Elvin, Trevor (2003) [Lead project designer for] Sparkhouse Studios, Ropewalk, Lincoln: full development of concept design through to completion. UL Architects.
|Divisions:||College of Arts > Lincoln School of Architecture|
|Abstract:||Lead project designer, responsible for building design, co-ordination and on-site management The building was a joint venture between the East Midlands Development Agency, Lincoln City Council, and the University of Lincoln, to provide starter units for small business within Lincoln. It consisted of the restoration of a Railway Station Master’s office and an extension to this existing building. The accommodation required was for 18 starter spaces for new companies, with shared conference facilities, informal meeting spaces, and reception spaces. A decision was taken early in the design process to retain the Station Master’s building. Although not listed, it constitutes an important part of the industrial heritage of the Brayford Pool area of Lincoln. Space requirements dictated that the new extension would be far larger than the existing building and this created a difficult design challenge: preservation of the existing building without compromising the overall integrity of the project. To avoid detracting from the quality of the nineteenth century building, analysis of the spatial interaction between the components of the building indicated that it would be beneficial to allow each to develop its own distinct identity. Construction of the new elements required the insertion of a steel frame. This facilitated elements of the new accommodation being raised on piloti, detaching them from the ground. Combined with the innovative disposition of cladding materials (timber and aluminium) this created a contemporary structural and material counterpoint to the existing building, allowing all the building’s elements to be legible and clearly defined. The building was entered into the RIBA EM Awards (2004) and was short listed with five other candidates. Further publication of the building was in RIBA Architecture Review East Midlands 2004 (Issue No 108 August)|
|Date Deposited:||14 Oct 2007|
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