|10 years of OPUN Design Reviews
10 years ago Nils Feldmann was chosen to become a member of the East Midlands Design Review Panel by OPUN, the architecture centre for the region; in addition to general design his remit also includes sustainability and urban design to provide comprehensive feedback on proposals.
Since 2009 he involved in design panel meetings across the East Midlands, ranging from strategic reviews of large scale urban extensions through to detailed assessments of one-off houses in the open countryside, which he regularly chairs.
|Celebrating 5 years in business
Feldmann Architects are celebrating 5 successful years this month, including a couple of RIBA awards for our work and an appearance on Channel 4's "House of the Year" programme.
A number of projects are currently under construction, including a restauration scheme in Malta, the comprehensive refurbishment of a farmstead and the conversion of a textiles mill into offices
We plan to add more contemporary residential and office work to our expanding portfolio in the next 5 years.
|Topping out for Barn extension
Work is progressing to extend a barn into a family dwelling, arranged around a new walled garden. The new extension houses kitchen, dining and living under a generous vaulted roof.
|PechaKucha: Leics is More
Leicester's Love Architecture Festival 2018 included an entertaining and thought-provoking PechaKucha evening; Nils Feldmann contributed with a virtual stroll from New York to Leicester's New Walk.
|Leicester Planning Forum 2018
Nils Feldmann chaired the Leicester Planning Forum 2018, an experts' debate about the new NPPF with planning solicitor Chris May, architect Nigel Rawson and Grant Butterworth, Head of Planning.
|Love Architecture Festival 2018
Feldmann Architects are part of the team organizing Love Architecture, the city's first architecture festival, set up by the LRSA, the Leicestershire and Rutland Society of Architects.
|Guided Walk: The Cultural Quarter
Discovery of Leicester's Cultural Quarter on an architect-led tour covering the history and transformation of the area from hosiery and boot making to today's creative industries.
|Mill conversion in progress
The transformation of a vacant textile mill in Leicester is underway to create open plan office accommodation for a number of start-ups and expanding companies in the city's growing digital industry sector.
|Stable conversion under way
The conversion of a vacant stable into a holiday apartment is under way, which includes the construction of a panoramic balcony with a view of the battlefield of the Battle of Naseby in 1685.
|Mixed use master plan approved
The mixed use master plan for a brownfield site in Leicester has been approved, combining historic Georgian buildings with new apartments and offices around a shared courtyard.
|Upside Down House in Malta started
Construction has begun on the refurbishment and extension of a listed townhouse in Sliema in Malta, which includes the creation of a new top floor for kitchen, dining and living area.
|Barn extension under construction
Work has started to extend a barn in Northamptonshire into a family home, including the creation of a new walled garden and panoramic views across the countryside.
|Architectural Guide: Rutland Street
Written for the Love Architecture Festival, this guide looks at key buildings along Rutland Street and the master plan for the Leicester's Cultural Quarter.
The guide describes the history of the Cultural Quarter and its current transformation from hosiery and boot making to today's creative industries.
The important historic buildings, mostly listed, are covered as well as the contemporary buildings including LCB Depot, Maker’s Yard and the Curve.
|Permission in conservation area
Planning approval has been granted for a contemporary extension and loft conversion to a Victorian house in a prominent position in the conservation area of Kibworth Beauchamp.
|Planning approval for modern house
Planning permission has been granted for a contemporary dwelling on a secluded plot between a Grade II listed hall and a Grade I listed church, resulting in a sensitive response to the site setting.
|Mixed use master plan proposal
The mixed use redevelopment of a brownfield site in Leicester has been submitted for planning.
The proposal combines the retention and conversion of the two historic buildings for residential use with the construction of new apartments and offices around a landscaped courtyard.
The site is located in the Georgian new town, now part of the New Walk Conservation Area, and the oldest of the buildings date back to around 1840.
|Upside Down House in Malta granted
Planning permission has been granted for the refurbishment and extension of a listed townhouse in Sliema in Malta. The new top floor will house kitchen, dining and living area with access to new roof terraces.
|Modern house in historic context
The planning application for the design of a contemporary dwelling has been submitted on a secluded piece of land situated between a Grade II listed hall and a Grade I listed church.
|Permission for holiday apartment 17.09.2017
Plans to turn a vacant stable block into a rural holiday apartment have been approved; the spacious character of the upper floor will be retained with great views across the open countryside.
|Love Architecture: Cultural Quarter
The guided walk is part of Heritage Open Day 2017 and looks at historic and contemporary buildings in the Cultural Quarter incl LCB Depot, Maker’s Yard, Curve and Phoenix Square.
|Proposal for Maltese townhouse
The refurbishment and extension of a listed townhouse in Sliema proposes to relocate kitchen, dining and living area to a new top floor with easy access to new terraces on the existing roof.
|RIBA Journal Litmus Group
Nils Feldmann has been named as one of the 40 architects who will form the newly created Litmus Group to provide regular feedback on the RIBA Journal's editor Hugh Pearman.
|Historic townhouse in Malta
The vacant townhouse in Sliema in Malta will receive a new contemporary top floor and roof terraces as part of a sympathetic refurbishment including the repair of the key internal and external features.
|Planning approval for Victorian Mill
The residential conversion of a Victorian mill in Leicester's city centre will create 12 apartments, including duplex dwellings over two floors with views across the old town and the adjacent New Walk.
|Mixed-use conversion in Palma
The listed building and the two adjoining properties in the Sindicat neighbourhood of Palma de Mallorca will be converted into apartments and the protected ground floor shop carefully refurbished.
|Planning application submitted
The proposed conversion of the Victorian mill, built originally as a shoe or hosiery factory, will bring the building back to life, remove crude alterations from the facades and add a contemporary rooftop extension.
The top floor will be a modern addition to the eclectic street scene and complement the solid masonry façade.
The conversion will create 12 dwellings including duplex apartments with views across the old town and New Walk.
|Rural extension aproved
The proposals for the former agricultural barn include the creation of a new walled garden, which opens out towards the sun and offers panoramic views across the open countryside
|Park View transformation complete
The detached house overlooking Sutton Park, one of the largest urban parks in Europe, has received a comprehensive refurbishment as well as a two-storey extension and a new entrance.
|Architectural Guide: Rutland Street
Written for the Love Architecture Festival, this architectural guide looks at key buildings along Rutland Street and the master plan for the Cultural Quarter in.
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|Love Architecture: Cultural Quarter
The guided walk is part of Heritage Open Day and looks at historic and contemporary buildings in the Cultural Quarter incl LCB Depot, Maker’s Yard, Curve and Leicester Print Workshop.
|Second term as LRSA President
Nils Feldmann has been re-elected as the President of the Leicestershire & Rutland Society of Architects and will also continue in his role on the Conservation Advisory Panel at Leicester City Council.
|RIBA Journal: EM Awards 2016
The RIBA Journal features this year's Regional Awards winners in its June edition, with an introduction to the East Midlands and its key urban developments by Nils Feldmann.
|Join the C20 Society
Feldmann Architects have joined the East Midlands group of the Twentieth Century Society, which protects and promotes the heritage of architecture and design in Britain from 1914 onwards.
|Listed building consent granted
The approved plans to convert the Grade II listed Outpatient Clinic and Nurses Home of the former Coventry & Warwickshire Hospital into student accommodation also include new buildings on the site.
|RTPI Urban Design Network
Feldmann Architects presented case studies at the panel discussion "Creating successful places: Challenges, Catalysts and Opportunities" organized by the Royal Town Planning Institute.
|Planning consent achieved
The proposals to refurbish a detached house in rural Leicestershire have been granted planning permission; the work incorporates sympathetic two-storey extensions on both sides of the dwelling.
|Listed building consent granted
The origins of the Grade II listed house date back to the 17th century; the approved changes re-instate the historic footprint and repair unsympathetic alterations from previous decades.
|10 Years at the LSA
Since 2005 Nils has been teaching students at the Leicester School of Architecture of De Montfort University as a senior lecturer about design, structures
|Homebuilding & Renovating
Knighton House features in the March edition of Homebuilding & Renovating and is illustrated as an example of how contemporary additions can sit perfectly with period properties.
|Grand Designs: House of the Year
Feldmann Architects feature on Channel 4's Grand Designs: House of the Year, which follows the search of the Royal Institute of British Architects for the best new home in Britain.
Knighton House in Leicester is shown as a contemporary example of renovating and extending a period property and Kevin McCloud said:
"New approaches, materials and ideas can revitalize an old building; the extensions are low, long and powerful."
|Pfister+Vogel back in use
The conversion of the lower floors of the Grade II listed Pfister+Vogel former leather warehouse back to offices has been completed and Mojo Promotions have moved into their new accommodation.
|Leicester's hidden potential
In an article for the Leicester Mercury Nils Feldmann argues for a better appreciation and inventive re-use of post-war properties in the city centre, instead of non-descript redevelopment.
|Interview with BBC Radio
Nils Feldmann was invited to join BBC Radio Leicester a live debate about architecture and public realm in the city and the role of the Leicestershire & Rutland Society of Architects.
|Planning permission granted
The plans to reconfigure a two-storey dwelling in Leicestershire have received planning approval and include contemporary extensions facing the street and overlooking the open countryside.
|Article for the Architects' Journal
On behalf of the Architects' Journal Nils Feldmann reviewed undergraduate and postgraduate work in the 2015 Degree Show at the Leicester School of Architecture.
|President of the LRSA
Nils Feldmann has been elected as the 72. President of the Leicestershire & Rutland Society of Architects; he also represents the LRSA on the Conservation Advisory Panel at Leicester City Council.
|Presentation at Sustainability Forum
On behalf of the Royal Institue of British Architects Nils Feldmann illustrated the approach of architects to create sustainable buildings at the East Midlands Chamber's Sustainability Forum.
|Winner of two RIBA Awards 2015
Feldmann Architects received two RIBA awards for Knighton House at the awards ceremony at Leicester Cathedral:
RIBA East Midlands Awards 2015 and
RIBA East Midlands Small Project 2015.
|Listed building consent for offices
The conversion of the iconic Grade II listed former headquarters and warehouse back to its historic use as offices has been approved; the sensitive repair will restore the original open plan ground floor.
|Guest critic at the Bartlett
Nils Feldmann was invited as a guest critic to the Bartlett School of Architecture by Unit 17, run by Yeoryia Manolopoulou, Niall McLaughlin and Michiko Sumi to review work by post-graduate students.
|FMB National Awards Winner
Knighton House was named the Energy Efficient Project of the Year and Rockingham Construction won the Federation of Master Builders National Award at the ceremony in London.
|Planning approval for refurbishment
The proposal to extend and reconfigure a two-storey house overlooking Sutton Park has received planning approval. The work includes a new entrance and additional accommodation facing the garden.
|Baker + Soars Yard re-imagined
Bespoke offices are proposed in the grounds of a Grade II listed house, on the former footprint of the Baker + Soars workshop on Wellington Street beneath the surviving wall signage.
|LCB Depot work complete
The Leicester Creative Business Depot on Rutland Street in the Cultural Quarter contains offices for creative industries.
The refurbishment of the public ground floor improves the internal layout and revitalizes the lobby with a contemporary look, improved acoustics and coherent furniture.
The most significant addition is an illuminated light wall of glowing orange panels at the centre of the reception area, which is lit up around the clock to signal the building to passers-by.
|Music studio proposals
Initial proposal have been prepared to convert a former light industrial building in Leicester into a creative hub featuring recording studios, a dance studio and shared work spaces for creatives.
|New digital headquarters
The refurbishments of two adjoining Grade II listed buildings in the historic centre of Leicester is under way, to form the new headquarters for an expanding digital business in the heart of the city
|Works starts at the LCB Depot
The enhancement at the LCB Depot on Rutland Street is in progress. The improvements will revitalizes the lobby with a contemporary look, improved acoustics and new furniture.
|East Midlands Design Review Panel
Nils Feldmann is a member of the Design Review Panel run by OPUN, the architecture centre for the East Midlands. The panel comments on important planning applications across the region.
|President-Elect of the LRSA
Nils Feldmann has been confirmed as the President-Elect of the Leicestershire & Rutland Society of Architects; he will work alongside the current president before becoming the 72. President in 2015.
|Guided Walk: The Cultural Quarter
The guided walk looks at historic and contemporary buildings in the Cultural Quarter incl LCB Depot, Maker’s Yard, Curve and Phoenix Square and the on-going regeneration work in the area.
|Veterinary surgery submitted
Plans for a veterinary surgery in Leicester have been submitted for planning. The silhouette of the new building responds to the contours of the adjacent park and allows views of the park beyond.
|Chair of the EM RIBA Awards
Nils Feldmann has been selected as the chair of the jury for this year's RIBA Awards in the East Midlands. The jury will visit all shortlisted schemes, before all winners are announced nationwide.
|Old Station Yard master plan
The historic Loco Shed forms the focal point of the redevelopment master plan, which proposes new houses and ffice buildings to complement the existing activities on the former station in Rutland.