Monday, 22 December 2008

LEED Gold Award

Judson University’s new Harm A. Weber Academic Center, opened October 2007 in Illinois, has been awarded a LEED Gold Certificate by the US Green Building Council, for its sustainable design and construction. The mixed-use building houses architecture, art and design studios, academic offices and the University library. The hybrid natural/mechanical ventilation design will save at least 50% of the energy of a new good-practice equivalent building.

Low-energy design for Watford hospital

The practice has been commissioned, as part of a team led by Prof. Alan Short at Cambridge University, to help prepare the new public sector comparator hospital, for West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust. The BP Institute and Loughborough, Leeds and De Montfort Universities are also on the team.

Client Guide for Capital Arts projects

The new CABE/Arts Council of England guide is going online imminently. The guide was researched and written by Short and Associates’ team, Alan Short with Alistair Fair and Adam Whiteley, Sebastian Macmillan (Sustainability), Peter Barrett (Briefing), Adrian Cave (Accessibility) and Patricia Sterry (Consultation).

Planning consents in Pall Mall, London

Full Planning, Listed Building and Conservation Area consents have been obtained for the complete redevelopment of two buildings on Pall Mall opposite St James’s Palace.
The scheme includes new elevations to Pall Mall and Pickering Place, the renovation of an existing Portland stone facade and will provide seven storeys of office accommodation above two basement levels of hospitality rooms and cellars, for Berry Bros and Rudd.

Design research on low-energy hospitals

The project “Design strategy for low energy ventilation and cooling of health buildings” for the Department of Health has been completed this month. The project was led by Prof. Alan Short at the Martin Centre, University of Cambridge. Co-researchers included Short & Associates, NHS Senior Executive Jan Filochowski, the BP Institute at the University of Cambridge, IESD at De Montfort University, Tim Lewers Acoustics, Dr. Frank Mills and Davis Langdon. The group examined both new and existing hospital buildings, from which some extraordinary results have been generated. These will be published in 2009.

Thursday, 3 July 2008

New case studies published – ACE Capital Arts projects

The practice was appointed by CABE and the Arts Council of England to research and prepare 10 case studies on ACE arts capital projects. These will be published in July and available on CABE’s online library. The case studies range from theatre company headquarters to artist’s studios.
The process-based case studies were researched and written by Short and Associates: Alan Short, Alistair Fair; Sebastian Macmillan (Cambridge University); and Peter Barrett (Salford University) and Adam Whiteley.

New On-Line Publication – Client guide for Capital Arts projects

The practice was appointed by CABE and the Arts Council of England to author and manage the delivery of the new Guidance for Capital Arts projects which is to go live in July 2008.
‘An unprecedented number of building projects for the Arts have been realised in the last decade, both as refurbishments and extensions to existing buildings, and entirely new buildings. There is a growing community of current and former clients for Arts Capital Projects. Frequently this is a single one-off, never to be repeated experience. Some Arts Capital Project clients have asked “why do we seem to be reinventing the wheel for every project?”. This report is designed to capture and communicate the key points from this collective, but largely unpublished experience, and set them into the customary sequence of events in a building project.’
The guide was researched and written by Short and Associates’ team, Alan Short with Alistair Fair, Sebastian Macmillan (Sustainability), Peter Barrett (Briefing), Adrian Cave (Accessibility) and Patricia Sterry (Consultation).

IHEEM Conference ‘Making a Difference’

The Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM), Northern Ireland Branch, invited Short and Associates to speak at the Regional Conference “ Making A Difference” on the 21st /22nd May 2008. Dr Sura Al-Maiyah presented a paper titled “Sustainable Hospital Design” reporting current progress on the Institue for Health research funded project “Design Strategy for Low Energy Ventilation and Cooling of Health Buildings” for which the Principal Investigator is Professor Alan Short.

Triennial Award by the Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers

The UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies was awarded the Commendation for Brickwork 2008 at the Triennial Awards ceremony, held in the Cutlers Hall on 19th June 2008. “Overall the detailing was excellent… It was the marriage of modern environmental concerns with traditional building practices and crafts that is to be recommended.”

Local Environmental Award for the Chadwick Centre

Berkhamsted Citizens Association Urban Design Panel chose the new Design Centre for Berkhamsted Collegiate School for their 2008 Environmental Award announced at a presentation in the Town Hall on 13th March 2008.