Design Advice from Architect

Have you been looking for a reason to finally get started with redesigning your house? Architect in the House scheme matches homeowners with a local RIBA chartered architect who gives up an hour of their time for a design consultation. In exchange, the homeowner makes a suggested donation of £40 to Shelter. The money you give goes for families in housing need.

The series is returning for a another season with TV presenter Sarah Beeney. The scheme is run by Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Closing date for registrations is 3 July 2011.

Click here to register and find out more about the scheme.


5 Broadgate planning permission granted

City of London Planning Committee has granted planning permission for a new office building for financial services firm UBS at 5 Broadgate. 5 Broadgate will provide a total net office floor space of approximately 700,000 sq ft (66,890 sq m), and will include four trading floors capable of accommodating approximately 750 traders per floor.

5 Broadgate will replace 4 Broadgate and 6 Broadgate office buildings.

Chris Grigg, Chief Executive of The British Land Company PLC, said: “The City, in its decision today, has acknowledged the importance of the current and future needs of key occupiers for attractive, flexible and sustainable floor space, the retention of UBS in Broadgate and the maintenance of London’s status as a world class financial centre.”

In its Committee Report, the City described 5 Broadgate as a “striking and eye catching addition to the new architecture of the City” and in its Design Review the Government’s design adviser, CABE, said that 5 Broadgate “is an exciting opportunity for a major new building in the City of London”.

5 Broadgate in Buildington

[Image: CGI, 5broadgate.com]


New Project: 203 Gloucester Terrace W2

On 3rd March 2011, Community Build received planning consent for a scheme of eight flats for 203 Gloucester Terrace, Bayswater. With quality design being key in a sensitive conservation area, this is a fantastic opportunity to replace vacant garages with the original Victorian street scene.

The architects, Child Graddon Lewis, have designed a traditional looking scheme that will be taken forward as 100% social rented units as agreed with Westminster Community Homes.

Key features:

– Eight new apartments for social rent
– Includes family sized accommodation to tackle overcrowding
– Demolition of unsightly decommissioned garages
– Traditional street frontage enhancing the Conservation area
– Security improvements to Porchester North Car Park
– Improved security to the existing garden area
– New parking spaces created in Porchester Triangle

Estimated programme

Planning Consent – March 2011
Appoint Contractor – March 2011
Start on Site – April 2011
Practical Completion – April 2012

Source: cwh.org.uk
Image: Child Graddon Lewis

Visit 203 Gloucester Terrace in Buildington.


Visioning the Future: A Look at Design Visualisation

Project: The Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Visualisation Artist: EYELEVEL
Architects: O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects
Client: Lyric Theatre
Photographers: Steffan Hill Photographic (CGI background)

Creative digital visualisation agency EYELEVEL exhibition Visioning the Future: A Look at Design Visualisation at RIBA is free to attend until the 20th of April 2011.

Explore the 3D technology behind some of the country’s most iconic buildings, including The Shard by Renzo Piano and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge by Wilkinson Eyre.

Good architectural modelling and visualisation have played an important role in the realisation of many great modern buildings. This display shows how architects and designers have integrated computer imagery modelling into every aspect of building development, from conception to realisation.

Exhibition presented by creative digital visualisation agency EYELEVEL.