For this month’s First Friday, ST fled the office to enjoy some summer sunshine and enjoy the Louis Kahn exhibit at the Design Museum (and some enormous pizzas at the Dickens Inn at St Katherine Docks!).
This week the office enjoyed a walking tour to Smiljan Radic’s Serpentine Pavilion, stopping to enjoy a few drinks and a few facades along the way.
Sonnemann Toon attended this fascinating cross-disciplinary course exploring the latest concepts and ideas in Emergency Department design.
The design workshops allowed Clinicians, Estates teams and architects a unique opportunity to brainstorm ideas on how an A&E design can facilitate clinical processes and support the delivery of care.
ST has been certified to ISO 9001 since April 2008 and has recently achieved certification to both OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001, the two new standards have been bolted onto our original Quality Management System to form our in depth Integrated Managements System.
These certifications show ST’s continued committment to sustainability, safe working conditions, and quality management.
STA staff attended the audio webinar BIM for Small Practices: Implement & Collaborate. The webinar focused on how to make using virtual systems a reality for architect’s implementing BIM within a multidisciplinary project team.
The webinar also included helpful lessons and pitfalls of BIM while going through real time BIM case study from a small practice. We learned about design work-flow and productivity when managing documentation and business processes while collaborating in BIM.
We have three projects currently on display at The Building Centre. 122 Harley Street, 11 Harley Street and 26-28 Hallam Street have all been selected to showcase the best of recent developments for London’s Great Estates.
It’s a major NLA exhibition that examines the evolution of London’s Great Estates and their impact on the development of new large-scale areas of the capital under a single ownership.
The exhibition runs from 17th October – 19th December.
The hole at 11 Harley Street continues to grow. Disused fuel tanks beneath the old pumping station at 3 Wigmore Place have been removed and 20 of the 70 no. 1m2 sections of special reinforced concrete underpins are in. It’s painstaking, but steady progress.
We’re into our second month on site at 11 Harley Street and, after a minor setback over some undiscovered asbestos, progress continues apace with demolition of the existing Harley Street annex and 3 Wigmore Place Coach House. By the looks of things, we’re coming into a glorious summer – perfect for pouring concrete!
The new entrance to The Princess Grace Hospital is now open! The ground floor has been remodeled to allow for a more open & welcoming reception with a light & bright waiting space. The new ‘glass box’ with illuminated signage enhances the hospital’s presence on Marylebone Road while modernizing the hospital’s appearance. Staff & patients are thrilled with their new space and are eagerly awaiting the delivery of new furniture.
68 Harley Street MROpen being craned into position
As hundreds of flights were cancelled and parts of the country gridlocked due to the heavy snowfall on the weekend of 19th January – a 30 tonne magnet was lifted into the light well at the rear of 68 Harley Street. This is the first MROpen scanner to be installed in London – part of a unique imaging suite at the European Scanning Centre.
The European Scanning Centre are preparing for the arrival of two state-of-the-art scanners.
Part of the ground floor has been removed to make way for a rigid base for the EOS scanner – minimal vibrations will mean extra clear scans; and a pit has been excavated to allow the 30 tonne MROpen to be ‘slotted’ into the basement through the rear light well.
Challenging design, construction and logistics to allow cutting edge scanning in the heart of Harley Street.
From more than 220 entries submitted, The City of Coventry Health Centre has been chosen as winner of the Clinician’s Choice Award 2012. It was a very proud moment for the whole team & a very successful culmination of over 8 years hard work; Sonnemann Toon worked on the scheme with NHS Coventry, Coventry Care Partnerships & Galliford Try.
Dr. Roy MacGregor, clinical specialist on the judging panel, said of the scheme ‘It is a very flexible & forward-thinking design.’
For further details visit the Building Better Healthcare website
Jonathan Holt and Cressida Toon will be discussing Sonnemann Toon’s approach to Quality Management at RIBA’s ‘Guerilla Tactics’. The conference session at 10am on 7th November, on the benefits of good Quality Management Systems and how to implement them.
For further details visit Guerilla tactics 2012
In his technical study in October’s AJ, Felix Mara describes how the challenges of way finding, control of infection and acoustics amongst others, were met in the design for the City of Coventry Health Centre.
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Sonnemann Toon’s luxury 6 flat refurbishment at 26/28 Hallam Street has been published in a glowing report by Viel Richardson of the Marylebone Journal. “Challenge or not, the finished project is a beautiful building, with its Streamline Moderne design adding genuine interest to the area. And it appears that the team enjoyed working on it every bit as much as residents and passers-by will enjoy looking at it for many years to come.”
We certainly did enjoy ourselves and hope that Viel is right that others will appreciate the results.
Coventry has picked up another two nominations for ‘Best Designed Project’ and ‘Best Sustainability in a Project’ at the Partnership Awards 2012. The awards, now in their 14th year celebrate best practice and innovation in the PFI/PPP market. This is an outstanding achievement for Sonnemann Toon Architects in a year in which entry to the competition has been opened up to international applications.
The expansion of the Intensive Therapy Unit & installation of the new MRI have been completed. Staff are very happy with the improved workflow on the unit and have said that the bright finishes palette really helps to make the right impression!
See our project pages for more details and photographs of the finished scheme.
City of Coventry Health Centre has been shortlisted for both the Design & Innovation and Community Benefit categories in this year’s RICS Awards.
Our tenth year in business is underway! We’re all hugely proud of what we’ve achieved since 2002 and are excited and optimistic about the next ten years!
& congratulations to Jonathan Holt whose promotion to Associate was announced to the office today.
Full height glazing and sliding doors have been delivered to the rooftops of London as the final piece of the puzzle comes together to make the penthouse flat at Hallam Street watertight. The views are spectacular – both to and from the building.
CoCHC had a busy first day…Mark Jones of NHS Coventry confirmed that patients were turning up in droves to sign up with the GPs that have relocated to the centre. The building is now fully operational following a successful handover last year – on time & on budget!
Programme week 22 of 37 at Hallam Street and the light is beginning to appear at the end of the tunnel. Floor finishes are down, the stair carcass is constructed and kitchens are starting to go into the large openplan living space of our largest maisonette. The dryest November on record lends the roofing contrators a hand and we are finally watertight up to 6th floor after a nailbiting week of tarpaulins and crossed fingers!
The focus on site has shifted inside. Galliford Try’s decorators are now starting to paint the feature bands of colour that will form the base for departmental signage. 500mm high polyester powder coated aluminium letters placed at high level on the bold painted bands, will allow patients to locate department entrances across large waiting spaces.
Sonnemann Toon Architects have been shortlisted in two categories this year: Best Interior Design and Best Acute Design for the Building Better Healthcare Awards 2011. We are looking forward to the award ceremony on 10th November.
For further details visit BBHealthcareAwards
Cressida Toon will be discussing Sonnemann Toon Architect’s work at RIBA’s ‘Guerilla Tactics’. The conference session at 10am on 10th November, will focus on the pros and cons of working in a specialism.
For further details visit GuerrillaTactics2011
Teamed with AHMM, Elliot Wood, Davis Langdon & BBUK, Sonnemann Toon Architect’s are one of eight to have been shortlisted for a RIBA competition to design inpatient facilities for South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust. The first 6 months of the project will be devoted to establishing innovate design standards for inpatient care. The winning team will be announced later this month.
26-28 Hallam Street began on site on Monday 18th July. It is Sonnemann Toon’s first multi dwelling, all residential scheme. With a 34wk contract period it is due for completion in February 2012. See project pages for updates.
Our refurbishment of a Grade 2 listed building at 35 Weymouth Street to create an Intensive Therapy Unit for The Harley Street Clinic has been completed. See our project pages for more details and photographs of the finished scheme.
Sonnemann Toon are excited to announce the practical completion of our extensive refurbishment of a Grade 2 Listed Georgian terraced house at 102 Harley Street.