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2 Aug 2017

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Penicuik Regeneration Consultation, Midlothian, Scotland
Penicuik heritage building Midlothian by Austin-Smith:Lord Architects
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Penicuik Regeneration Consultation
Consultants Douglas Wheeler Associates and architects Austin-Smith:Lord appointed by Midlothian Council to work with the people of Penicuik to draw up proposals for the heritage regeneration of the town:

23 Jun 2017
Royal College of Surgeons Building, 21 Hills Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
21 Hills Place Edinburgh building |
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21 Hill Place Edinburgh
Architects Austin-Smith:Lord were appointed by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to refurbish the four upper storeys of their category B listed property at 21 Hill Place in Edinburgh. Prominently positioned on the corner of Nicolson Street, facing Nicolson Square, 21 Hill Place is one of the key buildings on this major thoroughfare.

18 Apr 2017
Austin-Smith:Lord to design new Autism Facility

18th April 2017 – Architect practice Austin-Smith:Lord has been appointed to design a new facility in Swansea for autistic children and their families.

Orbis Group, which is one of the UK’s leading providers of services for people living with autism, has recently purchased Dan-y-Coed House in West Cross from Swansea Council and intends to transform it into a state-of-the-art facility providing education and care for up to 30 children and young people in a school and residential home.

The building was previously run by Swansea Council as an educational, conference and activity facility.

Dan-y-Coed House by Austin-Smith:Lord Architects

The purchase of Dan-y-Coed House marks Orbis Group’s most ambitious project to date, with the property set to bring in an estimated 100 new jobs to the area.

Work has begun on the refurbishment and the service will open in 2018.

Victoria Slater of Austin-Smith:Lord says:
“There are many considerations in designing for children with Autistic Spectrum Condition to provide a sensory environment which does not overload and distress children with ASC. We are working with the team at Orbis to develop a set of design guidelines and we are also researching current best practice standards based on recent research.

“The aim of this project is to deliver a high quality building and landscape that will allow both pupils and residents to thrive without impeding or disrupting their education and everyday life.”

Mike Currier, CEO of Orbis Group adds:
“At Orbis Group we work diligently to ensure that every child under our care has access to a socially valued and fulfilling life, irrespective of the complexity of their condition, and we are proud to be able to provide our service users with truly outstanding facilities that meet their needs.

“In order for our expert staff to provide the highest level of specialist education, care, and clinical support, it’s crucial to create an environment that caters to the complex requirements associated with autism. We are confident that the team at Austin-Smith:Lord will support us in transforming Dan-y-Coed House into a top-quality school and residential service for children and young people with autism.”

Perth City Hall Building Revamp

18th April 2017 – ASL is one of five architects firms competing for the right to redesign Perth City Hall with the building’s re-opening scheduled for 2021.

Each has a grand vision for redeveloping the building into a cultural attraction capable of bringing visitors to the city from around the world. Shortlisted architects, alphabetical order:

– Austin Smith Lord
– Hoskins Architects
– Mecanoo
– Richard Murphy Architects

Perth City Hall Building Renewal

21 Mar 2017
University of Liverpool School of Management Building, Northwest England, UK
University of Liverpool School of Management Extension
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University of Liverpool School of Management Extension
The new extension, which is a highly sustainable, BREEAM Very Good building, is set back from the street, behind a formal landscaped zone, consistent with the character of the campus.

1 Mar 2017
University of Gloucestershire Business School, England, UK
Gloucestershire Business School Building by Austin-Smith:Lord Architects
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University of Gloucestershire Business School
Planning permission has been granted for a landmark new Business School and Growth Hub building at the University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls campus. Designed by the Austin-Smith:Lord, the building reflects the success of the existing Business School and the projected expansion of students enrolling in forthcoming years.

24 Feb 2017
Lower Lodge Gatehouse Bristol Building, Southwest England, UK
Lower Lodge Gatehouse Bristol Building by Austin-Smith:Lord Architects
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Lower Lodge Gatehouse Bristol Building
A two year project to bring the handsome Grade II listed Lower Lodge Gatehouse, which was originally the main entrance to Bristol’s Ashton Court Estate, back to its former glory has completed.

26 Oct 2016
Austin-Smith:Lord appointed to design National College for Nuclear, Cannington Centre, Bridgwater & Taunton College, Somerset, England, UK

25th October 2016 – Architect practice Austin-Smith:Lord has been appointed to design two new buildings for the award-winning Bridgwater & Taunton College in Somerset, as part of the College’s strategy to deliver world class facilities and curricula to address the need for higher level skills regionally, nationally and internationally.

National College for Nuclear by Austin-Smith:Lord Architects

One of the new buildings will form the southern hub of the Government’s flagship National College for Nuclear (NCfN), which was announced earlier this year and is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with additional finance coming from the Heart of the Southwest LEP.

Due to open in November 2017, the NCfN building will revolutionise the way in which higher level professional and technical training for the nuclear sector is delivered, utilising innovative technology and virtual reality simulators to replicate a nuclear working environment, whether in nuclear new build/operation/decommissioning, defence or medicine.

Austin-Smith:Lord has also designed the College’s Advanced Engineering Centre (currently under construction), which is based at its Bridgwater Centre and planned for completion in the summer of 2017. The number of engineering students at the College has seen a five-fold increase in the past five years, and it is now widely recognised as a centre of excellence for the sector, with clients that include EDF Energy, Rolls-Royce and the Ministry of Defence.

Both facilities will be set up with industry-standard equipment and resources to replicate, as far as possible, a ‘live’ working environment. By enabling learners to see and understand workplace safety, cultures and behaviours alongside job-specific skills, the College is able to deliver work-ready graduates who are fully inducted in the requirements of a licensed site and fully understand the expectations of the world of work.

Lead architect, Rob Firman of Austin-Smith:Lord commented:
“This has been an exciting and innovative project. The NCfN is destined to play a critical part in the Government’s workforce strategy for nuclear, and as such does not conform to traditional educational designs, which have changed little for centuries. With wi-fi throughout, and advanced simulator technology, this College will completely transform the way in which professional and technical training is delivered.”

Austin-Smith:Lord’s appointment follows the recent completion of the College’s Performing Arts Centre, Agriculture Innovation Centre and Biosecurity Centre, all of which were designed by the firm.

20 May 2016
UWE Bower Ashton Campus Redevelopment, Bristol, England, UK
Design: Austin-Smith:Lord Architects
UWE Bower Ashton Campus Buildings by Austin-Smith:Lord Architects
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UWE Bower Ashton Campus, Bristol
Competitive tender to deliver architectural, interior design, landscape design and engineering services to the University of the West of England in Bristol as it begins a major redevelopment of its Bower Ashton Campus.

3 + 2 May 2016
Glasgow City Centre District Regeneration Frameworks

Glasgow City Centre District Regeneration plan by Austin-Smith:Lord Architects

Glasgow City Council appoint a team led by MVRDV and Austin-Smith:Lord, supported by Space Syntax and a multidisciplinary team.

The project will focus on the areas comprising Broomielaw, Blythswood, St Enoch and Central as part of the city’s ambitious City Centre Strategy.

Graham Ross, Partner at Austin-Smith:Lord said, “our team is thrilled to have been appointed for this very significant project. The vitality of Glasgow city centre is of strategic national importance. There are opportunities to make small scale interventions to enhance the city for all. There are also areas that require significant transformation to address longstanding issues. We look forward to collaborating with Glaswegians, the Council and stakeholders to shape an exciting future for these Districts.”

District Regeneration Frameworks Glasgow

12 Apr 2016

Helensburgh Town Centre Public Realm Scoops Sixth National Short-Listing as Scottish Design Awards Finalists
Helensburgh’s revitalised town centre public realm, which was designed by Austin-Smith:Lord, has been recognised by another national award – a short-listing in the forthcoming Scottish Design Awards which will be announced on Wednesday 25th May.
Helensburgh Town Centre Public Realm

Liverpool Central Library Building, England
Liverpool Central Library by Austin-Smith:Lord Architects
photo © Keith Hunter
Liverpool Central Library Building – 21 Jun 2013
The Liverpool Central Library and Archive Project is a unique and prestigious scheme within the heart of Liverpool’s World Heritage Site. The project provides an 8,000sqm library and specialist archive and restores 4,000sqm of Grade II listed historic buildings on William Brown Street.
Azzurro Ltd was appointed sole FF&E supplier by Shepherd Construction and worked with and advised the architects, Austin Smith Lord, on product.

McNeil Street Housing, Glasgow, Scotland
Design: Austin-Smith:Lord Architects
McNeil Street Housing Gorbals Glasgow by Austin-Smith:Lord Architects
photos © Keith Hunter
Austin-Smith:Lord Architects : McNeil Street Housing – 26 Nov 2012
New Gorbals Housing Association commissioned A-S:L in 2008 to design 49 ‘very sustainable homes’, setting the challenge of developing an approach to energy efficient housing, that was transferable, and that the Housing Association could apply to future projects. Designs for the derelict brownfield site were developed in close consultation with the client and their tenant-led design committees and sought to reduce energy consumption and provide adaptable housing.

Austin-Smith Lord – News

ASL is headquartered in Wales. It has offices now in Cardiff, Glasgow and London.

10 Oct 2012 – the Glasgow studio of Austin-Smith:Lord are to host Studio 2080, an emerging ‘community interest company’ formed by four final year architecture students at University of Strathclyde.

8 Mar 2012 – Austin-Smith:Lord decided to close its London office almost four months after filing for insolvency.

Nov 2011 – Reports suggest Austin-Smith:Lord have been given a reprieve by creditors. Recently ASL received a payment of £2.4 m from its main debtor, the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage.

The architecture practice has been running for 61 years but has recently had to let around 70 employees go. ASL had entered into a company voluntary arrangement (CVA).

Austin-Smith Lord – Building News 2011

UWIC School of Management, Cardiff, south Wales
Sharrow Point by Austin-Smith:Lord Architects
photo © Morley von Sternberg
UWIC School of Management
RIBA Award winner, 19 May 2011
On a long narrow site within a conservation area and adjacent to Llandaff Cathedral, the client required a signature building of high architectural quality, targeting a BREEAM Excellent rating.
The building is organised as two distinct elements flanking a large atrium space.

Hereford Buttermarket Competition, England
Austin-Smith:Lord win
Hereford Buttermarket by Austin-Smith:Lord Architects
image from RIBA
Hereford Buttermarket Competition

Austin-Smith Lord – Building News 2010

Girvan Hospital, Ayrshire, southwest Scotland, UK
Girvan Community Hospital by Austin-Smith:Lord Architects
image © Keith Hunter
Girvan Community Hospital – Jul 2010

Viewfield Housing, Ayrshire, southwest Scotland, UK
Viewfield Housing
picture © Keith Hunter
Viewfield Housing – Jul 2010

Roseisle distillery, Speyside, Northeast Scotland, UK
Roseisle distillery
image © Keith Hunter
Roseisle distillery – Mar 2010

People’s History Museum, Manchester, England
People's History Museum
photo © Ian Lawson
People’s History Museum – Mar 2010

Migdale Hospital, Scotland
Migdale Community Hospital
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Migdale Hospital approval – Nov 2009

Austin-Smith:Lord Buildings

Bluecoats Arts Centre, Liverpool, UK
BIQ Architecten with Austin-Smith:Lord & Donald Insall Associates
Bluecoat School Extension
photo © Adrian Welch
The Bluecoat Liverpool

Clyde Gate Park Opens, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Clyde Gate Riverside Park
photo : Graeme Duncan
Clyde Gate Riverside Park for Clydebank Re-built

Community Hospital, Girvan, Scotland

Foundation for Art & Creative Technology – FACT, Liverpool, England
Located at the RopeWalks, £10m

Homes for the Future, Glasgow Green, Glasgow, Scotland

Wren Rutherford ASL
images from Wren Rutherford Austin Smith Lord Architects
Austin Smith Lord Houses : Homes for the Future

The John Rylands Library, Manchester, England

Austin Smith: Lord / Lloyd Elans Pritchard
John Rylands Library Building
building photo © AJW
Austin-Smith:Lord : English building

Kaetsu Educational and Cultural Centre Building, Cambridge, England

Kaetsu Educational and Cultural Centre
building photo © AW
Austin Smith Lord Building

Leeds City Museum & Resource Centre, England

The National Museum of Information Technology, Bangkok, Thailand

Peoples History Museum, Manchester, UK

Paradise Street Development Area, Liverpool, UK

Riverfront Arts Centre, Newport, Wales

The Taylor house, Prestwick, Scotland
Taylor house Prestwick

Austin-Smith:Lord – Projects

Glasgow Bridge Competition Entry, Scotland

Studio Bednarski with Austin Smith Lord Architects
Austin Smith Lord Bridge

Dundee University Buildings, Scotland
University of Dundee Library Extension won by Austin-Smith:Lord
May 2005

Liverpool University Sports Facility, England

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Austin Smith Lord Architects Practice Information

Austin-Smith:Lord LLP – various offices based around the UK

Austin Smith Lord Architects : Welsh Architecture Office

Austin-Smith:Lord has delivered the highest degree of creative and practical thought in architecture since 1949.

Founded by two visionary architects, Mike and Inette Austin-Smith, today the UK-wide creative collective has a partnership board of five and 50+ staff operating out of studios in Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool, London and Glasgow.

Austin-Smith:Lord’s national pool of talented architects and designers offer expertise within a wide range of sectors: industry & infrastructure, transport, urban regeneration, civic, commercial, arts & culture, education, healthcare, residential, conservation, interior design, landscape & urban design.

Since 1949, Austin-Smith:Lord has delivered over 5000 projects, including many buildings of national importance such as Manchester Airport Railway Terminal, Liverpool Central Library, National Film & Photography Museum, Shrewsbury Theatre and Roseisle Distillery.

The architecture practice has also been recognised with over 150 awards and commendations for outstanding architectural and environmental design including RIBA, Civic Trust, Welsh and Scottish Design Awards.

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