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.

As BREEAM Assessors for the new Audi showroom in Wakefield we are pleased to announce it has received a BREEAM Very Good certificate. The showroom, constructed at Calder Park by Morgan Sindall for Sytner group, boasts some of the latest Audi showroom features including drive-in service centre, luxurious lounge area and family room.

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Riverside Design Studio Architects had the pleasure of entertaining a guest architect from Venzuela today!

Carmen Arelys Mendez Velandia works in San Cristobal and has been taking part in Rotary International’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) program. Arelys was shown some of our current and past projects in the morning followed by a mini-tour of Bradford that included some of Riverside’s built projects as well as historical city landmarks. Apparently the cooler climate here was a refreshing change compared to South America!

Thanks to Keighley Rotary Club and Schofield Sweeney for the opportunity to make a new friend and learn many things about architecture and construction in Venezuela. We plan on keeping in touch so it might not be long before we all meet again – maybe next time in Caracas!

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Riverside Design Studio Director Fran Pacitto was parachuted in at the last minute to present our BIM case study at the launch of the Yorkshire & Humber Regional BIM Hub. As well as presenting at Hull’s Guildhall he stepped in to speak at Weetwood Hall in Leeds with less less than 24 hours notice!

Both events went well and Fran is looking forward to getting involved with the regional hub as it grows in the near future. For further information on the hubs please click here.

The Yorkshire & Humber Regional BIM Hub LinkedIn Page is also a useful discussion forum so if you have any BIM queries ask here!

Riverside Design Studio Director Fran Pacitto will be presenting a BIM case study at the Construction Industry Council’s new regional BIM hub event ‘A BIM Focus’ on the 2nd November. Tickets for the event are free and you can register to attend here.


With several years of experience using BIM technologies Riverside Design Studio are eager to share the benefits that it has brought not only to us but also our clients. Though these benefits are many please see our very brief summary here.

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We are proud to announce that one of our clients – Graham Kennedy of Inner Space Stations – has today been an Olympic Torchbearer having been given the opportunity to carry the prestigious flame through the streets of Harrow.

Graham supports ATAXIA UK which is a charity assisting people who are affected by this rare neurological disorder and funds research projects to try to find a treatment and a cure. Graham has raised over £700,000 over the past twenty years for ATAXIA UK and last year was awarded an MBE for his services to the charity. The drive for fundraising is close to Graham’s heart as he has two children who suffer from Friedreich’s Ataxia.

Graham uses the business skills developed as a BP dealer to organise Big Bad Bike Rides. These rides are 70 mile cycle challenges on remote roads of the UK and abroad. Last year the ride was based in Pitlochry in Scotland and 140 riders raised over £100,000 for the charity in one day. It is Graham’s mission to raise £1 million in his life time for the charity and his belief that one day a cure for Ataxia will be found.

Well done Graham!

Our newly designed primary school for Manchester Council’s Framework One was officially opened today. The school have put together a video of the event which can be viewed here.

To find out more about the scheme, which involved both our architects and structural engineers click here. The project is also set to become a formal BIM case study with input from the client, design and construction team members.

Our Ortho-Care UK headquarter office scheme was selected by Bradford MBC for their nomination at this years LABC Building Excellence Awards.


The awards are organised by the West Yorkshire Building Control bodies to celebrate new quality local building projects. LABC promotes the design and construction of buildings that are safe, accessible and environmentally efficient.