The U3A Architecture Group has enjoyed some of its monthly meetings in the newly built Darrel Room at Trinity Hospital, so it seems very fitting that we would be invited to give a talk to the group about its concept through to completion and Carl was delighted to be able to take up the invitation to speak.
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We are looking forward to attending the Celebration Service for the dedication of the new tower facilities at Cropwell Bishop on Sunday 23rd October. The service will be led by Revd Bronwen Gamble and the Rt Revd Tony Porter, Bishop of Sherwood and will celebrate how the new additions will open up new possibilities to welcome and serve people in the church and the community.
It has been a long wait for our clients at this vibrant church in Lenton, after the church was forced to close in August 2014 when it was discovered that dry rot in the roof beams had made it unsafe. Scaffolding was erected in and around the church for the major repairs to be carried out and since then the whole roof has been re-slated, rotten timbers replaced, structural stonework repaired and guttering improved.
A great evening was had by all on Friday night at the prestigious LABC Building Excellence Awards East Midlands 2016. The event was held at Athena, a stunning 1930’s conference and banqueting venue in Leicester and was chaired by Jayne Hall, the President of LABC, and Paul Smith, Chair of the LABC East Midlands Region. The awards were presented by Sponsors and the former England and Leicester Tigers Rugby Union Player, Graham Rowntree, who both relaxed and livened up the evening with his quick wit and jocularity.
We had a great time when we attended the official opening of the ‘Darrel Room’ at Trinity Hospital, Retford in May. Having not had particularly good weather this year, it was a surprisingly good, sunny and bright afternoon!
Always keen to see what happens with the buildings that we work on and not one to miss a party we were thrilled to be invited to both the Open Day on Saturday Feb 27th and the ‘Service of Dedication’ on Sunday Feb 28th for the newly restored All Saints Church in Otley.
Fun was had by all at the Harley Gallery today. I’ve said before that I have wanted to be an architect for as long as I can remember, and often wonder if it started with my love of LEGO® and the creations that I built. Nothing was ever built on the size or scale of the models at the Brick City Exhibition at the Harley Gallery, which has some of the world’s favourite buildings recreated in LEGO® bricks by Warren Elsmore.
The project at Holy Trinity, Lenton, is moving along nicely, with all scaffolding up and the roof repairs starting to take shape. We have been fortunate enough to have all works filmed on a time-lapse camera for a permanent record.
We are delighted to have been awarded runner-up position for this national church conservation award. The King of Prussia Gold Medal is a gift from King Frederick William IV of Prussia (1795-1816) to the Incorporated Church Building Society in 1857, for church conservation and architecture, and has been awarded annually since the early 1980s.
I find art such a thought-provoking subject. I always remember the saying ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ meaning that we all see things differently, which is what makes the world such a diverse place. I also think art is in the eye of the beholder. When I see a piece of art that I find beautiful, you may see it as ugly. When I see a building with beautiful architecture I can appreciate it even if I don’t like it!