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Andrew Brownsword Hotels Ltd Bath Priory Ltd Benugo Ltd Berkeley Square House City Fusion City Retreats (Hotels) Daventry District Council Docklands Light Railway Ltd East Midlands Development Agency Emco EstatesFairmont Hotels Gleeson MCL Ltd Gordon Ramsay Holdings GVA GrimleyIpswich Borough Council Jarvis Construction Plc Jones Lang LaSalle Knight Frank LaSalle Investment Management Leaside Regeneration Ltd London Borough of Barking & Dagenham London Borough of Brent McKinsey & Company Network Rail North West Estates The Oriental Club Persimmon (City Developments) Ltd Rocco Forte Hotels
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40 Under 4040 Under 40 WinnerLiz Pickard was selected as one of the Europe 40 Under 40 Architects in 2010. "Europe 40 Under 40" is an annual initiative that spotlights the next generation of successful architects who will impact Europe's future living and working environments, cities, towns, and rural areas in the decades to come.
Oriental Club completionOriental Club nears completionWe are happy to present the first shots of the external facade of the Oriental Club redevelopment which is nearing completion. Final completion photos to be posted shortly
YAYAYoung Architect of the Year AwardConsarc were shortlisted in the Young Architect of the Year Awards in 2009. As one of the final 28 practices, we were invited to exhibit our experience at the Architecture Foundation. The Young Architect of the Year Award (YAYA) is organised by Building Design to recognise and reward the UK and Ireland's most promising new architects or practices.
iCon BCOiCon success continues with BCO awardA great year for the iCon was capped off by winning the prestigious BCO Awards 2012 Commercial Building fo the Year for the East Midlands Region and now goes forward into the national finals. Consarc are pleased to announce that the iCon has also been recognised by the following awards: - Civic Trust Awards 2012: Regional Merit - Building Awards 2012: Public building of the year Finalist - RIBA Awards 2012: Shortlisted
iCon EnvironmentiCon awarded for environmental excellenceConsarc Architects' iCon Innovation Centre has been recognised for its impressive environmental credentials by picking up a host of awards throughout the year. The BREEAM rated excellent building was named Winner of the 'Environmental Sustainability Award' at the East Midlands Constructing Excellence Awards. The building was also named winner of the Green Apple Award and scooped third place at the International Environmental Green Dot Awards.
Oriental Club Tops OutThe Oriental Club re-development tops out!The Oriental Club re-development, due for completion later in the year, topped out in May 2012. Stay in touch for futher updates on the project.
ERC EquipoisePractical Completion on ERC EquipoiseThe new office for specialist consultant firm ERC-Equipoise achieved practical completion in August 2012. Consarc Architects were appointed as design advisors for the refurbishment of the firm's new offices. We assisted with due diliigence required to meet the client's spatial brief and also provided consultation with regards to the design development and appointments.
AHDBPlanning Consent for Stoneleigh Park Office HQThe Consarc designed office headquarters for a large government department within Stoneleigh Park has received planning approval. The project follows the successful delivery by Consarc of a Masterplan for the redevelopment of Stoneleigh park which is dedicated for agricultural and equestrian based businesses and facilities.
Curzon Street Practical CompletionLaSalle Invesmtent Management HQ reaches practical completion. Consarc Architects have completed the new headquarters for Lasalle Investment Management. The new headquarters feature a centralised social break-out area, innovative meeting zones, and a quiet-zone encouraging staff to interact and work away from their desks. The design is being formally accredited and is set to achieve the RICS/Skansen “SKA” fit out sustainability rating of Gold, which will place it amongst the first 5 projects in the UK to achieve this credit.
Oriental ClubOriental Club granted Planning and Listed Building Consent Consarc Architects proposal for a contemporary extension to the grade 1 listed building Stratford House, was granted planning and listed building consent in June 2011. The works are due to commence on site in September 2011 with a completion target of June 2012.
liz part 3Liz Pickard appointed as Bartlett LecturerConsarc Director Liz Pickard is pleased to have been appointed as an Honorary Fellow and Course Leader on the Bartlett School of Architecture's Part III Course. The appointment follows 13 years as a Part III external examiner at the prestigious school of Architecture at UCL.
amberley800 year old ancient monument Amberley Castle appointmentConsarc have began work on an exciting new project to refurbish the 800 year old Amberely Castle Hotel; a Grade I listed building and ancient monument, within an area of outstanding natural beauty and national park. The project focuses on reinvigorating the hotel by sensitive refurbishment of the historic fabric and discreet new architectures into the stunning surrounding estate.
Open ArchitectureSuccesses at RIBA Open Architecture exhibition2 of our architectural models have been selected for inclusion in the RIBA exhibition - Open Architecture. Under the theme of the exhibition 'unseen architecture', RIBA Members in London were invited to submit conceptual projects, paintings, drawings and models of projects. Nearly 200 entries were received, from which 66 exhibits were selected. The exhibition is currently on and will run until 4th November 2011. Our Langdon Park model has been selected by RIBA president elect - Angela Brady for extended display at the RIBA headquarter's galleries.
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Church Extension, LondonConsarc have been approached by a local church to advise on opportunities to expand their existing grade II* listed church. More news to follow....
The Wans Building, DorsetAs part of the Dorset farm diversification scheme this barn shelter formed part of a pair of hay storage barns. Located in the jurassic coast world heritage site the original construction of the barn was dilapidated concrete portal frames with asbestos sheet cladding. This structure was, on one of the barns adjacent to an original stone and brick wall. Using this wall as a key device in the re-imagining of the barn we maintained the original openings and key open walls but infilled the inside of the barn to create a four bedroom, four bathroom dwelling with dramatic full height living and hall spaces. It employs air source heat pumps and whole house ventilation as part of its environmental strategy. The external conditions of planning required the building to look exactly as it had as a barn shelter to maintain this ‘essential character’ of the landscape. The sustainable location, the sensitivity to the landscape and the use of high quality local materials and workmanship were all important elements which contributed to the successful completion of a contemporary solution in a highly sensitive rural context.
Knight Frank HQ, LondonWith over 900 staff located in several different buildings, Consarc worked with global property consultants, Knight Frank to create an open plan working philosophy in a new central headquarters building. In order to maximise space efficiency, all staff were accommodated over 3 floors with a helical feature stair encouraging easy cross departmental communication, a key aim of the client. We provided architectural consultancy and space planning services for this global headquarters. This project was shortlisted for the BCO Awards 2009. "Consarc delivered. Our Headquarters now have calm, classic, considered spaces. I have no hesitation in recommending them." Adrian Wilson, Partner, Knight Frank.
Ipswich Council HQWe have delivered to Ipswich Borough Council a sustainability-led mixed use building in the heart of ‘Ipswich Village’. The design achieved BREEAM ‘Very Good’ status and has utilised modern methods of construction to deliver quality, safety and site efficiency. Throughout the development and construction process the architectural philosophy has been one of subtlety, restraint and composure. This project won the Regional BCO Award for Best Corporate Workplace in 2007.
Rocco Forte Hotels: The LowryThe Lowry Hotel was Manchester’s first ever five-star hotel. An intimate understanding of the hotel market and Rocco Forte Hotels’ brief enabled an uncompromising contemporary approach to the creative challenge of recreating a perception of ‘five-star quality’ into a new architecture. Consarc acted as lead consultant, architect and interior designer. The £30 million project opened successfully having been fully designed and constructed within its original programme of 28 months.
Langdon Park DLR StationDLR’s latest flagship station, Langdon Park, will regenerate Poplar. By creating an open bridge and transparent ‘beacon’ lift towers the £7.5M station provides a permanent visual connection from the track crossing to lifts and station platforms. Integrating several unique materials, careful consideration was made in the choice of ETFE for Trackside Canopies and structurally integral Fibre Reinforced Composite in the Bridge Roof. This project won a regeneration award from the British Construction Industry 2008.
Benugo Restaurant, LondonBenugo “combines the urban cool of New York’s deli sandwich bars with the freshness of Italian produce”. We were appointed to recreate these dynamic interior concepts into an environment that enhances the Benugo brand. Following the successful completion of Benugo's in Berwick Street, Soho, we completed the fit-out of Benugo's next high street deli bar at 23-25 Great Portland Street. We have also provided full architectural services for a number of other Benugo Ltd deli bars across London.
Abode Hotel, SalisburyConsarc have been commissioned by hotelier Andrew Brownsword to design their next hotel, a new build 56-room boutique hotel in Salisbury. Incorporating two listed buildings to one side and a facade retention on the other, a new build link will add retail space at ground level and hotel rooms above. Consarc’s experience in hotel design combined with sensitivity to the site specifics led to a solution that both respects the historic building whilst maximising the value to the client.
The Ellington Hotel, LeedsDesigning on a brownfield infill site within a Georgian terrace, we have developed a new-build 36-bed boutique hotel in the heart of Leeds. The scheme incorporates a double-height restaurant and a range of bedroom and suite types centred around a full-height atrium, which acts as the social hub of the hotel. At ground floor level, the entrance, reception and lounge space flows into the breakfast room at the base of the atrium. This project won the Best Altered Building Award at the Leeds Architecture awards 2009.
Sydney House Hotel, LondonThe Sydney House Hotel sits behind two 5-storey Grade II Georgian facades, which conceal the elegant modernisation within. The buildings were dramatically converted into a contemporary 21-bedroom boutique brand. All furniture and fittings were designed bespoke for the bedrooms and light cleverly concealed creating different scenes. Innovative technologies give each user a high degree of control over the guest environment. A separate two-bedroom apartment was developed at the rear of the property.
Abode Hotel, SalisburyundefinedConsarc have been commissioned by hotelier Andrew Brownsword to design their next hotel, a new build 56-room boutique hotel in Salisbury. Incorporating two listed buildings to one side and a facade retention on the other, a new build link will add retail space at ground level and hotel rooms above. Consarc’s experience in hotel design combined with sensitivity to the site specifics led to a solution that both respects the historic building whilst maximising the value to the client.
Savoy Group, LondonundefinedConsarc have had an ongoing relationship over many years with the Savoy Group and associated companies. We have completed a refurbishment of the restaurant at the Berkeley Hotel in collaborating with US interior designers Barbara Barry Inc, and refurbished the Savoy Grill. We have worked on over 40 projects at the hotel consistently updating and improving design and space utilisation. The latest project involved developing detailed designs for 270 suites and rooms to update and reconfigure original 1930’s room layouts.
Dagenham Civic CentreFollowing a successful OJEU bid Consarc were appointed as Architect and Lead Consultant to develop the Civic Centre. The existing Centre accommodation is located within two main units resulting in highly compartmentalised environments. Our proposal is 4750sqm of new accommodation over three floor, wrapped around covered atria in a horseshoe arrangement focusing on the existing civic chamber. The concept is to improve integration by creating sustainable, energy efficient BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and flexible accommodation.
Bank HQWe were invited to design a new headquarters building in the a major city in North Africa. This was as part of a consortium partnership of four architectural practices based in the UK. The prestigious office building incorporates ground floor retail zones, a rooftop restaurant with terraces overlooking the old city and seaport with 5 floors of large span open flexible working space.
Slough Borough CouncilConsarc were invited to work with Jones Lang LaSalle on proposals for a new Civic Centre in Slough. Consarc prepared detailed site analysis and designs to demonstrate the potential of the site. The brief from the client was to provide a highly efficient and flexible high quality building with office space, a business centre, a Council Chamber and other support spaces, for 1250 staff in one building in a key accessible area in the centre of Slough.
Brent Borough Council Civic CentreConsarc worked closely with the London Borough of Brent on their New Civic Centre Project. The Vision for the complex Civic Centre brief was for a new typology of Civic Building that combines flagship public services, including Registry, Wedding Suite, Central Library, Council Services centre, Training suite, Civic Chamber, Community spaces and a consolidation of Staff Offices from across the Borough into one fully accessible Civic Hub. Further to the briefing process Consarc were invited to deliver a preliminary Stage C design proposal for the entire Civic Centre project. We were initially appointed to produce a comprehensive brief for their new Civic Centre and a feasibility study for the Brent Town Hall site. Our role evolved to strategic advice on procurement, assistance in tender evaluation, lead consultancy and co-ordination services. We also provided architectural consultancy services and site analysis.
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Super KingdomWorking in collaboration with artists London Fieldworks Consarc designed three unique animal residencies based on despots’ palaces in part of an ancient forest in King’s Wood. The artists’ brief was extended to develop installations providing shelter for a number of animal species. This was done through analysis of despotic architecture to create these unique installations consisting of water catchers, bird boxes and moss-growing crevasses. The exhibit is designed to change and wear over time as the pieces slowly age with the woodland.
Environmental PolicyConsarc is committed to the protection of the environment and to achieving high standards of environmental and sustainable design. We view this not as a limitation, but as a global objective that can deliver real added for project and client alike. As a part of Consarc’s commitment to maintaining the highest levels of environmental management, it is the intention that we follow the systems prescribed in ISO 14001.
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Project Case Study
Bankside Bikeshed CompetitionThe competition called for innovative solutions to bicycle storage for the Bankside area in London. Our response to the brief was one of reinvention. Like the red pillar box or phone box we sought to develop a proposal that would add to the lexicon of a new generation of signature street furniture, synonymous with Bankside and it’s cycling agenda. The simplicity of our design is intended to work with and enhance the public realm. Using a series of versatile interlocking modules our proposal can be configured to respond to any number of sites, varying bike capacities and natural environments. Each module is proportioned by the urban parameters in which it’s placed: the parking bay, the dimensions of a flat bed truck, the depth of a typical curb edge. The exact configuration of each installation could be directly affected by its context. A module could be propped against a wall when undercover which in turn could be used as a skate ramp. A configuration placed at the entrance to the Tate Modern might be fashioned from a number of interlocking modules to create a more sculptural form, providing shelter from the rain and incorporating seating for passers by.
Lasalle Investment Management HQConsarc worked with LaSalle Investment Management (LIM) on the relocation of circa 150 staff to a new office in the heart of Mayfair. Consarc assisted LIM with finding their ideal location through visiting potential new sites and conducting detailed feasibility studies of each location. Consarc offered services above and beyond those usually undertaken by architects to dramatically improve not only the aesthetics of their new location, but also their working practices, efficiency and culture. Through a series of interviews with a selection of the staff at all levels, we were able to produce a detailed report on culture change and to identify the potential challenges and solutions for the design of the office. In response to this report, Consarc advised the implementation of a variable density free address desking policy, to allow greater diversity and mobility throughout the office, supported by new information technology infrastructure and concierge services. The design is being formally accredited and is set to achieve the RICS/Skansen “SKA” fit out sustainability rating of Gold, which will place it amongst the first 5 projects in the UK to achieve this credit.
Chengdu TowersConsarc were invited by Cartwright Pickard Architects to collaborate on the submission for an international competition in Chendu, China. The brief was to provide a vibrant and land-marking mixed-used urban complex to include retail, entertainment, serviced apartment and luxury hotel facilities, in the centre of Chengdu.
Savoy Group, LondonConsarc have had an ongoing relationship over many years with the Savoy Group and associated companies. We have completed a refurbishment of the restaurant at the Berkeley Hotel in collaborating with US interior designers Barbara Barry Inc, and refurbished the Savoy Grill. We have worked on over 40 projects at the hotel consistently updating and improving design and space utilisation. The latest project involved developing detailed designs for 270 suites and rooms to update and reconfigure original 1930’s room layouts.
Media CityThe project is a fully serviced television, radio and sound production facility with all ancillary accommodation to support the primary purpose, along with office spaces, a preview theatre, drama, music and rehearsal studios as well as staff welfare facilities. The main production studios (4 no.) include 1 that accommodates invited audiences for live/pre-recorded productions. The studios are the building’s core with ancillary accommodation on the periphery. Common staff facilities and executive offices are above the studios. This arrangement allows for smaller scale articulation of the facades with larger scale elements at the corners of the building.
Willesden Green LibraryA commission for a multi-faceted strategic brief and feasibility study for an existing library and neighbouring land, but with a wide remit. This covered assessment of the building, its’ operational relationship to the nearby Civic Centre, its’ purpose within the community and its’ funding as part of a business plan/model. Mltiple options and sub-options were provided that ranged from minimal intervention (limited to asset repair) up to mixed use new build redevelopment of the whole site. The report identified key opportunities and strengths in the existing building – both intrinsically and in the community – and focussed on how these could be maximised – while minimising the weaknesses – to the benefit of the community and the Council within a considered business plan/strategy.
Desert Eco HotelConsarc Architects have developed the detail design for an innovative 4 star eco-hotel and leisure resort; to be situated at the foot of a rocky mountain range. The proposal provides across two floors, 53 double rooms, 3 wheelchair accessible double rooms, 3 family suites and 1 presidential suite. The hotel acts as a base from which the surrounding desert can be enjoyed and explored.The building is designed to be a focus of leisure activities in the surrounding desert including desert excursions, ballooning, stargazing/astronomy and visits to cave engravings.
The Dairy, DorsetSituated in an AONB and World Heritage Site this small project formed part of a wider Farm Diversification scheme in Dorset, and is the sister scheme to the Wans Barn project. Planning policy at national level is highly supportive of diversification of Rural farms to support the sustainability of small-holdings but Local planning policy is often entirely unsupportive of this strategy. Both this building project and the Wans barns only achived permission on the grounds that the existing building would be ‘substantially reused’. This was at the same time as the structures were acknowledged in the Local Plan as ‘Eyesores’. Through sensitive, lengthy and often highly frustrating resubmissions the consents were finally achieved. This project converts a formal cow stall of block and asbestos cladding into a 3-bedroom holiday cottage.
Solicitors HQ, LondonConsarc are working with a firm of leading U.K solicitors to assist with the reconfiguration of their Central London office layouts, with a view to moving to an open plan office layout. Through a series of interviews with all the partners, we were able to produce a detailed report on culture change and to identify the potential challenges and solutions for the design of the office. Consarc offered services above and beyond those usually undertaken by architects to dramatically improve not only the aesthetics of their new location, but also their working practices, efficiency and culture. More news to follow...........
The Oriental Club, LondonundefinedA long established member’s club in Stratford House, a grade 1 listed Georgian building in the central of London requires additional bedroom accommodation to a 5 star hotel standard. These will be located in an existing courtyard on 3 levels of a new build extension and will also require the demolition of an existing cottage at the rear of the building. Although modest the project is a complex one requiring careful consideration of a number of issues; planning/listed building consent, historical impact, adjoining owners, very restricted access as well as fire, acoustics and structural issues.
iCon Innovation CentreConsarc were appointed after winning an open competition organised by the RIBA and BRE to design the iCon, which houses the Sustainable Construction Innovation Network (iNet) and provides incubator spaces for innovative start-up companies in the expanding field of environmentally focused construction. The building features a flexible conference space that can be used by the local community. Innovation is key to the design, the building demonstrates environmental features such as a timber frame construction, largely passive ventilation system, efficient heat recovery systems and use of phase-change materials to limit overheating.
Amberley Castle, SussexAmberley Castle is a unique luxury hotel located in the picturesque village of Amberley at the foot of the South Downs. The castle is a Grade I listed building and a schedule ancient monument. The 900 year old castle is enclosed by a 60 foot curtain wall and working portcullis behind which operates an award winning luxury hotel offering the highest standards of food and service. Consarc are acting in a design and advisory capactiy on a number of sensitive refurbishments to upgrade the existing hotel rooms as well as key improvements to the back of house areas. Consarc are also advising on a number of new-builld interventions and heritage regulatory considerations.
The Carlton Club, LondonIn addition to restoration work to this Grade I listed civic building following terrorist bombing in 1990, extensive alterations to the basement area were made, adding library, billiards room and members’ changing facilities. Consarc liaised with an architectural historian, the Museum of London and archaeologists to support the production of accurate specification of details whilst considering refurbishment of doors and walls to meet contemporary fire safety standards for a public building. The RICS awarded Consarc “The Crafts in Building Conservation” Award for this project.
Langdon Park, LondonDLR’s latest flagship station, Langdon Park, will regenerate Poplar. By creating an open bridge and transparent ‘beacon’ lift towers the £7.5M station provides a permanent visual connection from the track crossing to lifts and station platforms. Integrating several unique materials, careful consideration was made in the choice of ETFE for Trackside Canopies and structurally integral Fibre Reinforced Composite in the Bridge Roof. This project won a regeneration award from the British Construction Industry 2008.
Hanley Bus Station, StokeConsarc developed design proposals for a new bus station in Stoke city centre with a view to regenerating the surrounding area. Consarc's proposal sought to establish a high quality benchmark ito form part of the cities wider development projects and public realm improvments in order to create a strong positive brand for the City Centre as a place to visit and invest.
Media CityundefinedThe project is a fully serviced television, radio and sound production facility with all ancillary accommodation to support the primary purpose, along with office spaces, a preview theatre, drama, music and rehearsal studios as well as staff welfare facilities. The main production studios (4 no.) include 1 that accommodates invited audiences for live/pre-recorded productions. The studios are the building’s core with ancillary accommodation on the periphery. Common staff facilities and executive offices are above the studios. This arrangement allows for smaller scale articulation of the facades with larger scale elements at the corners of the building.
Canon Street Station, LondonConsarc was appointed by Network Rail to undertake extensive refurbishment of Cannon Street Station in the City of London. The client’s aspirations for the Cannon Street Station refurbishment were clear: to transform the station into one belonging to that of its ‘major station’ portfolio; to greatly improve the retail opportunity offered by the concourse; to enhance the customer experience of the station; to develop a clear and consistent branding message through architecture and signage; and finally to carry out all of the essential repairs identified, including the removal of asbestos. The intention was to achieve all of the above with minimum disruption to the daily passenger flow through the station. Consarc’s design solution was to deliver the client’s requirement through identification of various areas for potential improvement throughout the existing facility. The aim was to bring a cohesion and consistency to what was a visually cluttered environment and to enhance the station’s connection to the surrounding urban context. Initial proposals looked at giving the main entrance facade a distinctive identity with a large-scale ‘supagrahic’ frieze using overlay mesh cladding.
Coventry Station, CoventryThe focus of this proposal was to maximise the retail potential of the existing grade listed station by creating a new public piazza to encourage the public to utilise the station and potentialbus interchange in new ways. The new public space would serve to form a new public destination and create better pedestrian and infrastructural links between the refurbished station and the town centre.
Leeds Station, LeedsThe objective of this feasibility design was to respond to and identify specific interventions that can be implemented in the near future at Leeds Station. In addition, the project also identified some larger scale interventions that would serve to maximise the commercial potential of the existing station, as well as proposing new development areas of the station. These outputs combine as a new Station Masterplan. The team developed the design of a unique retail pod that could be modified to suit the various conditions within the station areas. A planning application was granted for development of the pods in the listed hall of the station.
Bankside Bikeshed, LondonThe competition called for innovative solutions to bicycle storage for the Bankside area in London. Our response to the brief was one of reinvention. Like the red pillar box or phone box we sought to develop a proposal that would add to the lexicon of a new generation of signature street furniture, synonymous with Bankside and it’s cycling agenda. The simplicity of our design is intended to work with and enhance the public realm whilst providing a catalyst for cultural interventions to ensue. Using a series of versatile interlocking modules our proposal can be configured to respond to any number of sites, varying bike capacities and natural environments. Inspired by the humble multi bike tool, each module is proportioned by the urban parameters in which it’s placed: the parking bay, the dimensions of a flat bed truck, the depth of a typical curb edge. Source materials have been selected to utilise post consumer and post-production content to reduce the dependency on natural resources and thus minimise waste, embodied energy, and toxicity from the initial preparation processes. Each module is made of a material that performs to suit its needs to ensure that they are robust, recycled and beautiful. We envisage that the exact configuration of each installation will be directly affected by its context. A single module could be propped against a wall when undercover which in turn could be used as a skate ramp. Alternatively a configuration placed at the entrance to the Tate Modern might be fashioned from a number of interlocking modules to create a more sculptural form, providing shelter from the rain and incorporating seating for passers by.
Hackney Wick Embassy, LondonIn the last 5 years Hackney Wick has become one of the most artistically creative and productive areas in the world. It’s inhabitants, old and new have colonised it’s industrial buildings and grabbed the freedom available to create and drive London’s artistic communities.As the brightest and best of the sporting world arrive in London for the 2012 Olympics, it is important that these two worlds meet. In our proposal we suggest that the new building acts as an embassy for Hackney, a space that will bring Olympic visitors to Hackney’s culture and Hackneys inhabitants into the Olympic park.
Pylon CompetitionundefinedConsarc worked collaboratively with leading consultants to develop a proposal for the RIBA pylon international competition. The designs worked to reduce the visual effect of the pylon against the landscape, whilst bridging the gap between engineering and nature by developing a design that is not only functional and economically efficient but one that is also sculptural and sympathetic to its natural context. The base of each pylon was designed to afford an opportunity to create a series of wildlife nodes within our urban and rural landscapes. That collectively, could provide sanctuary, shelter and support for some of Britain’s most endangered wildlife.
Superkingdom, King's WoodConsarc Architects have been working with artists London Fieldworks to design these unique animal residencies. The installations are based on despots’ palaces, offering a somewhat startling imposition on this patch of ancient forest in King’s Wood, Kent.The original artists’ brief of a film-set was extended to develop installations providing shelter for a number of animal species. This was done through analysis of despotic architecture as reference for three ‘palaces’ in the trees. In collaboration with London Fieldworks, Consarc developed the dominant characteristics of buildings associated with Mussolini, Stalin and Ceausescu into a hybrid architecture – a progeny of imposing, regimented structures and the organic context of the forest. It takes form through analogy of clamping, enveloping, suspending and parasitic growth. The result is these unique installations consisting of water catchers, bird boxes and moss-growing crevasses. This exhibit is designed to change and wear over time as the pieces slowly age with the woodland.
The Oriental Club RedevelopmentThe Oriental Club approached Consarc to look at the possibility of extending their current premises, Stratford House - a Grade I listed building, to occupy an existing courtyard site. The proposal was to re-develop the existing courtyard site with a new 5 storey building to contain new members facilities and 8 members bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms/shower rooms. The brief which Consarc formed also provided for the relocation/upgrading of any back of house services compromised by the installation of the new accommodation. As well as the relocation of staff accommodation at the basement level compromised by the removal of an existing two-storey cottage.
The Wildflower Centre, LiverpoolThrough our proposal for the National Wildflower centre, Consarc attempted to expose and expressing the dynamic processes of nature and conservation to anyone who visits the centre. The character of this exciting design aspires to reflect the simple mathematical principles underlying the myriad aesthetics of nature. The circlular form of the buildings suggest the most basic natural cycle: from seed, to plant, to seed. The design aims to mimic nature’s endless iterations, where successive degrees of scrutiny repeatedly reveal the same patterns, molded in response to environment and over time through evolution. As the visitor passes the main volumes of the education and community building, either across the wildflower garden or from the walkway of the visitors centre, fabric louvers - as a surface for public art - allow glimpses into the teaching spaces within. The simplicity of the structural support to the roof of the first classroom is developed in scale and apparent complexity from room to room as the roof areas for support increase in size and load. The structures follow simple rules of proportion that are manifested in the Fibonacci sequence and the relationship between plant growth and the external environment in the formal grammar of L-systems. The largest of these volumes, the auditorium is duly dominated by the final iteration, a beautiful bifurcated structure.
Global Gourmet, LondonundefinedConsarc developed a series of evocative visualisations as part of a proposal for a new signature restaurant for an internationally renowned chef. In order to create a visceral and unique dining experience, the proposal aimed to celebrate the richness of raw ingredients used in the meals served at the restaurant.
Global Gourmet, LondonConsarc developed a series of evocative visualisations as part of a proposal for a new signature restaurant for an internationally renowned chef. In order to create a visceral and unique dining experience, the proposal aimed to celebrate the richness of raw ingredients used in the meals served at the restaurant. A series of spaces would take the diner through a sequence of global cibarious sensations: from the spice markets of Marrakech, to the butchers of Smithfields, the Yakatori bars of Tokyo and the Highland whisky houses. The proposal aimed for diner's to understand, first hand how food is sourced and prepared through to the final meal.
Stoneleigh Park, WarwickshireStoneleigh Park is currently a dedicated site for agricultural and equestrian based businesses and facilities. As part of the proposal masterplan, the park is set to become the “Home of Rural Excellence” and a central hub for the transfer of knowledge, communication of information, initiatives and best practice. Stoneleigh Park is unique – in terms of its scale, its central location, its long history, its focus and the range of activities taking place. It is at the heart of England’s rural economy. Consarc's proposal looks to reaffirm Stoneleigh Park as a powerful draw for any business interacting with the agricultural or equine sectors.
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We are at the forefront of sustainable design, specialising in cutting edge environmental thinking, with expert knowledge in the green specification of materials and construction techniques. Our expertise in environmental and social architecture has been developed over 20 years of innovation, practical experience and rigorous research. Talented designers, experienced contract administrators, and effective managers work together collaboratively in a vibrant atmosphere designed to encourage lateral thinking and promote creativity. This collaborative approach is extended throughout the design process. We create positive and dynamic working relationships with our clients and fellow consultants. We listen and encourage user and community participation to ensure inclusivity and a sense of ownership. Our work is primarily in the social sector encompassing education, community, cultural, housing and health buildings, with particular expertise in Early Years, and Progressive Learning Environments. Current projects range in size from £1m to £18 million. We currently employ 37 people, and operate throughout the UK from two offices, located in London and the west of England.