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July 2017

STEM Centre Completion

STEM Centre Completion

The construction phase of a new £2.5M STEM Centre building for Waltham Forest College is now complete. The building will provide specialist facilities for science, technology, engineering and maths including a fully functional motor vehicle service facility, electronic workshop and life sciences laboratory. The new centre will help promote engineering excellence at the college and allow them to teach more courses at their main campus building. This completes the fifth phase of works for the regeneration of the total college site. RHA have been involved in all five phases and works to date have included new buildings and extensive refurbishment of the existing buildings and landscape.

Lewisham Southwark College Shortlisted for New London Awards 2017

Lewisham Southwark College Shortlisted for New London Awards 2017

The recently completed redevelopment of Lewisham Southwark College’s Waterloo campus, has been shortlisted for the New London Awards in the ‘Education’ category. The category called for educational establishments of all kinds ‘where design enhances the learning experience’. RHA completed the £40M project with Platform 5 Architects earlier this year. The ceremony will be held in July and you can vote for the project in the People’s Choice award here. You can also read more about the project in the recent Building 4 Education article online.

The Yarrow Hotel Finalist for Construction Project of the Year Award

The Yarrow Hotel Finalist for Construction Project of the Year Award

The Yarrow has been announced as a finalist in the Kent Excellence in Business Awards 2017 (KEiBA awards). Nominated by the contractor WW Martin, the category called for sustainable buildings that will ‘deliver a positive legacy’ to their area. The project included a £4.5M refurbishment of the Grade II Listed former children’s hospital, for East Kent College. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 22nd June. The hotel also recently won an RICS award for Best Commercial Building in the South East. Read more about the history of the project in Inside Kent’s recent article online.

The Yarrow Hotel Wins RICS Award 2017

The Yarrow Hotel Wins RICS Award 2017

RHA are delighted that the Yarrow Hotel has been awarded an RICS South East Award in the Commercial category. This award honours ‘an outstanding commercial property development whether retail office or leisure’ and was described by the judges as an ‘exemplar practical learning centre for apprentices in the hospitality trade.’ The Yarrow Hotel is a former children’s hospital that has been converted into a 28 bedroom hotel with 4 star facilities. The hotel is owned and run by East Kent College and opened to the public in July 2016. The project has now been submitted into the national awards which take place in November.

Planning Permission Granted For Two Private Residential Schemes

Planning Permission Granted For Two Private Residential Schemes

This week RHA have gained planning permission for two private clients in Kent. One scheme involves the remodelling and refurbishment of a large Victorian house in Tunbridge Wells and includes a new extension at the rear. The design also includes a raised terrace with integrated hot tub. The new extension will provide an improved visual connection to the expansive garden.

The second scheme involves a contemporary metal clad side extension to a 1960’s house in Tonbridge. The interior remodelling of the ground floor will create an open plan living/kitchen/dining space, lit from above through a new glazed roof.

Police House Refurbishment

RHA have been appointed to renovate a former police house in Kent and transform it into a large family home for a private client. The brief consist of designing a project that will extend and remodel the property over a series of carefully co-ordinated phases, providing improved bedrooms, reception and kitchen spaces with clearer links to a large garden, designed with flair and a modern twist.

Police House Refurbishment

iQ Higher Education Conference Feedback

iQ Higher Education Conference Feedback

Very interesting content at the Higher Ed iQ conference 'Next Generation Learning Spaces'. Particularly relevant to multi campus institutions.

Key messages were the creation of seamless social and teaching space identity, including interactive communities on IT platforms. Looks like Sweden leading the way.

Alastair Creelman of Linnaeus University has practical experience of linking campuses and distance learning via active collaborative tools such as Padlet and Slack.

Student surveys reveal importance of identity, across all platforms and need for collaborative learning across physical and the time divides. This will enable those who can't travel or participate at 'normal hours' to be involved in collaboration. Alastair is a real help in identifying relevant aps and their advantages.

Post Brexit we will need to keep our doors open to international experience, and collaborative work and he has experience of doing this across time zones

Other key messages :

  1. Movement in teaching spaces was a theme to ensure student participation. Gabriele Neher research at Nottingham Uni supports this.
  2. Hierarchy of decision making, continuous brief development and both early and continuous engagement with end users key to managing evolving expectation through long projects.
  3. Set the back bone. Understand the objectives. Fix as little as you need to progress, maintain opportunities for change, understand that the building will have an evolving life from day one and facilitate change by loose fit design.
  4. Not all the same. Identity needs to build into a narrative that can evolve with time whilst providing students a sense of belonging and opportunity to make learning their own. Prof. Mark Brown (DCU).

Creativity is encouraged where options and choice are available - Avoid silos.

Some questions that arise:

How do we measure outcomes?

What is the digital equivalent of the corridor collision?

How can we adapt digital learning to allow collaborative work and develop culture across the web?

Asynchronous participation and collaboration may suit some learners more than synchronicity?

Progress on Site at SEGRO’s Enterprise Quarter

Progress on Site at SEGRO’s Enterprise Quarter

With piling complete and the frame starting to go up, good progress is being made on site at the new Enterprise Quarter at SEGRO Park in Rainham. RHA have designed 42 small to medium start-up units for young enterprises and a Marketing Suite for the developer: SEGRO. Located prominently on the A13, the Marketing Suite will act as a welcoming beacon for the new business park. The building is to be sustainably constructed from pre-fabricated shipping containers. The development forms part of SEGRO’s wider East Plus masterplan for regeneration of London Riverside in partnership with the GLA. Click here to see SEGRO’s video fly-through of the park..

Lewisham Southwark College Shortlisted for RICS Awards 2017

Lewisham Southwark College Shortlisted for RICS Awards 2017

Lewisham Southwark College has been shortlisted for the RICS awards 2017 in two categories: ‘Design Through Innovation’ and ‘Community Benefit’. RHA have recently completed the £40M redevelopment of the college with Platform 5 Architects. The final phase of the redevelopment provides new facilities for drama and the performing and digital arts, as well as a new business school and suite of teaching spaces. It also establishes the triple height atrium space as the heart of the college encouraging interdisciplinary interaction across the campus. The awards ceremony will be held in May. For more information about the college click here to visit their website

The Yarrow Hotel Shortlisted for RICS Awards 2017

Lewisham Southwark College Photographed by Alan Williams

RHA are delighted to announce that a second project - The Yarrow Hotel - has also been shortlisted for the RICS awards 2017, in two more categories: ‘Leisure and Tourism’ and ‘Commercial’. The project included the £4.5M remodelling and refurbishment of the Grade II Listed Jacobethan building for East Kent College. The building is a former children’s hospital which has now been converted into a 4 star hotel run by industry professionals as well as students of the college. The hotel opened in July 2016 and has been well received by the public and community alike. The hotel has also recently won a Kent Design and Development award for Best Public Building in the Education category. For more information about the hotel and the award click here

AoC Education Estates Conference Feedback

An important year in front of us, is facing all education providers. Get more from less estate. Our project for North Kent College is a typical example of how rethinking your estate needs and appropriate disposals, can generate funds for new learning environments. We heard from speakers describing projects in Bradford and Richmond illustrating this. Key to understanding your opportunities is an estates strategy with which we can help you. Methodology for establishing the cost per student of your space, broken down between departments or even rooms, was discussed by leading experts and we can use tools such as these to analyse where efficiencies are possible. Brainstorming and getting buy in from your local authority is key to finding best fit opportunities for releasing estate or generating revenue to provide a sustainable future for all providers.

Lewisham Southwark College Photographed by Alan Williams

Lewisham Southwark College Photographed by Alan Williams

Lewisham Southwark College Photographed by Alan Williams

Phase 2 of the £40M refurbishment works to Lewisham Southwark College has been photographed by Alan Williams. The photographs aim to capture the building in use and the play of light on materials throughout the day. The second phase of the project completes the atrium space, providing a heart to the college, as well as a suite of new teaching spaces for business, digital and performing arts. For more photographs of Phase 1 click here

The Yarrow Hotel Wins a Kent Design & Development Award

The Yarrow Hotel Wins a Kent Design & Development Award

RHA are delighted to announce that The Yarrow Hotel has won the award for ‘Best Public Education Building’ at last night’s Kent Design & Development Awards ceremony. The project included the remodelling and refurbishment of a Grade II Listed Jacobethan building for East Kent College to use as a training hotel. The Yarrow Hotel opened to the public in July 2016. To read more about the awards click here

Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park

RHA have been appointed to complete a feasibility study for Francis Holland School, an independent day school in Central London. The historic school building incorporates a Grade II Listed former public house and is located in close proximity to Regent’s Park. The study will analyse the potential of remodelling the interior and extending the footprint to increase efficiency and gain additional space.

Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park

Lewisham Southwark College Phase 2 Now Operational

Lewisham Southwark College Phase 2 Now Operational

The second phase of a £40M investment for Lewisham Southwark College is now operational at Waterloo. RHA have lead the team working with Platform 5 Architects in developing the project since inception. Phase 1 was completed in 2015 and included a major refurbishment and new build element to the existing college. Phase 1 received the AJ Retrofit Higher Education Award and was praised for the dramatic atrium and greatly improved efficiency. Phase 2 provides new facilities for drama and the performing and digital arts, a business school and a new suite of teaching spaces. The atrium space and entrance provides a heart to the college encouraging interdisciplinary interaction across the campus. The development of the site, has provided the college with exemplary facilities.
See more photos from Phase 1 by Alan Williams Photography http://alanwilliamsphotography.com/lesoco/

Thurrock Parkway Industrial Units Task completed

Thurrock Parkway Industrial Units Task completed

RHA have completed a study for a new vision set of industrial units for SME’s in Thurrock. Fitting into the market at the lower end of the scale of industrial premises, this was designed to create a vibrant community with a shared energy centre and community café. The scheme provides 16,500sq.m of starter or growth units adjacent to the Tilbury Docks in Essex. The development by Thurrock Council will support the councils growth and employment strategy whilst providing a revenue stream. The units are designed in a courtyard arrangement to maximise interaction between neighbouring businesses. The intention is to provide a strong identity for the new community.

Housing Development Submitted for Planning

Housing Development Submitted for Planning

RHA have submitted a 15 Unit housing development in North London for planning. The building, designed for Circle Housing Group, comprises of a series of elements that step down in scale from the street to protect vistas of the ‘Locally Listed’ College building at the rear of the site. The overall form and use of brick responds to its traditional Victorian context whilst showcasing contemporary details such as fret cut bronze balconies and full height glazing.

STEM Centre Starts on Site

Housing Development Submitted for Planning

A £2.5M Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Centre for Waltham Forest College will start on site next week. The new building within the grounds of the existing college will provide specialist facilities such as workshops, a life sciences laboratory and an ‘ideas hub’ where students can develop integrated science and technology skills and evaluate the development of their designs in production. The project also includes the partial refurbishment of the adjacent Lowery building which includes facilities for electronic testing and maintenance.

Yarrow Hotel: Kent Design and Development Awards 2016 Finalists

Yarrow Hotel: Kent Design and Development Awards 2016 Finalists

The Yarrow training Hotel has been shortlisted in three separate categories for the biennial Kent Design and Development Awards 2016. The Categories include: Commercial, Public Buildings (Education) and Conservation. The project brief included the complete refurbishment of an historic Grade II Listed building in Broadstairs, for the use of East Kent College as a training facility for its students. The Ashes Folly project has also been nominated for this award in the residential category and the winners are to be announced in December.

The Ashes Folly: Kent Design and Development Awards 2016 Finalist

The Ashes Folly: Kent Design and Development Awards 2016 Finalist

The Ashes Folly has been shortlisted for the biennial Kent Design and Development Awards, in the Residential Category. The project included the remodelling and contemporary extension of a Victorian House, in Hadlow, Kent. The winners will be announced in December.

Rochester Airport Estate Completion

Rochester Airport Estate Completion

We have completed the £2.5M redevelopment of an industrial site on Rochester Airport Estate working with Michael Sparks Associates. The works comprised of a single 38000 sq ft warehouse terrace and associated landscaping providing four large industrial units with ancillary offices and service yards. The development for Canmoor will attract business to the area and investment into the local community.

Capital Space submitted for Planning

Capital Space submitted for Planning

Following a competition win we have designed a new office building for Capital Space as part of their expansion at Kings Hill. This will be the first new office building on the estate for a while, delivering a new vision supporting small business and new sustainable entrepreneurial activity. The project is located in a sensitive setting within a group of Grade II Listed buildings built as RAF accommodation between the wars and our proposal provides a subtle image of modernity whilst respecting local materials and traditions.

Yarrow Training Hotel Grand Opening

Yarrow Training Hotel Grand Opening

RHA have completed the refurbishment of the Grade II Listed Yarrow Hotel in Broadstairs, Kent and it is now open to the public. Run by industry professionals, the new four star hotel was completed for East Kent college as a training facility for its students. The £4.5M refurbishment has provided a spa, salon, restaurant, function space, bar and 33 contemporary bedrooms and suites. More information about the hotel and its facilities is available on The Yarrow Hotel’s website Click here.


The Ashes Folly: Brick Awards 2016 Finalist

The Ashes Folly: Brick Awards 2016 Finalist

RHA are delighted to announce that The Ashes Folly has been shortlisted for the Brick Awards 2016, in the ‘Individual House’ Category. The award considers any type of new dwelling that demonstrates how ‘brick can be used in an inspirational way in both contemporary and traditional settings.’ The awards received over 200 entries and the winners are announced on 10th November 2016. More information about the award category is available on the Brick Development Association Website Click Here.

Beam Reach Innovation Village

Beam Reach Innovation Village

RHA has received Planning Approval for 42 small to medium start-up units for young enterprises and a Marketing Suite building in Rainham, London borough of Havering. The development forms part of the wider East Plus masterplan for investment in industrial regeneration in partnership with the GLA. Work is expected to start on site in Autumn 2016.

Read More http://www.east-plus.london/

Yarrow Training Hotel

Yarrow Training Hotel

The new four star training hotel for East Kent College in Broadstairs is nearing completion and is due to open this summer. RHA have been involved in the £4.5M remodelling and interior design of the 19th Century Jacobethan Grade II Listed building to create a contemporary 33 bed hotel. The new facilities will also include a spa, salon, restaurant, function space and bar and will support local professional staff as well as hospitality students.

Wadhurst House

RHA have been appointed to design a new contemporary wing to a 16th Century cottage in East Sussex. The site is located in an 'area of outstanding natural beauty' and will require a thoughtful approach that will be sensitive to its surroundings whilst maximising the landscape and views.

Wadhurst House

East Kent College

East Kent College

RHA attended the opening of the recently completed Centre for Creative Industries at East Kent College. The project includes a new auditorium, a complete refurbishment of the existing 1500sqm 1970’s building and associated glazed linking and landscaping elements. The project forms part of a wider masterplan for the college including the refurbishment of the Yarrow Training Hotel. Photographs by Graham Gardner.

Spruce Hills Road

Public Consultation held in Walthamstow for a new housing development for developers Circle 33. Many residents attended the exhibition and were keen to see the proposals.

Spruce Hills Road

Beam Reach Innovation Village

Southfield Road House

A planning application has now been submitted for two sites within Beam Reach Business Park in Rainham, Kent. The proposal for the developer Segro, includes 42 small to medium start-up units for young enterprises and an elevated Marketing Suite building (pictured). The development forms part of a wider masterplan for £180M of investment in industrial regeneration in partnership with the GLA. Read More

The Ashes Folly

The Ashes Folly

We are delighted that The Ashes Folly was a finalist for an RIBA South East award. The project included the remodelling of internal spaces in a Victorian House and new contemporary two storey extension.

The design aims to bring natural daylight into the main living spaces and maximise views across the Kent countryside.

See more photos at Alan Williams Photography

Southfield Road House

Planning Permission has been granted for a new contemporary dwelling on a difficult site in Tunbridge Wells.

The two storey house is designed to respond to its historical context with a sympathetic palette of materials and overall form.

Southfield Road House

Langley Vale Woods Visitor Centre

Langley Vale Woods Visitor Centre

Our submission for this recent RIBA competition proposed a community-built gateway between the arrival point and exploration of the extensive woodland. The imaginative design maximised the use of the natural landscape and contours to provide a platform to host a range of outdoor activities and showcase the WWII interpretation.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Centre

LEP approval from the GLA has been given to our project for a new STEM Centre for the college. This project will complete the North East corner of the campus adjacent to our recently completed Arts centre.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Centre

Spruce Hills Road Apartments

We have been appointed by Circle Housing Group to design 14 new apartments in Waltham Forest. The site is located next to Waltham College which is a heritage asset for the local area. The proposed 1250m² building will also include a new landscaping scheme to front the main street.

Spruce Hills Road Apartments

Centre for the Creative Arts

The new building completes the west courtyard of the college, creating 2,500m² of new space. The £6.5 project included a 2,400m² refurbishment of the adjacent east wing to form the new Centre for Business Studies, and a new lift for the college.

Centre for the Creative Arts 1
Centre for the Creative Arts 2

Education Estates Conference 2015 - Feedback

Education States Conference

We are just back from this lively conference identifying trends in the Education sector. It is clear that there is a very positive mood in the Higher Education sector, with leading universities reporting strong investment plans. Highlighted by Paul Kingsmore, Director of Services for Manchester Metropolitan University, was the shift from delivering student centred projects such as university hubs, learning centres and student accommodation, to getting more flexibility and the latest in flexible areas, to improve space utilisation of teaching accommodation.

Another shift was noted from ‘Starchitecture’, as coined by one speaker, to more crafted sustainable estates plans and buildings incorporating ‘Biophilic’ design principles, delivering more from less space.

Our Higher Education Sector Retrofit Award winning business school, exhibited at the conference, was a noted example of such a project.

This refurbishment not only delivered a striking change to an existing building but increased teaching and learning opportunities in the refurbished areas by 86%. This was achieved by reassigning and improving layouts, adding 25% growth to simultaneous teaching groups . It is too early to demonstrate the estate savings this will deliver, but there is a clear emphasis in the mind of estates directors attending the conference in the need to address improvements to the running costs and efficiency of existing buildings as well as investment in new building stock.

If you want to know more about how we have achieved this at Waterloo please contact us.

Education States Conference 1

LeSoCo

Lewisham Southwark College has won the AJ Retrofit Higher Education Building of the Year. The judges commended the dramatic stair and improved efficiency of the design.

LeSoCo

Varna Library

Our design for this major international competition for a new library was based on creating a democratic space with a free flowing publicly accessible concourse.

Varna Library

Capital Space

We are appointed to design a new business centre for Capital Space in Kings Hill. The 1500m² building is due to open in early 2017.

Capital Space

SEGRO

Catching up with old friends, we are appointed to design an Enterprise Centre for SEGRO in Barking. Part of East Plus, the largest deal of its kind between public and private land developer in the capital, the project is due to be submitted for planning permission in the spring of 2017.Read More...

SEGRO

Dartford

RHA appointed to design a new Art and Dance Centre in Dartford.

Dartford

High Weald

RHA are appointed to design a new private house in the High Weald for Hemsted developers. The scheme will require an outstanding modern design to match the planning authority expectations.

Highwield

Eastleigh College

RHA are appointed to prepare planning applications for residential development in Eastleigh to support LEP funded £12.5M redevelopment of the college, also designed by RHA.

Eastleigh College

Yarrow Training Hotel

This exciting project for a new concept training environment started on site in October. This 30 bed facility will include a conference centre and beauty salons.

Yarrow

Waltham Forest College Phase 3

This major refurbishment for 4,500m² teaching accommodation completed in 16 weeks, opened in September in time for the new academic year.

Waltham Forest College

Waltham Forest College Master plan and Phase 1 & 2

RHA win the ‘non domestic’ Retro Expo 2013 Award.

We were very pleased to receive this award acknowledging the impact of our master planning and project management as well architecture, which has led to 50% reduction in energy use for this approximately 25,000m² estate. Further phases in development will continue this good practice.

Waltham Forest College

Ufford Street Waterloo

Outline planning approved for 44 1, 2 & 3 bed units in Waterloo approved. The introduction of a new street has helped maximise value for this site.

Ufford Street Waterloo

The Ashes Folly

RHA are a finalist for the RIBA Journal Viewpoint Competition 2015. The scheme was commended for its control of views, ‘turning the ordinary into extraordinary’.

The Ashes Folly

Waltham Forest College Phase 1

RHA have won the Retro Expo Award 2013. The national award panel commended the team design for making a dramatic impact on the culture and running costs of the college through good design and exemplary communication.

Waltham Forest College Phase 1

Eastleigh College

Eastleight College

The recladding of a 1960’s teaching block has been successfully completed as part of major improvements at Eastleigh College.