Alan James McBeth Barch Dip Arch RIBA ARB reg number - 052099C Selected Portfolio of work – 1990 – 2009 as designer , director and manager
PROFILE COMMENTARY I have good experience of all stages of major projects in both public and private sectors -including large commercial offices,industrial and retail developments, with very much a "hands-on" pragmatic style and involvement from initial inception/design to hand-over on site. My contract procuring experience has been both in traditional and design build projects, where my ability to communicate effectively with quite large teams, has been demonstrated, both as design team leader and coordinator as well as ‘people enabler’. I have never had a project go over budget or over time. I have a particular interest with in the IT/Web role in developing architectural practice. With a particular appreciation and skill of hand sketching and rendering by computer aided means. The most recent design for Vodafone in Stoke was developed in 3D by myself as a self taught CAD visualiser and enabled a full 3D tender as well as design development with contractor all visualized in 3D. At the CABE review for this project – Edward Cullinan Chaired and felt this was a ‘ really good building’. It completed on site in Autumn 2009 and has already won an award. I have also acted as regional Judge for the RIBA awards in 2003/2005/6 – 2009 and miscellaneous design judging elsewhere.
BREIF PRECIS of SECTOR EXPERIENCE as Designer , Director and Delivered on Site Commercial – Several large offices at Merry Hill Waterfront Dudley Design and delivery on site ( domestic construction) EGG bank Offices Derby – Design and delivery Vodafone Offices – Stoke on Trent – Design and Delivery Industrial – Small and Large Sheds mainly for the Distribution Market 2000-2006 Design layout coordinator and manager - Green shed development research. Retail and Residential – Supermarkets for Safeway , Shopping centre in London – Mixed use schemes including Tollgate in Smethwick. Various Housing site masterplan analysis and feasibility projects-Design and Delivery on site. Healthcare – Various works for University Hospital Birmingham , Selly Oak Hospital , Leicester Royal Infirmary – all complicated refurbishments with design and delivery on site . Transportation – Involved in Midland Metro Line 1 competition (successful ) YauTong Station Hong Kong – Design and Management of Initial Stages Public Buildings – International Convention Centre – Concert Hall front foyers- Design Architect National Indoor Arena Birmingham – Design Coordinator and enabler
MAIN ABILITIES – Director , Manager – Responsible for leading design teams and running office in Hong Kong and UK . Responsible for fees and maintaining business .Making sure of repeat business. Handling corporate client accounts and developing them. Briefing documentation for other designers – Good experience developing the Brief for private and public sector clients ( the project is normally as good as the brief) Design – (and Planning applications) Design from a blank sheet of paper using combination of hand and computer driven techniques – Sketch - up PRO ,ACAD ,Photoshop, Powerpoint , IDX and Kerkythea Working knowledge of MSOffice and Open Office UBUNTU OS. Planning applications along with preparing design and access statements. Specification – (and building regs) A lot of experience and knowledge of building materials including costs – NBS specification – Internet browsing is a recent godsend. Good knowledge and ability to meet target costs particularly with QS discipline. Working Knowledge of BREEAM and sustainable technologies. Tender Documentation (Architectural ) – Many tender docs prepared on various Types of contract (d and b and traditional )– have been recently experimenting with 3 dimensional tendering . On site – Running projects on site either for contractors or developers – meeting Minutes-Or acting as clients representative.
I am capable of doing whole design feasibilities in 3D very quickly on quite complicated schemes.
I am capable of doing whole design feasibilities in 3D very quickly on some Very simple schemes .
Within a team I have carried out a lot of research into green building techniques particularly for The industrial sector between 2002 and 2005 – I have a good knowledge of environmental sustainability technologies and strategies
Examples of 3Dimensional modelling work that I carried out myself when developing the design ideas for Vodafone in Stoke on Trent .
I use the 3D modelling tool for interiors as well as exteriors and render these with various Proprietary render engines some of which are free – ( I always start with a real sketch !!)
Exterior view of the new Vodafone Building in Stoke on Trent – October 2009 This building used my combined experience of sheds and workspace – done between 2007 and 2009
Detailed interior view in the halls of the new Vodafone Building in Stoke on Trent – November 2009
Detailed interior view of the new Vodafone Building in Stoke on Trent – November 2009 I was not responsible for the furniture but had a say in the design of most of the rest of it
Branded interior views of the new Vodafone Building in Stoke on Trent – January 2010 Staff reaction to the building so far has been excellent and has been generally described as ….. ‘cool’