Educating the future

As part of an ongoing commitment to education Peter Norris and Steve Burridge lecture on various courses for the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath. By way of encouragement and reward Oculus awards three prizes annually.

Oculus supports education and encourages excellence for the future of architecture and conservation

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MSc Course - Conservation of Historic Buildings

Peter Norris has been lecturing on this course for over 18 years and has a particular interest and passion for historic buildings. From 2007 Oculus Building Consultancy has presented an annual prize of £250 to the highest performing student successfully completing the course.

2017 Recipient - Eleanor Atherton

The winner of the 2017 Oculus sponsored prize was awarded to Eleanor Atherton.

Previous recipients

  • 2016 Recipient - Shradha Arora 
  • 2015 Recipient - Zachary Osborne
  • 2014 Recipient - Jonathan Vining
  • 2013 Recipient - Judith Mosley
  • 2012 Recipient - Sophie Rahm
  • 2011 Recipient - Emma Green
  • 2010 Recipient - Sam Hale
  • 2009 Recipient - Vanicka Arora
  • 2008 Recipient - James Russiello
  • 2007 Recipient - James Hall

 

 

Architectural Studies Course

The Oculus Team lecture to 4th Year undergraduates studying for a BSc in General Architectural Studies at the University of Bath and provide one to one studio tutorials.  Peter Norris lectures to students on the 6th Year March course and provides one to one studio tutorials. The aim is to ensure that graduates are well versed in the implications of the Building Regulations when they join the construction industry.

By way of encouragement and reward since 2008 Oculus has presented an annual prize of £250 to Second Year students for the ‘Detail Design' Unit of the Architectural Degree Course. The recipients of the prize are selected by Teaching Fellow Dyfed Griffiths of the University. 

2017 Recipient - Maddi Gomez-Iradi

Previous recipients

  • 2016 Joint Recipients - Jasmine Chung & Adam Price
  • 2015 Recipient - Shankar Mall
  • 2014 Recipient - Megan Cumming
  • 2013 Recipient - Jakub Ryng
  • 2012 Recipient -   Devant Asawla 
  • 2011 Recipients - Agnieszka Zielke & Christopher Jones
  • 2010 Recipient -   Daniel Holmes
  • 2009 Recipient -   Phai C Vittayavarakorn
  • 2008 Recipients - 1st Prize Nathan Ovens & Runner Up Marta Ferreira

The Oculus European Study Trip Project Prize

Since 2011 has provided a prize of £500 shared between the winners from the 3rd Year BSc architectural course.

RIBA Professional Practice Part III

Peter Norris lectures annually on the Building Regulations and associated legislation at the University of Bath for Course Director Dyfed Griffiths.

Publications:

Historic Building Conservation series of books published by Wiley Blackwell and edited by Dr Michael Forsyth, University of Bath

Peter Norris is a contributing author on the Structure & Construction and Interior Finishes & Fittings volumes.

CASE STUDY
The Gainsborough Bath Spa

The Gainsborough building situated in the heart of Bath was formerly part of the City of Bath College. A Grade II listed building from the Georgian period designed by John Pinch the Elder. The conversion to a 5* luxury hotel presented many challenges. The new multi-storey Lower Borough Walls wing reflects the host building architecturally. In the heart of the hotel lies Spa Village Bath, which is quite unique insofar as it has access to the natural thermal mineral-rich waters, making it the only natural thermal spa inside a hotel in the UK.

The main stair protection was particularly challenging as enclosing it was not an option from a conservation perspective. A solution of discreetly placed fire curtains operating on the fire alarm system to provide protection was developed. There are also isolated areas with sprinkler protection to provide an alternative to passive fire protection.

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CASE STUDY
Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios design has transformed two tired terraced buildings to a light and airy space reflecting the activities of the end user, Condé Nast College of Fashion.  The interior has been opened up creating a space and environment conducive to learning and reflecting the flair and creativity taking place as part of the education process.

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CASE STUDY
Pangbourne College

The new build Harding Communications Centre at Pangbourne College designed by Mitchell Taylor Workshop combines a music school and ICT facility together under one roof and won the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA South Regional Award 2014. The building was designed to the BREEAM Excellent Standard and uses ‘Passivhaus’ principles with a continuous line of insulation over composite construction. 

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