Southwater Hotel Tender

BM3 Architecture was recently invited by Southwater Event Group and Bouygues Development to submit ideas for a new 100 bed hotel at Southwater, Telford.

The concept was to utilise contextual strengths and provide an unforgettable experience for guests. The proposed site is located 2 metres lower than an adjacent manmade lake, urban beach and Town Park. BM3 designed the public areas of the hotel to be located over 2 floors with an external terrace linked to the hotel restaurant at Mezzanine level to allow views over the lake, urban beach and Town Park.

Gateway Completion

Started 3 years ago, this centre for homeless in Coventry is due for completion and commissioning early in April. Achieving BREEAM Very Good, it will provide self contained accommodation for 63 people with training and socialising space. Whitefriars Housing are looking forward to vacating the Chace Centre in Willenhall and moving in.

BM3 and WM Housing are working on redeveloping the Chace site to provide 75 plus mixed tenure new homes.

CDM 2015

As from March 2015, the CDM Regulations have been updated. Roles have changed with the CDM-C being replaced by the Principal Designer. The roles of Designers, Principal Contractors and Clients have also been redefined. BM3 has started a series of CPD sessions to ensure all staff, in both offices understand and can fulfil their duties under the new regulations.

Staff practice procedures, protocols and Method Statements as well as our Quality Management System are being updated to reflect the new requirements.

Born to Build

Over 2 days Friday 6th and Saturday 7th March 2015 the ‘Born to Build’ open doors weekend was held at the site of the Earlsdon Extracare Village in Coventry.

Offering opportunities for young people to take a look into the exciting world of Construction with Galliford Try and their development partners, local schools from the Coventry and Warwickshire area were invited to attend the event held over the two days. Along with fellow consultants members of the team who work with Galliford Try manned a stand where BM3 promoted examples of recent work along with some more conceptual architectural projects designed by the practice.

Tours were being offered around the live building site where there was a chance to experience several stages of the construction process.

Once this has whetted everyone’s appetite they were invited to walk around the event. A Laptop was running, showing a building model that had been visualized in 3D. Children were invited to zoom in and around and explore the buildings. We also showed a competition model that had been professionally commissioned. This proved very popular with all groups of people as it was more amenable and could encourage them into a conversation. Over the weekend, we came across more interest from students who attended with parents wishing to discuss careers in the profession. We were able to offer advice on subject areas to follow at school, and discuss what had motivated us to pursue the careers that we now follow.

Work starts on Tachbrook Road project

Construction work has begun for a prestigious scheme of 81 dwellings for Warwick District Council. BM3, working for Willmott Dixon Housing Ltd the Design and Build Contractor, have modelled the building in Revit using a collaborative working method. The engineering design has been integrated into the BIM model and a clash detection analysis carried out. The scheme uses a lightweight steel frame building system as the main structural element.