Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve Competition
RHA ‘s Nature and Wellbeing Centre for an international competition run by the RIBA is an exemplar in sustainability. The competition brief asked for a new £2M flagship visitor centre for the Kent Wildlife Trust on their existing reserve in Sevenoaks. The concept for the competition entry consisted of re-imaging and extending the existing concrete frame building to create a bridge between the formal welcome area and wild reserve beyond. Projecting from the building is a viewing platform formed from stacked recycled shipping containers, that rises above the trees and offers visitors a new perspective on the nature and activity within the woodlands.
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
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.
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 :
- Movement in teaching spaces was a theme to ensure student participation. Gabriele Neher research at Nottingham Uni supports this.
- Hierarchy of decision making, continuous brief development and both early and continuous engagement with end users key to managing evolving expectation through long projects.
- 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.
- 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?
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
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
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
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.
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/
STEM Centre Starts on Site
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Education Estates Conference 2015 - Feedback
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.
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.
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.
RHA appointed to design a new Art and Dance Centre in Dartford.
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.
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.
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.
The recladding of a 1960’s teaching block has been successfully completed as part of major improvements at Eastleigh College.