First phase of HALO Kilmarnock submitted for detailed planning

The first phase of the HALO regeneration plan in Kilmarnock has now been submitted to East Ayrshire Council for detailed planning permission following the recent approval of planning permission in principle for the development masterplan.

Located on the site of the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant, the HALO Kilmarnock is being shaped as a multifaceted brown-field regeneration that will create “an innovative, inspirational and imaginative urban park with a dynamic commercial, educational, cultural, leisure and lifestyle quarter”.

Its low carbon, renewable deep geothermal district heating network will address fuel costs on the site and have the capability of being extended to service other areas of the community – a first for the UK.

The development will also include a light manufacturing facility and key worker private rental accommodation.

A cornerstone of the development will be the HALO Enterprise & Innovation Hub which is a 55,000sq.ft, three-storey building comprising vibrant interior spaces that will accommodate a number of enterprising and collaborative organisations and forms Phase I of the overall development.

The steel and concrete structure will be clad in profiled curtain walling and spandrel panels working in harmony to create a light, contemporary appearance consistent with the distinctive HALO brand. The project also features a Virtual Reality Café and ancillary retail and merchandising. A lower ground level plant room houses the equipment for the deep-well District Heating Network; the first time this technology has been used in a mixed-use project in the UK.

Construction of the building is expected to complete in Autumn 2019.

Keppie are architects for the project, with Dougal Baillie providing civil / structural engineering services and Ramboll providing M&E services. Landscape design is by TGP.

Marie Macklin, founder of the HALO, said: “With outline planning consent secured, I’m thrilled that we are maintaining the momentum on this important project with our submission for detailed planning consent for the HALO Enterprise & Innovation Hub, which will form the beating heart of this development. This is a major milestone for the project and for Keppie and the rest of the design team and it’s a delight to be working with them.

The practical application of BIM

Graham Stewart

Graham Stewart

Graham Stewart is the UK Head of BIM at Ramboll, a global multidisciplinary engineering, design and consultancy business, which employs over 12,800 people across 300 offices.

Based in Glasgow, Graham is responsible for Integrated Business Technology. In this UK wide role Graham manages client’s expectations on what BIM can deliver as part of Ramboll’s BIM Management Services and also ensures Ramboll is efficiently delivering validated models and data across all disciplines.

Graham is in his last year of a 2 year MSc in BIM Management at Middlesex University current writing his thesis on how BIM can solve Project Complexity.

He will present various topics including an overview of BIM Level 2, Ramboll’s approach to Digital Project Management, managing clients’ aspirations and various case studies on new and existing buildings to educate everyone, from beginner to the experienced BIM Manager, based on his industry involvement and experience over the past 15 years.

Graham is one of the Keynote speakers at the BIM Convention, being held on Thursday 22 October 2015, at the Glasgow City Hotel on Cambridge Street. During his presentation he will be asking the question are you ready for the introduction of BIM in April 2016 in England, with Scotland following in 2017?

In this practical presentation, he will help you cut through the mountain of jargon surrounding BIM and explain in simple steps what you should be doing with regard to training, software and the necessary requirements to ensure delivery of your BIM projects.

Paul McDevitt, of The BIM Convention organisers, Business Fix, added: “We are absolutely delighted that Graham has agreed to present at the Convention and to give a practical guide the application and adoption of BIM. Graham is one of Scotland’s leading authorities on BIM and has spoken on the subject at events across the globe. If anyone can provide a clear and concise route map through the hype surround BIM, it is Graham.”

To find out more about the BIM Convention visit www.futureofconstruction.co.uk

Keppie aims to inspire future architects with schools design challenge

Hardeep Singh KohliKeppie Design has called for architects to address the gulf between education and practice as it announced Cumnock Academy as the winner of the top prize at the finale of its ‘Interaction’ challenge.

Run in partnership with East Ayrshire Council and Ayrshire College, Interaction was an enterprise education challenge in which seven secondary schools in East Ayrshire participated. The finale was held in the council chambers and was hosted by TV personality and broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli.

In November the pupils were challenged to design an inspirational, flexible and open learning space for the new Ayrshire College campus, which is being built on the site of the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant in Kilmarnock and for which Keppie is the delivery architect.  Using the construction project as the basis for the brief, the college has been acting as a client for the students.

David Ross, design director from Keppie and the creator of Interaction, said: “As part of their business and enterprise programmes, the school pupils have been learning skills and attitudes to help prepare them for the world of work. The Interaction project is a great way to develop those skills and to help create the open, interactive and collaborative learning environment the new college is aspiring to be.

“It has been fantastic to see all of the teams’ incredible design ideas. The judging panel of design professionals, educators and leading business people were genuinely speechless at the quality of the ideas and the polished way in which they were presented. The teams from all of the participating schools are an absolute credit to East Ayrshire and exemplify the mature and innovative way in which learning is delivered in the area.”

The winning design from Cumnock Academy will form the basis of the solution which the college team (including Keppie Design, structural engineer Ramboll, contractor McLaughlin & Harvey and interior designer Space Solutions) will implement, with the winning team remaining part of the process. The next step is to present the design solution to the college’s project board.

The following people made up the judging panel:

  • Hardeep Singh Kohli, TV personality and broadcaster (chair)
  • Professor Christopher Platt, head of Mackintosh School of Architecture
  • Marie Macklin CBE, Ayrshire College Board of Management and CEO of the Klin Group
  • Eileen Mackin, Ayrshire College project team leader
  • Ryan Sylvester, divisional director at Keppie Design and project architect for the new Ayrshire College.

Cumnock Academy demonstrated thinking in a wide variety of areas including furniture, lighting, acoustics and fabrics. The team presented a comprehensive solution that showed a significant amount of background research which included testing the durability of materials, the flow of traffic in the college and accessibility of the space. The team also showed several skills by using video content and the use of modelling software in their presentation.

Professor Christopher Platt, judge and head of Mackintosh School of Architecture, said: “The Interaction project is a fantastic example of schools, higher education and industry working together. Architecture is not taught in schools as a subject so it is increasingly important for firms like Keppie to engage with education to improve how the profession is perceived by those who may go on to become the architects of the future.”

David Ross explained the background to the project and its aspirations: “In general terms, architects engage far less with the communities in which we operate than we’d like to admit, given that listening and communicating with those who experience our work is an essential part of the job. To an extent, this could be as a consequence of a gulf between education and practice which has already been recognised by many educators. By addressing this issue there is an opportunity for architectural practices to become directly involved in changing how the profession is understood and perceived by those who may go on to become the architects of the future.

“What we get from an initiative such as Interaction is a real sense of contribution.  Keppie operates a specific work experience programme that has seen several of those who’ve been through it become full-time employees after their further education courses.  They have been coached in the way we want to work and have therefore made an easy and quick transition into the world of work.  It is my view that more practices need to collaborate with, and support, the wider spectrum of education in order to protect, nurture and ultimately strengthen the profession for the future. That seems like an aspiration worth sharing.”