LSA ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION

20th of April 2018

RIBA Yorkshire and the Leeds Society of Architects are exhibiting in our Victoria Gate Arcade in Leeds. The exhibition entitled “Architecture Leeds” showcases the work of more than 30 Leeds- based architecture practices. If you are in Leeds, we'll be delighted to see you at some of the lectures and events taking place until the 12th of May 2018.


BRITISH PARKING AWARDS 2018

13th of April 2018

The Leeds Victoria Gate Carpark has won the British Parking Awards 2018. The site-specific award recognises outstanding car park design built around UK.
The Leeds Carpark is located in the eastern part of Leeds City Centre, replacing a brutalist 1960s police station by a busy roundabout. 
The façade reinterprets the Victoria Leeds diagrid motive into an open performative skin, providing natural ventilation and daylight while producing a recognizable identity. 
Anodised aluminium fins produce an interplay of light and shadow that appears as a diagonal grid pattern when seen from afar.


SWANSEA ARENA

9th of April 2018

Swansea City Council announced the signing of a deal with the global leader in live entertainment, the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), to run Swansea Arena, with construction set to begin late on this year.
As part of phase one of the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal, the arena designed by ACME for City and County of Swansea is on schedule to throw open its doors to the public in 2020.  
The arena form is a fluid arrangement of bifurcating curves, shaped by the spatial requirements of the internal programme, each peel representing a specific use that sits above the glazed plinth. The digital facade consists of a pleated anodized aluminium facade with integrated LED lighting to broadcast events and performances to the adjacent digital square and the wider city.


ACME APPOINTED FOR DUBLIN CENTRAL

6th of April 2018

 ACME are delighted to work with Hammerson on the vision for a new quarter in Dublin’s north inner city. Often referred to as the Carlton site, the prime six acres stretches from Upper O’Connell Street to Parnell Street to Moore Street & Henry Street.  The location has a historic connection with the Easter Rising of 1916, as a place of refuge for the Irish leadership, the location of the final council of war and the subsequent capitulation of the Irish Volunteers. The site is at the heart of the commercial and retail centre of Dublin, and the last remnant of the Dublin Market Quarter. 
We look forward to developing the vision for a vibrant mixed-use quarter, to integrate and enhance the existing street market, to create new squares and routes through the site, to provide an appropriate setting for the key buildings from 1916 and to bring Upper O’Connell Street back to life as a major European boulevard.


MIT ALUMINIUM CONFERENCE

20th of March 2018

The MIT has invited ACME to speak about our recent work in innovative uses of metal. Architectural Aluminium in the 21st Century – a conference to be held on the MIT Campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts will take place on the 25th and 26th of March 2018.
The conference will explore how modern, innovative aluminium manufacturing and installation processes can expand design freedom, adding visual impact and improving sustainability in new construction projects. Friedrich Ludewig from ACME will speak about some of our recent works in Pforzheim, Brisbane, Leeds and Southampton.


FOLKESTONE HARBOUR STATION CLOSE TO COMPLETION

31st of January 2018

Our new Folkestone Seafront Boardwalk and the refurbishment of Lewis Cubittt's 1844 harbour viaduct were completed in 2017, in time for the opening of the Folkestone Triennial. Work has continued throughout the winter on the refurbishment of Folkestone Harbour station, which is slowly getting ready for an Easter opening. The route through the renovated former station will complete the new network of footpaths and walkways in and around Folkestone Harbour and Seafront.

Folkestone Harbour Station was built by South Eastern Railways in 1850 to serve the steam boat express service to Boulougne, and was one of the two main gateways to France until the opening of the Channel Tunnel. It allowed passengers of the all Pullman Golden Arrow train from London to transfer directly onto fast boats to connect to Paris and onwards to Venice and Istanbul.

The project includes the repairs of the 1904 and 1930s canopies and the conversion of the old trackbed into a pedestrian route. All train tracks found on site have been retained and integrated into the scheme.
Timber benches and steps have been added to reduce the gap between the platform and the track bed as well as creating a space for seating and rest. All colours for the station have been based on colour traced found on site from the original South Eastern Railways works, and matching lighting and bilingual station signs will be installed in the weeks ahead.


SAB PROGRESS

18th of January 2018

Construction works are progressing for the new bank headquarter for SAB in Leipzig. Due to the high ground water table, extensive piling works were needed to create a watertight box extending 40m below ground. This has allowed for the demolition of the 3m thick Robotron foundations that had previously remained stuck in the ground below the water. With all demolition now completed, works have finally commenced on the new basement slab, and the cores are scheduled to rise in February.


MUSCAT HARBOUR PLAZA UPDATE

4th of January 2018

The Al Mouj central square in Muscat, Oman is starting to take shape. Located at the intersection between the main boulevard and the harbour, this plaza will form the public heart of Al Mouj, the award winning new urban quarter that is expanding the Muscat coastal strip towards the airport.
Shaded by a canopy inspired by the patterns of traditional Omani architecture, the Plaza will be a shaded gathering space for residents, a leisure destination for visitors and a performance arena for events. The ground will be stepped to for a natural auditorium to host a variety of uses. Open on two sides to the harbour, the space will form the public edge of the marina, allowing pedestrians to enjoy the proximity of the water, its changing reflections and its coolness.


HAPPY 2018

1st of January 2018

Happy 2018 from everyone at ACME.


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