Brighton & Hove Open Door event

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is partnering with The Regency Town House, Brighton Open Door’s organisers to offer unique access and behind-the-scenes, architect-led tours of some of the city’s most extraordinary heritage buildings for Heritage Open Days 2017

This is the largest heritage festival in the UK, managed by the National Trust. The Chair of RIBA Sussex Branch, Paul Zara has said: “Brighton & Hove has a fantastic recent architectural heritage. The RIBA’s involvement in Heritage Open Days and work with The Regency Town House on Brighton & Hove Open Door has given us a new opportunity to showcase our wonderful city and the achievements in conservation being made by architects”.

On the 7th September 2017, ZST architects will be leading three tours of the award-winning conversion and restoration of The Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue. The lead architect will talk about the project and the issues encountered in the restoration of this historic building within Brunswick Town conservation area.

For a long time, the synagogue struggled to find a solution to the limitations of their site. While the existing fabric of the building declined, the maintenance costs rose and the building couldn’t be occupied. The congregation had to move to temporary facilities within Hove for its religious and social activities and to create suitable spaces for the needs of the community whilst retaining the existing building.

The design of the building had sustainability at its heart with thermally well-insulated timber walls, floors, and roofs. The holiest place in the Synagogue, the Ark, was also built in timber and painted in vibrant colours, the design reflected the importance of inclusion, diversity and a warm embrace into the building. Visit on Thursday 7 September at 11am, 1pm and 3pm for around 45 minutes. Pre-booking is essential.

Synagogue 1939 front

1939 Frontage

ZSTa new interior Hove Progressive Synagogue
1939 synagogue interior Hove

1939 Interior

Synagogue Hove internal stair case

Other key sites opening their doors will be;-

Saltdean Lido – A Modernist Marvel on the Sussex Coast Tour behind the scenes of this Grade II* listed building, which reopened in June after refurbishment. Designed by R W H Jones in the 1930s, architects in Conran and Partners’ Brighton office have advised extensively on its restoration and revitalisation. Tours will be for 30 minutes on Thursday 7 September at 6.30pm and at 7.30pm and on Sunday 10 September at 11am, 12noon, 1pm and 2pm. Pre-booking is essential.

 

Tour of One and Three Saltdean Drive When designing houses next to a unique heritage building such as Saltdean Lido, what are the issues? Should the new building seem to disappear, or mimic the existing one? Come and see the new houses and find out from local architect Kim Strasman what the challenges were – you will understand ‘heritage’ in a whole new way. Visit on Friday 8 September, 2pm-3.30pm. Pre-booking is essential.

 

The Level’s Velo Café – Building in a Landscape Take a look at the design and construction of the café with Sasha Bhavan of Knox Bhavan Architects. The building, which sits at the heart of The Level’s restored landscape is a flagship building for the Council and champions sustainable design. Visit on Saturday 9 September, 10am-11am. Pre-booking is essential.

  

Tour of RIBA Regional Award Winning Cairns Tower and Music School Brighton College has recently added several new buildings to its site, joining buildings by Sir George Gilbert Scott and Sir Thomas Graham Jackson. See the buildings added in the past decade and hear their stories, including the boarding house by Allies and Morrison. Tour on Thursday 7 September, 11am-12.30pm. Pre-booking is essential.

 

Spence Buildings at the University of Sussex Join this tour with architect Philip Naylor of R H Partnership, which worked on the regeneration of the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. The practice has worked closely with the University on a number of their campus buildings. Tours on Thursday 7 September, 9am-11am and Friday 8 September, 9am-11am. Pre-booking is essential

 

The Regency Town House has full listings and a downloadable programme for Brighton & Hove Open Door on its website which includes all architect- and architecture-focused events under the heading ARCHITECTURE.

 

You can search for Love Architecture events across the UK on the national Heritage Open Days website and then by clicking on ‘More search options’ and ticking ‘RIBA – Love Architecture’.

On the Drawing Board

On The Drawing Board showcases planning permissions granted, scheme ideas and ideas for Brighton’s regeneration and future. This month: we look at some of the developments taking place in the city. If you are a property professional, or just have a great idea, get in touch on the channels below.

Off the Drawing Board and Winning Awards

We are happy to announce that a previous feature project from On the Drawing Board has now received an award from the Sussex Heritage Trust. It is exciting to see plans and aspirations taking form and finding success.

D+R Architects Trinity Medical Centre and Pharmacy

Trinity Medical Centre and Pharmacy

Trinity Medical Centre and Pharmacy

Deacon + Richardson Architects’ work at the Trinity Medical Centre and Pharmacy has won the Sussex Heritage Trust Commercial Award. This project featured the conversion of a grade II-listed church into a medical centre with a new-build pharmacy. The brief was to provide 1100sq/m floor area for two medical practices with as little impact on the building’s original fabric as possible. Now completed, the building will be able to provide modern facilities for the recently merged Sackville Medical Centre and Central Hove Surgery. The scheme achieved a “very good” environmental rating as assessed under BREEAM.

Baobab Withdean Road houses

After taking home the RIBA South East 2017 Award in July, Boabab Development’s and John Pardey Architects’ Withdean Road houses have now been awarded the Mid-Scale Residential Sussex Heritage Trust Award for the project titled The Traffic Lights. The project delivered three homes of the highest-quality that sit quietly in their context, using modern aesthetic to move the architectural conversation along in Brighton & Hove.

Baobab Traffic Lights

Planning Delays – Lost Opportunities For The City?

Domain’s application for a new-build block of five flats in Brighton was submitted in December 2016 and is currently number eight on the case officers’ list of 50 applications. At the current work rate, the poor applicants at the end of the list will have to wait another year until their proposals are dealt with.

The Brighton planning situation continues to cause delays with applications despite a new head at the start of the year. The true picture is being obscured by the Council policy of asking applicants to agree to an extension of time the day before their application is determined. Naturally, almost every applicant is so frustrated, and just relieved to have a decision in sight, that agreement to the extension is almost universal. Refusal consigns the application to an even longer indeterminate date for decision.

The planning department is clearly overstretched and funding cuts manifest. First-hand feedback confirms that banks and funders are shunning development in Brighton due to the lengthy delays in “processing” applications, (quite apart from the difficulties in actually negotiation an approval).

 
Domain architects brighton

Dealing professionally and promptly with planning applications is essential to encourage the right applicants and developers to work in the city to produce high-quality schemes to enhance the city landscape. It’s the physical environment that draws people to places.
A change in policy from the council is required to allocate more funds to the planning department. If Domain’s current application had been determined on time, the council tax received from five flats over six months would probably completely cover the wages of the planning officers’ time spent dealing with it. A win-win situation for the Council, the community and the applicant.


Koru Architects

Koru Architects have designed three contemporary investment properties, bringing life to a derelict site in west Brighton. Each three-bedroom family home has its own balcony, generous roof terrace and garage. The interiors are light-filled and spacious, with open-plan living areas.
The homes are timber-framed and utilise a range of natural materials throughout. The exterior is clad with light brick, oak timber and zinc to create a contrasting, but warm, aesthetic to the facade. These materials are natural and durable, providing a healthy internal environment. High levels of natural insulation and solar PV panels are specified, making the homes energy-efficient and low-carbon, allowing the occupants to generate their own clean energy and reduce their utility bills, as well as their carbon footprint.
The style of the three properties is contemporary and playful - with large areas of glazing, clean lines, and a bold aesthetic. The glazing and balconies are set back and window reveals are cladded with timber to contrast playfully with the dark zinc.

46-SK- Proposed 3D View 3 houses OPTION 2

ZSTa are exhibiting at the Holiday Park & Resort Expo 2017

ZSTa is delighted to be exhibiting at this years Holiday Park & Resort Expo, taking place 8th & 9th November 2017 at the NCE, Birmingham.

Over the two days, the expo attracts an array of land owners, businesses and contractors who will learn about funding grants, planning permission, new products, new ideas and gain some valuable networking with like-minded professionals. ZSTa will be on stand number 2916.

ZSTa will be show casing our key hospitality, leisure and tourism architectural projects and our very own Nick Stickland of will be speaking about 'How design adds value' 

If you are interested in attending please email Studio@zsta.co.uk or register HERE

 

Burnbake Lodges

Dorset 

 

 

Architect's Fashion

This morning our Architectural Assistant Jonathan arrived dressed in a crisp blue shirt, beige chinos and black shoes. Then in comes our new student Jay, ready for his first day in an architectural studio dressed in a crisp blue shirt, beige chinos and black shoes. Twins! It appears Jay has nailed the architect's fashion sense, he just needs to get the 7 yrs of education under his belt! 

We love supporting work experience so please do get in touch if you are interested in a career in architecture. 

 
ZST architects Jonathan Evans
 

Tower Point : Brighton

Tower Point Brighton ZSTa design

ZST architect's Partner Nick Stickland, talks us through the proposed transformation of the appearance and function of Brighton’s Brutalist Tower Point building.

ZST architects were appointed to transform the appearance and function

of the Tower Point building through the construction of a new

landmark rooftop restaurant and 4 penthouse apartments. The proposal is currently in planning with a decision due in July

The existing Tower Point is a large Brutalist building which is conspicuous within the city, but not engaging with its local environment. The Brutalist façade dominates the setting, yet it remains mute and uninspiring. ZSTa believe that the individuality of the building could be more of an asset within the townscape; providing a point of intrigue within the backdrop of Brighton’s central valley.

The site was originally occupied by the Hippodrome Circus in 1891, later best known as the ‘Grand Theatre,’ which was eventually destroyed by fire in 1961. The replacement building which now stands on the site, Gresham House, had its name changed in early 2000 to Tower Point.

Whilst the existing building does not make a positive contribution to the visual impact of the town’s landscape, ZSTa have proposed the opportunity to offer something more visually engaging to the experience of the pedestrian viewer. Allowing the building to draw attention to itself and in this way positively engage with its context as a confident representation of Brighton as a city destination.

 The proposal has the opportunity to offer something more architecturally and visually engaging, and to enrich the experience of the pedestrian viewer as well of the users of the building. The design approach taken here is to respond to, transform and build-upon (literally and figuratively) the existing architecture of the building rather than replicate any particular style which may be discovered in this eclectic setting.

A one storey extension of the lower Spring Gardens block will balance the composition of the existing building elements and create a distinct and tangible new element, the restaurant. With an oval overhanging roof of gold coloured material playing with the light, the restaurant will have 88 internal covers and 84 further covers to external terraces. The central bar will create a focal point within the space and all facilities are kept to one end, obscuring the view of the existing building and keeping the unrivalled panoramic view of the sea open to the diners.  This also serves as a distinctive beacon at the top of Tower Point, creating a strong identity within the city.

Additionally, ZSTa are also proposing the extension of the existing roof top to create four new penthouse apartments. The extension will sit symmetrically on the geometry of the building to cap the current flat roof more elegantly. The proposed rooftop extension will be minimalist in design with metallic panelling punctuated by picture windows and a terrace space to each apartment looking out over the city. The penthouses will be set well back from the building edge to prevent any feeling of additional overbearing to the surrounding streets.

The composition of these distinct new elements will transform the presentation of Tower Point within its setting and engage the building more effectively within its immediate and macro contexts.

Tower point Restaurant ZST architects ZSTa

Nick is an Architect with 20 years professional experience. He has run and administered construction contracts over £30M in value and developed design concepts for holiday villages including rural diversification, super prime London residences, luxury ski apartments, mixed use leisure-retail centres and community projects.

Nick is highly experienced in Practice Management and has played a key role within a growing practice, experiencing growth from 30 to 100 people. He is a founder member of Green Sea, a Brighton based collective of property and construction professionals, and his experience includes acting as an expert witness within a £6M arbitration claim centred around a time overrun.

Nick Stickland Architect: Partner

Nick Stickland

Architect: Partner

Slicing of the Wedding Cake

Situated opposite the Old Amex House on Edward Street, we at ZST architects have seen the daily progress of the demolition of this iconic building. It has been a sad and dusty experience and we are now left with a tiny slither of cake and a nearly uninterrupted view of the new 1 John Street American Express Brighton Headquarters.

Our Senior Architect Mohna Jolly, has been sketching the demolition and capturing it from a different perspective, something architects are famous for. Along with the sketches we have images taken from our front door to document the impressive work of Syd Bishop & Sons demolition on this challenging site.

The iconic nine-storey building was commissioned by American Express is 1977 and soon became known as the wedding cake. The demolition has sparked anger amongst conservation groups due to a waste of resources. Members of The Regency Society have said that it was Brighton’s best post-war building, and that it offered “a splash of style in Edward Street’s Jumble of mediocrity.”

So, what is next? With demolition, due to be completed very soon we are still none the wiser as to exactly what will be replacing it. The Edward Street Quarter Planning Brief Sept 2013 had the vision “to create a dynamic first-class business and residential district with a strong sense of place, distinguished by a high-quality townscape, architecture and public realm.” This vision includes the new American Express John Street building, Carlton hill and the former Amex Building, referring to them all together as the Edward Street Quarter. We hope more news on the plans for this site are released soon.

Welcome Justine Bourland & Rebecca Swain

2017 has been a busy year for ZSTa with both our Interior Design and Architectural sides of the business growing. We have a range of exciting national and international projects across all of our sectors and our collaboration with Caroline Wright, Niche Interiors, is going from strength to strength. This has given us the opportunity to take on two new team members, bringing the ZSTa team up 17!

Justine Bourland an Architectural Assistant Part 2 and Rebecca Swain is an Architectural Assistant Part 1. They are both getting stuck into our exciting workload and (hopefully) enjoying being part of the ZSTa team! 

 
Justine Bourland ZSTa architect
Rebecca Swain ZSTa architect
 

Nicola Thomas's trip to Crossrail Project, London

"I was so lucky to be chosen to be one of fourteen of the Constructing Excellence Sussex Club to go on a thrilling trip to Crossrail on 4th April 2017. We were made very welcome by the people at Crossrail. Firstly we were given a presentation on the project along with some fascinating facts including how deep some of the tunnels are (40m) and how many archaeological items have been found (more than 10,000, including a mammoth bone).

We then got togged up in PPE gear supplied by Crossrail and walked across Canary Wharf to the site of a new station building which extends 5 floors under ground level. The scale of the operation and the extent of the engineering challenge that they had overcome was breathtaking. We got chance to view the tunnel as well as the station building which was the highlight of the trip for me.

Thank you to Rafia, Patrick at Southdowns Environmental and the Constructing Excellence team who organised this trip for us and obviously, thank you to Crossrail for their hospitality.

CrossRail

To read more about the Crossrail project click here

Nicola Thomas Architect
I am really looking forward to travelling on the whole route when it opens in December 2018
— Nicola Thomas Partner:Architect
Nicola thomas architect Crossrail

#BrightFuture Today

Working with the Brighton & Hove Tourism Alliance for English Tourism Week (#ETW17), Brighton and Hove buses have donated their City Sightseeing bus to us. We will be running a workshop on board using our existing #Brightfuture hashtag, we want to continue the conversation on what you want to see to make Brighton better! Parked up in Ship Street, outside Fabrica from 11:30am to 4:30pm on Wednesday 29th March, we invite you to join the discussion on how to improve our city through regeneration and architecture. 

With an interactive map, we welcome your thoughts and ideas. We hope to use city connections and our architectural skills to make some of your ideas a reality. 

Feel free to come on board and join the #BrightFuture conversation with like minded people. 

BrightFuture

Brighton Dome Ticket Office

Brighton Dome Ticket Office 

In 2016 ZST architects and Square One Workshop were privileged to have been awarded the tender for the collaborative refurbishment of the Grade 1 Listed Brighton Dome Ticket Office. 

The existing room proposed for the new ticket office was a blank canvas possessing only a few remnants of architectural character which comprise the heritage of this Grade 1 Listed building.

The Dome is a prime example of exoticism that was an alternative to the more classicising mainstream taste of the Regency style. The Indo-Islamic revival exterior leads into interiors evolved through the Moorish designs of Philip Lockwood to 1930’s Art Deco and the feature ‘Jackfield’ tiling from Craven Dunnil. The influence of exoticism is very current today albeit in a more measured, paired back, form. In particular, the attention to quality materials, careful detailing and craftsmanship are being rediscovered.

Our concept was to create a timeless installation of enduring quality which bridged, harmoniously, the style of the past and contemporary needs and tastes.

On entering the ticket office, the installation co-designed by Square One Workshop and ZSTa, comprises of two compositional elements. A refined monolithic block with framed screen back drop. To the side sits a shadow wall with a clearly defined aperture. Conceptually the shadow wall, cut with motifs borrowed from existing ornamentation in the rest of the Dome’s interior, creates a sub space within the room. Practically the wall screens the telephone areas, balances the main desk at the new symmetrical centre and also help balance the light and acoustics of the space.

 

 

Borough Street Development Completed.

Early 2014 ZSTa were appointed as the project architect in the conversion of a listed building at St Stephens House, Borough Street, Brighton. Converting from disused offices into 4 luxury duplex apartments over three floors. The building, originally built in 1895, is Grade II listed and within the Clifton Hill Conservation Area.

The Design concept was to restore and enhance the exteriors original character of the historic building and keep external alterations to a minimum. Inside the renovations focused on reinstating original features to avoid a fake traditional design which would lack any historical provenance. 

The duplex apartments boast open galleries which prevent floors from cutting across the ground floor front windows and to allow for higher ceilings behind them and also to enable the historic roof trusses to be partially visible from below.

It was important to ensure the renovation of the front of the building enhanced the historic street scene of Borough Street. The entrance door of the building was reinstated to its original 1895 design and the front had no flues, vents, grills pipes of meters added so that the residential conversion would have no visual impact on the street scene.

ZST architects enjoyed a site visit to admire this sympathetically restored historically building which is providing 4 high-quality luxury duplex apartments with bespoke features throughout.

BIM region Sussex 5th Meeting

Building Information Model (BIM)

BIM is a collaborative process by which everyone can understand a building through the use of a digital model which draws on a range of data assembled before, during and after construction.

ZST architects head up the BIM region Sussex branch. We are a group of construction professionals who gather quarterly to understand how to implement and work with BIM. 

For our next meeting we are excited to be hearing from Lauren Westpfel from David Miller Architects. She will be discussing and demonstrating how digital construction was used on a conversion and refurbishment of a group of historic barns that dated back to the 17th and 18th century.  

We have the privilege of being able to hold this meeting at the Award Winning Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue in Hove on Thursday 16th February 2017.

 

Christmas Closure

We are closing the studio from 23rd December 2016 and will be returning on Tuesday 3rd Jan 2017. 

Seasons Greetings and wishing you a prosperous 2017. Please do use our contact form if you have an enquiry or email studio@zsta.co.uk 

Blatchington Mill Completion

Back in 2013 ZST architects started talks about the extension to Blatchington Mill School. We were commissioned to extend the existing science block to provide a new classroom and office accommodation on two floors with a flat roof. The brief was to design the new extension 'in keeping' with the existing buildings and provide good quality space with renewable technologies where appropriate. 

The Builders started on site April 2016 and after 8 months of construction, we are excited that the project is now completed. We are getting some professional photos soon but in the mean time we can bring you a short photo construction journey.


Launch of #BrightFuture

As a local award winning Architectural and Interior Design practice we are all very passionate about our city’s continual regeneration. We believe in the power of high-quality sustainable design to enrich our shared experiences of public spaces. We also recognise the importance of all interventions being able to be sustained by the communities who use them, requiring design to engage with local people and inspire change.

#Bright50

#Bright50 was founded back in April 2016 after we started to identify sites around the city that needed regeneration and noticing an opportunity to offer residents and visitors a platform to share their ideas for change. As supporters of the Brighton Festival, we wanted to celebrate its 50th anniversary and invite people to submit ideas via social media on how we can work to make Brighton better using the Bright50 hashtag. The top 50 were then displayed at our end of summer party for our guests to see and comment. We launched the campaign with the aim to continually working with our contacts to try and make these great ideas a reality.

As we move away from 2016 and the festivals 50th anniversary we are launching #Brightfuture to enable us to continue the conversation into the Future of our city. We fully support the Tourism Strategy which hopes to see the city being a destination where the needs of the visitor, the tourism industry, the community and the environment are in complete synchronicity and consequently will make a significant contribution to improving the quality of life for the local people.

Our Practice has been established for over 3 years and we quickly found ourselves deeply involved in the regeneration of the city. We have been active in suggesting the regeneration of sites including Edward Street, The Gasometer & Victoria Gardens and these have all been identified for potential redevelopment within the council's Local Plan.  Combining our knowledge and expertise with ideas from visitors and residents about how they want to improve in the city, ZST architects are actively engaged in the conversation about Brighton & Hove’s future.

#BrightFuture

As an example of what has come out of the campaign over the last 6 month's, we have identified many empty properties and rundown buildings that have the potential to be regenerated and boost the local economy, working on some ourselves and putting developers in touch with others. Locals have highlighted the need for better bins to promote recycling to our visitors and residents to help keep out city and parks clean.

We also have been supporting a need for the Brighton & Hove ‘Rooftop Revolution’ Pushing for these roof-tops to be used to support solar and wind energy plants and for the multiple benefits of living roofs to be seen as the preferred alternative to a stark concrete top. Some of our original Bright50 images were from the top of Sussex Heights where we realised the poor utilisation of the cities roofscape and its lack of aesthetic appeal, suggesting Solar panels, Living roofs and roof-top gardens.

What changes would you like to see? View our ideas on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram searching for #Bright50 and put your new ideas forward using the new Hash Tag #Brightfuture @ZSTaUK.

 

 

 

 

Who are ZST architects?

A Brighton based national and international architectural and Interior Design practice, ZSTa was formed 3 years ago when Richard Zinzan, Nick Stickland and Nicola Thomas joined forces. 

Now over three years old our team is the real substance to our enterprise, delivering on our client’s design aspiration.

We ARE first and foremost designers and recognise that successful outcomes come from placing our clients at the heart of the design process. At early stages we consider our designs through a collaborative exploration of the brief. Hand drawing is more immediate and helps us feel around the solutions. Embracing the new, we also use 3D modelling to test ideas at the very early outside of a project. We offer a broad range of services and within a broad range of sectors nationally and internationally. 

Watch our short video to find out more about us. If you have a domestic project our sister company ARCH-angels Architects has a team of domestic specialist Architects ready to work on your project across the South of England.

ZST architects End of Summer Party

 

Thank you to all that attended our End of Summer Party held last Friday. It was a wonderful evening filled with laughter, Gin and interesting conversations with like-minded people. We also enjoyed a fantastic interactive workshop for our #Bright50 social media campaign, so thank you to all who took part.

Read more about the ideas our guests came up with and see some images of our giant Brighton and Hove map on our new Bright Future page.

Thanks to Gin and Bear it for supplying a steady flow of award-winning alcohol from Brighton GinBolney wine and Brighton Bier. A further thank you to the University for the use of their venue and wonderful catering, Latest TV for our fantastic short film showcasing ZSTa and of course the colourful Katariina of Light trick photography for capturing the night as it unfolded. If you have any up and coming event please do consider Light Trick Photography – for more information visit http://lighttrick.co.uk/commercial-photography-3/

We hope you enjoyed the evening, thank you to all that attended, we have some photos from the evening below. You are also able to view our video here - ZSTa Short Film

Gold Award for Holiday Lodges

 

We were commissioned to create 22 bespoke lodges with a design-led approach and low environmental impact. This very special site in the Dorset Purbeck countryside is nestled in between multiple SSSI’s and with sensitive wildlife habitats within Burnbake Forest. 

We are delighted to announce that Burnbake Forest Lodges has just achieved a Four-Star Self Catering Accommodation grading by Visit England Quality Assessment report. In addition, the new lodges, designed by ZSTa have achieved the Gold Award after this year's assessment visit. The lodges all sit very safely within the Gold grade with all the quality scores towards the top of the rating band.

The Visit England report states "The development of the lodges has been very successful and the addition of the new lodges this year is another step up in terms of quality for the site. They are all very well presented and equipped, with each having its own hot tub and decked area, with the new lodges also having Bose sound systems in the living areas, larger decked areas and a better location. The setting, in the Burnbake Forest provides a delightful and safe environment for families, with walks and tracks right on the door step. It is also ideally located for exploring the Jurassic coast and its supporting area."

For more information about the site please visit Burnbake Lodges