Date: 30th September 2016

Consultancy Firm of The Year, Insider Property Industry Awards 2016

It’s a call for celebration as we are thrilled to announce that we have received Insider Property Industry Awards Yorkshire 2016’s Consultancy Firm of the Year award.

The award was given to us not just based on our excellent examples of work throughout the region, but in our nurturing of graduates and apprentices. The judges recognised our focus on our people, proving that fee-earning is not the only priority, something which is demonstrated by coming 34th in the Sunday Times top 100 companies to work for in 2016.

We are overjoyed about receiving the awards, which we were up for against five other strong consultancies.

The Yorkshire Property Industry Awards 2016 was held at the Royal Armouries Museum, New Dock Hall, Leeds and the event featured the presentation of 14 awards on a glittering night. Broadcaster Colin Murray was the compère, with almost 600 of the region’s top professionals gathered.

Read more about the awards here.

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Warwick Student Village Approved by Coventry City Council

Date: 17th November 2017

Warwick Student Village Approved by Coventry City Council

We are very pleased to announce that Coventry City Council’s Planning Comittee have unanimously approved proposed plans for a 38 purpose built town house development in Canley, Southwest Coventry.

Curtins’ Scotland Transport Planning team provided full transportation and traffic advice, which was a pivotal factor in securing the planning approval.

The site was previously home to Canley Sports Club, before a fire resulted in the closure of the club and subsequent demolition of the existing building.

The new development, a 452 bed student village, will provide accommodation for the University of Warwick’s growing student population, as well as communal space and village hub with a range of amenities.

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FaulknerBrowns win AJ/Curtins Inspiring Graduate Prize

Date: 7th November 2017

FaulknerBrowns win AJ/Curtins Inspiring Graduate Prize

There was a fantastic turn out for Friday’s AJ100 Breakfast, with guest speaker Richard Rogers of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Hosted at Claridge’s in London, Richard spoke of his early project The Centre Pompidou, his youthful exuberance, pushing for change and taking action. An inspirational speech and regale of his accomplishments, he talked to an audience who he himself had inspired.

It was also the announcement of the AJ/Curtins Inspiring Graduate Prize, a celebration of young, inspiring talent. This is our third year of sponsoring the awards in partnership with the Architects Journal and it has grown in recognition with every year; with many of the entries from within the AJ100. The standard was again raised even higher as we received numerous submissions of such high quality; making it hard to whittle the selection to just four. The shortlisting, which took place early last month, highlighted four exceptional Part 2 Graduates to take forward to the Judging day. The finalists included: Ben Robinson – Hawkins Brown Architects; Reggie Reynolds – Mitzman Architects LLP; Irina Korneychuk – FaulknerBrowns Architects and Robyn Poulson – BDP.

They were all asked to demonstrate how they have made a significant impact on their architecture practice’s business or how they have shown good business sense on an independent project. The finalists traveled to London on the 9th October and presented to our panel of judges. The judges included our Executive Director Paul Menzies, Emma Cariaga (British Land), David Stansfield (Feilden Clegg Bradley) and Will Hurst (The AJ) – all of whom are strong advocates of encouraging young talent within the industry.

Choosing the overall winner was arduous but ultimately all of the judges agreed that Irina Korneychuk had demonstrated an exceptional impact on her practice, adding that she was “truly inspirational”. As a graduate, Irina managed to assist in securing a £50 million project for her practice, she also mentors international students – offering her help and expertise. Irina says she owes her success to both her father and her mentor, Nick Deeming.

The AJ/Curtins Prize is an award that is representative of our company values and one that we are proud to be a part of. It echoes our founder Bill Curtin’s ethos of encouraging young talent, and it provides a platform for these young architects to shine.

Our thanks goes to those practice’s that encouraged their graduates to apply, to the judges and our continued partnership with the AJ. More importantly – Congratulations to Irina!

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Curtins take part in Industrial Mentoring Day at Garforth Academy

Date: 31st October 2017

Curtins take part in Industrial Mentoring Day at Garforth Academy

As Civil and Structural Engineers on the new Leeds Extra Motorway Service Area on the M1, we were asked by Extra to be involved in an industrial mentoring day with sixth form students at Garforth Academy.

The day focused on what it takes to plan and pitch a build proposal to industry experts, and the impact developments have on communities. The design team helped deliver a range of workshops covering design considerations, responding to the environment and community impact.

Students were asked to develop a site plan concept, impact report and local employment plan, and undertake a presentation to a panel of industry judges. Dennis Enuson of Extra then shared the real plans for the project for comparison.

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David Wiggins to present ‘Masonry Arch Bridge’ seminar

Date: 23rd October 2017

David Wiggins to present ‘Masonry Arch Bridge’ seminar

David Wiggins, a Conservation & Heritage project engineer in our Kendal office, will be presenting the ‘Masonry Arch Bridge’ seminar to the IStructE History Group in London on 31st October.

David has a real interest in old masonry, undertaking doctoral research in the technical conservation of heritage masonry. His work here at Curtins centres around the care & repair of architectural and civil engineering heritage structures.

This presentation gives an engineer’s account of the challenges faced in the repair of masonry bridges. A review of the historically adopted thrust-line assessment tool, which was employed to grapple with the stability of the bridges in the damaged state, will be presented. Application to arching masonry problems in buildings will also be included  using the same assessment method.

More information can be found here.

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Further Planning Success for The Leeds Transport Planning Team

Date: 19th October 2017

Further Planning Success for The Leeds Transport Planning Team

The Curtins Leeds Transport Planning team has helped to secure planning approval for a 42 dwelling development in the desirable Leeds suburb of Adel.  As the scheme was a detailed application, the highways elements of the development had to satisfy the highway officers at Leeds City Council that they were in line with the street design guide and also deliverable on the site.  A detailed Transport Statement also assessed the sustainable nature of the site, while showing that any highway impact of the scheme would be minimal.

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The Word wins at IStructE Yorkshire Awards 2017

Date: 16th October 2017

The Word wins at IStructE Yorkshire Awards 2017

We are very excited to announce that we picked up not one, but TWO awards at last Friday’s IStructE Yorkshire Awards 2017.

The West Yorkshire History Centre, Wakefield, was Highly Commended while The Word, South Sheilds, scooped up yet another winning prize. Well done to all teams involved in both projects!

The Word, South Shields

Team:

  • Architect: Faulkner Browns
  • Contractor: Bowmer & Kirkland
  • Subcontractor: Cidon Construction
  • Subcontractor: AM Fabrication
  • Subcontractor: James & Taylor

West Yorkshire History Centre, Wakefield

Team:

  • Architect: Broadway Malyan
  • Contractor: Bardsley
  • Subcontractor: Proteus Facade
  • Subcontractor: Senior Architectural System
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Chocolate Works Care Village wins ‘Refurbishment Project of the Year’ award

Date: 16th October 2017

Chocolate Works Care Village wins ‘Refurbishment Project of the Year’ award

The Chocolate Works Care Village, York has won Refurbishment Project of the Year at the Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards.

The project involved the redevelopment of the Grade II listed Terry’s Confectionery Works HQ in York to provide a new care village. A covered two-storey market square with new mezzanine level forms the centrepiece and social hub of the building incorporating trees, walkways with street lamps, shopfronts, and outdoor-style cafes and restaurants. Natural light floods in from an existing 8m-high, 705sqm glass atrium. A single-storey rooftop extension has been built and includes a stunning roof terrace and rooms with raised floors. The design of this new second storey is deliberately subtle and recessed so it does not significantly alter the appearance of the building.

*Photos courtesy of Simpson (York) Ltd.

 

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IHEEM Healthcare Estates 2017

Date: 16th October 2017

IHEEM Healthcare Estates 2017

Matt Price MSc TPP MCIHT is an Associate Transport Planner with over 13 years of professional experience in both the public and private sectors and leads the Transport Planning services at our Nottingham office.

Starting his career at JMP, Matt developed an interest in Accessibility Planning and Smarter Choices. He later joined the Transport Strategy team at Nottingham City Council where he continued to lead elements of their Smarter Choices and LSTF programme. During this time, Matt also gained a MSc in Transport Planning at University of Leeds ‘ITS’.

Last week, Matt presented at the IHEEM 2017 Healthcare Estates, with a focus on generating revenue from capital assets & utilising car parking capacity to provide Park & Ride services. Matt said:

“Hospital’s site car parking availability, associated charges and general site access arrangements are never far from the media headlines, not only within trade magazines, but also local and national media outlets.

We have worked on behalf of a number of Hospital Trusts in the East Midlands and South East including the Nottingham University Hospitals Trust and the Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust with the aim of identifying and reducing onsite problems caused by traffic congestion and car parking availability. We have also undertaken a review of car parking charge regimes and considered how the supply of car parking can be better utilised to maximise service delivery, and how internal site configurations can be improved to reduce congestion and delay.

In each of the cases reviewed there were reported problems, both perceived and actual, which manifest themselves in site user’s frustration, an increase in DNA’s caused by delay and negative press coverage. It is also true that emergency access can be obstructed through onsite congestion with patient’s wellbeing being put at risk in extreme cases.

Through a combination of car parking accumulation surveys, site infrastructure reviews, Trust delivery and servicing plans, staff parking permit schemes, car parking charges and an assessment of the wider site access opportunities by sustainable travel modes, we shall present what measures can be developed to improve car parking efficiency whilst reducing risk and delay on site for users.

We shall present the methodology we employed to undertake the site reviews and how the outcomes were interpreted and implemented into minor site alterations and parking policy changes to improve the operational efficiencies of each site with respect to site access, circulation and car parking.”

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The Word Awarded Top Prize at North East Awards for Planning Excellence 2017

Date: 13th October 2017

The Word Awarded Top Prize at North East Awards for Planning Excellence 2017

The Word has been awarded the top prize at the North East Awards for Planning Excellence 2017. Organised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the awards are designed to encourage and reward outstanding achievements in planning. A massive congratulations once again to Faulkner Browns on yet another accolade for this project!!

See Faulkner Browns’ website for more details.