Once again, we were delighted to support Stockport Grammar School careers fair. Showcasing everything that the architectural profession has to offer, we spent the evening answering questions, talking to students and parents, reassuring them that they did not have to do just maths, physics and art, and had a thoroughly enjoyable evening along the way.
Some great visuals from Sam really helped to explain the
route to becoming an architect, and with Pat’s persuasive Irish charm, we
suspect there may be a few more budding architects in the making.
Every year, we try and take a student for work experience,
but with limited availability, places are snapped up six months in advance. If
you’re interested, please drop us a line.
The college continues to go from strength to strength and is
massively oversubscribed. In order to alleviate some of the pressure on space,
the college have engaged us to develop the new £6.5 million new extension to
the rear of the existing building. Designed to tie in seamlessly with the
previous designs, the scheme is currently in planning and we are preparing
information for contractor tender.
Building on our previous involvement with the college,
having developed over £45 million worth of capital projects on two campuses, we
have recently undertaken a number of smaller projects to address safeguarding
Providing you catering, teaching sports and support spaces,
the new extension will provide an additional 250 places at the college.
So the first phase of works is now complete and students are in, enjoying the new dining area that have been created on the mezzanine area, as well as new classrooms, an extension to the main theatre space and creation of 2 new science laboratories.
This complex £750,000 summer project was developed to provide an intelligent and responsive approach to growing the school provision rapidly prior to the building of a new science and teaching block.
Taking an innovative approach and testing earlier feasibilities, we were able to provide new space with minimal disruption to the original PFI school – much to the delight of everyone involved.
From the original brutal 1960s entrance, we have created a sensuous and elegant stair to draw people into the main school theatre. Originally developing the options in sketch up, we then went on to develop a range of ideas which we presented to the governors in virtual reality.
Again, the power of the VR to explain and showcase our ideas allowed us to win the support of the governing body to progress with this most complicated of schemes in the heart of the school.
At the heart of the scheme is the new balustrade, laser cut out of 12 mm thick steel straight from our CAD drawings, folded and rolled to exactly match the existing profile and shape of the staircase. With virtually no room for error, pressing the button to cut the steel was a nervous affair.
In the end the scheme went to plan and has been a wholehearted success for the school.
We feel passionately about improving the way people use and
feel about the buildings we create. As architects we have a rare and unique
opportunity to improve people’s lives through our work.
Recently, we were given the opportunity to speak about some
of our research work and the impact it can have on people’s mental health.
Taking one very small area, we reflected on the impact of light, colour and
view on people’s perceptions and state of mind.
With a short exploration of circadian rhythms and the impact
of positive sleep patterns we went on to discuss how architects can use colour
and light to the benefit of students in education establishments. The issues
around mental health are becoming increasingly understood and discussed openly
and we have a role to play in improving health and well-being.
We further explored the role of view and the benefits can
have on people state of mind. In the time we had we could only scratch the
surface of this extremely important subject.
Many thanks to the Forum for the Built Environment and my fellow panelists..