Nomad’s Turning 10!

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It’s already been an extremely eventful year here at Nomad, and we’re only halfway through! To make this year even more memorable, October 2016 marks our 10th Birthday. It’s been a whole decade since we became a registered company way back in 2006, and what a wonderful 10 years it has been. We’ve had the privilege of working with some of the most respected and forward-thinking educational and healthcare institutions in the country, developing many friendships and relationships along the way. We’ve got some fantastic ideas in the pipeline for how we’ll celebrate this landmark year and we will update you with more information in the near future.

Alongside celebration, such a pivotal point provides a great opportunity for reflection. Over the years we have carried out many diverse projects and have amassed a large amount of research data into spaces and, most importantly, how people use these spaces. To mark 10 years we will be looking back over these projects to conduct our own research, providing a meta-analysis that draws out the overarching themes which have been raised again and again. In spite of this, we promise not to get too metaphysical on our birthday.

Keep an eye out for more info. We look forward to celebrating with you soon.

Project win: De Montfort University

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We are very excited to announce our most recent commission for De Montfort University. The University has a range of library and learning spaces that have been developed over time to meet the demands of evolving student requirements. Now they wish to shape a vision for the future development of their learning spaces and have appointed Nomad to help them shape this vision by engaging with their staff and students. Our research team will be working with the Library and Learning Services to engage with stakeholders to better understand the modern expectations of the service and its associated physical spaces. Combined with critically evaluating their existing accommodation to look at options for inspirational learning resources.

We will be planning the project over the summer months, and the actual engagement should begin when the students and staff return for the start of the new term. The project is due for completion in Feb 2017.

University Business UWL & KCL Write up.

 

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Many thanks to Steve Wright and University Business for the fantastic write up of our projects at University of West London and Kings College London. Both projects were a joy to work on and they could not have been more different so they kept us on our toes for a good few months.  They also shared extremely positive responses from their students and it was great to see all the excited tweets etc about the new spaces.  If you would like to read the article which, also features The Fry Building at University of Bristol designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Click this link

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University of Strathclyde

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We are delighted to announce that we have been appointed to work with the University of Strathclyde on an exciting and innovative new project. The University have commissioned us at the early stages of an emerging project. Our role is to engage the staff and students in a Creative Consultation project to help establish user-centred requirements for a major new space on campus. The information that we gather will be used to inform an architectural brief and business case for this potential new development.

It is particularly exciting to be engaged in a project which aims to use a people-centred approach from the outset to inspire the core thinking of a major education project. The timescales for this project are very tight. We will carry out the majority of the works before students finish their exams in late May with some more staff focused methods running over into the summer months. The final The final report will be completed by August 2016.

University challenge: transforming your academic library- SCURL Aberdeen

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It has been a few weeks now but we have finally got round to writing up our speaking event at the SCURL conference at University of Aberdeen.   Our client Wendy Pirie, Head of Academic and Learner Services at Heriot-Watt University  asked us to join her to speak about the work we are doing for the University consulting about, designing and strategising  new learning environments across campus.  The conference took place in the University’s relatively new and very famous Duncan Rice Library building created by Danish designers, Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects.  Wendy had previously been the University librarian and played a key role in the creation of this wonderful building.  As a result she had loads of great and detailed advice to give under our topic, ‘Redesigning spaces for students’ learning requirements’.  There were a number of interesting presentations including, Elaine Muir of University of West of Scotland on their award winning Ayr Campus and ‘Break-up or Love Letters to your Library’ by Alison Stevenson, Head of Learning Resources at Glasgow School of Art.  This was very interesting for us as it is quite similar to a creative writing task we set workshop participants to write either a birth announcement or an obituary for their new or old spaces. However – the building stole the show – or to be more accurate the fabulous views from the building to the North sea stole the show for us.   If you can get there pay a visit.  It is well worth the effort.

 

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The Green Heart of University of Birmingham

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We are delighted to announce our most recent commission for the University of Birmingham Green Heart Project.  Our research team have been appointed to collaborate with Churchman Landscape Architects (whom we have also just collaborated with at Glasgow Caledonian University) The Green Heart project will create a striking new landscape in the historic Edgbaston campus of UoB. Our research will help tease out the various current and potential future uses for the space while uncovering information about the institutions identity and culture.   The project is due for a phased completion with the first phase completed for Summer 2017-keep an eye on our blog and website for updates.

http://www.churchmanlandscapearchitects.co.uk/

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/university/building/index.aspx

GCU Heart of Campus Update

 

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The first phase of the Heart of Campus project for Glasgow Caledonian University is almost complete.  Works are ongoing but the final components will be installed over the next few weeks.  In amongst the images above is a sneak-peek at the handmade Lace-Fence screens that will appear throughout the Restaurant and Study Club on the ground floor.  Also featured are the Study Club with its undulating ceiling and the ‘Visa Station’ located within ISSS on the first floor where the Campus Life Desk and Student Information Lounge are due to be completed imminently.

 

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Hamish Wood ground floor and Pavilion Gateway

With works almost complete in the George Moore building attention has turned to the second phase of the Heart of Campus project.  The Hamish Wood building is currently being remodelled and a new Pavilion will form a gateway for the campus.  The Pavilion will house our interpretation of a modern reception space – affectionately known simply as the ‘Squiggle’ the bespoke installation is made up from 222 timber fins that perform various tasks: café seating, reception desk, information points etc.

The main structure of the Pavilion is complete and we are looking forward to seeing the project develop over the next few months.