We are on the edge of significant innovation in transport innovation with driverless cars, drone deliveries, electric vehicles and response to climate emergency all likely to change the infrastructure of our cities. Agglomeration across our cities is increasingly seen as an economic necessity to compete in world markets and emerging technology seeks to reduce reliance on domestic air travel to provide more sustainable high speed travel between cities.
Ryder and Arup were selected as one of ten winners in the Hyperloop One Global Challenge, fending off competition from thousands of international entries. An ideas competition, the challenge called for compelling opportunities where practical application of the evolving technology could be explored. Our Northern Arc proposal – which would link Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool – was one of 34 routes shortlisted.
Newcastle Helix is one of the largest urban regeneration projects of its kind in the UK. The 24 acre science and technology hub on the former brewery site, located in Newcastle’s city centre provides accommodation for over 4,000 jobs, office and research space, and 450 homes. The aim of the development is to become a major UK hub for scientific research, and technology businesses, creating knowledge based jobs for future generations in Newcastle and extending the Northern Powerhouse to “the North of the North”.
In 2016, Legal & General Capital, the investment arm of Legal & General Group, became the principal funding partner with Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University, to build and finance the Newcastle Helix development.
The Lumen Newcastle
The building provides modern workspace for over 1,200 people in the science, technology and knowledge based sectors and is designed to British Council for Office standards with a ratio of occupancy of one person per 8sqm NIA, and to BREEAM Excellent with an EPC rating of A.
Ryder work extensively within the later living sector, approaching each development with a passion to create positive and uplifting places for older residents to live. An important current project in that portfolio is Lodge Road in central London, an example of the vertical village concept of later living that integrates a flexible, menu based approach to living and care needs.
The client, C&C, a charitable provider of accommodation and care for the elderly currently owns and operates a 1960s block containing 202 small bedsits. The accommodation is inflexible, the units are too small and no longer regarded as fit for purpose.
Lodge Road View
Pilgrim Street represents one of the most strategically important city centre regeneration areas in the north of England. Development proposals include three separate city blocks that transform the eastern edge of Pilgrim Street and its connections back into Newcastle’s city centre.
Pilgrim St Masterplan
At the GPTW Awards night in August 2019, it was revealed that i2C placed 14th in the Best Places to Work in Australia Study 2019 (of firms less than 100 employees). We are honoured to have held this position for five years but all credit goes to our team for fostering the great i2C culture, we are so proud of.
The Ryder Alliance partners in Hong Kong
Ryder Alliance, a consortium of likeminded international design practices, established by i2C Architects and Ryder Architecture in the UK in 2014, also includes international operators BIM Academy, Ravetllat Arquitectura, Ruben Reddy and Ward Robinson.