Author Archives: Dan

Site Meeting

In the age of instant communication you might think that site meetings with the client and contractor are less important, but they remain a critical part of any project. Regular meetings enable us to inspect completed work, monitor progress against programme and budget, and look first hand at detail issues that arise. They often take place [...]

Back to the drawing board?

After reading this architects blog last week I found myself pondering what it is I love about my drawing board. These days it is a rare sight in an Architects office, deemed to take up too much space and long replaced by computers. Many younger Architects will have never used one, maybe not even seen one. I would [...]

Class of Your Own

Gibson Architects work very closely with Class of Your Own, a Lancashire based company involved in promoting professional careers in the built environment. We often participate in workshops helping young people to design their own buildings and develop a better understanding of the their potential impact on the world around them. Today COYO have launched their [...]

Lovell Telescope

On Saturday evening the Grade 1 listed Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire became the dramatic backdrop to a concert by rock band The Flaming Lips. This choice of venue proved to be inspired as the band known for their ‘sci-fi’ based music used the dish of the radio telescope as a huge projection screen throughout [...]

A Great CV

The last couple of years has had a huge impact on the architectural profession and we receive a lot of cv’s at the moment. They are from a wide range of students and architects at every stage of their careers and from all over the world. This is quite remarkable for a small practice like ours and [...]

Industrial Design

Over the last couple of years we have been working with an American chemical company located in the High Peak National Park to improve and maintain their building stock. We have also helped them to construct a new research and development facility of which phase one has recently completed. This may not be the type [...]

Model making

We’ve been making quite a few physical models recently and last week found ourselves explaining to a student here on work experience why we make them. Firstly, it’s not just because it’s great fun and we are avoiding doing our real work! We are often accused of “playing with bits of cardboard” but there is a serious side [...]

Roman Inspiration

A recent trip to Rome provided an overwhelming array of architectural, historic, cultural and gastronomic delights as one would expect. Architecturally speaking there are so many moments of breathtaking beauty that your brain (and camera) simply cannot capture it all. In a departure from the better known Roman architectural sites we visited ”starchitect” Zaha Hadid’s recently completed MAXXI, the [...]

College Campus Review

We were recently appointed to audit and review the existing accommodation and environment of The Oldham College. This has proved to be a very interesting exercise due to the complexity of the college campus which has grown organically over many years. We are now formulating a strategy to help them move forward with a coherent and consistent approach [...]

Code Level 4 Housing

GA recently submitted a planning application for five sustainable family homes in Didsbury, Manchester which are designed to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. Subject to planning, they will be on site later this year.