Arrays and Arbours

Our tour of the architecture school exhibitions from our local area have continued this month. Sheffield Hallam's show opened during the University's 'Creative Sparks' exhibition. Their compact exhibition space displayed a range of work from across their architecture degrees, and the show was opened with great enthusiasm and passion from both staff and pupils. It was good to see our former Part 1 student's project in its final form after and office review a couple of months ago, and to congratulate her on completing the course. On show were some excellent hand drawings and it was good to see students having fun with detailing!
Drawings from Sheffield Hallam University architecture show
The University of Nottingham put on an excellent show this year. It was great to see the finished exhibition boards from Studio 5 that we helped tutor. The amount of work and effort was impressive and the quality of work well worth it.

Jordie Bokor, Studio 5, The University of Nottingham
Despite the bias, the rest of the work was really good as well ranging from sweet factories, to multi storey narrow boat workstations to museums of speed. The live project of a classroom built by students in South Africa was impressive and has given the students fantastic hands on experience.

The University of Nottingham architecture exhibition
Although we couldn't make it to the University of Sheffield opening evening this year, we will be coming to visit before it closes!

On site, St Joseph's Church Hall has been successfully handed over to the client. We are really pleased with the internal exposed brickwork and the level of finish the contractor has achieved throughout, and hope the Church enjoy using the space.

St Joseph's Church Hall Extension, Derby
At Littleover the scaffolding has been removed, revealing the curved brickwork and precast concrete surrounds to the openings. Work is continuing internally with mechanical and electrical fixing, including the installation of an array of photovoltaic cells on the roof.

Littleover Community School classroom block, Derby

This weekend we will be on site at Ashgate Croft Independent Living Unit with our wellies and hard hats doing some building work ourselves. The arbour that we helped to design and funded through a sponsored walk is finally ready for construction! We will be on site with a few helpers from Nottingham University who designed the landscaping, to construct the arbour and add some planting to the borders. It should (hopefully!) look something like this when finished...

Ashgate Croft ILU garden arbour design