Riverside Design Studio were shortlisted for this competition to ‘Re-Imagine’ the derelict mills at Brierfield. Our scheme sought to support the mill’s rejuvenation as a destination in its own right and maintain the buildings’ heritageas well as improve connectivity and capitalise on the opportunity presented by the canal and outstanding views on offer.

Our theme of LIFE encapsulated positive spiritual aspects of regeneration and the re-birth of Brierfield Mills as well as maximising environmental benefits. Within our framework we created the individual LIVING MILL, INNOVATION MILL, WELLBEING MILL, PLAY MILL, DREAM MILL and CELEBRATION MILL based around connectivity to the canal, railway and greater Pennine Playground.

Riverside Design Studio Architects are delighted to have been asked to revisit Green End Primary School which was a project we were involved with when it was originally completed in 2006 as part of Manchester City Council’s Framework One initiative. We have recently submitted a planning application for proposals that include some internal remodelling and small extensions.

The current design team were involved on the original building as well as a 1st floor extension undertaken in 2011. Being familiar with the original building design concept enabled any new designs align with the original design concepts whilst we also have an understanding of the pupil profile and the needs of the catchment neighbourhood.

The main new school building was designed with sustainable principles to the fore both in terms of energy consumption and its daily use. Highly Commended at both the 2007 SCALA Civic Building of the Year Awards and 2006 CIAT Architectural Technology Awards the school was designed around a central atria space, providing daylight and natural passive ventilation as well as creating an inspiring heart to the building. Internal spaces have the benefit of responsive dynamic lighting to all classrooms and Green End was one of the first UK primary schools to incorporate rainwater harvesting.

We now look forward to progressing the scheme further and bringing the school the new accommodation it seeks.

A project gets underway on site this week for one of our longest standing clients of over 35 years, Precision Colour Printing of Telford.

Work will commence on the foundations and alterations to the 3 storey Wifag Press Hall built in the 1980’s. Following the removal of the old press, extensive alterations are being carried out to the existing foundations and building to accommodate two Komori offset presses, which are due to commence installation in two months.

PCP are at the forefront of the printing world working for some of the country’s leading publishers. Part of the work will be to install a new viewing gallery where existing and new clients can see the impressive production facilities and press machinery in action.

Having a working knowledge of our client’s estate, along with comprehensive record information built up over many years of working together, Riverside Architects and Riverside Engineers have been able to arrive at a cost effective solution to modify and adapt the extensive press foundations in order to take the new press lines without having to break out structures for investigation.

Tenders are to be sought shortly for the Seaton Valley Co-operative Society’s new supermarket which will have 700m2 of retail floor area and a petrol filling station on site in Seaton Delaval.

Both Riverside Architects and Engineers are collaborating on the project with work expected to commence on site in September 2013. Anticipated completion in March 2014 will coincide with the Seaton Valley Co-operative Society’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

Riverside Architects were shortlisted and invited to submit concept designs for an exciting interior fit out project, to create a new Mediatheque for Bradford’s iconic National Media Museum and the British Film Institute.

The Mediatheque was to be located in one of the upper gallery spaces and provide access to the Museum’s film archives to allow the public, schools, colleges, academics/researchers to view the extensive film & audio footage available.

Our design proposed a striking contemporary interior, with state of the art audio visual equipment accessed from within circular booths enclosed behind striking ‘glass fin’ screens and feature ceiling lighting. Inspiration was taken from lenticular principles of how perception of space might change as the user flows through it, as well as provide the right balance between privacy and openess.

We look forward to working with the Museum in the futu­re & seeing the NMM create the sixth Mediatheque in the UK.

A Riverside Design Studio Architects project is being featured in an article titled “The road to BIM: making it work for small companies” in Construction Manager magazine. NU Construction are a local SME contractor looking to implement BIM into their organisation. The article aims to answer the primary question that small businesses are asking themselves: How can a small organisation justify the time, effort and expense required?

Well NU Construction have been exploring this through the use of our Revit model of an industrial starter unit scheme in Thirsk. The article shows that whats needed is a positive mindset to take the first step and someone within a construction organisation willing to champion the benefits BIM can bring, such as greater efficiency and better construction programming.

A Riverside Design Studio Architects project is being featured in an article titled “The road to BIM: making it work for small companies” in Construction Manager magazine. NU Construction are a local SME contractor looking to implement BIM into their organisation. The article aims to answer the primary question that small businesses are asking themselves: How can a small organisation justify the time, effort and expense required?

Well NU Construction have been exploring this through the use of our Revit model of an industrial starter unit scheme in Thirsk. The article shows that whats needed is a positive mindset to take the first step and someone within a construction organisation willing to champion the benefits BIM can bring, such as greater efficiency and better construction programming.

Following on from the succesful completion of Old Moat Primary School in Manchester we have featured in a new video produced by WIllmott Dixon on the subject of successful BIM collaboration. The video can be viewed here.

Fast forward to approx. 4:57 to see our Revit model versus completed building photos. A complete co-ordinated project that included architectural, structural and building services models as well as furniture meant we were able to co-ordinate rooms and spaces much easier than by traditional methods and long before the building was completed resulting in minimal on site problems.

More details of our Old Moat Primary School project can be viewed here.

Just in time for Christmas – we have received planning approval for a new 10,000sq ft supermarket and petrol filling station at Seaton Delaval, Tyne & Wear on behalf of Seaton Valley Co-operative Society.

The proposed petrol filling station comprises 4 (double sided) pumps under a canopy with a payment kiosk and retail area.

The Co-operative Society are looking to extend their provision and support increased housing numbers at the Wheatridge Park site.