As my second summer working at AAL comes to an end, my departure for university feels bittersweet as I am deeply grateful to start the final year of my Part 1 qualification with valuable experience, however, I am going to miss the working environment. Over the past 3 months, I have been closely involved with at least 11 applications for planning and listed building consent across Dorset, Devon, and Somerset. The work has been extremely varied – from CAD drawings and heritage reports to site visits and working lunches. I have also been fortunate enough to work on projects of […]
According to Aristotle, “the whole is greater than a sum of its parts”. Collaboration is at the heart of our practice and has a myriad of benefits, such as the ability to pass on and receive ideas, skills and opinions, as well as building strong relationships within a multi-disciplinary field. Collaboration allows us to improve our efficiency and productivity in order to meet the needs and aspirations of our clients through clear communication, willingness and negotiation.
In attendance of the RIBA Summer Social, the practice gained insight into various professional perspectives on architecture and heritage. With talks from Purcell, Bristol City Council, as well as a guided tour of Grade II* Listed St George’s by Ben Neil, from the Chair of Trustee’s. Originally built as a parish church in the 1820’s, St George’s was re-established in 2017 as a concert hall, comprising the conversion and extension of the original church to cater for a transformed performance space and dressing rooms, including innovative storage solutions with fantastic acoustic qualities. A talk from Simon Birch from the Civic […]
In recent news, the RIBA has urged the government to stop the demolition of buildings, which plays a key factor in contributing to severe climate change issues. It takes a lot of polluting energy to make cement, steel, and bricks, so instead of demolishing old homes and rebuilding with more pollution hungry materials, developers should be obliged to retrofit, refurbish, reassemble buildings and salvage materials arising from demolition. This is a hot topic, especially as 50, 000 buildings a year are being demolished, accounting for 2/3 of British waste. Simon Alford, president of the RIBA, has expressed a view that […]