Author Archives: Sean Kisby

About Sean Kisby

New Zealand based NZ Licensed Building Practitioner Design 3; UK registered Architect.

ACG Strathallan

Arts and Technology teaching building for a recently established private school.

ACG Strathallan | Karaka | 2005-2010

SK: BECA Design architect & job manager (stage 2)

The building contains teaching rooms for Art, Technology, Drama, Music, IT/Design and Science labs. There is also a large Library, a lunchroom, WCs, careers rooms, stores and staff rooms. The larger spaces are designed to be divided up into classroom size spaces, if the school builds additional specialist buildings for music and drama. The construction was divided up into stages to suit available funding arrangements.

Matipo House

Refurbishment feasiblity study for a family house; to maintain comfort, value and refresh the interior fit-out, without spending much money!

House Refurbishment | Auckland | 2012

The project deliverable was a design feasibility report, outlining a clear priority list of maintenance, and replacement items, to achieve the maximum benefit from minimal expenditure. A scheme was prepared for replacing the kitchen, and re-modelling the living area.

Gurdon Institute

A new bioscience laboratory at the University of Cambridge; Phase two of a development constructed six years previously.

Gurdon Institute | Cambridge | UK | RHP | 2000-2004

SK: Job architect

Research and teaching building. Highly complex services, woven into a pre-designed structure and enclosure with a completely different brief from the original design. Sensitive heritage area with restrictive planning and environmental consent requirements. Three separate layers of client; constantly changing laboratory briefs as research priorities developed. A challenging design process, even more difficult to build; as the main contractor found to their cost.

Peterhouse

Heritage environment, refurbished to contemporary requirements.

Peterhouse Refurbishments | Cambridge | 1999-2001

SK: FSAL Job architect

Old Court (14th-18th C.) and Gisborne Court (1825) internally updated in two stages; during summer vacation times. Grade One listed buildings of national significance. Accommodation for students and Fellows of the College, including some teaching spaces and a computer suite. Also used for residential conferences. Complex client structure and project management issues. Peterhouse is the oldest College in Cambridge University – founded in 1284.

Some interiors were decorated with period colour schemes appropriate to the time of construction, including 17th & 18th Cent panelling, and Late Georgian era ‘Gothick’ style wall-papers.

Project Forrester

Project Forrester : A high security Banking Datacentre

Project Forrester | Auckland | 2008-2009

SK: BECA Design architect, Job architect.

Industrial scale facility for the delivery of business critical banking data services to the Pacific region. Multiple redundancy power supply systems, allowing operations to continue if the local grid fails, or during a volcanic event.  The layout of the building was driven by the need to minimise the length of cable runs, and limit noise breakout to the surrounding suburban housing. 100 CCTV cameras keep the facility well monitored. The site includes numerous measures to resist anyone trying to attack the building with a gun, a bomb or a vehicle.

Fast-track design and build programme, including a detailed plan for future expansion of the facility.

 

 

 

Helsing Kisby Ltd

Helsing Kisby Ltd is the legal entity, based in New Zealand, through which Sean Kisby practices as an Architect. The Company is Registered for Goods and Services Tax (NZ).

Sean is registered with the Architects Registration Board in the UK and a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He is also a Licensed Building Practitioner (Design 3); registered with the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment in New Zealand.