Last week saw the issuing of the approval notice for our proposals on Bramley Close in Stockport. The site held multiple historic planning refusals and had numerous constraints making the 2 dwelling proposal deceptively challenging. Working with our client, we designed a scheme which balanced the planning authorities impact concerns with the commercial realities of the development. After succeeding at local committee we now have an approval and are moving towards commencing construction works later this year.
‘It was great to work with Niemen Architects on this scheme. They brought new ideas and a fresh perspective to the proposals. Meeting the planning authorities concerns while keeping a grip on the commercial aspects of the scheme was the key to the success. I look forward to working on the next stage of the scheme with them.’
Andy Garnett, Breck Developments
Building Information Modelling (BIM) entered the construction industry conversation 2 decades ago and it has been 5 years since the UK government mandated that all centrally-funded work must be undertaken using BIM.For those not familiar with BIM, it is a digital software based process by which built environment professionals share information in a single, shared project-based set of 3D objects and systems, assembled together to make a virtual model of the project. It helps clients to visualise the design and assess engineering choices in context. It allows the creative team to test options on the layout of critical services virtually. Additionally it outputs vital documentation and data to enable better collaboration. Despite the advantages, the use of BIM outside central government funded projects, has perhaps, not gained the traction it should have. There are a of reasons for this. Design professionals and practices who work on small projects tend to be wary of BIM. BIM calls for extensive training, comes with expensive software, and it does not necessarily bring the efficiencies and associated profit for smaller projects. There is also little pull from many clients who do not see or understand the benefits which can be brought. They have no need for a Common Data Environment (a central point by which all data is shared and distributed electronically) and the co-ordination advantage BIM brings is the concern of the design team. In short, they do not miss what they never had. Because of the fear of high upfront costs, far too many designers and construction companies are forgoing a great tool that could make their company increase productivity and quality of their information, delivering a better service to their clients and profits. BIM is not best-suited for every project, but at Niemen Architects, we believe it could be used more readily and widely! Since the start of the year, we have been pushing to use BIM and Revit (BIM enabled software) on our project work where possible and viable. Alongside office wide training we have made several key staff appointments who bring skills and experience delivering complex projects in BIM. In order to make using BIM more commercially viable on our smaller schemes, we have been finding ways to remove the obstacles pushing us back to traditional delivery of projects, creating BIM templates and developing our pre-loaded content. Because of the work done, now look to use BIM as a default rather than an exception. When we have introduced BIM and Revit to clients, it usually creates an interest and the benefits can be seen. As a result questions are being asked as to how we can leverage greater benefits from the software and process.
“Having only limited first-hand experience and knowledge of BIM and the outputs of Revit, it was beneficial and interesting to see one of my proposed developments brought to life in 3D. Being able to look at elements of the building in 3D and on screen helped enormously in understanding the complex elements of the building.”
Andy Garnett – Breck DevelopmentsOver time, we believe that BIM will become the new standard for all industry delivered projects, not just those which are large or government funded. We are constantly working to establish better processes, and practices to enable us to get the most out of BIM and to provide our clients with the best possible service. If you would like to know more about how your project may be able to benefit from BIM please message us at email@example.com
As the COP26 Conference comes to a close, we are looking at how the Climate Change agenda may impact the sustainability drive and design of our buildings. This will be the first in a series of insights which investigates the trends, benefits and issues facing the industry.According to UKGBC, approximately 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint comes from the built environment. Of this, around half of the emissions derive from the operation and use of our buildings. Tackling the issue of making our current and future buildings more energy efficient is key to lowering our carbon footprint. There is however, another part to this equation. What energy are we using in our buildings? The answer to this question will shape the future design of our buildings and the consequent effect on the cost, planning and viability of our developments. (more…)
Niemen Architects is pleased to announce our recent appointment by Rayner Rowen Construction Ltd.
Following our recent appointment, we have now started working on the refurbishment works for the ISS building at Lancaster University. The project is due to complete by the end of the year will see Mechanical and Electrical upgrades as well as a re-roofing of the building. Niemen Architects have been employed to over see the co-ordination of the specialist design elements as well as co-ordinating the design detailing and providing the base drawings for the works. We look forward to working on our first project with Rayner Rowen Construction.
Niemen Architects currently has a number of positions available:
Senior Project Architect:
We are currently looking for a Senior Project Architect to join our team. The successful candidate will be based in our Leeds studio and will be offered the opportunity to work flexibly from home as lock-down eases and in line with any current government advice. With expanding commercial opportunities, we require the candidate to have exceptional communication and presentation skills. They must be capable of liaising directly with clients and managing relationships. The candidate must also be comfortable working independently as well as leading a small team. Salary dependent on experience.
Key Skills and Experience;
Registered Architect with at least 5 years experience working on commercial projects.
Experience working with multi-storey residential projects would be advantageous but not necessary.
Competent Revit user with experience in delivering projects to RIBA stage 5 using the software.
Good understanding of working to BIM level 2 and knowledge of BIM level 3 requirements.
Excellent technical knowledge and design skills.
Able to lead a small team and manage the workload and flow of information.
Good knowledge of AutoCad, additionally a working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite applications would be advantageous.
Architectural Technologist/ Technician:
To be successful in this role you will need to be focused in delivering projects of the highest standards and have experience within the residential sector. You will need excellent AutoCAD skills and good technical knowledge. Successful candidates will be based in our Leeds studio and will be offered the opportunity to work flexibly from home as lock-down eases and in line with any current government advice. Salary dependent on experience.
Key Skills and Experience;
Good knowledge and experience of working on large scale residential projects.
Competent AutoCAD user with experience in delivering projects to good industry standards.
Excellent technical knowledge and design skills.
For further details on any of the roles available please do not hesitate to contact us.
To apply for the above roles please forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, along with your availability (current notice period etc), and portfolio if requested to firstname.lastname@example.org
Niemen Architects is currently looking for an Architectural Technician/Technologist.To be successful in this role you will need to be focused in delivering projects of the highest standards and have experience within the residential sector. You will need excellent AutoCAD skills and good technical knowledge.
Salary dependent on experience. For further details on the role please do not hesitate to contact us.To apply please forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, availability (current notice period etc) to email@example.com
We are pleased to announce a new appointment to the team as Chartered Architect, Scott Lunn joins the Practice. With 20 years of experience, Scott will be joining us at Associate Director level, strengthening our client offer and service.
Having worked on an array of projects and sectors as lead designer, Scott is experienced in all aspects of project delivery. Recent experience has seen Scott deliver numerous facilities for local authorities, universities, and the Department for Education. Working with a major supermarket retailer for several years, Scott developed masterplan designs to unlock sites and gain planning permission for several large-scale mixed-use developments. Scott also designed the masterplan for a flagship city centre expansion and regeneration development, with a value of up to 1 billion pounds.
Speaking with Scott he said ‘I am excited and pleased to be joining Niemen Architects. I hope to share my knowledge and experience with the team to bolster what the practice offers. It will be great to revitalise and reconnect with my industry contacts as well as developing relationships with the Practice’s existing clients.’
Scott is accomplished in delivering projects using Autodesk Revit to the required BIM standards. We will be looking to strengthen the office knowledge base in this area to allow us to raise the level of service we can offer our clients.
Shayne, Director at Niemen Architects said ‘Scott is a hugely exciting senior addition to our Team here. The timing of his appointment, with the wealth of experience and knowledge he holds, is aligned with our desire to increase our ability and continued drive to diversify the sectors in which we work. Welcome on board Scott, let the adventure begin!’