BM3 is proud to announce that we have won the Cirencester Civic Society Architectural Award for our scheme at Akeman Court, Lewis Lane, Cirencester.
The proposal was to replace an existing, run down sheltered housing scheme for the elderly and to provide a new, affordable housing scheme, enhancing the area.
The site now offers thirteen units, a mixture of two bedroom flats and three and four bedroom family homes with associated landscaping and parking. The ‘Cotswold Design Guide’ was used to ensure that the new scheme reflected the aesthetics of the surrounding buildings and was made up of sustainable, well designed, attractive houses and flats.
We worked with Carter Construction and Bromford Housing Association Ltd to deliver the scheme which has received praise from residents around the town since its completion.
The low energy house built by BM3 Director Ian Foden last year is proving its worth during the first spell of cold weather this winter. The house which features a number of low energy technologies, very high levels of air tightness and excellent insulation values needs a very low level of heat input. Ian said "We are getting good solar gains from the large area of south facing triple glazing in the house, and heat losses are low. We are getting by with minimal heating from the air source heat pump". Annual space heating and hot water bills are expected to be below £400 per year.
BM3 moved into the Landscape Architecture sector last year. Since which the department has gone from strength to strength. After lots of hard work we have been successful in our application to the Landscape Institute and are now a Registered Practice. Our existing and potential clients will be able to find us on the Landscape Institute’s database. Having both Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute and becoming a Registered Practice is recognition of our technical and professional competence.
Following a period of training BM3 staff are up to speed with CDM2015 and can act as Principal Designer helping clients to fulfil their duties under the revised Regulations.
For further information please contact Richard Powell or Jason Carpenter.
BM3 Architecture, working for Orion Capital Developments, have recently submitted a Planning Application for a development at Edward Street, Birmingham. The proposal for Edward House combines 82 flats with 295m2 of commercial space on the ground floor level with associated parking.
The scheme is a mixture of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments over 8 floors with one 3 bedroom apartment at the penthouse level.
The scheme has been designed to maximise the 0.16 ha brownfield site which is currently being used as a car park. A key aim of the development is to improve the quality of housing within the limits of the city centre, with specific attention to Birmingham City Council’s aspiration to raise the general standard of buildings around the City Centre to achieve the highest levels of design
If you found yourself in Digbeth during July then you may have stumbled upon BM3 Architectures ‘Urban Labyrinth’, an exhibition exploring the changing face of Birmingham through photography and sound.
The purpose built exhibition, constructed entirely from recycled palettes sourced from the local area was part of the RIBAs 2015 ‘Love Architecture’ festival which celebrates architecture and the built environment throughout the summer with events to inspire those of all ages.
The team at BM3 designed and constructed a pallet pavilion in the yard of their Birmingham head office. The Urban Labyrinth structure was inspired by a quote from Architect Glen Murcutt who said that buildings should aim to ‘touch the ground lightly’; this led to the adaptable, temporary and light weight structure causing little interruption to the surrounding area. The shape of the labyrinth was created by mapping the routes that members of the team took from their homes to the BM3 office in Digbeth, part of these routes were then cut out, reconfigured and the angular road layouts softened to better reflect the natural pattern of walking through the city.
Once inside the Urban Labyrinth there are 3 areas for visitors to explore. The journey starts in the largest space where the story behind the labyrinth is explained along with the inspiration behind the design, visitors then move to the second ‘room’ which has been described by guests as a ‘hanging historical chamber’ where photos of Birmingham dating back to 1930 and present hang around you as you meander through. The final part of the labyrinth invites visitors to share their vision for the future of the Birmingham by leaving comments on large scale maps of the city and to connect with BM3 on social media by posing for ‘selfies’ in front of a large cityscape. In keeping with the locally sourced theme, Birmingham based photographers were invited to provide images for the photographic element of the exhibition. Verity Milligan, Tom Bird and James Benwell provided incredible images of the city which were mounted onto the bare brick wall of the BM3 yard, creating a rustic, outdoor gallery.
The exhibition ran for three consecutive weekends during July all of which were a huge success despite the unpredictable British weather. Members of the Urban Labyrinth design and construction teams were on hand to welcome guests and steward the event. On the last weekend BM3 Architecture ran a one off construction workshop for children, giving them the opportunity to build tall structures using only marshmallows and spaghetti. The children’s workshop drew in a large amount of families for the last weekend of the event ensuring that the ‘Urban Labyrinth’ went out on a high.
With the Urban Labyrinth exhibition complete be sure to keep an eye on the BM3 Architecture social media to find out about up and coming events.
For the 4th year running the RIBA is bringing the ‘Love Architecture’ festival to the West Midlands and this year BM3 Architecture will be part of the initiative.
Throughout the summer, events will take place across the country that will be celebrating architecture and the built environment with the aim to inspire people of all ages. The festival celebrates the architecture of individual buildings as well as streets and neighbourhoods with activities for everyone including exhibitions, workshops, walks, behind the scenes tours and film nights.
‘URBAN LABYRINTH’ by BM3 Architecture is an exhibit and pavilion exploring the changing image of the city of Birmingham and the challenges it faces; through pictorial reflections.
The pavilion will explore temporary, lightweight and adaptable design concepts that are contextual to the surroundings and will be constructed using locally sourced, recycled materials.
The Labyrinth will house an exhibition of photographs from local architects, artists and photographers who have captured the changing nature of the city overtime. The intention of the project is to evoke, in the visitor a vision for the future of their city and facilitate an exchange of ideas through the medium of drawing. Visitors will be encouraged to explore on paper what they perceive the future of Birmingham to be.
BM3 Architecture invites you to come along, discover and draw a utopian vision for your city.
BM3 have been shortlisted for the RICS Midlands Awards 2015 with BMHT schemes at Newtown and Lyndhurst for Housing Development of the Year and Regeneration Scheme of the Year.
Previously known as one of the most deprived council owned estates in the north of Birmingham the redevelopment of the Lyndhurst Estate gave the site the focus and investment that it needed to change its prospects for the future. With involvement from new and existing residents the mixed tenure estate was transformed from a neighbourhood notorious for crime and antisocial behaviour to an area of mixed tenure dwellings with a sense of community.
The regeneration project at North East Newtown focused on reconnecting the community and revitalising the local area through a redevelopment of the sites layout and housing stock. Working closely with existing residents revealed a need for significant change within the neighbourhood resulting in 287 new build, mixed tenure dwellings in a contemporary, modern style, improved hard and soft landscaping and enhanced public open spaces, reinforcing the importance of community within the estate.
The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and Dinner on 21 May at Birmingham Town Hall.