The University of Derby's new Sports Centre, designed by William Saunders Partnership, only opened in September 2015 and built at a cost of £10.8m. It provides the university with a range of facilities, include astroturf pitch, 8 badminton courts, 70 station fitness suite, cycling studio, bouldering wall and 3 lane indoor sprint track.
It felt like too long since I'd been away for more than just a few days to experience the outdoors, so with some time off the calls of the west coast of Scotland were too much. Taking in parts of the North Coast 500 route and also the Isle of Skye provided a dramatic backdrop for a camping adventure.
Some recent work for Pavilion Garden Studios, who provide characterful garden rooms using hi-tech materials and a fully insulated design. Lucky with the weather and a full moon on this shoot, I would love to be able to have one of these magnificent buildings as my own studio.
Over a quiet period during the week I took the chance to get out to north Wales, I've always loved the area there and the weather was forecast to be good. That weather forecast was right, and provided the perfect conditions to not only visit the coast, but also go for a 12 mile walk/climb in Snowdonia with spectacular views over mount Snowdon.
Derby arena is a new velodrome and multi-purpose area opened in January 2015. It has a capacity of 1700 people for the velodrome layout and 5500 for concerts and was designed by architects Faulkner Browns.
Lawrence developed his project ‘Architectural Engagement’ to comment on the state of current architectural photography, and its representation of the human relationship with their surroundings.
By using current techniques, which often depreciate the emphasis of human connection, and with the inclusion of a human form, he hopes it will make the viewer question their interaction with their neighbouring milieu.
Another trip away as I had some time off last week, got out to explore the millennium Walkway at New Mills. The walkway, which winds its way along the edge of the river, won the British Construction Award in 2000 shortly after it was opened.
I also took the time to explore Manchester city centre and the Ladybower reservoir area of the Peaks.
The drive down to Cardiff wasn't exactly ideal, traffic and mixed weather saw to that, but all was restored when I entered the Royal Welsh College for Music and Drama (RWCMD for short) building. Even with the cafe busy with creative students talking and playing music, the buildings subtle curved lines give a sense of calm to the large interior.
The building designed by BFLS (now Flanagan Lawrence) includes a 450 seater auditorium, 180 seater theatre, four rehearsal studios and an exhibition gallery amongst other things, all designed to work acoustically and creatively for the students.