PRACTICE PROFILE &       PROJECT EXPERIENCE                     FEBRUARY 2012Michael Atkinson | BA BArch DipPPM (Newcastle...
MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE         FEBRUARY 2012PRACTICE PROFILE & PROJECT EXPERIENCE | CONTENTS      CONT...
MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE                      FEBRUARY 20121.0   INTRODUCTIONThank you for the opportuni...
MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE                      FEBRUARY 2012His distinct specialism lies in the heritage ...
MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE                          FEBRUARY 20122.0       METHOD & APPROACHPROJECT METHOD...
MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE                     FEBRUARY 2012  •   advising on relevant parts of the condit...
MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE                         FEBRUARY 20122.0       METHOD & APPROACHTHE HISTORIC EN...
MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE                         FEBRUARY 20123.0   PROJECT EXPERIENCESt. LAURENCE’S CHU...
MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE                             FEBRUARY 20123.0    PROJECT EXPERIENCEHOLY TRINITY ...
MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE                              FEBRUARY 20123.0    PROJECT EXPERIENCEGREAT NORTH ...
MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE                            FEBRUARY 20123.0   PROJECT EXPERIENCELANGLEY CASTLE ...
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MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE                                    FEBRUARY 20123.0       PROJECT EXPERIENCEHER...
MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE       FEBRUARY 20124.0   REFEREES      The Reverend Canon Di Johnson      forme...
QUALITY POLICY STATEMENTMichael Atkinson | Architecture & Heritage aims to provide a consistent,competent and professional...
QUALITY ASSURANCE PROCESSESQuality control is central to all Michael Atkinson | Architecture & Heritageactivities. It is t...
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  1. 1. PRACTICE PROFILE & PROJECT EXPERIENCE FEBRUARY 2012Michael Atkinson | BA BArch DipPPM (Newcastle) MACons (York) RIBA 47 Kitchener Terrace, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE30 2HH T | 07800 593 347 E | info@atkinsonarchitecture.co.uk
  2. 2. MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE FEBRUARY 2012PRACTICE PROFILE & PROJECT EXPERIENCE | CONTENTS CONTENTS 21.0 INTRODUCTION 32.0 METHOD & APPROACH 53.0 PROJECT EXPERIENCE 84.0 REFEREES 14 PRACTICE QUALITY POLICY STATEMENT 15 2
  3. 3. MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE FEBRUARY 20121.0 INTRODUCTIONThank you for the opportunity to present my own particular skills and expertisein connection with architectural design and conservation work within thehistoric environment. I am pleased to submit the following practice profileand project experience for your consideration.Michael Atkinson | Architecture & Heritage is a fresh and recently formedarchitectural practice based in the North East of England. The practice hasestablished a reputation for dealing with sensitive projects as part of WorldHeritage Sites, Conservation Areas and groups of Listed Buildings, acomprehensive understanding of all facets of the historic environment.The planning, procurement and management of projects involvingconservation, restoration and refurbishment of historic buildings requiredspecialist knowledge and skills that complement the care required in thedesign and execution of the works themselves. We take great pride in ourreputation for providing overall quality of service to clients and recognise thatthis reputation owes much to our ability to be effective project teammembers.Michael Atkinson | Architecture & Heritage carries Professional IndemnityInsurance cover and Public Liability Insurance Cover. Copies of currentnotifications are available on request.Michael Atkinson MACons (York), RIBAMichael is a chartered conservation architect with ten years practicingexperience in the design and management of architecture. Since 2009 hehas held the position of Principal at Michael Atkinson | Architecture &Heritage. 3
  4. 4. MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE FEBRUARY 2012His distinct specialism lies in the heritage sector and a design philosophy thatis linked to the creative conservation of not only historic buildings andstructures but also the wider landscape context in which they exist.New design and interventions are undertaken that explore the notion oftouching the earth lightly using materials that are wholly appropriate to theircontext and landscape both in a traditional and contemporary manner.His architecture is responsive to the ‘found’ structures and their landscape,relating directly to the sense of place and its significance. The act ofintervening therefore is deemed a positive experience that reinvigorates theparticular character of a building or place.Michael Atkinson is a RIBA Chartered Architect and has been awarded aMasters in Conservation Studies (Historic Buildings) from the Centre ofConservation Studies, The University of York, UK.In January 2012 an application for Michael Atkinson to join the register of theAABC (Architects Accredited in Building Conservation) was submitted forconsideration. It is expected that accreditation will be achieved by the endof May 2012.http://uk.linkedin.com/in/michaelatkinsonarchitect 4
  5. 5. MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE FEBRUARY 20122.0 METHOD & APPROACHPROJECT METHODOLOGYMichael Atkinson | Architecture & Heritage is delighted for the opportunity tobe involved in the creative conservation of the historic environment.As Architect and Designer the methodology and approach to any project willbe underpinned and guided by those markers put down by the RIBA Plan ofWork and encompass every single stage from A (Appraisal) through to stage L(Post Practical Completion). The project itself will be separated into those keystages identified within the Architects Project Brief.This would involve developing design proposals, applying for the relevantStatutory Approvals, preparing construction information, obtaining tendersfrom approved and competent building contractors and administering thebuilding contract on site through to completion.Highlighted below are brief guidelines to the practice’s proposed ‘steppingstone’ approach to any project. • consulting the Client closely about the proposed work; • informing the Client of duties under the CDM regulations; • investigating the feasibility of the requirements and reporting; • preparing outline proposals, a scheme design culminating in the production of the Detailed Design Brief; • advising on the need for statutory and other consents, and preparing sufficient information for applications to be made; • preparing sufficient information for consultants and specialists to develop their proposals, co-ordinating these and integrating them into the overall scheme; • development of the design in collaboration with the design team and production of, drawings and specifications of the work to a stage necessary for the tender documentation to be prepared and tenders obtained; 5
  6. 6. MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE FEBRUARY 2012 • advising on relevant parts of the conditions of contract, forms of tender and invitations to tender as may be necessary to enable the works to be tendered for; • consultation with the Local or other Authorities in connection with the development and the preparation and submission of drawings and specifications as required by those bodies; • preparation of all drawings, specifications and information for the Contractor to enable the works to be executed; • checking shop details for accuracy of general dimensions and adequacy of content; • advising the Client on tenders, tendered prices and estimates for carrying out the works; • performing any duties which the Architect maybe required to carry out under any contract for the execution of the works – provided that they shall first have approved that contract: • issuing Architects Instructions to Contractors, making such site visits deemed necessary and attending site meetings. 6
  7. 7. MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE FEBRUARY 20122.0 METHOD & APPROACHTHE HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT ‘THE PRACTICE APPROACH’Michael Atkinson | Architecture & Heritage has positively adopted bestpractice conservation values. These have been achieved through adoptingthe appropriate blend of qualifications, training and experience inunderstanding the conservation of the built environment.Our values include: • Maintaining knowledge of current government policies/legislation. • Careful consideration to alterations, taking into account reversibility and character of the principle building. • Adopting proven conservation techniques of repair and philosophy together with lateral thinking with the use of materials and design. • Minimal intervention, wherever possible, and retention of historic fabric through careful conservation.We have a detailed knowledge and understanding of the conflictinglegislative requirements affecting historic buildings, together with a provenrecord of accomplishment in obtaining a balance between the requirements.We consider a key factor to the success of conserving listed buildings andareas is having detailed knowledge of elements that are likely to affect abuilding or area. These factors will include archaeological origins andreferences, architectural styles, methods of repair, legal issues, the use andunderstanding of materials used in repair/construction and philosophy. 7
  8. 8. MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE FEBRUARY 20123.0 PROJECT EXPERIENCESt. LAURENCE’S CHURCH, PITTINGTON GIPresently working closely with the Church PCC on several conservation, repair andmaintenance projects at this great historic Church. Re-ordering proposals for theVestry include the addition of an accessible WC, storage and refurbished Vestry area.Design ethos required a sensitive approach to ensure the integrity and historiccharacter of a special Church interior. Construction work completed at the Church inlate Autumn 2011.BREATHING SPACE, St. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS, WITTON GILBERT G IIPresently working with the Church PCC on the Breathing Space Project as lead andconservation Architect. The project centres on the reordering of the church to createspace for the act of personal emotional health, well-being and healing. This includesintegrating improved church seating, new worship, meeting and performance space,new facilities such as an Accessible WC, Kitchen and Storage. The project alsoaddresses repairs to the Church fabric (predominantly the roof covering andchurchyard memorials & tombs). Design approach requires careful detailing so not tointegrate with rather than detract from existing historic character. 8
  9. 9. MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE FEBRUARY 20123.0 PROJECT EXPERIENCEHOLY TRINITY WITH St. MARK, STOCKTON-ON-TEES UPresently working with a burgeoning congregation and enthusiastic PCC on a re-ordering project that will provide new vestry, chapel and storage space within acontemporary interior. Design approach allows a flexible space for both church andcommunity while maintaining the spatial appreciation of the Church’s main worshipspace. Work due on site early Spring 2012.FORMER FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE, STOCKTON-ON-TEES G II*Project collaboration with xsite architecture, Newcastle upon Tyne as a ConservationConsultant. Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council wishes to conserve and refurbish theexisting historic fabric to a property at 62 Dovecot Street within the heart of the town.The project will provide flexible working space for creative digital industries within theregion. Responsibility for all aspects relating to the original grade II* listed formerFriends Meeting House including conservation works such as slate re-roofing, brickworkrepairs & re-pointing, door and window joinery refurbishment & retention of existinginternal plaster cornice detailing and staircases. 9
  10. 10. MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE FEBRUARY 20123.0 PROJECT EXPERIENCEGREAT NORTH MUSEUM, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE G II*Working with Sir Terry Farrell on the Great North Museum project as a ConservationConsultant. Responsibility for all aspects relating to the original grade II* listed museumbuilding including conservation works such as re-roofing, stone repairs & cleaning,internal plastering & redecoration and refurbishment of historic external lightingfittings.RIBA Regional Award Winner for architectural excellence 2010.St. ANDREW’S CHURCH, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE GISt. Andrew’s Church is grade I listed and is the oldest surviving church within the Cityof Newcastle upon Tyne. Presently working with the church on a series of repair andmaintenance projects including the conservation of the Priest’s Porch (c.1300) thatinvolves a series of stone conservation issues. Full understanding of the buildingssignificance and historic appraisal has been required. 10
  11. 11. MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE FEBRUARY 20123.0 PROJECT EXPERIENCELANGLEY CASTLE HOTEL, NORTHUMBERLAND GIConstruction of a new bedroom block extension within the immediate context of thegrade I listed Langley Castle Hotel. Several repair and maintenance projects inconnection with the castle structure itself. The work included a full historic appraisalof the castle and the impact any new construction would have on its significance.LABC Regional Building Excellence Award (Best Commercial Building) 2009.EXCHEQUER BUILDING, PALACE GREEN, CITY OF DURHAM GIThe Exchequer building and former Bishop Cosin’s Library is a Grade I listed buildingsituated on the Palace Green midway between the Castle and Durham Cathedral.The re-roofing works involved the installation of a new lead roof using traditionalwood-roll jointing techniques and refurbishment of two existing rooflights.Commendation received from City of Durham confirming standard of work fitting forthe World Heritage Site status. 11
  12. 12. MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE FEBRUARY 20123.0 PROJECT EXPERIENCE CHURCH INSPECTOR APPOINTMENTS NEWCASTLE DIOCESESt. Peter’s Church Elmwood Road, Monkseaton U AnglicanSt. Andrew’s Church Newgate Street, Newcastle upon Tyne I AnglicanSt. Hilda’s Church Stanton Road, Marden Estate U Anglican DURHAM DIOCESESt. Peter’s Church West Hartlepool Road, Wolviston II AnglicanSt. Mary Magdalene Whitehouse Road, Billingham U AnglicanSt. John’s Church Darlington Road, Elton II* AnglicanSt. Laurence’s Church Hallgarth, Pittington I AnglicanHoly Trinity Church Upsall Grove, Stockton U AnglicanHoly Trinity Church Woodland Road, Darlington II* AnglicanMembership of the Approved Panel of Ecclesiastical Architects & Surveyors inthe Diocese of Newcastle, Durham and Carlisle.Membership of the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association andthe European Forum for Historic Places of Worship. 12
  13. 13. MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE FEBRUARY 20123.0 PROJECT EXPERIENCEHERITAGE & CONSERVATION SERVICESMichael Atkinson | Architecture & Heritage has the capability to provide services inthe following disciplines: • Reporting – production of assessments to historic buildings/structures/sites that incorporate heritage interpretation, statements of significance and archaeological features. • Inspection/survey/audit – quinquennial inspections of ecclesiastical buildings, access audits, schedules of condition, dilapidation and repair and measured surveys. • Investigations – to undertake site analysis and site inspections. • Conservation and repairs – conservation advice on historic building issues, conservation and development plans, sensitive repair and maintenance using best practice conservation principles, statement of significance, statement of need and feasibility studies. • Adaptation – the creative reuse of existing buildings that require sensitive and imaginative alteration and extension. The retention and rebuilding of historic facades. • Sensitive new build set in a Historic Context – Michael Atkinson | Architecture & Heritage has experience of producing sensitive design solutions within the historic environment. • Knowledge of Construction Principles and Techniques – we believe that our awareness of traditional and historic building techniques is essential to replicate and compliment the work of the original craftsmen. • Regulation and Consents – we are able to provide services for planning and design guidance, Planning, conservation and Listed Building consents, design and access statements, retrospective assistance where consents have not been initially applied for. • Funding/Grants/VAT – we are able to assist in procurement of grants and other regeneration/capital project funding coupled with assistance on negotiations to minimise VAT liability. • Procurement – Michael Atkinson | Architecture & Heritage are equipped to organise sourcing of suppliers and craftspeople who can provide the traditional materials and skills to carry out appropriate works as well as arrange tenders and administer the site works through a suitable building contract. 13
  14. 14. MICHAEL ATKINSON | ARCHITECTURE & HERITAGE FEBRUARY 20124.0 REFEREES The Reverend Canon Di Johnson former Priest in Charge St. Laurence’s Church, Pittington The Vicarage Broomside Lane Belmont Durham DH1 2QW T | 07599 817 951 E | djohnson462@btinternet.com Mr Anton Phillips General Manager Langley Castle Hotel Langley-on-Tyne Hexham Northumberland NE47 5LU T | (01434) 688 888 E | manager@langleycastle.com Mr Ray Blake Churchwarden St. Andrew’s Church, Newcastle upon Tyne Newgate Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5SS T | 07941 750 413 E | rayatthide@virginmedia.com 14
  15. 15. QUALITY POLICY STATEMENTMichael Atkinson | Architecture & Heritage aims to provide a consistent,competent and professional service which is focused on satisfying therequirements and expectations of our clients and end users. The qualitieswhich characterise this service are also reflected in our day to dayrelationships with professional colleagues and other members of theconstruction team.The service is supported by the following additional policy aims:MANAGEMENT POLICYTo embrace the quality management principles and requirements outlined inISO 9001:2000 as a framework for improving performance and consistentlyachieving client satisfaction.The RIBA Project Quality Plan for Small Projects is used for each and everyproject.STAFF POLICYTo strive to create and maintain a humane work environment where staff areencouraged and given opportunities to continuously improve their skills.ENVIRONMENTAL POLICYTo embrace the principles of sustainable development in our designs.HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICYTo provide a safe working environment and to incorporate the best healthand safety practices in the discharge of our duties as designers.By means of the development and implementation of the QualityManagement System Michael Atkinson | Architecture & Heritagedemonstrates clear and controlled systematic working methods. This system issubject to regular review to ensure its continuing effectiveness and relevanceto the Practice requirements and to provide for continuing improvement. 15
  16. 16. QUALITY ASSURANCE PROCESSESQuality control is central to all Michael Atkinson | Architecture & Heritageactivities. It is the essence of realising our architecture and leaving both asatisfied client and user.Our work in the historic environment has demanded a rigorous detailedapproached to projects and since its inception the Practice has adopted theRIBA Project Quality Plan for Small Projects on each and every project tomaintain this level of quality management. This QMS is endorsed by the RIBAunder its RIBA Chartered Practice scheme.Implementation of the QMS has had a number of beneficial effects and hascontributed to a continual improvement in the service that Michael Atkinson| Architecture & Heritage provide to its clients.Michael Atkinson | Architecture & Heritage quality assurance processesensure that client, funder, stakeholder and user requirements are rigorouslydeveloped, recorded and monitored. Formal project reviews are carried outby a senior member of staff during key project stages to verify projectrequirements and all technical and design submissions are signed off by thePractice Principal.The QMS also has processes which require feedback both during the projectdevelopment phases as well as post completion.Our overall quality objective is to ensure that Michael Atkinson | Architecture& Heritage delivers a consistently high level of service.Signed: Date: January 2012 (Practice Principal) Michael Atkinson | BA BArch DipPPM (Newcastle) MACons (York) RIBA 47 Kitchener Terrace, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE30 2HH T | 07800 593 347 E | info@atkinsonarchitecture.co.uk 16

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