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.