Oliver Lowrie published in latest RIBA book, 'Retropioneers: Architecture Redefined'

What does the future of the construction industry look like?  

Oliver Lowrie has written a short essay for RIBA President Jane Duncan's latest publication 'Retropioneers: Architecture Redefined'. 

This book brings together opinion pieces by leading construction voices, setting the scene for how our industry will look in the future and the role that architects could, and perhaps should, play in this new world.

Ackroyd Lowrie were proud to have been asked to contribute to this book; an exciting, provocative work which will set the standard for debate within the architectural community and spearhead intellectual discourse around the state of the industry and its role in the future. 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Retro-Pioneers-Architecture-Redefined-Jane-Duncan/dp/1859467563

In Pictures: Breakfast On The Terrace 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended our Breakfast On The Terrace event at The Aviary, London. Many thanks in particular to our event partners Valore Real Estate and Dockley London Property. 

We hope you enjoyed the morning as much as we did, and that we see you all again at our next event.

Hooker's Road

Ackroyd Lowrie are delighted to announce Planning Consent has been granted for a new mixed, creative-use development on Hooker’s Road in Walthamstow. The development will transform the industrial warehouse next to the famous Blackhorse Road Workshops into a climbing centre, yoga studio, workshop, and collaborative office space. The site is part of the redevelopment of the thriving, creative industries centred around East London. Our aim is to create an affordable and inspirational facility that will continue this much needed regeneration of the area. The building will also have a focus on low energy with Eco-Cooling Air Handling units which save energy and mitigate noise impact on neighbouring properties.

Ackroyd Lowrie Meet the Microsoft HoloLens

On loan from Cityscape Digital, Ackroyd Lowrie had the privilege of experiencing the new HoloLens from Microsoft: the augmented reality headset. A holographic computer is built into the headset taking virtual reality one step further and introducing augmented reality, allowing the wearer to see and hear holograms. 

The HoloLens actually projects virtual elements into the wearer’s vision, making the experience fully immersive. It is completely wireless and uses a high-definition lense and spatial sound technology to create the experience. It doesn’t create a new reality as Oculus Rift does, instead it projects items into your existing one. Though the field of vision on the current model is narrow, this is something that will be improved in time for the next model’s release. It feels easier to wear than the Oculus Rift headset as it doesn’t cover the sides of the eyes. Consumers will be waiting around another four years for their version, but it will be worth the wait as this is technology that will not only change the architectural industry but the way we live our lives.

 

122 Landor Road, Clapham North

Ackroyd Lowrie has finished converting 122 Landor Road from a terraced shop into a residential dwelling. They made use of the recent changes in permitted development legislation to gain change of use from A1 (Retail) to C3 (Dwelling house) without requiring Planning Consent. 

The project also included refurbishing and extending the adjoining flat to create a pair of luxury, light-filled units, each with their own private garden in the heart of thriving Clapham North.

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AL introduced roof lights and a stunning light well to the basement. Bi-fold doors were also introduced to the rear, flooding the space with natural light and reducing the need for artificial light. This significant increase in a sense of space and light was achieved without affecting the privacy of the nearby properties. The rear doors open onto an intimate outdoor haven, designed to make optimal use of the limited space.

Overall thermal efficiency was improved by the use of insulated modern building materials in walls, doors and windows. The basement is now fully tanked to ensure warmth and ventilation.

London Stock brick was used to ensure a seamless match with the existing brick work.  The front exterior of the building has been replaced in a style that improves, but does not jar with surroundings.