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All Electric Future – How We Respond?

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…)
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New Appointment

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!’

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Planning Submission: York Road, Easingwold

We are delighted to announce the reserved matters planning submission for our mixed use scheme located off York Road, Easingwold.

The scheme includes a Petrol Filling Station & Convenience Store unit and Medical Centre which sit alongside the proposed residential development of 80 homes.

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Summer Party 2019

Niemen Architects Summer Party

Whilst we may have been a little bit hampered by the (torrential) rain, our first Summer Garden Party has been a great success, and we all had a great time welcoming our colleagues and friends to The Waterscape last Friday.

A very special thank you has to go out to Kirkstall Brewery for providing the bar with plenty of Virtuous and Veltins to go around, along with The Pizza Guy for providing some excellent slices of pizza for our guests, and Green Valley Marquees for saving the day by providing shelter at the eleventh hour, which was most definitely needed as it turned out! True to it’s name, we were well and truly struck by a British Summer, and we thank everyone who braved the rain and joined in on a very successful afternoon! On hand to keep a record of the afternoon was Amanda Manby Photography, who kindly photographed the event over the course of the day, so please take a look at further images of the afternoon by clicking on the link below.

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Project: Concept Bespoke Extension


Situated in a rural location this bespoke residential extension proposal is currently being developed from the concept stage following a recent meeting with our clients, in preparation for the production of the planning submission.