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Scott Tallon Walker Architects achieve BIM LEVEL 2 Verification

Scott Tallon Walker Architects are pleased to announce that they have achieved certification for the design and construction of BIM Level 2 projects in line with PAS 1192-2 by the British Standards Institute.

Scott Tallon Walker (STW) the UK and Ireland based architectural practice, will finish work on the 34,500 sq m Cancer & Surgery Facility for University College London Hospital (UCLH) in 2020. This is the second of only two NHS High Energy Proton Beam Therapy services.

 The central London hospital project designed in association with Edward Williams Architects, necessitated STW to achieve BIM Level 2 certification.  The firm was awarded its BIM Level 2 citation at a ceremony in London on 14th February 2019. 

BIM is a mandatory requirement for all large projects in Britain and Northern Ireland that are publicly funded. Though not yet mandatory in Ireland, it has been recently recommended by the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) for complex projects including hospitals and Third Level institutes from Q2, 2019. The use of BIM (Building Information Management) will reduce risk, improve performance and eliminate costly waste by virtually building and testing designs before they go to site, something that is particularly relevant in the current climate. 

With offices in the UK since 1974 Scott Tallon Walker has won many high-profile public sector design briefs there. As well as the ongoing UCLH project STW has very recently completed the Queens University Belfast School of Biological Sciences, and two projects at the University of Surrey – Innovation for Health and 5G Innovation Centre. STW will also complete the Trinity College Dublin Business School project in March 2019.

Commenting, Eoin O Móráin, Chairman, Scott Tallon Walker said, “As big building projects get more and more complicated technology has to keep pace. As an international architectural practice, we are involved in these large projects including hospitals, universities, airports etc. where standards, appropriately, keep rising.”

We realised early on that to grow our practice further that we would have to be at the forefront of technological accreditation, so I’m delighted for all our staff, across our offices, that they have achieved this extremely high standard. I’m pleased to note as well that BIM Level 2 will shortly be introduced as a standard in Ireland and it should help in curtailing spiralling building costs, that have been so much in the news recently.

Further information is available at https://www.stwarchitects.com/expertise/bim


Current projects under construction which have been design using BIM standards and technologies include:

Proton Beam Therapy and Inpatient Hospital

Scott Tallon Walker (in association with Edward Williams Architects) were appointed to design the UK’s first Proton Beam Therapy Centre. Proton Beam Therapy is the world’s most advanced form of radiotherapy, which uses a precision beam of high energy particles (protons) to destroy cancer cells.

The 34,600m2 facility is currently under construction in the heart of London at Grafton Way, next to University College of London Hospital, on Tottenham Court Road. When completed, it will offer a world-leading new radiotherapy to patients, which targets tumours more precisely.

The Design has been assessed as BREEAM Excellent and is a UK Government Exemplar Project for the use of BIM Level 2.

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Queens University-School of Biological Sciences

Scott Tallon Walker Architects in conjunction with White Ink Architects were appointed in 2012 to a new project at Queen’s University Belfast following a competitive tender process.

In response to a forecast increase in student numbers and continued growth in biomedical and food research activity, Queen’s University has prioritised the new School of Biological Sciences as a key project to deliver the University’s strategic vision. The client brief sought a dynamic and stimulating teaching and research environment to meet current and future needs and to cement their reputation for excellence as a member of the elite Russell Group of universities.

In line with the Government Construction Strategy and the requirement to strengthen the public sector’s capability in BIM, the building is being developed as a collaborative Level 2 BIM project which provides an enhanced level of coordination while adding considerable value through the design process.

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Trinity Business School, TCD

The new Trinity College Dublin Business School is a state-of-the-art development located on campus in Dublin City, Ireland.

The project will support the activities of the Trinity School of Business and the Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and will provide 12,000m2 of accommodation along with the restoration of 8 protected structures to provide student apartments.

In August 2013, the governance board of Trinity College Dublin included a vision statement for a new Business School in the invitation to tender for design team members circulated via the Irish Public Procurement Service. The Invitation to tender required the Project Team to develop the preferred design to a Level 2 maturity Building Information Model (BIM) to allow the procurement of a Construction Contractor (i.e. managed 3D environment held in separate discipline ‘BIM’ models and tools with attached data. Key requirements included:

  • BIM to be used for client “virtual walk through” at various stages of design.
  • BIM to be utilised to achieve optimum Energy performance for design options
  • Building information to be recorded within COBie parameters for handover to client
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Brewery Quarter – Student Accommodation

This 413 Bedroom Student Accommodation development is part of a wider mixed use urban regeneration project, including a new events centre, on the former Beamish and Crawford Brewery site in the historic medieval core of Cork city.

The site is located between South Main Street and a turn in the south channel of the River Lee where a new pedestrian bridge and street, Lamley’s Lane, will form a new east west route linking the University to the city centre.

This project is currently under construction by BAM who are a leading contractor in Ireland who are committed to implementing Level 2 BIM standards rigoruously on their projects. STW are working closely with BAM to ensure that design and construction deliverables meet or exceed standards.

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Scott Tallon Walker Architects are currently working on BIM projects both in the private and public sectors across a range of project types.

A successful BIM projects starts with  employer/project information requirements which are then translated into a BIM Execution Plan which is an important document that ensures all project team members are aligned in producing information that is coordinated and meeting client information requirements.

Further information is available from https://bim-level2.org/en/ or https://www.riai.ie/consumer_services/working_with_an_architect_-_larger_projects/building_information_modelling_bim/

Scott Tallon Walker Architects would be delighted to speak and share some insight with anyone considering procuring their next building using Building Information Modelling based on industry standards.

Scott Tallon Walker are recommended for certification by BSI for BIM Level 2 projects

Scott Tallon Walker Architects are pleased to announce that they have been recommended for certification for the design and construction of BIM Level 2 projects in line with PAS 1192-2 by the British Standards Institute.

BSI developed the BIM scheme for PAS 1192-2 Information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects to help designers and contractors, as well as their supply chains, provide evidence that they have the capability to deliver projects using Building Information Modelling (BIM).

STW successfully  demonstrated that they adhere to the requirements of the PAS 1192-2 standard through an independent assessment by BSI of our documented procedures and systems for all processes in PAS 1192-2, including compliance with BS 1192 and BS 1192-4, and the competency of our staff.

Scott Tallon Walker Architects recognise the potential of BIM to optimise the delivery of our design services, improving outcomes and realising value for money for our clients. We are committed to a ‘top down’ approach to BIM implementation and some of our most senior staff have qualifications in Collaborative BIM. This ensures the alliance of years of experience in design and construction with new methods of delivery. Further information is available at https://www.stwarchitects.com/expertise/bim

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The Digital Hub selects Scott Tallon Walker Architects to support its development

The Digital Hub, Ireland’s largest and most established cluster of technology, digital media and internet companies, has announced the appointment of Scott Tallon Walker Architects and KSN Project Management to support the development of The Digital Hub. 

Following an EU-wide tendering process, Scott Tallon Walker Architects has been selected as the Design Team and KSN Project Management as The Digital Hub’s project management services provider up until 2022. Both companies will support the vision of The Digital Hub in developing a diverse and creative digital technology quarter in Dublin 8.

Reacting to their appointment for this service contract, David Cahill, Director, Scott Tallon Walker Architects said: “We have had an involvement with the Liberties area going back to the ROSC Exhibition in 1984 when the Guinness Hop Store was redeveloped to provide an exhibition space for the creative arts. In 2000 we were appointed to adapt the building to provide research space, and we see this latest appointment to The Digital Hub as a continuation of this journey and we are delighted to be involved. We also look forward to being part of the development team tasked with providing a vibrant, stimulating and sustainable urban regeneration project.”

Read the full article at:

https://lnkd.in/eqZX–M

Watch the delivery of the cancer fighting 90 tonne cyclotron

Here is an Insight into the delivery of University College London Hospital’s (UCLH) cyclotron for their new Proton Beam Therapy facility in London and what it means for British citizens to have this facility available to NHS patients in the UK.

This ground-breaking facility is on track to treat patients in 2020, with the successful installation of the Cyclotron, the beating heart of the Proton Centre.
Scott Tallon Walker are proud to have been a part of this from inception to completion.
Source: @UCLH

Official opening of the Human Biology Building at NUI Galway

Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD officially opened the flagship new home for biomedical teaching and research at NUI Galway on Monday 2nd July.

The Human Biology Building is a new 8,200 sq.m, 5-storey state-of-the-art building located in the heart of NUI Galway’s south campus close to University Hospital Galway. The building and its facilities will significantly extend the capacity for biomedical and research at NUI Galway.

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Home to the long-established disciplines of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology & Therapeutics in a new co-located facility, the building has been designed as a joint teaching and research facility with accommodation including undergraduate teaching laboratories; specialist research laboratories; offices; open plan wrote up spaces; meeting rooms; seminar rooms and lecture theatres.

It will enable the University to better deliver core pre-clinical curricula to Medical Health Science, Science, Biomedical Science and Engineering students; provide a purpose designed venue for discipline-specific training at undergraduate and postgraduate level and enhance learning and teaching within a research-led environment.

The building has been developed on the site of the former National Diagnostics Laboratory building. It was designed by Scott Tallon Walker Architects, in conjunction with international design firm, Building Design Partnership, while BAM Building Ltd. were the contractor.

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An Bord Pleanála Grant Planning Permission for Sullivan’s Quay, Cork

An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission for this high profile mixed use development proposal in Cork city centre designed by Scott Tallon Walker Architects for developer BAM Property Ltd.

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The proposal includes a 220-bed 4 star hotel, incorporating a 12-storey cylindrical tower on this very prominent and important site on Sullivan’s Quay, on the south bank of the south channel of the River Lee, overlooking the Grand Parade. The hotel development, which includes 2 levels of underground car parking, a bar, restaurant and retail area, as well as a gym and 11th floor viewing lounge, will be built alongside a new six-storey office development of c. 8,000 square metres.

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BAM acquired the site from the Revenue Commissioners in 2006 and had initially obtained planning permission for a mixed-use hotel and office development in 2009, also to Scott Tallon Walker’s design. The current proposal has brought the hotel use to a more prominent location on the site, to occupy the landmark cylindrical tower.

The Cork City Architect has described the revised scheme as improving on the proportions of the design and making for a more elegant proposal.

The former Revenue Commissioners building has recently been demolished, and the site is currently being cleared in preparation for excavation of the 2 levels of basement proposed. Scott Tallon Walker look forward to developing the design over the coming months for construction to commence in the
near future.

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Metabolic City / Architects for Health Awards

Congratulations to Katie Oliver in Scott Tallon Walker Architects who as part of the university team at the London School of Architecture – Metabolic City – were highly commended for our submission for the Architects for Health award in the DIP Arch category.

“London is sick. Pressures from living in a dense city can make leading a physical and mentally positive lifestyle a challenge. Pollution, stress, poverty, lengthy commutes, restrictions on council amenities mean many are unable to take advantage of the facilities and opportunities to live well.”

Our aim was to act as urban doctors, dispensing preventative design medication integrated into the natural flow of our experience of the city organism.

The Architects for Health Student Design Awards 2018 took place in the Wellcome Collection. The London School of Architecture ‘Idencity’ Exhibition is in the Roca Gallery and is on display until the end of July 2018.

Final Exhibition at the Roca Gallery