the homeless and the ongoing national housing crisis mean we must never forget that huge price increases in the private sector mean that ordinary working people and families are struggling just as much to save for deposits or even just to aﬀord their monthly rent.
To help tackle some of these issues, One Manchester is looking at ways to intervene in poorly managed and maintained privaterented sector homes, particularly in East Manchester. The organisation is working with its partners and stakeholders to develop proposals and is sponsoring a major conference in July, with the support of Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, to bring together views on how interventions could work across the wider region. One Manchester is also investing in ending plight of entrenched rough sleeping in the city, by contributing towards the SIB
"Our work across Manchester has never been more important to ensure that residents have access to high quality aﬀordable homes, or to rent-to-buy and shared ownership schemes which help to make housing more accessible, as well as a number of market rent properties that allow reinvestment into community services and the local supply chain." One Manchester manages more than 12,000 homes in central, south and east Manchester, and has launched a number of new build housing developments over the past three years.
The application was signed by President David Taylor and CEO Dr Gavin Dunn and builds on the hard work being done by the New Zealand committee led by Chapter Chairman Kevin Emsley and Secretary Patrick Jarvis. Commenting on the formalisation, Gavin Dunn of the CABE said; “With New Zealand undergoing a construction boom, there is no better time for an internationally recognised professional body such as the CABE to work with industry partners in the establishment of a chapter covering this thriving country.” “The CABE looks forward to playing a larger role within building engineering in New Zealand,” added Gavin Dunn. Association Chapters deliver services at a local level and provide a networking hub for members to share knowledge and expertise. Establishment of the New Zealand Chapter has provided opportunity for members in New Zealand to participate in local activities. It is hoped that the formation of the Chapter will encourage membership growth and recognition of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers and raise the proﬁle of the Building Engineering profession. Most recently One Manchester announced the refurbishment and upgrade to 62 council-owned properties around Ben Street in Clayton. While at the end of 2017, One Manchester launched The Whitworths, its ﬁrst shared ownership scheme – consisting of 34 properties - which has already sold out. As well as creating new homes, One Manchester has also committed a £500,000 fund over the same ﬁve-year period to donate amounts ranging from £1,000 to £5,000, to community groups. The fund has developed into the city’s ever-popular Community Soup events. Residents living in One Manchester’s localities are invited along to Community Soup evenings to share a hot meal, listen to pitches by community groups and get the chance to vote on which group should be awarded funding.
So far, Community Soups have seen £325,000 invested into more than 150 community projects, beneﬁting more than 5,000 people living across the city. Mr Power said, "We're remarkably pleased with everything that One Manchester has achieved in its ﬁrst three years. We work alongside some amazing communities, and we're really proud that everything we do creates a better place for residents to live and to enjoy their lives."
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The concept for Three Rivers Academy proposed a uniﬁed series of spaces under a single roof. Conceptually these spaces form an almost creature-like arrangement, with a head (6th form and library), body (specialist teaching rooms and mall) and tail (sports and drama). The lateral pastoral Houses spring from the body like four separate limbs. The conceptual build-up of the limbs is akin to a stick of rock, the outer shell of standing seam cladding acts as a protective sheath which, if sliced through anywhere along the limb reveals the distinctive faculty colour within. Internally the wayﬁnding is intuitive and clear. The use of distinct Faculty colours is instantly recognisable with the use of graphics, furniture walls and ﬂooring, allowing users to locate themselves throughout the building with ease. At the far ‘tail’ end of the building are the sports and community facilities. This area is identiﬁed with the use of large format supergraphics on the walls of the main hall adjacent to the dedicated community entrance. The 6-court sports hall beneﬁts the school and wider community. This large format space has a sprung timber ﬂoor and cross laminated timber walls giving the illusion of a timber lined box. When viewed from the railway or playing ﬁelds to the north, the schools’ long dynamic form has a widescreen anamorphic quality. The overall silhouette is articulated by the Faculties, or limbs, the form of which counterpoint the wide horizontal emphasis of the architecture and evoke the four Houses pedagogy of the school.
At the head of the school the 6th form, administration and library blocks have been sculpted to both address a new piazza and announce the main entrance. The architectural diﬀerentiation of their form sets the head apart from the rest of the building and provides the sixth formers with a sense of individual identity, which is important from a behavioural growth context. The inviting angle and double height glass curtain walling further deﬁne the principle entry point for visitors. From the entrance piazza, users catch a glimpse of the undulating double height spaces in the mall beyond the reception and waiting areas. The south facing side of the school is more intimate. The residential scale and proportion of the four houses takes precedence enclosing south facing courtyards in-between. The mono-pitched roofs are a contemporary reference to the terraced housing along a residential street.
The structure is an in-situ concrete frame featuring an integrated slab and beam design that minimises the columns required and provides clear spans across the mall space. This is over clad in a pre-fabricated SIPS system providing the insulating layer and air-tightness line. The top ﬂoors of the scheme are designed to feel more lightweight. The mono-pitch House roofs and the Library butterﬂy roof both have a ‘steel hat’ construction, internally the steel trusses are articulated in the Faculty colours. The school is the only UK school to make the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Completed School Award category. The winner will be announced at WAF on the 28-30 November in Amsterdam. The school has already received exceptional feedback from the pupils, teachers and parents for the diﬀerence it is making to the teaching and learning process.
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Caesarstone, the global leader in high quality engineered quartz surfaces, has opened its ﬁrst studio space, situated within the company’s Head Oﬃce in Enﬁeld, North London.
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Caesarstone London Studio showcases the full range of the brand’s products, with the most popular and visually arresting designs displayed in large format slabs, allowing visitors to see the subtle and elegant detail inherent in the products that sets Caesarstone surfaces apart from the rest of the market.
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The space has been designed to appeal to and cater for end consumers, kitchen designers, and architects by oﬀering a highly engaging and tactile experience that allows visitors to immerse themselves in the design process.
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Amir Reske, Managing Director of Caesarstone UK says: “We have had the beneﬁt of analysing the visitor numbers over the past 12-months prior to the showroom opening, during which time we’ve seen guests from every area of our business. Fabricators and K&B partners, A&D contacts and commercial housebuilder teams have all spent time with us at our UK headquarters. We have also seen a huge number of end consumers, sometimes with their fabricator or studio but increasingly independently. Therefore, we have been able to design a space that adds value to all and that enhances their Caesarstone experience.”
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He continues, “With surfaces playing such an important role within the overall design scheme of most modern kitchen environments, Caesarstone London Studio is the perfect place to start the planning process.” The Caesarstone London Studio is part of a curated experience for both trade and consumer audiences that incorporates the use of new innovative brochure ware, sample packaging and increasingly social media and web platforms. Jon Stanley, Caesarstone UK’s VP Marketing, said: “We’ve seen a variety of visitors to our headquarters over the last year, and for some, they already have a clear idea of their future kitchen or bathroom, often having developed project ideas through the use of Caesarstone’s digital Visualiser tool. Other visitors are right at the start of their design journey, journe looking for inspiration and an understanding of the surface design and ﬁnishes available.” The new Studio includes a library of design and interiors publications to provoke an exploration of design; material presented includes the company’s latest Kitchen Trends book, which explores the emerging trends and colourways that will deﬁne interior décor over the coming months and years. In addition, the availability of design tools such as the Visualiser, as well as architectural design software from ArtiCAD,
within the London Studio oﬀers an opportunity for visitors to develop their project ideas in a relaxed environment. Jon Stanley continues, “We wanted to show Caesarstone products in an elegant, comfortable and domestic scaled environment that would be inspiring for all of our guests We also wanted to provide context for our products, which sit alongside other materials and colours in ﬁnished schemes; therefore we have woods, fabrics and colour swatches on hand, alongside other interest pieces to help guests formulate their ideal design scheme.”
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