Planning application approved for Agritech Project

A planning application has been submitted to and approved by West Oxfordshire District Council for Abingdon & Witney College’s new Agritech Innovation and Skills Centre at their Common Leys campus near Hailey. The building will provide a highly serviced environment to support courses and research relating to livestock husbandry. It combines theory teaching spaces and a livestock area capable of supporting the latest technology and providing wifi access to portable devices across the campus.

The design provides a space that allows for the care of the animals according to the latest working practices, combined with modern design which uses an ‘agricultural’ portfolio of materials which will reflect the farming context. In providing the new facility the College will also construct a new covered riding school to replace the existing one lost as part of the scheme.

The scheme will be completed for early 2019 by the design team which includes PMP Consultants, Couch Consulting, Halligan Associates and the Richards Partnership.

Above, visualisations generated in 3D modelling software Revit from a model which will also provide all the construction details.

Old Warwick Road, Lapworth receives planning consent

Planning consent has been granted for 38 new dwellings, of which 15 are affordable in the village of Lapworth on a site which was formerly used as a nursery, for client, property developer A C Lloyd Homes. The site of 2.8 hectares is bordered by open countryside and the Grand Union Canal, it accommodates the new dwellings in a landscaped setting with public open space including a pond. The scheme received strong support from the planning sub-committee at Warwick District Council and is anticipated on site later in 2018.

The design draws on influences in the sites context with a palette of materials from the village but creates a scheme that is modern in its approach to forms and external appearance.

Student accommodation in Beeston, Nottingham

Robothams Architects have been appointed to develop the detailed design of 227 student bed spaces at a site close to the University of Nottingham in Beeston. Appointed from RIBA stage 4 onwards by Hydrogen (Beeston), the scheme will combine studio flats, townhouses and cluster flats within the site of a former preparatory school.

Split across two sites the heart of the site is a grade 2 listed villa extended and refurbished to create the former school. It is surrounded by a mature landscape with protected trees and lawns. A range of more contemporary school buildings will be demolished to make way for the high quality scheme.

We are working with Aegis, Naismiths, Cundall, Influence, Zoe Vidaly Studio and Freeths to deliver the scheme for occupation in 2019.

 

Above, photos of the grade 2 listed Dagfa House.

Advanced Skills Centre completes on site

The practice’s first project delivered to BIM level 2 has completed on site. Constructed by Beard Construction the scheme is now being readied for the technical fit out of the technology laboratory and CADCAM workshop. Project architect, Stephen Jackson says ‘it has been a massive team effort with collaboration between designers, client and contractor throughout the process of delivering the scheme’.

Site photos taken during the process of handover.

Wokfresh open for business at the University of Birmingham

Our first project for the University of Birmingham has completed on site with the opening of Wokfresh, an oriental food offering in the centre of the campus. The restaurant was refurbished from the shell of a former bank to create a visually stimulating new place to eat noodle soup, chow mein, bento boxes, dim sum and sushi.

Image courtesy of contractor Seddon.