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Architect of the Year

Posted on: May 11th, 2015 by Dan Jones No Comments

The Environmental Excellence Award recognises the project or building that shows the clearest commitment to meeting the challenge of climate change and raising the understanding of sustainability. civic won the award for their Gamlingay Eco Hub building and were delighted to be able to collect the award with their client team – underpinning our dedication to community led design projects by taking the community with us.

The judges for the award were particularly taken by the way that our building just gets on with being sustainable: the clients believe they now have the greenest community centre in the country.


Airdrie Health Centre

Posted on: March 31st, 2015 by Dan Jones No Comments

North Lanarkshire NHS Trust commissioned civic to design a focal public artwork within an external courtyard at the new Community Health Centre in Airdrie.
The design reflects a complex brief and looks to create an artwork that has a changing aspect depending on internal viewpoint and external weather; that brings a flash of colour into an otherwise monochrome architecture and that seeks to encourage patients and staff to exercise their eyes and look to the sky through the helical and colourful structures.

The sculptures are a product of the structural limits and challenges/opportunities that were already in place (the commission was made just months before the building completion date) and the limited installation conditions (a 60t crane was contracted to land the structures from an adjacent car park).

The steelwork and Perspex structures were developed in close collaboration with Elliot and Co. Structural Engineers in Edinburgh and assembled by HadFab Steel Fabricators in East Lothian.

Perspex Going Forward Magazine

Posted on: January 18th, 2015 by Dan Jones No Comments

Following the successful installation of our Public Artworks at the new Kilsyth Health Centre, Perpsex have featured the project in their trade magazine ‘Going Forward’.

‘Perspex® acrylic fabricator, QD Plastics has recently completed an eye-catching tower of Perspex® acrylic at the brand new £7.8m Kilsyth Health Centre in Lanarkshire, Scotland as part of a public artwork designed by Civic Architects. The contemporary installation has been designed to provide a positive sensory influence on all those who use the facility’.

The overlapping Perspex® acrylic panels cast colour shadows across the walls, courtyard and corridors of the building creating a welcoming feel to the space. Glasgow-based approved Perspex® fabricator, QD Plastics cut messages into the materials linking the sculpture to local places and thoughts. The text was gathered from the people of Kilsyth, who were encouraged to express their thoughts about the locality – the hope being that the messages would provide a positive, meaningful distraction for patients, visitors and staff at the new health centre. The vertical structure encourages viewers to look into the sky for reflection.

Offley Road Interior

Posted on: May 26th, 2014 by Dan Jones No Comments

Aberdeen Northfield Residency

Posted on: March 30th, 2013 by Dan Jones No Comments

The project was supported by Public Art Aberdeen (the City Council’s public art team) as a pilot study to investigate the potential for public spaces to change through the creative relationship between an artist in residence with a community.

The purpose of the project was to capture a point in time and to record a set of ideas that were developed through sketches and conversations between active local groups and civic.

The project concluded with the publication of an artists’ book which constitutes a brief catalogue of ‘starter’ proposals that belong to the residents of Northfield and Cummings Park.  The ideas exist to be developed should there be any capital investment in the neighbourhood’s public realm.

The ideas range in size and in their pragmatism – and they are all intended to lift the day to day experience of living in Northfield. They are also ‘ideas-in-progress’ and have been influenced by those members of the community that were available and willing to think creatively about their own place.

Gamlingay Building Design May 2011

Posted on: May 26th, 2011 by Dan Jones No Comments

Dublin Media Screen

Posted on: May 22nd, 2008 by Dan Jones No Comments

The new digital screen to the west of Dublin’s Temple Bar District was designed to maximise the direct use of the media screen whilst at the same time addressing 3 major viewing angles from opposite and adjacent locations. The limited budget required inventive use of the site.

The design raises the media screen and angles it down towards the long distance view from Dublin’s ‘Creative Corridor’ where a range of art faculties and creative businesses are located. The Mirror Screen then reflects the digitally curated images back to the main pedestrian route from the City centre whilst at
the same time it creates a form of protection to the space – making an ‘outdoor room’ for events.

A large widescreen mirror precicesly reflects images to waiting traffi c, only snapping into view when vehicles reach the opposite traffic lights. A fourth, concave mirror reflects the view to pedestrians approaching the site from the banks of the River Liffey – a popular route from the centre to the famous Guiness Brewery Museums. The scheme was shortlisted and was highly praised by the interview panel but due to Ireland’s econmomic downturn the project remains without funds, and no overall winner was announced.

Hertford Road House

Posted on: May 27th, 2003 by Dan Jones No Comments

The scheme reorganised the entire split-level ground floor of a Victorian terraced house to get more effective use from the space. A principal aim
was to make a small extension to the sitting room without destroying an existing suntrap – now a courtyard – to the side of the house.

Heavily textured courtyard walls pick up sunlight as it falls and help bounce it further into the dining room. The Courtyard is painted in domestic colours
to imply interior walls and the continuation of the Dining room outside. Oversized roof lights make generous pockets of extra head room inside the sitting room. Large sheets of double-glazing are clamped by patent glazing bars each side making simple windows at minimum cost. From the Kitchen there are views through the dining room and sitting room, towards a segment of garden foliage and sky. What you see is a succession of frames, each overlaid on the next.

Stepping down from the hall way by the front door, a body sized vestibule in the swing of the kitchen door is like the inside of a wardrobe, lined out in American

Bathing Beauties Beach Hut

Posted on: May 22nd, 2002 by Dan Jones No Comments

‘Bathing Beauties’ began back in 2006 with an international art and architecture competition to ‘Re-imagine the Beach Hut for the 21st Century’
Our design was an amalgamation of some of the stereotypical and what some would call quintessential British seaside paraphanalia. Beach chairs, wind breaks, lattice fencing and beach huts all have their own particular language of design.

Our hut contained a camera obscura/periscope for viewing the landscape behind, and make a sheltered spot in front of the hut for sitting out on a veranda style platform. The design is also constructed from timber sections that have all been jointed at either 30 or 45 degrees to one another and that can all be easily replaced
with infill panels. This would add to the ageing charm of the hut over time as panels were replaced and swapped out by successive owners.

The 1:20 scale model is still touring arts venues internationally as one of the shortlisted entries.

Newhaven Polyclinic

Posted on: May 22nd, 1998 by Dan Jones No Comments

This public art project took the form of a computer printed waiting hall carpet – set in the central circuation area of a new Polyclinic.
The pattern takes a direct reference from surrounding natural landscapes (chalk downland, clifftop, sea fringes, river bank and hedgerow) and lists out all found and anecdotally grown medicinal plants – as reference to the medical multi-functional nature of a polyclinic.

The installation is permanent, and has a motif running throughout which is the River Ouse. One of the key ideas was to provide a playful fl oor surface whilst at the same time relating the work to the natural landscape surrounding Newhaven whilst at the same time giving patients and visitors something to read as they wait for their appointments.

Each of the carpet tiles has a unique reference code and can be replaced with ease (through Milliken Carpets) to mitigate concerns that the Healthcare Trust had over planned maintenance. The project was delivered through the South Downs Health NHS Trust Arts Initiative; designed by Andrew Siddall as Project Architect at Penoyre & Prasad.