SPP Journal 59

SPP Journal: Issue number 59 | Summer 2013

SPP Journal: Issue number 59 | Summer 2013

Birmingham City University’s Parkside Building completes

Based in Eastside, the Parkside Building is part of £180m Birmingham City University's scheme which provide an enhanced student experience.Connected to Millennium Point, it includes workshops, teaching facilities, exhibition space…

Based in Eastside, the Parkside Building is part of £180m Birmingham City University’s scheme which provide an enhanced student experience.

Connected to Millennium Point, it includes workshops, teaching facilities, exhibition space and open environments for design students from Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD), part of Birmingham City University.

Housing a state-of-the-art media centre, the building will be used by students from the University’s School of Media and the Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment.

The building will accommodate the largest concentration of TV studios found between London and Salford, radio studios, and well-equipped editing suites.

The Parkside Building utilises Building Intelligent Modelling (BIM), which uses intelligent 3D CAD models, making the building the first-of-its-kind to use the Autodesk 360 Field software.

BIM provides information models of the building, which becomes a shared knowledge resource to support decision-making about a facility from earliest conceptual stages, through design and construction, and throughout its operational life.

Previously known as Birmingham Polytechnic and the University of Central England in Birmingham, the Birmingham City University is a post-1992 British university in the city of Birmingham, England.

The second largest of three universities in the city, it was initially established as the Birmingham College of Art in 1843 and was designated as a polytechnic in 1971. It gained the University status in 1992.

Willmott Dixon handed over the keys of the Parkside Building to the University on 17 July 2013. The building will open in September.

Excess Baggage Company to open two outlets at Heathrow Airport

Terminal 2, also known as the Queen's Terminal, will feature a host of new retail outlets.The two stores of Excess Baggage Company will be located at the departures area and…

Terminal 2, also known as the Queen’s Terminal, will feature a host of new retail outlets.

The two stores of Excess Baggage Company will be located at the departures area and arrival hall.

The store at the departures area would be a bright and contemporary space and will showcase a range of travel goods with essential travel services such as bag wrap and bag shipping.

Brands featured will include Rimowa, Eagle Creek, Delsey, Victorinox and Travelpro, among others.

The arrivals hall store has a coordinated modern look and feel, featuring a nine foot video display screen.

The store will utilise latest systems such as QR code technology, on-line pre-booking and on-line product selection.

Notable element of the store would be its luggage service, which include baggage shipping and parcel delivery.

Muriel Zingraff-Shariff, Heathrow’s retail director said: ‘The digitalisation of retail is key to our plans for Terminal 2 and I am delighted that Excess Baggage have embraced this with online booking and QR code technologies. We are looking forward to introducing this brand new concept across the rest of Heathrow’s terminals.’

To open in summer 2014, the expansive, open Terminal 2 is designed to enhance passenger experience, and will introduce added services such as multi-lingual ambassadors and personal shoppers.

Heathrow Airport generates annual net sales of over £1.7bn from its retail spaces. Terminal 2 will have 67 outlets in total including shops, bars and restaurants.

The airport serves passengers from around 180 worldwide destinations.

Sanlorenzo launches Therapy superyacht

The semi-displacement composite yacht is designed by the Sanlorenzo technical department in compliance with MCA LY2 safety code, the international regulation that guarantees high standards of safety and stability.The four-deck…

The semi-displacement composite yacht is designed by the Sanlorenzo technical department in compliance with MCA LY2 safety code, the international regulation that guarantees high standards of safety and stability.The four-deck superyacht featu…

Designed by HOK, it is Dubai's first retail store to sell sustainable products and services and is said to be highest-scoring LEED for Commercial Interiors Platinum project in the world.The…

Designed by HOK, it is Dubai’s first retail store to sell sustainable products and services and is said to be highest-scoring LEED for Commercial Interiors Platinum project in the world.

The renovated two-storey sustainable store features a water filtration system that uses a vacuum membrane filtration system to purify water.

Its roof features a solar array with 120 solar panels to generate 50,000 kWh per year, or about 15% of the building’s total electricity needs.

The renovation has used materials that are already present in the property like the wooden flooring which is reused as wall panels.

The store is divided into four core zones like Energy, Water, Waste and Household.

The Energy zone deals with laundry, living room and outdoors; Water zone deals with kitchen, bathroom and laundry; Waste zone deals with kitchen; and Lifestyle zone deals with living room and kitchen.

Besides these learning lounges, the space also integrates training areas and model mock-up home and office facilities.

The store sells products related to energy conservation, waste management, organic food and various lifestyle items.

Some of the best-selling environment-friendly consumer products are Ecover and Bokashi compost bins. It also stocks sustainable brands and multinational firms like Phillips, Schneider, Vitra, Ecover, Siematic, Volkswagen and IBM.

The ground floor of the store serves residential consumers while the above floor accommodates commercial and institutional organisations.

“The Change Initiative efficiently uses our natural resources to make an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council.

The Change Initiative opened in October 2012.

This store in Dubai is a prototype developed as the first of 25 retail shops to be rolled out across the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the US.

AHMC Hospital Opens Clinica Vallesur in Peru

Located on La Salle Ave. #1116 in Arequipa, the hospital is part of Peru-based AUNA healthcare provider and a partner of AHMC.The $10m Clinica Vallesur includes latest medical technology to…

Located on La Salle Ave. #1116 in Arequipa, the hospital is part of Peru-based AUNA healthcare provider and a partner of AHMC.The $10m Clinica Vallesur includes latest medical technology to serve the local community and as a referral centre fo…

Work underway for £170m Central Park redevelopment in Darlington

Located close to the town centre, off Haughton Road near the main railway station, the 30-hectare flagship regeneration scheme of the Darlington Borough Council includes new homes, office and retail…

Located close to the town centre, off Haughton Road near the main railway station, the 30-hectare flagship regeneration scheme of the Darlington Borough Council includes new homes, office and retail space, green and formal open spaces.

The main entrance to the site is located beside Darlington College and Teesside University.

Being developed in phases by Keepmoat Homes, the first phase of the redevelopment includes 332 new homes, offering 20 homes for affordable rent.

It also includes a major new park, water features, ponds, and a local centre at the northern gateway.

The second phase development includes 300,000ft2 office and retail floorspace, a hotel, and 180 new homes.

The business incubation accommodation for new and growing small-to-medium sized businesses will accommodate 52 businesses and the new offices within the Central Park Enterprise Zone.

Construction on the business accommodation will start in spring 2014, which is part-funded by the HCA and funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Programme.

Roads to the main entrance will be improved and a new roundabout will be created adjacent to the college and university buildings.

“Central Park is Darlington’s premier regeneration site and one of the most prominent development opportunities in the North East creating a new community living and working in the heart of the town,” said Councillor Bill Dixon, Leader of Darlington Borough Council.

The new development will not only provide high quality new homes but will also create a new contemporary mixed-use community and workplace, said Richard Bass, New Build managing director at Keepmoat.

The redevelopment work began on the site on 16 July 2013.

The 2013 Codes and Standards Network

The Codes and Standards Network is an effort that engages members throughout our states and components. Engaging all of our members as advocates of our profession continues to be an…

The Codes and Standards Network is an effort that engages members throughout our states and components. Engaging all of our members as advocates of our profession continues to be an integral part of the role of the Architect going forward.

May is Building Safety Month

The AIA Issues and Advocacy team aren’t the only ones focusing on building codes this month. Each May, the International Code Council sponsors “Building Safety Month,” a campaign to raise…

The AIA Issues and Advocacy team aren’t the only ones focusing on building codes this month. Each May, the International Code Council sponsors “Building Safety Month,” a campaign to raise awareness about the important role building codes for the health, safety, and welfare of the public.