The competition to design the new 5G Innovation Centre drew strong international competition when the University of Surrey received funding of £35 million last year to develop and fund the project. The funding for the project comes from a variety of sources including the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) government and a range of corporate sponsors from the mobile communications industry.
Scott Tallon Walker’s concept for the new building creates a flexible space with a circular atrium that acts as a central lung and focus, to ensure maximum interaction amongst researchers. This ability to have both staff and students interact easily is a key element in the success of the design.
When built the scheme will achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ environmental rating using mixed mode, naturally ventilated, simple yet sophisticated energy concept for its ventilation. The materials used in the building are a pallet of low energy and maintenance elements including terracotta rain screen, aluminium, glass and steel, sympathetic to the adjoining buildings on all sides.
Professor Rahim Tafazolli, the Director for the new centre at the University, said: “It’s an exciting vision of what promises to be a very important centre for not only the University but for the whole of the UK and beyond.”
Peter Dudley, Scott Tallon Walker’s Director of Science and Technology, commented, “Our concept for this building was informed very much by how our own architects work. We see the new centre at the University of Surrey as a place where some of the finest minds in mobile communications from around the world will be sharing their visionary ideas. Our team has watched and studied how creative groups share ideas in the workplace and our design will mean that people will have a strong sense of contact, visual and/or aural, with colleagues during the working day. This leads to better collegiality but more importantly to the sparking of creative ideas, spurring people on with fresh suggestions while seeing the progress being made by colleagues. The Scott Tallon Walker practice is obviously delighted to have won such a prestigious competition but my colleagues working on the project are equally excited as they really want to see their ideas for this creative community in action.”
The research centre will accommodate both the university’s own researchers and those of its industry partners who will come and research at the university. Part of the overall proposal includes a test bed on campus, using lampposts as mobile signal base stations, that cover an area of four kilometres squared which will be used for demonstrations and proofs-of-concept.
The university’s Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, in announcing the scheme stated that, “The new 5G Centre will enable the UK to lead this rapidly expanding segment of the global digital economy. Locally, it will bring yet more momentum to the clusters of established and new high tech businesses on our Surrey Research Park. Finally, and very significantly for us, it consolidates the leading position of our own Centre for Communication Systems Research in Europe and paves the way for the further development of our long-term strategic partnerships with major global telecommunications organisations and significant inward investment into both Surrey and the UK.”
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Congratulations to the administration and staff of the The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and Livinghealth Clinic, Mitchelstown on the recent awards at the Irish Healthcare Centre Awards 2013 which took place in the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire on the 8th March 2013.
The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital - Hospital of the Year
Livinghealth Clinic, Mitchelstown - Primary Care Centre of the Year
Scott Tallon Walker Architects are proud to be involved as lead designers in both healthcare working environments and wish them both continued success in the future.
Scott Tallon Walker Architects is pleased to confirm that its international arm, STWA Overseas Ltd., is now partnering with Usamah M Al-Kurdi Engineering Consultations, to provide a premium and professional architectural and engineering service within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Scott Tallon Walker Architects have a long established relationship with the Middle East region. Recently, the firm has been commissioned to work on large scale projects in the health, venue and education sectors, having completed the designs for the Royal Maternity Hospital in Bahrain and for the College of Sports Science and Physical Activity as well as the sports campus at the King Saud University in Riyadh, projects which are currently under construction.
To date, Scott Tallon Walker has provided architectural services to consultants within the Kingdom. This new association will enable the practice to contract directly.
Scott Tallon Walker may be contacted at its Riyadh office through Kevin Bates. (email@example.com / +966 50 0126012)
Scott Tallon Walker’s vision for Spike Island to become a major new international tourist destination was adopted by Cork County Council in November 2012, with the publication of our Master Plan.
Compiled by a team of experts lead by STW, the document plans out the magnificent opportunity to create a new 100 acre National Park on the water, with the 40 acre Mitchel Fort at its centre, renovated and developed as a complex of cultural heritage attractions and museums.
Geared to meet the challenges of current funding, the project calls for the leveraging of the island’s unique historic and geographic characteristics to offer a variety of visitor experiences, from community based projects, to adventure tourism to re-enactments of military and penal life, to exhibitions, a major aquarium and learning centre dedicated to oceanography and the expansive marine resources of Ireland’s Continental Shelf.
The proposed attractions comprise three separate, but closely related, product groups which can be developed over three main phases.
Phase 1 is generally small scale and focused on the Island environment and its history.
Phase 2 concentrates on The Fort Experience, living history interpretation, enhanced fort tours, and visitor services etc.
Phase 3 will include a major attraction combining a uniquely designed aquarium with demonstrations of the extraordinary marine research being conducted by Cork-based education and research institutions.
The Island management is also expected to target summertime events and concerts, as a participating venue in the existing city and county festival calendar, growing to independent and national events with capacities of over 6,000 people.
The project promotes the clustering of economic development potential in the lower harbour area through phased investment in quality ferry services and linkages between Cobh, Spike, Haulbowline and other waterside villages and attractions.
Over the past four centuries, Spike Island has been both an important military & coastal defence post, and a place of imprisonment. Up to recent times, this fascinating island has not been freely accessible by the public. With the transfer of ownership to Cork County Council, in 2010, Spike Island’s situation changed radically, entering a new existence as a recreational and tourist destination. Already, it has attracted several thousand visitors, and this most recent plan aims to increase visitor numbers to well over 200,000 per annum.
Irish Times - Ireland calling: 21-gun salute marks the Gathering
Irish Independent - Gathering kicks off with a bang
Irish Examiner - Cork brings out the big guns for the Gathering
Irish Independent - Spike in tourists on the cards with €40m 'Alcatraz' plan
As part of the Open House Programme, RTE's Arts Tonight programme featured buildings by Scott Tallon Walker Architects.
The programme visits Busáras, the first major modernist building in Ireland, designed by Michael Scott 60 years ago; Donnybrook Bus Garage; and the recent Commissioner of Irish Lights building in Dún Laoghaire.
In studio: architect Niall Scott, chairman of Scott Tallon Walker, architect and critic Shane O'Toole and director of the Irish Architecture Foundation, Nathalie Weadick.
The podcast is available from the RTE Radio 1 website.
The Irish Architecture Foundation Open House Programme takes place between the 5th and 7th of October 2012. Hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts generously volunteer their time over the weekend, including architects, planners, students and more, to allow the general public access to buildings that exemplify architecture in Dublin.
The lessons we learned from designing the temporary inpatient accommodation for Cystic Fibrosis patients at St. Vincent's University Hospital, and observing it in use, have informed the design of the new permanent Nutley Wing. A very simple example includes the provision of additional storage space for personal effects – within the parameters of infection control - as teenage patients in the existing ward have been observed to bring a greater plethora of beauty products, games consoles, laptops, dvds, etc, than is typically anticipated in designing facilities for adult patients!
The provision of 100% en-suite single rooms in this new facility will yield tremendous clinical benefits to immuno-compromised patients, and provide greater dignity and privacy for patients and visiting family and friends. The rooms are also sufficiently large to accommodate relatives who may wish to stay with the young patient overnight.
The design of new facilities acknowledges the increasing role of information technology in all aspects of hospital care. For most adolescents and young adults, smart-phones and social networking are a key element of their daily lives. Wherever feasible, Wi-Fi access in bedrooms and common areas will allow patients to remain in touch with the world outside the hospital via their own smartphones.
In the new Cystic Fibrosis unit at St. Vincent's University Hospital, we have specified an advanced patient entertainment system including X-box games and internet access, all integrated into the medical pendant, to improve the quality of life for young patients.
Irish Independent - CF unit finally set to open
Irish Times - Cystic fibrosis unit 'a tribute'
Scott Tallon Walker & redbox