Kresen Kernow is home to the world's largest collection of documents, books, maps and photographs related to Cornwall's history. It integrates an historic brewery visitor centre and library with a new-build archive store, providing over 14 linear miles of archive storage using passive design principles for an exceptionally low energy facility. The project is a finalist for the 2020 National Civic Trust Awards and has won the 2020 National Constructing Excellence Award for Preservation and Rejuvenation. Richard Woods was project partner, first at Purcell, and then at Urban Fabric, in collaboration with Purcell’s project team.
Client: Cornwall Council
Location: Redruth, Cornwall
"Richard Woods led the multi-disciplinary Design Team to design and build Kresen Kernow, a £17m scheme to repurpose an historic brewhouse as the new archive centre for Cornwall. We have been delighted with the proactive approach Richard and his colleagues have taken to working with a wide range of stakeholders to inform the design and keep people involved in what is a significant scheme for the local area."
Deborah Tritton, Archive Services Manager, Cornwall Council
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National Railway Museum
A live design competition run by Malcolm Reading Consultants for the Science Museum Group for a new Central Hall to the National Railway Museum. The new Central Hall will transform the visitor arrival experience with an appealing and compelling entrance space, integrating the museum estate for the first time in its history. Urban Fabric are part of a team led by Atelier d’Architecture Philippe Prost, with engineers Skelly & Couch, and Price & Myers. The team are one of five finalists; the finalist’s gallery can now be viewed online:
New Standard Works
Urban Fabric have completed two new phases of a long-term project to adapt a Grade-II listed building in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham. New Standard Works provides authentic education and workplace learning experiences within the creative sector for young adults with learning disabilities. The accommodation includes a bio-dynamic café, bakery, jewellery workshops and a rooftop micro-farm. The project was a Civic Trust 2020 Awards Regional Finalist, and received a 2019 RICS Commendation.
Client: Ruskin Mill Land Trust
Location: Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
"Urban Fabric provided full architectural services on two projects which are further transforming a Victorian jewellery works in Central Birmingham into a College for young people with learning and behavioural challenges. The extensive external and internal works took place around the operational College. UF have been delightful to work with - imaginative, thoughtful, and thorough and always considerate of design and constructional issues that have an impact on the young people."
Colin George, Estates Manager,
Ruskin Mill Land Trust
© Simon Reakes and Ian Hodgkinson
Façade repairs to a significant Grade-II listed Victorian Lace Market building now used for city-centre office accommodation, supported by funding from the Heritage Action Zone. The repair strategy was informed by detailed petrographic analysis of the building stone, with lime mortar repairs, new indented stone mouldings, and renewed lime render to parapets carefully integrated into the four-storey façade. The completed project has been extremely well received by the client, building occupants and local historic groups alike.
Location: Lace Market, Nottingham
"We were fortunate enough to work with Urban Fabric Architects on one of largest heritage-led redevelopments in our company’s history. They guided us eloquently through the process and their knowledge, expertise and efficiency throughout has meant that we haven’t just completed the project but learnt a lot along the way. The project is now being described by Historic England as ‘an exemplar of heritage-led regeneration’ and this honour is in huge part to Urban Fabric’s involvement."
Victoria Green, CEO, Spenbeck
One of a series of four pre-school buildings designed by Alison Davies with Architecture and Built Environment students at University of Nottingham, Kagiso provides two classroom buildings, furniture and play equipment in a small village in the Limpopo region. The design utilised locally available materials and construction methods. Alison and Richard helped supervise students to build each project over an intensive four-week period.
Client: Thusenang Trust
Location: Limpopo, South Africa
Lead image © Ben Tynegate
Billesley Primary School
Working with Stan’s Café, a theatre company in Birmingham, Urban Fabric developed a new learning project for Year 5 students. Over a series of participatory sessions, the students mapped their current accommodation, reflected on how they would wish their school to be laid out, and set about designing their future school and landscape. The project encouraged the students to develop both their critical thinking and imaginative capacity.
Client: Billesley Primary School