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Richard Magnus Slater - Portfolio & CV


Richard Magnus Slater

Curriculum Vitae

635 Holburn Street Aberdeen, AB10 7JN (01224) 591939 or 07724421533 richardslater82@gmail.com

Profile

After joining Michael Gilmour Associates as a Post-Part 2 Architectural Assistant I gained enough knowledge to confidently sit the Professional Examination in Architecture and pass at the first attempt. I have now worked as a qualified architect for over 18 months, working on a variety of residential and mixed-use projects.

Education

1993 - 2000 Northfield Academy, Aberdeen 2000 - 2006 Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Aberdeen

Summary of Work Experience

Michael Gilmour Associates, Aberdeen; 2006-2009 Post-Part 2 Architectural Assistant Post-Part 3 Qualified Architect Construction - My construction knowledge has increased immensely during my time with Michael Gilmour Associates. I have experience of a variety of construction techniques including closed-panel timber kit, traditional build flats & houses, and low to zero heating housing using LZC technologies. Planning - Working with Michael Gilmour Associates and their client Scotia Homes allowed me to be involved in Community Engagement exercises, developing Masterplans for sustainable expansion and infill development of towns across the North East. Through Design Workshops involving the public, Local Authorities, and other design team members I was involved in creating Masterplans for sustainable mixed use developments. Presentation & Marketing - Whilst working with Michael Gilmour Associates I was heavily involved in the production of publicity material including the design, implementation and upkeep of the company website. Keppie Design, Edinburgh; 2003-2004 Part 1 Architectural Assistant Planning - Experience of creating presentation and planning application material for a variety of projects, including Masterplanning, large industrial and commercial developments, shop refurbishment and housing. Responsibilities included working to deadlines, preparation for meetings and preparation of work packages for tender.

Professional Skills

Communication Skills – The public consultation work that I have been involved in has meant dealing directly with members of the design team, local authority as well as the public, to produce adequate design solutions to a very tight timetable. My experience of planning, building warrant and on site construction has meant that I have been dealing directly with planners, consultees, design team members, clerk of works, site agents and contractors. Computing – Proficient in a variety of architectural, technical, presentation, graphic design and web design computer packages including: AutoCAD, Photoshop, Sketch-Up, Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, Publisher, Dreamweaver and Flash. I also gained 1 year’s experience of Microstation whilst working at Keppie Design. As an Architect I have the ability to learn and adapt quickly to evolving construction techniques and technologies. I feel that these skills can be applied to a variety of professions.

Interests Travelling, photography, reading, painting, football, music, movies, web design.

References

John Buchan, Partner or Stephen Pirie, Associate Michael Gilmour Associates 22 Rubislaw Terrace, Aberdeen, AB10 1XE 01224 643 117

Helen Laing, Architect Keppie Design 6Bells Brae, Dean Village, Edinburgh EH4 3BJ 0131 220 3067


Recent Project Experience

Richard Magnus Slater

Michael Gilmour Associates Residential Development, Links Parade, Carnoustie, Angus 76 luxury apartments overlooking the famous Carnoustie Links, with views down the 18 th fairway. Mixed Use Development, Old Road, Balmedie, Aberdeenshire 27 residential units (9 flats and 18 houses) and 1 commercial unit in a dense urban layout. Internet CafĂŠ, Broad Street, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire Conversion of a betting shop to an internet cafĂŠ for Tenants First Housing Co-operative. Mixed Use Development, Main Street, Rothienorman, Aberdeenshire 64 residential units (8 flats and 56 houses) and 4 commercial units in a dense urban layout, with rear court parking & tight street design, incorporating lanes, mews and pedestrian priority shared surfaces. LZC Residential Development, High Street, Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire 8 houses and 16 flats built using closed panel timber kit technology; with blown recycled paper insulation, correct orientation, a high degree of air-tightness, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery. Residential Development, Beatty Crescent, Kirkcaldy, Fife 199 residential units of mixed sizes, types and tenures on a brownfield site in the centre of Kirkcaldy. Community Engagement & Masterplan, Dubton Farm, Brechin, Angus Engagement and consultation exercise based on the EbD process championed by the Princes Foundation, resulting in the development of a Masterplan for approximately 800 units on a site to the West of the centre of Brechin. Mixed Use Development, Dubton Farm, Brechin, Angus A mixed use planning application for 200 units, of mixed size, type and tenure, based on a Masterplan developed through a Community Engagement process. Community Engagement & Masterplan, Insch, Aberdeenshire Engagement and consultation exercise based on the EbD process championed by the Princes Foundation, resulting in the development of a Masterplan for sustainable expansion and infill of the existing town. Mixed Use Development, Denwell Farm, Insch, Aberdeenshire 2no. planning applications, the first a mixed use planning application for 168 units, of mixed size, type and tenure; the second for 50 residential units, both based on a Masterplan developed through the Community Engagement process. Masterplan, Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire Engagement and consultation exercise based on the EbD process championed by the Princes Foundation, resulting in the development of a Masterplan for sustainable expansion and infill of the existing town. Residential Development, Hunter Road, Arbroath, Angus A development of 17 residential units for Tenants First Housing Co-operative. Residential Development, St Peter Street, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire A sustainable urban residential infill on a brownfield site using highly insulated, pre-fabricated closed panel timber kit. The development contains a mix of flats, houses and sheltered accommodation. Listed Building Demolition, Broad St/Rose St, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire Planning permission for the demolition of grade B & C listed buildings, which had fallen into disrepair and were potentially dangerous structures. Contract administration of demolitions. Pre-Major Planning Application Enquiry, Castle Meadow, Ellon, Aberdeenshire Co-ordination of a Pre-Major Planning Application Enquiry and subsequent planning application for a major residential development. Working with Urban Design Associates and La Quatra Bonci Landscape Architects.


Portfolio

Richard Magnus Slater

Listed Building Demolition Broad St/Rose St, Peterhead Architect Planning / Building Warrant / Site Works The project involved the demolition of a listed building in the heart of a historic north east town. The complex project involved consultation with Historic Scotland, RCAHMS, Building Control, Structural Engineer, with the ultimate aim of safely demolishing a granite building deemed to be structurally unsafe. The planning permission stipulated that the building be recorded and the external faรงade materials numbered and stored that the building could be re-built at a future date.

Michael Gilmour Associates


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Richard Magnus Slater

Sustainable Urban Expansion Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire Architect Public Consultation / Planning Scotia Homes are a house builder client whom have decided to embrace the forthcoming changes in planning legislation, which require major planning applications to go through a significant public consultation process. I acted as part of a team that used the Enquiry by Design process to engage with the community of Laurencekirk to design a sustainable expansion of their town. The EbD process looked at the whole of the town, eventually focusing on the southern end of the town. My involvement required me to interact with members of the public including local business owners and community council members. I also performed a more technical role as the process progressed to the masterplan conclusion. Using autocad, photoshop and powerpoint I prepared the results of the EbD for presentation to the public. The project is currently progressing, with the submission of a planning application imminent.

Michael Gilmour Associates


Portfolio

Richard Magnus Slater

Sustainable Urban Expansion Insch, Aberdeenshire Architect Public Consultation / Planning Scotia Homes are a house builder client whom have decided to embrace the forthcoming changes in planning legislation, which require major planning applications to go through a significant public consultation process. I acted as part of a team that used the Enquiry by Design process to engage with the community of Insch to design a sustainable expansion of their town. The EbD process did not focus on a particular site, but took a broader view of the long term sustainable expansion of Insch. My involvement required me to interact with members of the public including local business owners and community council members. I also performed a more technical role as the process progressed to the masterplan conclusion. Using autocad, photoshop and powerpoint I prepared the results of the EbD for presentation to the public. The project has since moved on to planning stage, with an application being submitted for approximately 180 residential units.

Michael Gilmour Associates


Portfolio

Richard Magnus Slater

Residential Development Balmedie, Aberdeenshire Architectural Assistant / Architect Consultation / Planning / Building Warrant / On-Site Consultation A residential development of 29 units (1 commercial) on the Old Road to Aberdeen from Balmedie. The site slopes steeply up to the A90, making it difficult to develop. The resultant development is a dense urban solution, working with the natural contours as much as possible and our solution maximises the potential of the site, to the agreement of the surrounding residents, who were consulted at various stages through the design process.

Michael Gilmour Associates


Portfolio

Richard Magnus Slater

Sustainable Urban Expansion Brechin, Angus Architectural Assistant / Architect Public Consultation / Planning Scotia Homes are a house builder client whom have decided to embrace the forthcoming changes in planning legislation, which require major planning applications to go through a significant public consultation process. I acted as part of a team that used the Enquiry by Design process to engage with the community of Brechin to design a sustainable expansion of their town. The EbD process focused on a site to the West of Brechin, included within the Local Plan. My involvement required me to interact with members of the public including local business owners and community council members. I also performed a more technical role as the process progressed to the masterplan conclusion. Using autocad, photoshop and powerpoint I prepared the results of the EbD for presentation to the public. The project has since moved on to planning stage, with an application being submitted for a mixed use development of 200 residential units and 1500sqm of commercial space. Since the planning application was submitted I have acted as lead architect, working under one of the two partners at Michael Gilmour Associates.

Michael Gilmour Associates


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Richard Magnus Slater

Sustainable Urban Infill Kirkcaldy, Fife Architectural Assistant Planning / Building Warrant / Site Works A residential development located within a short distance of Kirkcaldy city centre, on the brownfield site of a former maltings. Over 200 units spread over 4 hectares, using differing house and flat types, developed in tandem with similar sustainable urban projects at Rothienorman and Balmedie for the same client. This project allowed me to become involved in a large scale planning application early in my career; dealing with planners, statutory consultees and suspensive planning conditions.

Michael Gilmour Associates


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Richard Magnus Slater

Low Cost Residential Urban Infill St Peter Street, Peterhead Architectural Assistant Planning / Building Warrant / Site Works ÂŁ4.2million housing scheme situated on a brownfield site at St. Peter Street in Peterhead. The Development consists of 43 houses and 9 flats for Tenants First Housing Co-operative (TFHC). The project involved a JCT 98 contract, a clerk of works, and had unforeseen ground contamination issues, which meant extensions of time and increased costs. I worked on this project whilst also writing my case study on the Links Parade development. It allowed me an insight into a traditional contract, and the traditional role of an Architect.

Michael Gilmour Associates


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Richard Magnus Slater

Executive Residential Development Links Parade, Carnoustie Architectural Assistant Building Warrant / Site Works / Case Study This project was my Case Study for the Part 3 Exam in Professional Practice and Management. The contract between architect and client was informal and arranged via email and other correspondence. My case study looked at how the contract compared to a traditional procurement contract using the common JCT forms of contract. I also looked at how the informal contract evolved and conformed , or otherwise, to the ARB Code of Conduct. An exclusive development of luxurious two and three bedroom apartments on a seafront site of 0.68 ha, at Carnoustie, Angus. The development consists of 78 flats (proposed floor area of 58,500 sq. ft.), 75 parking spaces and 22 garages. Total cost of development is ÂŁ5.7 million. Scotia Homes Ltd. are a private developer acting as both the client and developer.

Michael Gilmour Associates


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Richard Magnus Slater

Sustainable Urban Expansion West of Northfield, Aberdeen Brief Groups chose sites highlighted within the aforementioned “Portrait of a City� project. Myself and a classmate chose a site to the west of the city, identified as having great potential for sustainable residential expansion. Solution Our solution was to provide a new neighbourhood adjacent to existing neighbourhoods of similar size. The neighbourhood would be oriented around a mixed use centre, within a walk-able distance (400m or 5mins) of all the new residential accommodation. The resultant Masterplan has an average density similar to the surrounding neighbourhoods, but breaks down in density towards the open countryside to the west, and builds up towards and within the mixed-use centre. My group-mate and I then created house-types that respond to the site conditions and to the Masterplan layout. Carbon reducing techniques were utilised within the house-types including making use of orientation, thermal mass, local materials and site conditions.

The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture Years 4-5


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Richard Magnus Slater

Portrait of a City Aberdeen Brief Part 1: To provide a visual introduction to the city of Aberdeen to be presented to a visiting tutor. Part 2: To analyse the city under various headings in order to located opportunities for sustainable expansion, re-development and services provision. Solution / Tasks This project was tackled by the whole year, split into groups. Each group studied various aspects of the city. My task, along with another classmate, was to combine all of the analysis into a coherent format for presentation to the staff and student of the Architecture School. The entire presentation, including analysis and final conclusions, formed an installation at an arts venue within the city centre. We created an interactive webbased presentation that visitors could not only view, but control.

The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture Years 4-5


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Richard Magnus Slater

Saint Cecilia Music Hall & Museum Cowgate/South Bridge, Edinburgh Brief Replace an existing harpsichord museum, and provide 2 auditoria and related services. Solution The Cowgate site was extremely constrained, therefore my solution was to connect to the higher level South Bridge, through an existing shop unit on the bustling route into the centre of Edinburgh. This solution allowed a vertical separation within the building and the creation of a public space at South Bridge level. The ‘dark’ spaces of the auditoria are located at the rear of the tight site, allowing the entrance and bar areas to be located on the Cowgate, where night-life and music venues are located. The museum is then located adjacent to the civic space created on top of the auditoria. Commercial units (shops and cafes) are also located around this space, with the performer’s entrance and dressing rooms looking out onto the south facing space.

The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture Years 4-5


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Richard Magnus Slater

Music Venue Proposal Hazlehead, Aberdeen Brief To design a music venue utilising an existing space within Aberdeen. Solution An unconventional music venue that would allow the visitor to feel at one with nature. My chosen location was in a wooded area adjacent to the Crematorium in Aberdeen’s Hazlehead area. The venue is designed to require a minimal amount of construction, whilst maximising the flexibility of the space. Felled trees can be used as pews or combined to create bleacher-style seating.

The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture Years 4-5


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Richard Magnus Slater

Primary School & Community Centre, Kaimhill, Aberdeen Brief To design a primary school & nursery to replace existing facilities in a southern Aberdeen suburb. Solution An adaptable classroom configuration which takes advantage of the southern aspect and the potential for using the outdoor space on the site. The community centre and primary school are kept separate at the joint entrance.

The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture Years 1-3


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Richard Magnus Slater

Pedestrian & Cycle Bridge Holburn Street, Aberdeen Brief To design a pedestrian & cycle bridge on the site of a former rail bridge across Holburn Street in Aberdeen. The disused railway line, formerly joining Aberdeen to Royal Deeside, now a popular walking and cycling route, was broken at Holburn Street by the removal of the original railway bridge. Solution An light and elegant space-frame structure spanning Holburn Street. The small scale structure is intended to relate to the human scale of the users.

The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture Years 1-3


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Richard Magnus Slater

Travel Pavilion, St Nicholas Street Aberdeen Brief To site and design a pavilion in the centre of Aberdeen. The pavilion is aimed to combine sales and information for all forms of public transport serving Aberdeen. Solution Elegant, light-weight, tubular steel forms a tree-like superstructure which houses the travel pavilion and acts as a beacon to people on Union Street. The pavilion is designed with the ability to be extended to provide further units or enlarge the original space.

The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture Years 1-3

Richard Slater CV  

Richard Slater CV up to July 2009

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