Stanbrook Abbey Talk and WAA 2018 Launch

Stanbrook Abbey talk

Our event held at Stanbrook Abbey on Wednesday 30th May 2018 was well attended by architecture professionals from across the county keen to hear Phil Howl from Howl Associates talk about this Worcestershire Architecture Award winning project.  The Worcestershire Architecture Awards 2017 exhibition was also displayed for people to peruse before and afterwards.

Phil gave an insightful presentation, giving context to the Stanbrook Abbey project by explaining the historical evolution of the abbey, before it was purchased by Clarenco to be developed for weddings, functions, conferences and other events. He explained how the existing buildings, including cloisters, chapels and cells, were sensitively restored and carefully altered where necessary. The team worked closely with both English Heritage (as was) and the Local Authority Conservation Officer, as many details such as fire and acoustic upgrades to the building fabric had to be cheerfully considered. Quirks from the different eras of development were retained, and the one major change was the new main entrance. Early on Phil knew that this could never compete with the existing gothic architecture, and explained how his approach one was of ‘new classicism’. There were challenges in linking with the existing building, where the gable had existing openings and circulation at each level, none of which lined through. The new build needed to address this, and introduce additional circulation that linked the two phases, without dominating the existing historic building. The sequence of design development models Phil showed us followed an interesting journey, and everyone agreed the final solution is very successful, as demonstrated by the fact this is an award-winning scheme!

Following the talk Phil was kind enough to give us a guided tour of of the abbey, drawing our attention to various details and showing us all the ‘secret’ passages connecting spaces! The cloisters are beautiful in their simple rhythm and symmetry and the conversion of cells to ensuite bedrooms is very successful. The extended function room is definitely a highlight, with original carved ‘mouseman’ features in tact, plus the new and magnificent views that have been opened up across the landscape

To view Howl Associates WAA2017 Stanbrook Abbey entry visit our Worcestershire Society of Chartered Architects website (http://www.ribaworcestershire.co.uk/WAAAwards2017/cat3_05.pdf)

Worcestershire Architecture Awards 2018 launch

Following the talk, the ‘call for entries’ to the Worcestershire Architecture Awards 2018 was announced. The Worcestershire Architecture Awards recognise inspiring new architecture in the county and the work of Worcestershire architects. Last year’s Awards successfully engaged the wider community, promoting local architects with a public exhibition of entries at the Guildhall, Worcester, followed by a presentation of awards. The entries were subsequently exhibited in the county at the Sawyard Gallery. The awards received publicity in the local press through collaboration with the Worcester News who organised online voting for the People’s Choice Award. Last year’s winners together with the other entries can be viewed on our website.

This years entries are now open, closing at the end of June. More information can be found on our website. The entries will be exhibited at the Guildhall, Worcester, from 10am to 4:30pm, Saturday 25th August 2018, during the final weekend of the Worcester Festival. Admission is free. Awards will be presented at a short ceremony at 2pm on the day. Local press will once again cover the awards, and we already have further showings booked for the exhibition at other venues in the county, which is great for promoting practices and what architects can do!

So, if you know of an outstanding Worcestershire-related project, whether you’re a member of the public, a councillor, Client or other Consultant, get in touch with the architect and encourage them to enter this year! There are 6 categories catering for both built and unbuilt schemes ensuring every type of scheme, irrespective of size or cost, can be recognised. Good luck!

Wednesday 30th May – Stanbrook Abbey talk and WAA2018 launch

Join us at Stanbrook Abbey (Jennet Tree Lane, Callow End, Worcester, WR2 4TY) on Wednesday 30th May 2018 for an inspiring talk by Phil Howl about this Worcestershire Architecture Award winning project.

Arrival from 6pm; talk commences 6.30pm, finish 8pm.

Phil will tell us about the conservation and restoration work Howl Associates (http://www.howl.co.uk/projects/stanbrook-abbey) have completed, along with a new extension, all part of a project to convert the abbey into the hotel, wedding venue and conference facility that it is now. There will also be a short guided tour of key spaces.

Howl Associates WAA2017 Stanbrook Abbey entry is available to view at http://www.ribaworcestershire.co.uk/WAAAwards2017/cat3_05.pdf

Following the talk, exciting information about the Worcestershire Architecture Awards 2018 will be announced.

Refreshments will be provided, and some of the Worcestershire Architecture Awards 2017 entries will be displayed for you to peruse at your leisure.

Due to the WSCA being awarded RIBA LIF funding this year there is no charge for the event, but if you could let us know if you plan to come along it would be appreciated so we can confirm numbers with the venue for refreshments – email us at mail@ribaworcestershire.co.uk.

For more information on the Worcestershire Architecture Awards – click here.

 

Tuesday 17th April, 7pm – getting ready for Awards Launch 2018

Our next meeting is Tuesday 17th April 2018 at 7.00 at Bolero Bar and Kitchen in Worcester.

Following on from the Worcestershire Architecture Awards 2017 we are planning the final details for the launch of the 2018 Awards.

Is a great opportunity to get involved or just to find out more about the WSCA.  All welcome, if you want to find out more in advance please drop us an email – mail@ribaworcestershire.co.uk.

 

 

 

HAWCE Thursday 8 February – Construction quality – Where does it all go wrong?

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Constructing Excellence have arranged an evening event: Construction quality – Where does it all go wrong?

Time:18:15 refreshments, 18:45 presentations

Venue: Sixways Stadium, Warriors Way, Worcester WR3 8ZE

This looks to be an interesting event and will be a good opportunity for networking with other members of the construction industry locally.

£10 to attend for non HAWCE members, all welcome.

For more information and to book – http://hawce.co.uk/event/february-event-what-is-the-true-cost-of-poor-quality/#.WnSml2acZTY

7.30pm Tuesday 13th March – Planning the 2018 Awards

Our next meeting is Tuesday 13th March 2018 at 7.30 at Bolero Bar and Kitchen in Worcester.

Following on from the Worcestershire Architecture Awards 2017 we are planning for the 2018 Awards, along with discussing what else we might do this year to build on their success.

Is a great opportunity to get involved or just to find out more about the WSCA.  All welcome, if you want to find out more in advance please drop us an email – mail@ribaworcestershire.co.uk.

 

 

 

WSCA AGM 2018 – Minutes

Minutes of the WSCA AGM 2018, along with our first meeting of the year are now available – WSCA AGM Minutes 2018.

The meeting elected:

Emily Kippen – Chair

Phil Kavanagh – Secretary

Kevin Davis – Treasurer

and Matthew Adams and Anthony Clerici as committee members.

We are always looking for people to get involved.  If you want to or just to find out more about the WSCA please drop us an email – mail@ribaworcestershire.co.uk.

Worcestershire Architecture Awards 2017 exhibition

Location: Saw Yard Gallery, Bewdley Museum
15 Load StreetBewdley DY12 2AE 

March 3, 2018  to April 29, 2018 – Check museum website for opening hours – http://www.bewdleymuseum.co.uk

2017 saw the launch of the Worcestershire Architecture Awards by the Worcestershire Society of Chartered Architects. The awards were set up to recognise good architecture across Worcestershire, engage with the public, and promote the value that using an architect can bring to the local environment. A jury consisting of architects and non-architects judged the submissions, and a ‘People’s Choice Award’ was organised by Newsquest Midlands, publishers of the Worcester News and local papers across the county.

The exhibition showcases entries that were received and awards that were given, and celebrates the very diverse mix of architectural practices we have based in Worcestershire as well as working in the county. Practices range from sole practitioners to offices of multi-national, multi-disciplinary teams, all helping Client with projects ranging from extensions and refurbishments for private residential buildings, through to larger mixed-use, public projects. All around us architects are helping to create new buildings and spaces that impact on the lives of both the people who use them and those who pass by.

The awards categories were selected to open up entries to as many practices in the county as possible, raise awareness of as many projects as possible, with the ‘built’ and ‘unbuilt’ categories allowing either unrealised or student projects to be considered.

If you require any further information, please get in touch via one of the following:

website: www.ribaworcestershire.co.uk

email: mail@ribaworcestershire.co.uk

twitter: @RIBAworcester

The Worcestershire Architecture Awards 2018 will be launched in May 2018. If you know of any projects or practices locally that you think are worthy of recognition, encourage the to find out more and enter!

January Meeting & AGM – 7 January 2018

Our first meeting of 2018, along with our AGM to elect committee members, chair, secretary and treasurer for the coming year.

Is a great opportunity to get involved or just to find out more about the WSCA.  All welcome, if you want to find out more in advance please drop us an email – mail@ribaworcestershire.co.uk.

7.30pm, Bolero, 34 Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1EE (http://bolerovenues.com/bolero-bar)

Christmas Drinks – 6 December 2017

Calling all architectural professionals! If you work in across come along to our Christmas drinks from 6.30pm, Wednesday 6th December  Bolero – 34 Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1EE (http://bolerovenues.com/bolero-bar).

It will be an informal evening and a chance to catch up with others in the profession, reflect on 2017 and look ahead to 2018!  If you can make it please drop us an email to mail@ribaworcestershire.co.uk.

September Meeting – 5 September 2017

If you do want to get involved ‘behind the scenes’ of the WSCA, help and ideas are always welcome.

We meet for a drink and a chat, normally once a month, but do get in touch for more information.

Following on from the Worcestershire Architecture Awards we will be  planning for events later in the year – hopefully some visits to winning projects but we are also looking for ideas for new events to build upon the success of the awards.

Our next meeting is Tuesday 5th September 2017 at 7.30 at Bolero Bar and Kitchen in Worcester.