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“Our buildings and masterplans are characterised by an apparent simplicity that disguises the complexities of a  challenging brief, historic fabric, or urban constraints”


MICA has the distinction of being Nittygritty’s first Big File Box client way back in 2006 when our software team developed it to solve a big productivity problem seen across the industry.     We have also managed MICA’s IT infrastructure since 2016 (see below for services)

About MICA

Delivering quality, innovative award-winning projects since 1973, MICA’s body of work ranges from architecture and urban design to masterplanning both new environments and renovation, such as the redevelopment of Centre Point, and extension to the  Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and new offices for the Dulwich Picture Gallery. 

Part of MICA’s success is its strong collaborative industry relationships that result in new products, methods or materials in pursuit of the ideal structural or environmental means to enable their design aesthetic.   For instance, the all-glass extension and glass staircases developed in the 1990s are now innovations in structural glazing used in the Virginia Museum and advanced concrete spans and grades as used at Towner Gallery.

About our Work with MICA

As is MICA’s wont to incorporate what’s new and innovative if it solves problems or advances their process,  MICA  were the very first BigFilebox customer in December 2006.

Ten years later MICA continues to depend on BigFilebox to send and receive their files in an easy and secure way.

As a technology company working across similar clients, we  began to see a pattern of frustrating wasted time and inefficiency in what should be a simple task of sharing information and files with project stakeholders.     Our development team interviewed clients,  determining parameters and direction for an architecturally focussed tool,  and began work.

Collaboration and Transmittal Issues

In 2006, the most common way of sending or receiving files was to use FTP.  This required companies to run their own FTP server which wasn’t easy to set up or keep running.  FTP was difficult to use: a lot of firewalls blocked FTP access, it wasn’t secure as usernames and passwords and the file content was sent in the clear over the Internet, and it was hard to administer through difficult and ugly user interfaces that often led to people seeing files they shouldn’t, and for files to be left forever on the server that gradually filled up with junk.  And above all, there was no easy way to use FTP freely available FTP software, so the process of sending and receiving files was very clunky.

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Software Innovation Quietly Solves an Industry Problem

BigFilebox was written to address these concerns.  By being browser based, there was no need to install software to use the system,  and it was possible to present a well designed, easy to use interface to both the people sending or receiving files, and for the people managing the site.

When files are ready to send,  a  simple, fast drag and drop into the browser window send them off  along with a secure access token to the recipient.

Secure, Encrypted Access to Entire Project Teams

Our innovative token system allowed for invites for time-limited access to be issued.     And security was built in with encrypted data transfer and a project oriented way of organising files.

This useful tool is now used to transfer project files to entire project teams of architects, engineers, structural engineers, mechanical engineers, MEP, construction teams, employers, clients, agencies, marketing teams, branding partners, etc.

Other Services Provided to RMA

  • SERVER – design, develop and supports the server and network infrastructure that is highly available and has a level of performance that enhances the client’s productivity.
  • INFRASTRUCTURE – an infrastructure available locally through wired and wireless connections, and for remote access via VPNs or remote desktops.
  • MAINTENANCE – minimised service disruption through scheduled, planned maintenance of core systems.
  • REMOTE BACKUPS – planning for the worst by setting up, maintaining and regularly testing local and remote backups and disaster recovery plans.
  • ALERTS – monitoring and responding to threats  –  NG use active, industry-standard, monitoring technologies to measure infrastructure (server, network and storage) availability and performance. These systems actively alert NGneer™ staff to potential issues before they have a detrimental impact on the wider IT system.

MICA Project Focus: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK

This museum was established in 1683 and is the oldest in Britain.

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All Photos:  Rick Mather Architects

The new building is attached to the rear of the Greek revival building by Charles Robert Cockerell, built in 1845 as The University Galleries.

The new addition is six storeys, providing 100 per cent more display space, new entrance from St Giles, Education Centre, Conservation studios and loading bay.   The new modern museum space is environmentally well conceived for more energy efficiency and establishes a clear defined route throughout the building that didn’t exist before.   The entire museum now presents the collections in a unified and coherent manner.

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The staircase light wells utilise large windows and roof lights. Natural light filters vertically to the lower ground level via inter-connecting, double-height galleries.

A new rooftop café terrace gives views over the ‘dreaming spires’ of Oxford.




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