Network Rail Heartbeat Launch
It has been fantastic to get the support of Sir Peter Hendy for the launch of Network Rails renewed commitment to good design, demonstrated by their newly published Principles of Good Design and through the results of the Footbridge Design Competition currently on display at the RIBA. We enjoyed collaborating with Network Rail and were please to hear Anthony Dewar, Professional Head of Buildings and Architecture, thank BPR for our support. We played an active role in helping Network Rail define the 9 principles, coining the term ‘Heartbeat’ that supports their vision ‘To deliver and maintain world class rail assets that provide the Heartbeat for our nations transport system’.
BIM in Birmingham Paul B-P took part in BIM in Birmingham 2019 at Birmingham City University. He presented The Ritterman Building, a BIM Level 2 Pilot project designed for Middlesex University to a range of practitioners and students. Trying to engage students in the language of BIM when BIM is about communication and sharing information to the wider design team and end user, is very challenging when students don’t have a collaborative team to work with. There is therefore a tendency to assume that BIM is all about learning how to use software – but it is so much more than that!
bpr return to Romford Station We are delighted to be returning to Romford Station after working on initial design proposals in 2016. we will be working with AECOM to deliver GRIP Stages 3 & 4 of a new southern entrance to replace the existing ramped access to the station. The new entrance will improve step-free access from street level to the mezzanine and platform 2, provide increased security, and support forecast growth in passenger numbers.
HEDQF recognises bpr as specialists in design for Higher Education - valued for our expertise and contribution to the development of an understanding of design and its impact on Higher Education. We are excited at the prospect of sharing our insights in Designing for Higher Education with our professional peers. www.hedqf.org
Kenley VGS reaches its planning milestone bpr has received planning permission for the Kenley Volunteer Gliding Squadron (VGS) scheme which will see both a new cadet centre built and a new fenced perimeter created at Kenley Areodrome. As our team develop the initial drawings into a full tender package we look forward to seeing this project in its construction phases.
Designing now for the stations of the future Looking forward to the UK Rail Station Development and Regeneration conference 11 July 2018 - Drawing on bpr's extensive portfolio of UK station design and rail-led regeneration projects. Paul Beaty Pownall will be speaking on 'Responding now to changing travel patterns to and from stations, designing the station of the future and planning for future station access.'
We're helping local authority planners to navigate the rail industry In this month's The Planner journal, feature article 'How UK Rail Stations can support Urban Renewal'. Paul Beaty Pownall explains bpr's work in improving inward investment and the quality of public realm in rail-led regeneration projects.
c2c Station Transformation Design Guide ready to go bpr architects have completed the station transformation design guide for Trenitalia c2c. The design guide provides their business with principles through which station refurbishments projects can be rolled out. The success in bringing this together has been anchored around a high quality, flexible modular wall system.
Building magazine - CPD from bpr architects Our latest advice on Finding the best tools to meet UK BIM Level 2 mandate is discussed as part of the Building magazine CPD series in conjunction with Vectorworks
Stanford le Hope Railway Station wins planning permission Planning permission for the redevelopment of Stanford-le-Hope Railway station has been achieved. We have worked closely with C2C, and the project consultants, including planning specialists Temple and Baker Hicks. Contractor Morgan Sindall will deliver the multimodal transport interchange. The capacity and facilities at the station will be vastly improved to serve Stanford-le-Hope’s growing commuter population to and from London on the c2c operated connection. It will also serve increased employment in the area from DP World London Container Port.
New forms of learning Mark Smulian of Architects Datafile describes how bpr architects transformed an unused, inaccessible and disconnected area of campus to create a second heart and busy social hub. Also how the two disparate schools of Art and The Creative Industries and Science and Technology discovered a new home and the benefits of collaborative working.
West Hampstead - the first of our London Overground stations to be built following the principles of The TfL London Overground Station Design Idiom that we created with them in 2016.
unique estate great to see our images of 'station place' featuring in this week's rail engineer magazine. see here for the full article http://bit.ly/2jnLxjf
Reassuringly good! Following our audit by the British Assessment Board this month, we have successfully achieved accreditation for ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 14001:2015. In confirming our award, the auditor commended bpr for the quality of our systems. He noted our dedication across the practice from top management level throughout to ensuring that we are not only the best at what we do but that we can demonstrate this clearly. Our clients can be confident that our systems and records are comprehensively audited and our methodology of working to BIM standards is not only effective for design but also supports accurate, fast and efficient project delivery.
RIBA Public Realm 18 – bpr feature RIBA have featured bpr’s Ritterman Building and Forum Terrace projects in the newly published Public Realm directory 2018. The project at Middlesex University has been widely recognised not only for its outstanding learning environment and sustainability credentials but also for opening up an area of the campus that was previously inaccessible. Forum Terrace links the buildings across the campus, provides a social space and offers the public a quiet area to enjoy a coffee, take some shade under the winged canopies or to enjoy the art installations displayed on the plinths outside the Ritterman.
Ritterman building selected for New London Architecture’s summer showcase As part of the Knowledge Capital season. bpr’s design of a new state of the art facility for Middlesex University has been selected as an example of the high-quality architectural work being produced for London’s University Campuses. The exhibition examines the transformation of London’s education and medical sector estate. As the population grows, the capital continues to pioneer new technology and ground-breaking design to deliver enhanced teaching, research and health service facilities for all Londoners.
stations will be increasingly important to our communities that was the message from the rail delivery group’s third station summit conference this week. paul beaty pownall is shown here leading the delegates through the visual concepts that bpr architects have produced of ‘station place’ to demonstrate how the rdg’s nine principles of good railway station design could look in the near future and how they will be key drivers in revitalising civic spaces
Bridging Light and Sound our exciting Art and Architecture collaboration project at Camden Road with MTArt and sound artist Lee Berwick and lighting designers Studio 29 has received strong backing from both the London Festival of Architecture and Euston BID. We look forward to building the collaboration over the next twelve months with a final installation during 2019.
bpr join the Bloom NEPRO Framework we are now an accredited Bloom supplier. That means any member or associate member of NEPO may request a proposal or call off our services through the Nepro solution for Architectural Services. Bloom specialises in bringing together a community of buyers and suppliers to help the public sector buy professional services better. Its opening up procurement.
BIM Busters bpr feature in Vectorworks blog. As long standing champions of BIM - bpr understand its value in creating good design. http://blog.vectorworks.net/bim-busters-its-time-to-expose-5-mandate-myths
Join our webinar - 6 March 2018 Paul Beaty Pownall will explain how we have successfully achieved 3D modelling for every phase of design
Waltham Forest - London's first Borough of Culture Our client London Borough of Waltham Forest has been named the Mayor's inaugural London Borough of Culture for 2019 - the announcement follows a six-month bidding process, which saw 22 boroughs submit proposals. This outer London borough has shown strong leadership in recent years, putting culture at the heart of its growth agenda. We are proud to be working with them on masterplans for regeneration around Lea Bridge Station
Supporting RIBA and AAE at BIM camp 2018 Paul Beaty-Pownall talks through how a single 3d model can be used to provide information at each stage of the design process, by using our proposals for a new station at West Hampstead as a case study. He will show how the model is structured to manage design changes and make best use of the 3d environment to explore better design solutions.
bpr Managing Director reveals why he chose Employee Ownership as the business model to safeguard its future leadership. Speaking in this week's AJ, Paul Beaty Pownall revealed that he was "always uncomfortable that those who felt wealthy enough would be able to buy in to the business - It didn't convince me that the right people would end up running the business." You can read the full interview in this week's Architects Journal
We celebrate our 3rd employee ownership day with a trip to the Museum of Brands and an evening in London's Portobello region. We are delighted to have been employee owned since 2015 and this week's launch of the Employee Ownership Association's report 'Ownership Dividend' in which they conclude that 'there is a significant dividend to be obtained by growing employee ownership in our economy.'
bpr's 'station place' published the long awaited 'station place' model for future railways has been published by the rail delivery group and widely circulated throughout the industry press. we are proud to have been asked to realise the images for this ground-breaking concept in creating the railways of the future - using modular design and emphasising stations as civic spaces. the striking visuals breathe life into the concept and have been met with enthusiasm within the industry. bpr architects managing director, paul beaty pownall will be speaking at next week's rdg 'station summit' and explaining
Building universities that are fit for the future See us at the Building Live event 28 November where Paul Beaty Pownall will discuss the role of BIM with panellists in 'Creating universities that are fit for the future'.
Inspiring the next generation of designers Yesterday we hosted a careers event for Kingsley Academy sixth form students. 10 students looking at career options in design, asked questions and listened to the team explaining the route to becoming an Architect. We also discussed the wide variety of other professions with which we collaborate in this exciting and opportunity-rich industry. Hopefully, they will keep in touch and choose a career in Architecture.
Green light for Kew Bridge Station development Our design for Kew Bridge Station Quarter has been approved by the London Borough of Hounslow's planning team. Approved for 30 new residential units on land to the rear of Kew Bridge Station. The scheme is the first project for blocwork, a JV between Network Rail and bloc that aims to introduce private investment into Network Rail land. Well done everyone involved.
BIM, beer and bpr World Architects magazine have carried the story of how bpr achieved vast cultural change in introducing BIM processes to both practice and project management. See the full article -
Smashing the opposition Antonio Garrigas our project architect showed the teams how it was done with an outstanding display of table tennis skills at Swedish Lighting company Atelje Lyktan's Table Tennis tournament this week. Now forward for the finals, Antonio is quietly confident that he can take the overall prize – a meal at one of London’s leading Swedish restaurants – go Antonio!
Blake House noticed by the Finishes and Interiors Sector our recently completed Blake House office refurbishment and extension is a featured contract in this month's FIS Focus magazine click on link below.
Join us to gain CPD points with this free audio webinar we're taking part in the Building magazine CPD accredited webinar 'BIM and Digital Practice Workflows' on Thursday 30 November 11.00 - 12.00 GMT
Inspirations and rewards As we celebrate our tenth year of sponsoring Middlesex University scholars; at last night’s Scholarship and Awards event we heard first hand of the impact of this on the student recipients. From the uplifting surroundings of the Rickett’s Quadrangle, Tim Blackman Vice Chancellor, introduced ‘Philip’ and his inspirational personal account of overcoming adversity, harnessing his ambition and a desire to provide the best for his family. So motivating to hear and to challenge us all to achieve the best that we can. Thank you to everyone involved.
bpr are supporting the MU Global Graduate Programme Zara Newman, Head of Development and Stewardship at Middlesex University, said: “Through the Global Graduate Programme we are able to remove the barriers for our less advantaged students - whatever their circumstances." This year our focus is towards employability and coaching initiatives for Middlesex University students.
Vectorworks recognised in a record 9 categories for this year's Construction Computing Awards. bpr will be there to cheer them on. http://blog.vectorworks.net/vectorworks-hammers-down-nine-nominations
Credit well deserved Congratulations from everyone at bpr to Shaun Angell our Senior Architectural Technologist for successfully achieving his Chartered Architectural Technologist MCIAT. Following successful completion of Stage 2 Shaun was invited to the Professional Assessment interview where he faced the questions of the CIAT membership selection committee. Shaun had to demonstrate his professional competence, project management skills and aspirations for his future career. His achievement is great news for bpr and recognises what we already knew - that we have a valued and expert member of the team in Shaun. We can’t wait to see him modelling the CIAT tie!
Sustainable Water Industry Group Awards 2017 our Ritterman building at Middlesex University has been shortlisted for the Vertical Rain Garden award at this year's SWIG Awards. Treebox created the living wall that was a key feature of our design for this model of sustainable building.
Landmark masterplan for Lea Bridge This is a landmark project for bpr architects as it demonstrates our Station Place principles and harnessing the power of local authority, train operator and private developer collaboration to bring much needed regeneration to outlying areas - using stations as the catalyst. The development will create civic space, provide more homes, jobs and bring a new vibrancy to the area. Our draft report for Lea Bridge is available through the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
Finalists in the Barnet Architecture Awards We have been shortlisted for our work at Middlesex University on Ritterman building. In the category of Public Building. The winner will be announced at the awards presentation on 21 November 2017. This great project continues to impress.
Stanford Le Hope planning application submitted We are delighted that today we submitted the planning application for the ambitious new design of a transport and multi-modal interchange at Stanford Le Hope. This has been subject to comprehensive consultation and multiple stakeholder engagement in order to reach a design that can be brought forward for approval. Well done to the whole project team.
bpr recognised for enhanced employee benefits in the 9B Careers architectural salary survey 2017 - http://bit.ly/2Fim96s
Powerful art installation unveiled We were proud to see the art installation plinth at Ritterman building unveiling its first work today 'Children of the Mediterranean' by Drew Edwards - the "penniless philanthropist"..https://lnkd.in/gH_nK_4
Leading tech facilities attract TV teams Ritterman Building designed by bpr architects for Middlesex University and opened earlier this year will be the setting for tonight’s episode of The Apprentice on BBC 1 at 9pm.
Our BEST foot forward In recognition of many years of providing mentoring and work experience to Wandsworth’s GCSE students, last night we received an award from the BEST (Business and Education Succeeding Together) team.
The ownership effect inquiry Oral evidence is being gathered by EOA to demonstrate the economic benefits of employee ownership. Lizzie Dodwell was invited to attend this hearing to represent bpr architects and to share the experience of small and medium sized businesses who are employee owned. “interesting to hear how other companies have made their way into being employee owned and how they value it.” Follow #ownershipeffect http://employeeownership.co.uk/news/eoa-launches-call-written-evidence-ownership-effect-inquiry/
Atlas comes to stay Artist Lucy Tomlins has asked us to house her sculpture ‘Pylon and Pier’ which has been installed in Bermondsey Square since March 2017 as part of the Vitrine ‘sculpture at’ series. We are honoured to have Atlas to stay with us and look forward to showing him off to visitors to our studio at The Boathouse in Putney. You can see more of Lucy’s well-respected portfolio at her website: www.lucytomlins.co.uk
Five key benefits of employee ownership CDS have outlined the business case for employee ownership
Learning in paradise Our campus designs in Mauritius for Middlesex University are finally built. With its buildings complete and the first phase of landscaping in place, the university now has the most advanced education facilities in the country.
How we came to live in a 3 dimensional world Paul Beaty Pownall described bpr’s journey from 2D to BIM at the Vectorworks Summit in Baltimore USA. With the stunning Station Place images as his set backdrop – it was satisfying to see our concept go ‘global’ and the story of how we became early adopters and trail blazers for BIM.
RISQS new supplier scheme RSSB has signed contracts with Altius and Capita to provide enhancements to RISQS, the GB railway’s supplier pre-qualification scheme. bpr architects are an audited member of the RISQS accreditation scheme.
Employee owned businesses deemed more trustworthy New data finds employee-owned businesses are perceived as more trustworthy than businesses not owned by their employees
we're proud to be employee-owned to mark eo day, we would like to thank our host at london bridge station, graham dean of costain and our tour guides: nicholas peters and jason white of grimshaw architects for providing us with such incredible insight into this mammoth project. the transformation of the station will see increased capacity, better connectivity and will support the wider regeneration of the area.
eco-minded education lizzie dodwell - bpr project architect for our client, middlesex university – in the latest issue of university business magazine click here: http://bit.ly/2sIjI99
practical completion at blake house we are delighted that our client henry boot developments have achieved practical completion for the regeneration of blake house. the upgraded entrance and extension designed by the bpr team, has transformed the office building on the cowley business park in uxbridge. the building's stunning new look makes it an impressive workplace and potential headquarters. as such, it has attracted a great deal of market interest. we look forward to the official launch in autumn 2017. well done to all the team
bpr's landmark 'station place' featured in new rdg publication the rail delivery group (rdg), has launched its new publication 'regenerating britain's railway stations - a six point plan' at today's uk rail station development and regeneration conference.
planning permission granted for church wharf, rickmansworth we are delighted to have achieved planning permission following a lengthy period of negotiations at church wharf, rickmansworth. we worked alongside our client h2o, and planning consultants walsingham, to secure this canal side haven - a great scheme including a new 4-storey 92-bed hotel development and a replacement travis perkins builders merchant.
vectorworks usa design summit 2017 paul beaty-pownall will be keynote speaker at this autumn's vectorworks conference in baltimore, usa. paul's acknowledged expertise as a champion of bim among uk architectural practices, will provide the delegates with a clear and enthusiastic example of how bpr architects have embedded bim throughout our project methodology using the vectorworks architect tool. https://10times.com/vectorworks-design-summit-baltimore
quality at the heart of everything that we do we are delighted to have received our renewed certification for the iso accreditations 9001 and 14001 from the british assessment bureau this month. in recognition of our on going commitment to quality assuring our internal practices and processes as well as our communications with clients and project teams. a rigorous assessment and so worthwhile.
brentford residents widely consulted on our kew bridge development local press are reporting on our design for blocwork jv of a 5-6 storey residential block linking to kew bridge station. the development plans have received broad support in consultation with local residents. http://www.brentfordtw8.com/default.asp?section=info&page=planning045.htm
living wall features in bbc series ‘so i can breathe’. several external walls on the bpr architects designed ritterman building, are covered in thousands of plants that capture, store and recycle rainwater. alongside green walls, ritterman features a bio-diverse green living roof, solar panels and energy-efficient lighting controls. in the bbc series, middlesex university's senior lecturer - dr wildeboer explains:
middlesex university’s new campus in mauritius good to see steady progress in mauritius on the new campus for middlesex university that will provide the most outstanding higher education facilities for the island community. full steam ahead for the september opening
'station place' featured at forthcoming rail event we are delighted that paul beaty-pownall, managing director of bpr architects, will be speaking on tuesday 21 february at the rail stations and property conference in london. the subject of paul's presentation is 'stations as civic space' which is illustrated by the model 'station place' - recently shortlisted as outstanding project by the uk rail industry awards 2017. http://www.landor.co.uk/railstations/2017/home.php
teal house is renamed blake house as it gets ready for market originally appointed by henry boot developments to prepare proposals for teal house, an existing three storey office building located in cowley business park, uxbridge; bpr architects were novated to apex construction to deliver a significant improvement to the teal house building. now re-modelled with a new extension at the back of the building, the improvements have increased the net lettable floor area from 22,000 sqft to 30,000 sqft. renamed as blake house, the building provides an impressive head office for any corporation. the new two-storey glass and zinc entrance lobby has been designed to enhance the appearance of the original building and has dramatically improved its marketability.
bpr architects - finalists of the ukria 2017 - outstanding project award for the 'station place' concept - our team has been recognised for delivering one of the rail industry's most outstanding projects in 2016. We asked steve cowell, director at bpr what makes this such a notable piece of work that clearly caught the judges' imagination:
planning submitted at church wharf the planning application for our client h2o's scheme at church wharf in rickmansworth has been submitted for planning. bpr were instructed to prepare design proposals for a new 4-storey 92-bed hotel development with parking spaces, and a replacement travis perkins builders merchant at this sensitive canal side location.
berkeley house – new travelodge approved for bromley bpr architects have secured planning for their client henry boot developments with their revised plans for a new travelodge at the mall shopping centre in bromley, kent. the hotel will transform the original berkeley house which currently houses retail and office and sees a tired 1960s block transformed into a convenient hotel with a sympathetic entrance onto the high street. bpr overcame objections around the upper floor development by ensuring that the overall appearance of the block was improved with a more open and appealing presence than the former office block.
the planning application for the new train modification unit at acton works has been submitted on behalf of london underground. bpr have provided full feasibility, original concept and planning drawings for the new 160m long depot building that will provide a new facility for the modernisation of central line trains.
kew bridge quarter public consultation bpr architects, blocwork, and dp9 have participated in a consultation event, supported by 'your shout'. the event gave the local community an opportunity to discuss the exciting proposals for 30 new apartments at kew bridge station quarter. we would like to thank everyone who was able to attend and provide comments.
register now for our free bim webinar series in the second in the series of bpr architects' bim webinars - paul beaty pownall will explore 'collaborative bim and the common data environment - best practices.' the series is being run in collaboration with bim management software specialists asite. register here: http://bit.ly/2gKWQQT shaun angell, architectural technologist at bpr archiects, explains what he learned from the first of the series - which looked at the application of BIM in the recent Build Earth Live Hyperloop design competition.
bpr architects – the power of the collective as an employee owned practice, we are proud to have an employee representative on our board of trustees. we firmly believe in the power of collaboration - not only when working with project teams but also in the way that we operate day to day. since bpr became employee owned in 2015, lizzie dodwell, project architect, has been our employee representative. at the end of her term of office we asked lizzie how she feels the role has added to the culture of the practice.
health check on our business having entered our second year as an employee owned practice, this year’s agm was particularly significant to us. we took the opportunity to not only feedback to our team on the financial status and performance of the practice over the past year, but also to discuss important future strategy as determined by our management groups. these groups are a vital ingredient in instilling the spirit of employee ownership across the entire bpr practice. each bpr employee can elect which group they are members of and this is rotated annually. groups and the key outcomes for this year are:
register for our free webinar 18 november 2016 - 'build earth live hyperloop: an overview' in conjunction with building magazine and our colleagues asite, our managing director paul beaty pownall and other judges of the hyperloop station design competition, will describe what made the winning formula in this event, as well as how the use of bim and cloud-based working was integral to the project¹s success. to register for the event go here: http://bit.ly/2fygU5a
mauritian campus coming out of the ground we are delighted to see our new campus design for middlesex university mauritius under construction - in our joint venture with medine and local architects taktik. middlesex university's international status was reinforced when they opened their second overseas campus, in mauritius in 2010. the new cutting edge facilities are scheduled for completion in september 2017 and will continue the high standard set by the estate at the hendon campus.
how study of s.t.e.m. subjects inspired one architect's career amy butt, former associate director, bpr architects, presented awards on the evening to students who had been recognised for the commitment to, and achievement in, the s.t.e.m. (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. amy was particularly pleased to present one of the awards to moses kalyango semakula (aged 18) who had had a period of work experience at bpr architects earlier in the year and particularly impressed the bpr team with his skills using the computer aided design (cad) software.
our student hubs design for uel recognised as an exemplar scheme by wrk/ldn see us at wrk/ldn - the exhibition running between 13 october and 16 december at the building centre in store street. highlighting our project with uel on the student 'hubs'. wrk/ldn examines the issues facing london workers, highlights the future areas for growth across the capital, showcases current exemplar schemes and gives key recommendations for how we should approach securing the future of london’s economy. see you there! https://lnkd.in/eHKi7cp
our newly published pocket user guide for ritterman building has gone down a storm with both student and staff users.
paul beaty pownall judges the 'hyperloop station design' competition in dubai as part of the 'build earth live' event, paul has been invited to judge the entries from over 100 international participants. engineers, architects and designers have collaborated to facilitate the best in sleek transport designs for the new hyperloop project. over 48 hours, they will compete to formulate a new station vision for the dubai link. hailed as the transport revolution of the 21st century, hyperloop is capable of whisking passengers at supersonic speeds across countries or continents with minimal effort. backed by technological luminaries such as spacex and tesla's elon musk. follow paul’s progress on twitter @bpr_architects
sophie is on the 'map' with citb certification as part of our team's commitment to cpd, bpr architectural technologist, sophie jennison has achieved her 'm.a.p. - health, safety and environment' test for managers and professionals from the construction industry training board. the certification recognises sophie's ability 'to demonstrate knowledge across a wide range of topics to improve safety and productivity on site.' great news sophie and good to know that our clients can rely on the currency of our team's qualifications in this vital aspect of construction.
virtual tour of mu campus goes live great to see the amazing estate at middlesex university showcased in their new virtual tour online: http://www.mdx.ac.uk/get-in-touch/virtual-tour having worked with middlesex university for over 15 years to realise the buildings at the hendon campus, it is so good to see them being used by the students. the tour begins on arrival at the dramatic rickett quadrangle, where students are enjoying the social spaces, moving through to the Grove and hatchcroft building with leading edge facilities in art, science and technology. the addition of the new ritterman building will complete the story so far.......we look forward to continuing this great partnership with mu.
“crucial link on the elizabeth line “- ilford station unveils its renovated ticket hall the renovated ticket hall at ilford station for which we supported the contractor, opened to the public this week. ilford is being prepared for its crucial role in the new elizabeth line. http://bit.ly/2cohOyR
living wall event for local pupils in ritterman building our team had a great day helping out with the schools' workshop on living walls at middlesex university's ritterman building this week. http://bit.ly/2cw6T9E pupils from local schools attended an activity day at middlesex to learn about innovative ways that the university is keeping its urban spaces green and we had a great time as they kept us entertained and on our toes!
adventures on the solent the whole bpr architects team took part in a sailing regatta this weekend. rough and ready seas on the first day in the tricky solent tested our nerve but competition between our two boats was high. day one ended with us on level points. entering day two the scene was very different, calm and sunny and time to learn some of the technical aspects of sailing – not least the spinnaker. what a fantastic experience for us all – we won’t mention who won!
what do arup and john lewis have in common with bpr architects? we at bpr architects are very proud of being employee owned. and so it was inspiring to speak to those working to promote employee ownership within organisations such as arup and john lewis. at yesterday's 'employee ownership association (eoa) seminar, our description of inclusive management practices in our business, gave rise to lively discussion. at bpr architects, every employee can join our business management teams and we rotate the role of employee representative on our employee ownership trust. as a result, our team are strongly invested in the success of the whole practice and employee engagement at bpr is high.
ritterman building preview amy butt and graham wilson of bpr architects led preview tours of the ritterman building today (5 september) taking the project consultants and university project team around the building. see news report: https://lnkd.in/e56HqXu to an audience including tim blackman (vice chancellor), james kennedy (cfo) and andrew dickie (head of estates), bpr explained how the design had been conceived in partnership with the university’s academic team to provide truly inspirational cross faculty working. notably, the building’s potentially diverse occupants – 'science and technology' and 'arts and creative industries' will have opportunities to work with and support each others’ projects.
bpr scholars first to use the new facilities at middlesex university bpr’s 2016 'interior architecture and design' scholarship winners will be among the first students to experience the new facilities at middlesex university’s ritterman building. we are incredibly proud to announce the recipients of the scholarships for this year as: • leora morris - overall interior architecture and design winner • raiana anha - interior architecture winner • daniela hurmuzache - interior design winner find out why they were selected by the judges
in last week's 'guardian newspaper' - bpr architects middlesex university rickett quadrangle great to see a picture of bpr architects’ rickett quadrangle design – part of our portfolio of work at middlesex university’s hendon campus in the guardian newspaper. http://bit.ly/2ahWPRY
ritterman building handover middlesex university’s executive team were taken on a tour of the ritterman building today as part of the handover of the building. bpr architects team explained the design concepts behind the building, its outlook and the links between buildings throughout the campus as part of the overall masterplan for the hendon campus. there are great views from all levels of the building, including a bio-diversity roof and living wall. the unbroken accessibility from quad entrance throughout the many levels on campus right up to the ritterman building, all confirm this building’s status as a landmark within the mu estate.
planning consent achieved – berkeley house we achieved planning consent this week on the proposals for the redevelopment of the existing berkeley house offices to provide a new travelodge hotel in south bromley. well done to the bpr architects team who over-turned initial opposition to the scheme by producing enhanced visual representations of the view from adjacent properties to demonstrate the sympathetic nature of the design. we hope to begin construction with h&j martin contractors in october 2016. good to see both teal house and berkeley house projects for henry boot developers coming through to site.
we made it to the top at the o2 today was a good day for bpr architects. first we visited uel's skillzone for a tour of the work space projects and library reconfiguration that we've just completed for handover. and by the response of the uel estates team they are delighted with it too. now ready for the autumn student intake – let’s hope they keep the fantastic 'wayfinding' carpets clean!! then we took the cable car to greenwich to undertake some ‘latchways attachments’ cpd.
mauritius campus for middlesex university bpr architects have been working closely with middlesex university in a joint venture with medine and local architects taktik in the development of designs for a state of the art university campus within the new smart city in flic-en-flac, mauritius. the development, which will replace the existing middlesex university mauritius campus, is scheduled to be completed in september 2017 and will provide students with the finest higher education facilities in the country. the campus includes cutting-edge it laboratories, classrooms, lecture theatres, learning resource centre, café, student lounge, and learning support spaces. Image courtesy of taktik architects and medine ltd.
read all about it in 'the standard' living proof of why we show the thames high tide times on the top right hand side of our website pages (hover over the blue line). the 'london evening standard' took up our story when we witnessed this unfortunate bmw floating off down the thames last week. If you are visiting us at the boathouse – be warned! http://bit.ly/2b6S7nm
overground design idiom at the 'transport by design' festival our display for the london overground design idiom attracted a lot of attention at the 'transport by design' festival on london's regent street. public and professionals alike were all very impressed by the improvements that are being made to the overground network and were excited by the idea behind turning the stations into streets to capture the opportunity to find more capacity and offer wider benefits to the local neighbourhood.
london overground station design idiom at 'transport by design' festival, sunday 3rd july we are delighted to announce the display of bpr architects’ new london overground station design idiom at the 'transport by design' festival on regent street, sunday 3rd July. london's iconic regent street will be transformed into a spectacular display of transport designs during a free festival presented by transport for london (tfl) and london transport museum. the 'transport by design' festival will celebrate the designs that have kept london on the move from victorian times to the present, and will give you a peek at what might come in the future.
ritterman building the ritterman building is nearing completion and is on schedule to open for the new academic term at middlesex university. bpr architects have been working alongside interserve to ensure the smooth delivery of this project, and we are delighted to be able to share a preview of this innovative building. bpr partnered with mu to use this project to pilot bim systems to improve information flows and provide high quality data for future use in planned maintenance. these images have been generated directly from the fully coordinated model. watch this space for the grand opening!
bpr at building magazine's bim round table event building magazine’s round table of industry experts explored how those still dragging their feet can be persuaded to get on board with bim. paul beaty pownall was invited to take part in a discussion that examined how suppliers have been responding to the requirements for all public projects to use bim level 2 since april 1st 2016. paul sat with other bim pioneers to review progress. “the benefits are not fully understood so we are simply being asked for everything, rather than the data that is useful to support a particular task.” see building magazine Issue 19 dated 13th may 2016.
forum north design praised in education press we are delighted to see that our forum north building at hendon campus is getting positive recognition in the educational press for its flexible and environmentally friendly design. the 5 storey, 3,300 m2 structure, with four living walls and a living roof, will house specialist facilities for middlesex university’s schools of science and technology, art & design and media & performing arts.
building webinar – bim workflow paul beaty pownall will be a guest speaker at the building webinar ‘bim: are you moving to a 3d workflow’ to be held on 23rd march 2016. paul will be talking about simple ways to structure the project model to reflect the needs of the future building management teams. subdivision of buildings into zones that align with the long term facilities management plan will enable the easy transfer of data from the construction stage to the 'in-use' stage.
higher education estates forum amy butt, of bpr architects will be chairing the keynote panel at the higher education estates forum, presenting our ongoing work at middlesex university. bpr architects have been working closely with middlesex university over the last ten years to implement their £200m masterplan at the hendon campus. now consolidated at a single campus, this master-plan is now entering a new phase and we look forward to discussing the potential challenges and opportunities in the implementation of these new methods of teaching and learning within an existing campus operating at capacity. full details are available at: www.hee-forum.co.uk
Forum North bpr has recently visited the construction site of the highly anticipated Forum North, a new £11 million Science and Technology Centre at Middlesex University.
Berkeley House The successful partnership between Henry Boot and Travelodge has resulted in bpr design proposals for a new hotel in the heart of Bromley. The scheme introduces a 59-bed hotel into the brutalist white-concrete frame of an existing office, located above high-street retail units. The new glazed frontage enhances the exterior appearance and is designed to respond to the materiality and scale of the context. The scheme re-invigorates the existing aesthetic of the building, whilst providing the public with a clear access point to the upper floors of the Travelodge.
Teal House Planning approved BPR are pleased to announce that our regeneration proposal for an existing office building in Uxbridge has been granted planning permission. The proposal includes remodelling the existing internal core layout and a new rear extension to increase the net lettable floor area from 20,000 – 30,000 sqft. This will allow Teal House to be marketed as a business head-quarters building to large corporations.
bpr Scholarships at Middlesex University Director Graham Wilson was pleased to present the 9th bpr scholarship for Interior Architecture and Design at Middlesex University - the annual award to students that have demonstrated significant design ability and commitment to their programme. This year’s scholars are 2nd year Interior Architecture students: Winson Yeung, Monika Sowa and Pegah Nazari Nejad.
Construction Computing Award 2015 bpr architects were picked out by the judges as runners up in the ‘One to Watch’ Award at the Construction Computing Award 2015. Our transition to Employee Ownership combined with the development of BIM technologies has enabled us to structure our organisation around a collaborative working environment. To see the clip from the ceremony, please follow the link below and click "Winners 2015": http://www.constructioncomputingawards.co.uk/
"BIM for Building Management" article by Paul Beaty-Pownall “BIM for Building management” – an article by our director Paul Beaty- Pownall features as a part of a new illustrated case studies book: “Innovative Vectorworks BIM“ . It explains how we arrange our projects to focus on the needs of the end user, by sub-dividing the project into zones and volumes that are structured to suit the buildings functional requirements in use. As we work in a variety of sectors, including Further and Higher Education, Rail and Regeneration, we have found that each project requires a BIM Structure that responds to the way it will be managed. Paul’s article is an overview account of our BIM implementation and describes how we use it as a form of communication, improving accuracy and efficiency in delivering the projects.
Open House Weekend - Middlesex University For the fifth year running, bpr architects will be taking part in London’s Open House weekend by giving guided tours around Middlesex University, one of London’s biggest and most impressive campuses. The tours will commence in the Rickett Quadrangle, a striking internal courtyard encased by an innovative glass roof, before moving on to The Grove, a purpose-built centre for art, design and media constructed to BREEAM excellent standards. More details about the buildings on show can be found in the portfolio section of our website, and further event information can be found at the websites below: Open House http://bit.ly/1Wg3ols Middlesex University http://bit.ly/1PEYL0r
UEL Old Boy done good! Tom Phillips, Associate Director at bpr architects and one of the key figures behind UEL’s Student Support hubs in Stratford and Docklands campuses has been recently interviewed by the University press. To see the full interview, please follow: http://www.uel.ac.uk/news/press-releases/2015/04/the-hubs-and-dreams-of-an-architect.htm
UEL Minor Works Framework. bpr architects are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the contract for the University of East London’s Minor Works Framework. This agreement will allow bpr to assist UEL in delivering minor works projects for the next 3 years. Our relationship with the University began in early 2014, when we successfully bid to design and deliver the HUB projects at the Stratford and Docklands campus sites. The HUB projects were completed in early 2015, and we now very much look forward to helping to deliver more high quality projects with UEL.
Planning Consent Granted for the new Station for West Hampstead Overground bpr architects have been working with Transport for London and AECOM to design a new Overground Station at West Hampstead, which has been granted Planning Approval. The new West Hampstead Overground Station introduces the concept of ‘the Station as a Street’, a vision that has been developed by bpr in partnership with TfL, for the Overground Network. The design at West Hampstead will be the first station to introduce the idea of ‘Platform to Pavement’ by allowing the station to directly link the public realm with train services. By using external grade fittings and materials, the new building will complement the character of the local area, further reinforcing its connection with the street.
Our 1 Aire Street project in Leeds was shortlisted for Best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace at BCO Awards 2015. bpr architects’ 1 Aire Street project in Leeds was shortlisted for Best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace in the regions on North of England, North of Wales and Northern Ireland at BCO Awards 2015. British Council for Offices is Britain’s leading forum for developing and communicating best practice in the office sector.
Employee Ownership at BPR We are very pleased to announce that BPR has become an Employee Owned company. All our shares are now held in trust and as such all staff will share ownership of the business through a structured system of management groups. Director Graham Wilson said, “This move represents both a significant investment by the Practice in its staff, and the positive commitment of colleagues toward the future of bpr for many years to come.”
Kew Bridge Planning Approval. BPR’s regeneration project at Kew Bridge was approved by the London Borough of Hounslow. The scheme’s site extends from Kew Bridge Station, and proposes three new townhouses, four new flats, and the redevelopment of the Grade II listed station building.
Stations as Streets - A vision for expanding London Overground Stations Paul Beaty-Pownall spoke about his vision at the Rail and Property Conference 2015 Changes in technology, significant growth in passenger numbers and staff, who’s role will need to change in response to passenger expectation for increasingly high quality of service, will require a radical new approach to Station Design. Our concept that defines stations as ‘Streets’, was presented to the Rail and Property Conference on 25th Feb, and was very well received. The conference agreed that we need a clear Vision for our stations if we are going to ensure that they are able to support passengers requirements in the future. The Concept that Stations are designed as Streets, connecting the pavement with the platform, will open them up to large numbers of people. It also ties the character of each station into its local street network, to become part of the community, whilst offering a vision that links the whole network together to provide a consistent high quality, robust and flexible system. Our Vision will soon be applied to a number of stations on the Overground Network and will form the basis of a new Design Guide that will help TfL deliver consistently high quality solutions for their growing station portfolio.
Longest Outdoor Traversing Wall in Britain Apparently we have installed the longest outdoor traversing wall in the UK! The wall forms part of the re-development of the sports area at Middlesex Universities’ Hendon Campus. The works included a new external terrace and the construction of a temporary nursery provision that will facilitate the construction of our new £10 million teaching block, which recently won planning permission from Barnet Council. The team at BPR visited the new work, and took the opportunity to test their climbing skills on the wall that has a colour coded system that enables you to traverse across 60m of wall, using hard, medium or easy routes, safe in the knowledge that you never have too far to fall.
New Station at West Hampstead – Planning Application Submitted BPR have been working with Transport for London and AECOM to design a new Overground Station at West Hampstead. The proposals, which aim to relieve increasing capacity issues faced by the current station, has recently been submitted for planning.
forum north planning application submitted bpr’s latest project for middlesex university which forms phase one of the university’s london estates strategy is awaiting planning approval from the london borough of barnet.
two of bpr's railway station projects have been highly commended at the 2014 national rail awards. we are glad to announce that the following projects have been highly commended at the 2014 national rail awards: hassocks station for southern railways in the medium station of the year category, and thorpe bay station for c2c in the small station of the year category.
bpr have been invited to talk at the Education Estates Conference. We will be speaking with the Head of Estates for Middlesex University, giving a presentation on the pitfalls and opportunities of HE Master-plan implementation, using our recently completed work on the £200m redevelopment of the Middlesex University Hendon campus over the last ten years to identify strategic aims and reflect on their implementation. We will discuss the changing needs of the HE sector over the last ten years and how these have been reflected in the built environment, providing expertise on the implementation of an estates master-plan, before looking forward to the new challenges facing HE estates.
Middlesex University has risen 19 places in The Sunday Times University League Table. bpr have been instrumental in supporting Middlesex University with the redevelopment of the University Campus at Hendon. It shows how high quality built environments can improve the learning experience and attract the best academics. “Middlesex appears to be reaping a dividend from its decade-long process of campus reorganization. Seven campuses spread around north London have become one based in Hendon, providing the university with a clear identity and a greater sense of common purpose.”
Paul Beaty-Pownall is speaking at the 'BIM Your Way to Success' event Paul will be speaking at the ‘BIM Your Way to Success’ event, hosted by Computers Unlimited during their annual conference on 7th October 2014. We believe it is time to focus on outputs, and work with clients and facilities managers to get a better understanding of how they plan to use the data that can be provided to them through the Project Information Model. Accurate definition of datafields contained within the space object, need to be aligned with the Facilities Managers software system. Significant efficiencies can then be gained by facilities managers by optimizing use of space and forecasting routine maintenance events, using the data provided by BIM.
How BIM are you? bpr's presentation at the RIBA, July 2014 was very well received. "Brilliant presentation. How to build the file name explained everything about the BIM process" There was a lively debate afterwards and a keen interest in how we can involve the end users. Our presentation provided a detailed examination of the structure of a BIM Execution Plan and used examples of pilot projects where we are beginning to involve the employer's facilities management team from the start of the project.
Higher Education Estates Forum bpr were invited to talk at the Higher Education Estates Forum, presenting as part of a panel discussion on effective asset management.
No. 01 Aire Street, Leeds Opening Event. Works are now finally complete at no. 01 Aire Street, Leeds, which has injected new life into the 1930’s Art-Deco building, owned by Network Rail Property. After being vacant for many years, the building has been brought back to life and now serves as high quality serviced office accommodation. The new offices provide serviced units that are managed by The Office Group under the joint venture with Network Rail.
Innovative New Wall Block at JCC Tottenham. bpr have recently completed detailed designs for a Joint Cadet Centre in Tottenham, which uses an innovative wall construction - Insulated Concrete Formwork (ICF). This highly effective combination of EPS and the thermal mass of the concrete minimises temperature fluctuations by absorbing and storing heat to create a highly thermally efficient wall form. This equates to an average of approximately 30-50% reduction in energy consumption for heating and cooling.
BIM Execution Plans to be Presented by bpr at the RIBA. bpr have been invited to talk at the RIBA BIM event in May 2014, to share our experiences in introducing BIM to the project team, and setting up a BIM Execution Plan. It is important to plan a BIM Project and organize all the members of a design team, before too much work is produced. BIM Project Goals should be established for each related BIM Model, and the key objectives defined. A BIM Execution Plan can help define the scope of your BIM Project and limit it to specific deliverables that are relevant to the Building Project
Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre. BPR has begun carrying out feasibility studies for Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre. Pangaea intends to provide affordable studio space to sculptors based in London, by offering shared workshop and studio facilities. The scheme is particularly focused on helping recently graduated artists get on their feet. See more here
Thorpe Bay Railway Station Nominated for Small Station of the year at the European Rail Congress Awards 2013. The pilot ‘Smart Station’ project recently implemented at Thorpe Bay Railway Station has been nominated for Small Station of the year at the European Rail Congress Awards 2013.
BPR Speak at the Railway Engineering Conference 2013. BPR supported SKM in presenting the new principles we have developed in the use of semi-modular station structures to deliver value for money and flexibility. Using our recently completed new station buildings at Ashtead and Hassocks, we were able to demonstrate how we have re-evaluated the Network Rail principle of modular stations, to develop an efficient method of building new station buildings that are cost effective and flexible.
Railway Stations and Property Conference 2013. bpr were invited to speak about our new approach to modular stations, which had been developed for the new station buildings at Ashstead and Hassocks, at the Railway Stations and Property Conference 2013. Responding to the brief that the stations were to continue Network Rails modular construction principles, we re-evaluated the construction methodology to develop a system that maximises off-site construction, whilst remaining flexible for future adaptation, as passenger behaviour and expectations change over time.
BPR supports Southern Railways Team Event. Southern Railways invited BPR to present their strategy behind the design of our new station at Ashtead to their development team. This was a great opportunity to combine our thinking around how stations need to be designed to be ready for the future passenger growth, with the successful delivery of the first of the new generation of modular station buildings.
macmillan house complete works at macmillan house, grade I listed and originally designed by ik brunel have now been completed after a year of extensive restoration.
wolverton station opened by the mayor of milton keynes our new station building at wolverton was opened by the mayor of milton keynes. councillor catriona morris unveiled a plaque to celebrate the completion of this community led project that supports the regeneration of wolverton by providing a landmark structure at the entrance to the town.
topping out at wolverton station wolverton station steering group celebrated the topping out of the new station at wolverton by lifting a leafy branch to the top of the rafters. particularly important in timber framed buildings to appease the tree-dwelling spirits displaced in its construction – or so ancient scandinavian folk lore would have you believe.
queensway building in newport provides council with one stop shop the historic queensway building in newport has re-opened after being vacant for many years and now serves as high quality office accommodation on floors 1 to 4, with a customer service centre for newport county council on the ground floor.
enterprise house complete the refurbishment works at enterprise house are now complete, injecting new life into this important historic building at paddington station.
future of station design conference 2011. bpr presented our thinking on how stations need to be able to respond to the future at the future of station design conference 2011. projected growth in passenger numbers suggest that stations will need to accommodate twice as many passengers by 2031. changes in technology will lead to changes in behavior for both passengers and staff. station buildings will therefore need to be designed to accommodate these very significant changes over time, and be flexible to adapt as passengers expectations in the type and quality of service available evolves.
hassocks station steering group consultation event the station steering group for hassocks station took part in a consultation exercise led by southern railways and bpr. they were offered the opportunity to influence the design of the proposed new station buildings. the quality of the brick finish and other features were agreed, ensuring the new station will sit comfortably in its setting.
glulam timber frames the new club the new wolverton park bowls club has opened. the oldest bowls club in buckinghamshire has been relocated to an open field site on haversham road by english partnership to make way for a major new regeneration scheme. a glulam timber frame provides a visible structure that frames the wall panels and windows, which are finished in brick, timber and glass. the timber frame enables the new pavilion to respond to it’s almost rural setting, whilst creating a fresh modern structure in the landscape.
new indoor pool changing rooms at the hurlingham club. bpr has recently completed the new changing rooms serving the indoor pool at the prestigious leisure club in west london. the project included fully accessible changing and shower facilities, and a new family room. bpr has worked with the hurlingham club for many years on an extensive range of projects.
heathfield square housing now complete our new affordable housing scheme at heathfield square is now complete. designed to respond to constraints imposed by wandsworth prison, which backs on to the rear gardens. set back front gardens provide privacy to ground floor flats, whilst maximising accommodation on the first floor.
kilburn high road housing achieves code 4. our new housing scheme at kilburn high road has been awarded code level 4 for its environmental accreditation. solar panels on the roof have been combined with high levels of insulation and very efficient boilers to provide excellent energy efficiency values. the new building introduces a contemporary new residential development that fits comfortably alongside the existing victorian terrace in this high profile, town centre location.
toilet of the year award for public toilets at st james’ park. our remodelled public toilets at st james’ park were awarded the title of the best toilets of the year. the existing low level brick building was remodelled to provide new light and airy toilets for the millions of tourists who flock to visit buckingham palace every year. we responded to the historic setting by opening up the main entrance with a new blue block curved entrance feature set within a high quality landscape design by colvin & moggridge.
community consultation at stonebridge h.a.t. bpr managed the community consultation process to support will alsop during their design development of the new medical centre at harlesden, for the stonebridge housing action trust. the local residents were given the opportunity to voice their concerns, which enabled the design to respond accordingly.