Our Featured Projects.
Vertical Growth Facility
Intelligent Growth Solutions Ltd appointed AMCA Architects in 2015 to explore options for a unique crop research and production facility at the James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie.
The brief was to develop proposals for a unique structure that would have a controlled internal environment for the installation of 4 vertical growth towers with a clear height of 9.2m. Each tower has a 40sq.m. footprint and a growing area of 312sq.m. the facility uses advanced LED lighting, air flow controls, closed loop irrigation systems and no pesticides to grow crops in a mechanised indoor process for 365 days a year. Each growth module holds racks of trays suitable for growing a range of fast-growing herb, leafy greens and vegetables.
AMCA Architects have designed a scalable, sustainable modular structure which comprised an exoskeletal steel frame with composite panels to walls and roof, fixed internally to achieve a clear flat shell. The footprint extends to 663sq.m. to include ancillary servicing areas for planting and harvesting of crops.
The first phase was constructed in 2017 is the first Vertical Farm in Scotland. The facility is used by IGS as demonstrator and has enabled the rollout of their innovative vertical farm technology nationally and globally.
Aviemore Filling Station
Approximately £2 million has been spent on redevelopment of the site, which opened in 2017. The proposal was for the redevelopment of the site to provide a modern filling station facility with an associated convenience store of approximately 267square metres. The shop has been constructed from a steel frame to create three pitched roof sections, one large and two equal smaller ones that run east to west.
The proposals included for the removal of the existing canopy, pumps, jet wash facility and sales building but keeping the existing east most wall and forecourt boundary wall adjacent to the Network Rail land.
The proposed facility incorporated 2 No new double skinned steel below ground tanks with a 3 island triangular forecourt laid out to allow ease of access and egress for the delivery tanker and vehicles.
The store offers motorists the chance to fill up their shopping baskets at the same time as they fill up with BP’s high-quality fuel, a toilet accessible to disabled people, a baby changing-room, onsite parking and ATM facilities.
Pontesbury Retail Store
AMCA were appointed as Architect and Principal Designers by The Co-operative Group to provide professional services from planning to pre-fit out stage for a new convenience store within the development site.
The brief was for the design of a two storey unit extending to GIA 2,700sqft sales on the ground floor level and 1,400sqft on the first floor. Site works involved the formation of retaining wall structures to give level access across the site, external services area, deliveries access and parking spaces for 30 Nr. vehicles.