RCUK Flood Expo 2015 – Baca Seminars

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The Flood Expo returns to the Excel Centre in London on the 14th & 15th of October 2015. The largest event of its kind in the world, the show presents solutions to widespread flooding problems from the world’s leading flood prevention companies, alongside an extensive seminar and workshop schedule highlighting new, cost-effective ways to prevent and manage floods.

Baca will be presenting seminars in the Marshall’s Theatre on both days. Wednesday the 14th will see Richard Coutts examining how to create a hierarchical risk management plan; looking at how new technology can be used to protect and maintain this infrastructure in the event of a flood (or other natural disaster) to provide protection to a city and also to enable continued occupation of cities that could otherwise be untenable.

On Thursday the 15th, Robert Barker will explore the technical details behind amphibious and floating construction for both residential and commercial properties. The seminar will also consider the issues of mortgages and finance, demonstrate how to overcome planning issues, and look at some of the urban design benefits of utilising waterspaces.

If you would like to book free tickets to this event, please follow this link to register.

Baca Seminars:

Amphibious Housing UK – Thursday 15th October 2015, 14:00-14:30, Marshall’s Theatre

 Adaptive City Planning – Wednesday 14th October 2015, 11.45-12.15, Marshall’s Theatre

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Baca Fiesta – No Flooding, But Lots Of Rain!

Summer Party blog 2015Last night’s Baca Summer Party at the soon-to-be-demolished Beadnell Road site was a wonderful evening, even with the heavy downpour!  Safely under the cover of one of the disused warehouse areas, food, drinks and conversation flowed to summer sounds – and monsoon-like music from the rain at points.

The team were also pleased to present some of their independent creative works in the form of photography, art and poetry.  Many thanks to all those who attended and contributed to making it such an enjoyable affair.  Until next time…

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Signature Tower For Belgium


Our clients were so taken with the design of Baca’s Nijmegen Tower, Netherlands, showcased at MIPIM 2015 in Cannes, they felt that the strong silhouette and fluid forms could be evolved for their prominent site on the border between Belgium and Holland.

The desire to create an engaging public space helped to drive the design for the 250,000 sq ft development. The hotel tower forms the centre piece of the development, supported by a mix of leisure and retail at ground level with residential units above.

The design is currently in development.

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Finishing Touches To White Post Quay

©BacaArchitectsWhite Post Quay- July2015Work continues at White Post Quay, a six-storey building overlooking the Olympic Park in East London that will be utilised by local artists and artisans.

The building has now been topped out and is watertight. The next phase includes the link block to connect the new canalside building to the existing suite of warehouses.  A sample of the feature façade will soon be made up for checking before the full integrated shading and balustrading is installed to protect and articulate the south-facing façade.

The new building will act as a hub for the sites’ numerous artists and artisans, housing a cafe and exhibition spaces. The building has been stepped back at ground and first floor levels to provide a public apron onto the canal and connection to the new footbridge.

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Floating Restaurants For Liverpool

168©BacaArchitects-Salthouse Dock-AerialBaca have developed feasibility proposals for a cluster of floating restaurants for Salthouse Dock in Liverpool.

Following the development principles set out in the ‘Waterspace Plan’ for the South Docks, the dock is designated for restaurant and retail uses and will form part of the ‘shop window’ to Liverpool’s historic docks and World Heritage Site.

The 12,000 sq ft development will be made up from three to four floating restaurants. These will cater for a variety of tastes and be linked by a public accessway and generous floating terrace at water level. Each unit will have a private roof terrace with panoramic views of the UK’s largest cluster of Grade I Buildings – the Albert Dock warehouses, and to the Liverpool’s famous Three Graces.

Background: Baca completed Liverpool South Dock’s ‘Waterspace Plan’ in 2013, which is now supplementary planning guidance for the Canal and Rivers Trust. The Waterspace Plan won the Water Renaissance top prize for Masterplanning and Regeneration in 2014.

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Baca’s Summer Fiesta 2015


Baca’s 2015 summer party, a pop-up fiesta, will be taking place at Beadnell Mews prior to demolition. The courtyard and small warehouses will make way for a new mews development.

Expect music, summer catering and a drink or two to celebrate the summer and another successful year.

For more information, please contact Amy Dron on adron@baca.uk.com.  We hope to see you there..!

About Beadnell Mews

Once completed, the development will comprise a three-/four-storey residential block along the street front, with four houses facing onto a shared courtyard to the rear. The front block is divided in two to provide a pedestrian routeway through to the new mews at the rear. Each house has its own garden that opens onto the central courtyard – a communal safe playground for children and a shared place for all the residents. The buildings have been sculpted to maximise light between and over the houses into the courtyard, as well as creating south-facing roofs for solar panels. The front block is designed to create a contemporary form that also provides continuity along the street line, with the roof of the front block crafted to reduce the eaves line.

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Water In Future Cities, Flood-proof Workshop, 30th June 2015

NERC - RCUK Watershowcase Event

We are fast approaching the National Environment Research Council’s RCUK Water Showcase, ‘Water in Future Cities’.  Taking place at The Crystal, London on the 30th of June 2015, the event will see policymakers, businesses and researchers exploring five distinctive visions for these cities of the future:

Green Food & Garden Cityscapes, Flood-proof Cities, Smart Homes & City Networks, Cities & the Underworld and Community Transition Cities

Richard Coutts of Baca will be running a workshop on Flood-proof cities with Dr. Jim Wharfe, one of the parallel workshops on Business of Water in Cities that will explore possible routes to realise these visions.

The Research Councils UK-sponsored event will facilitate dialogue and collaborations between researchers and research users in industry, government and third sector.

If you would like to attend the event, please complete the registration by following this link.

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