SpaceShapers – Infrastructure Design Architecture
It begins with VISION. The ability to foresee the potential in a site / existing building to become a seamlessly functioning transportation hub. Moreover, a first-class transportation hub is at the heart of any cities potential to expand and rise in stature. It is this vision that drives the SpaceShapers team to provide the highest level of infrastructure design architecture and construction services.
Nevertheless, great vision must be in combination with a thorough understanding of economic, infrastructural, regulatory and environmental realities. Successful endeavours are marked by thorough preparation. This is no less true with railway station design. Initially, our team will clarify the vision, priorities and economic expectations of all stakeholders. Followed by a creative review of site opportunities and constraints, against financial considerations in order to develop the preliminary concept.
The concept will be further refined by applying the Four Stakeholder Factors: Added logistical planning must be also factored in for stations being renovated, or developed in readiness for major pedestrian flow events. The resulting Concept Brief will succinctly establish the financial feasibility, cost plan and funding sources for capitalising on the best opportunities for developing the site. Finally, we will specify the key regulatory requirements that could impinge on the success of the project.
Systems to enable partners and contractors to work closely on infrastructure projects
For each project we set up and implement a system that enables and encourages the collaboration between all parties and stakeholders. So that every discipline contributes to the organisation and to achieve parallel integration of the relevant information for the design process. We effectively coordinate related construction elements, in terms of spatial requirements and constraints, as well as to phased deployment on-site. This bespoke, shared knowledgebase facilitates the design of efficient and optimal solutions in terms of their performance/ cost balance.
Infrastructure and transportation hubs are inherently extremely costly buildings to operate in terms of energy consumption. Especially as they can be in use 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Since they are in constant use and tend to be much more prone to being partly open to the elements, lighting, heating and cooling, operational costs can be vast. As such, these buildings are continually seeking to reduce energy through sustainable design.
Consequently, SpaceShapers environmental designers are well versed in looking at each infrastructure project in terms of the existing infrastructure and climatic / topographic constraints versus the comfort and operational criteria required. Following this, we then explore passive and active measures to reduce energy to a minimum within the constraints of what is usually a very complex urban infrastructure. Finally, our low energy design specialists will review how to supply the remaining energy required through renewables and energy storage.
To conclude, we focus on how transport hubs are at the heart of our cities when providing infrastructure design architecture services. With attention to how good design is key in making the passenger experience smooth, enjoyable and to foster that excitement of travel.
RIBA Chartered Architects
Environmental Design (low energy) specialists
‘Prince’ qualified Project Managers