All members of the WWA team contributed to the Kier Construction 2020 Challenge this week. This involved taking part in a physical activity to add ‘green’ miles to a collective total. Activities included swimming, canoeing, ice skating, cycling and running. The aim of the event was to raise money for four important charities:
- East Anglian Air Ambulance
- East Anglian Children’s Hospice (EACH)
- Parkinson’s UK
- Ward D9 Oncology, Addenbrooke’s Hospital Read more
We recently completed a car park extension scheme for the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich. The grade II* listed art gallery and museum was designed by Norman Foster and is host to regular national and international exhibitions. It is a prominent feature of the parkland landscape at the University of East Anglia.
The Centre struggled to provide enough visitor parking, especially during temporary exhibitions when numbers can increase by over 200 per day. We were asked to study the problem and provide a solution which was sensitive to the setting of the building. It was also a requirement that our proposals get approval from Foster and Partners, who have ongoing input into all aspects relating to the Sainsbury Centre. Read more
Our three master’s students exhibited their final projects as part of the Writtle University College MA Degree Show this week. The exhibition was the culmination of months of hard work and was a chance for Lucy, Tom and Bobby to share their projects with industry professionals, family and friends. Read more
Britain as a whole, and our part in eastern England in particular, has seen an exceptionally mild March followed by some remarkably hot days in early April. The result has been obvious for anyone interested in plants or wildlife: spring has come early. Read more
Our graduate landscape designer and part-time master’s student, Tom Johnson, recently attended a talk organised by RIBA to discuss the future role of green infrastructure in landscape design. The panel debate, held at the ALUK design studio in London, was part of the ‘Cities’ series which sought to explore solutions to the challenges that cities will face in the near future.
Two of our part time master’s students, Lucy Nicholls and Bobby Browne, have just returned from a study tour to Budapest with Writtle College. The four day tour included visits to the newly designed Lagymanyosi Bay Park, the Arboretum at Szent István University, the historic sites and diverse urban design in the city, and studying the relationship between the River Danube and surrounding city. The trip also provided a good opportunity to sample the famous thermal baths, food and drink of Budapest! Read more
Arboricultural staff at WWA have recently completed a Bat Awareness and Bat Scoping Training Day with Anglian Ecology. The one-day course involved both classroom study and on-site practical survey work and provided knowledge on bat species and habitats as well as bat foraging and commuting. Successful completion of this course enables them to undertake initial scoping surveys on all sites, and also secondary non-specialist surveys on non-development sites, as proposed by British Standard 8596:2015 Surveying for bats in trees and woodlands guide. Read more
In 2015 we won a tender to design the grounds of a new secondary tuition centre in Enfield. It is now getting near time for our design to be built – always an exciting point in a project.
Secondary Tuition Centres are for children who have either been excluded from their school or who are at risk of being so. Orchardside Centre is a new building on the site of a former plant nursery and garden centre on Bullsmoor Lane in Enfield. It is close to Capel Manor College, a nationally-famous horticultural college, and is in a conservation area. Read more
Wynne Williams Associates has been working with Kier Construction on a new three and a half storey secondary school building at Bitterne Park School since 2015. The project is well under way on site with the build phase planned to complete this spring.
The EFA-funded scheme is part of a programme of expansion of secondary school places in Southampton which will see the school grow from 1,500 to 1,800 pupils. The school have continued to occupy their existing building while the new one has been constructed. Once they move in summer 2017 the old building will be demolished and a new sports pitch built in its place. This allows a clean transition, as well as providing them with up to date teaching facilities and sports provision. Read more