Maggie's Newcastle was officially opened on 16th May by Maggie's patron, Sarah Brown. Maggie's Newcastle, located in the grounds of the Freeman Hospital, is the 16th centre to open and offers free emotional, practical and social support to people affected by cancer.
Cullinan Studio is delighted to have worked with Maggie's on the design of the Newcastle centre. The new building injects a seasonally responsive, fluxing, landscaped realm into the Freeman Hospital grounds. Responding to the forces of sun and time, the centre sits still within its landscaped banks and under a planted roof allowing copper beeches, cherry blossom, wild flowers and herbs to delight with the seasons.
Sarah Brown said at the event: "...today it's this extraordinary building that we've come to celebrate. A building that is so light and inspiring and so thoughtfully crafted and its been designed so brilliantly by the architect Ted Cullinan and his team at Cullinan Studio."
The scaffold was recently struck from the penultimate major residential building in our Bristol Harbourside masterplan.
Building 4 ('Invicta') has three separate six storey blocks containing 181 residential apartments with a mix of studio, 1, 2 and 3-bed units and some commercial space on the ground floor. 'Invicta' and its adjacent landscaped set piece of Millennium Promenade leading to Harbour Square, is due for completion in 2014.
On Thursday May 10th, Senior Partner Robin Nicholson received an Honorary Fellowship for Services to the Industry from the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.
He received the fellowship alongside Professor David MacKay, Chief Scientist at DECC and Peter Sheaves.
Robin said on receiving the fellowship: "This Fellowship is a great honour and I am really delighted; looking at the list of Hon Fellows, I find myself in very exalted company although I can only identify one other architect, Sir Hugh Wilson, your first Hon Fellow in 1977...I am fortunate to have always worked with creative building services engineers, nearly always in collaborative design teams...CIBSE members make up one third of the Edge, that I helped Frank Duffy and Peter Guthrie set up in 1995. One of our key proposals has been that building performance measurement should be seen as a professional obligation for us all and that that knowledge should be shared; we just don't have the time (or the energy) to waste."
Cullinan Studio, Rider Levett Bucknall, Arup and Buro Four have been appointed as the design team for the development of the National Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC) alongside WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group) at the University of Warwick.
NAIC will create and develop novel technologies to reduce the dependency on fossil fuels and to reduce CO2 emissions. In addition to other work on the latest advances in automotive technology, it will also develop a stronger supplier base in the UK.
It was also address a shortage of skilled R&D staff in the automotive supply chain, creating a pipeline of people into companies nationwide, including the creation of many apprentices in specific areas of vehicle technology.
The project is the result of a partnership scheme between the University, WMG, Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC), and funded by the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund. The Fund was launched with Government investment of £100m in the 2012 Budget and aims to support long-term university capital projects.
Plans have been revealed for the first of a new type of modular primary school, designed by Cullinan Studio. This innovative off-site manufactured design will be built at St Joseph's Catholic College in Swindon and will be an entirely timber structure. Construction is due to start on site this summer, with the school opening for its first term in September 2014.
The school template was developed last year through a Cullinan-led research collaboration with Smith & Wallwork Engineers, Cundall environmental engineers and Peter Gittins & Associates cost planners. Developed through education-centred thinking and combined experience in creating successful learning environments, this research-generated prototype has now been customised for the St Joseph's site.
The pre-fabricated design minimises costs while making elegant, flexible learning environments for teaching. The proposal is not only compact, energy efficient and easily constructed, but is also in line with Building Bulletin 99 space standards, not conceding to reduce teaching space by 15% as current guidelines suggest.
Architects Cherry Harris and John Romer from Cullinans, presented the designs to the College and local community on 28th February 2013.
Cullinan Studio, in collaboration with The Hyde Group, Holovis and the WMG at the University of Warwick, has started work on a three year research project on 'Immersive Visualisation in Construction', funded by the UK's innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB).
The project, funded through the TSB's 'Rethinking the Build Process' competition for collaboration R&D, will explore how lessons learnt from the use of visualisation tools in the automotive and aerospace industries can be usefully applied to construction. The aims are to improve communications of design data as part of the drive to deliver higher performance buildings at lower cost, in less time and with fewer defects. Visualisation tools developed to suit the special demands of site conditions will be trialled on a live project.
The Film Store sustainably preserves the British Film Institute National Archive's fragile and unstable collection of nitrate and acetate film. Vaults keep the film in cold and dry conditions of minus 5 degrees at 35% relative humidity, while the fabric and services enable this environment to be maintained in an energy efficient way.
Roddy Langmuir and Robin Nicholson will be talking at Ecobuild 2013 on Tuesday March 5th.
Roddy will be talking at the 'Imperatives to drive down energy use' session from 10.45 - 12.15 in Seminar Room 6 and Robin will be speaking at a conference in the Mezzanine from 14.30 to 15.30 on 'Rating systems - time to review and rationalise?'.
The BFI Master Film Store has been shortlisted for a sustain' Magazine Award.
The Master Film Store for the British Film Institute, completed in 2012, has been shortlisted in the Award for Design and Architecture category. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 5th March 2013.