Topping out ceremony for New Build Community Centre in Oxford

Topping out ceremony for New Build Community Centre in Oxford

Rose Hill Community Centre held its official topping out ceremony onsite in Oxford on Friday 19th June. Traditionally a topping out ceremony is held when the final beam is placed on a roof during construction. As the £3million new build centre has a less conventional flat roof, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Oxford Councillor Colin Cook fastened the final screw into the roofs solar panels to mark the occasion. High levels of stakeholder engagement have been central to this project, including a community referendum enabling residents to opt for the solution most beneficial to the neighbourhood. Continuing this community involvement, the topping out ceremony was followed by the Energise Rose Hill free event for families which included face painting, tug of war and other fun activities. The project has utilised BIM as part of the design process. By modelling the design digitally stakeholders were able to vastly improve their comprehension of the building. The project is due for completion at the end of...
Oxford Brookes MSc Field Trip: BIM and the Rose Hill Community Centre

Oxford Brookes MSc Field Trip: BIM and the Rose Hill Community Centre

The March 2015 Intensive Study Week for students on the MSc Project Management in the Built Environment for Oxford Brookes and the MSc Construction Project Management brought together full-time and open-learning students together on campus to attend lectures, seminars and workshops and to share experiences.During the week, the students went on a field trip to the site where the new Rose Hill Community Centre is being built. The visit was organised in collaboration with Beard Construction (main contractors) and the Clarkson Alliance (project managers). Thanks to Po Yung (Clarkson Alliance) for the photos Content from Rose Hill Community Centre Site visit   So, what’s so special about the project? Quite a lot: Community Referendum There was already an existing community centre in Rose Hill, but it was shabby and in need of refurbishment, so, Oxford City Council decided to hold a community referendum to allow the residents of Rose Hill to decide the future of their centre – refurbish or replace? A multi-lingual poster campaign and survey followed, along with visits (for residents) to other community centres and open days where residents could meet the project team and discuss plans. The final vote took place during a community fun day where the result was also announced: build a new community centre. Read the rest of this blog post on the Oxford Brookes Not Just Hard Hats...
Interim report for BIM housing research project

Interim report for BIM housing research project

An interim report by our partners, Worthing Homes highlights the findings to date of our BIM research project funded by Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board.)  The research project focuses on using BIM on a small project with a £1.5million housing scheme in Worthing being the subject.   The research looks at how BIM affects the dynamics and human behaviours on a project. The project looks at some of the main lessons learned to date through using BIM. View the report: BIM interim report – Meadow Road March...
Double Success – 2 Civic Trust Awards for Black Cultural Archives Heritage Project

Double Success – 2 Civic Trust Awards for Black Cultural Archives Heritage Project

(L-R) George Clarke – TV Presenter, Paul Reid – Black Cultural Archives, Malcolm McGregor – Pringle Richards Sharratt, Graham Clarkson – Clarkson Alliance We are proud to announce the new heritage centre for Black Cultural Archives (BCA), project managed by Clarkson Alliance and designed by Pringle Richards Sharratt architects has received two Civic Trust Awards and has also been shortlisted for a RIBA award. The Civic Trust Awards began in 1959 and are awarded to projects demonstrating excellence in planning, architecture, design, landscape and public art.  Particular recognition is given to those of a high standard in sustainability and those projects providing beneficial impact to the community either culturally, economically or socially. Since opening in July 2014, the new heritage centre in Brixton has played host to a number of exhibitions and events encapsulating black history in the UK as well as exhibiting works from museums like the National Portrait Gallery and the V&A. The BCA team and collection had been dispersed across different sites around London for a number of years prior to the move.  The £6.9million project in a Grade II listed building has united them in Windrush Square, a significant landmark.  The Square is named after the S.S. Windrush ship which carried a mass population of black immigrants into the UK in 1948. The aim of the project has been to preserve the artefacts, ephemera and collections that chart black settlement in the UK and allow these stories to be told for future generations. The project was recognised with a Civic Trust award last week and a second special award for Community Impact and Engagement. Closely...