- News Phil Hepworth on Current Office Design Trends
- People Wellbeing Month
- People Liz Durcan is on this year's Mix Interiors 30 under 30 list
- People The Cumbrian Challenge for Walking With The Wounded
- Projects Town Centre Regeneration - Stockport
- Awards Radius Campus wins RICS NW Awards 2019
- Projects We complete two new drive thru McDonald's
- People Dan and Florence pass their RIBA Part III examinations
- People The Cumbrian Challenge 2019 for Walking With The Wounded
- Awards We have been named one of Property Week's Best Places to Work in Property 2019
- Projects Planning approved for Church Wharf, Bolton
- People Our commitment to supporting charities
- National Autistic Society
- Dirty Reiver Bike Ride
- Blood Donations
- Food Bank Collections
- Up and Coming: Cumbrian Challenge for Walking with the Wounded
- News We look to the next phase… in conversation with Place North West
- Projects Ellesmere Street Practical Completion
- News Social Inclusion Round Table: Colin Savage
- People Our team take part in RIBA Student Mentoring Programme
- Projects Birchwood Park set to start on site next month
- News Guest lecture in BIM
- Projects Plans in for £150m Church Wharf
- News Future of Retail with Place North West
- People Job Vacancy : Architectural Technician
- News Trafford Housing Trust starts on site
- Projects Liverpool Shopping Park - Second Phase - Approved
- Awards Radius in the running for Regional Awards
- News McDonald's Iconic London Bridge Restaurant Opens
- News Employer Cafe - Meeting the Next Generation
- Projects Church Wharf Showcase
- News Knowsley Business Park
- Projects RMHC Oxford - On Site
- Projects Dementia care in South Street, Openshaw
- News Success on Homes England Framework
- Projects Radius Campus, Crewe
- Projects Church Wharf, Bolton
- People Supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities
- People Bilal Ravat becomes a Chartered Architectural Technologist
- Projects WW1 Chorley Pals Memorial
- Projects Future Carrington Ground Breaking Ceremony
- Projects Regenerating vertical communities
- Original exposed concrete structure / windows and doors with no insulation and thermal bridging
- Out dated heating systems
- Fuel poverty
- Kitchens / bathrooms in need of replacement
- Fire prevention, detection and warning
- Undefined entrance areas
- Out dated communal areas
- Lack of shared space
- Designing a contemporary look to the facades using high performance external wall insulation without the need for cladding components
- Designing new window and door fenestration
- Contributing to innovative and sustainable heating via ground source heat pumps to provide low energy bills and eradicate fuel poverty. Using our 3D modelling we were able to determine efficient routes for the ducting
- Designing solutions to improve fire prevention throughout the buildings
- Designing contemporary and secure entrance pods
- Using our in-house interior design team, we have redesigned the internal environment of the communal areas
- Designed extensions to the ground floors to provide new community hubs for multi-use needs
- Included the wider community within the design to provide a coherent refurbishment to the houses in the neighbourhood
- Redesigned / upgraded external spaces and car parking
- Coordination of the design by consultants including fire engineers, geotechnical engineers, mechanical and electrical engineers and local authority building control
- People Canada Street clean up
- Projects Wythenshawe starting on site
- Projects McDonald's Oxford Street re-opening
- People AEW Onesie Wednesday 2018
- People Steve's Superhero Walk
- People Colin Savage joins board of directors
- Projects Five tips for designing better mass housing
- Awards Ronald McDonald House, Evelina wins London Construction Award 2017
- News Royal Visit for Ronald McDonald House, Evelina
- Awards Moneypenny highly commended for RICS Award 2017
- News We expand our housing expertise
- People Beth Roebuck becomes chartered Architect
- Awards Bransholme water pumping station wins RICS Award 2017
- Awards Moneypenny wins BCO Award 2017
- News RIBA student mentoring programme
- Awards Moneypenny highly commended at Mixology Awards 2016
- People Emma Rayner becomes chartered Architect
Phil Hepworth on Current Office Design Trends
Our associate director Phil Hepworth on current office design trends:
We are currently working on several end user led high profile office projects. Each client has their own unique brief, however common themes immediately present themselves.
We design office space from inside out and outside in – collaborating with our interior designers really enhances our service. Clients appreciate that creating the right environment for their people can have endless possibilities. Following workplace analysis and stakeholder engagement getting to know the Client we design spaces to promote collaboration, efficient tailored workspace, focus areas, meeting spaces and group social spaces.
Designing from a user perspective, wellness must be embedded into successful office space. Biophilic design and smart buildings are hot topics; facilities such as on-site gyms, access to the outdoors and social function spaces are becoming expected.
Given the pace of changing technology and user expectations, successful long-term office space must be flexible. Clients are keen to understand how designs today can evolve and flex.
Clients want to create an environment that presents their values. Our design decisions can enhance this and executed well, can create a sense of place and belonging to the whole organisation
New offices should be exciting for the whole organisation. Clients are keen to include their people in decision making and shaping their future. Our engagement sessions and use of 3D technologies can make this accessible for everybody and real fun.
We have spent the month of May creating awareness for mental health and wellbeing. Different activities including a lunchtime walk around sunny Manchester taking in the beautiful city and architecture, a healthy communal office breakfast, bunches of beautiful flowers throughout the office and even taking part in meditation sessions. A big thanks to Melinda who has organised many of these activities and has had a positive impact on our wellbeing.
We will continue to raise awareness for mental health and wellbeing by continuing office activities, volunteering and supporting charities.
Liz Durcan is on this year's Mix Interiors 30 under 30 list
Interior Designers, Liz Durcan has been recognised by the Mix Interiors magazine’s ’30 under 30’ list of rising stars in interior design. Liz received the award on the final night of Clerkenwell Design Week to top off a fantastic and informative week. A huge congratulations to Liz and all the others who made the list!
Since joining in 2017, Liz has become a passionate and committed member of the AEW family, impressing us with her design skills, drive and enthusiasm. Liz works across all our sectors with direct interior design commissions and support to our architectural projects.
Most recently Liz has focused on commercial offices, completing workspace analysis and designing interior concepts for several large occupiers. Liz’s fresh, innovative design ideas communicated using 3D design and rendered walk throughs have gained amazing feedback from our Clients.
Read the full article here.
The Cumbrian Challenge for Walking With The Wounded
On a cloudy weekend in May, our awesome volunteers went on a little walk, well not so little really, a 16km and 32km mountainous trek in Cumbria for an amazing charity Walking with the Wounded. Our teams ‘AEW - Chafing The Dream’ and ‘AEW_New Generation’ not only supported this worthy cause by donating their weekend and heaps of energy, they raised over £2000 and Chafing The Dream also happened to come in 4th place overall out of 66, so pretty fantastic on all accounts! A great cause, a great weekend and a great outcome! Our team included members: Andy Critchlow, Eleanor Strange, Kelly Ward, Phil Millward, Rob Dickson, Daniel Sutton and Joshua Molesworth.
We regularly volunteer our time and skills to charities and community projects, it’s something we love to do and its part of who we are as a practice. Now, where do we sign up for next year…..?
Town Centre Regeneration - Stockport
We are currently working with CBRE and Stockport Council on the redevelopment of the Merseyway shopping centre, Stockport. Our specialist town centre, leisure and retail knowledge is being used on Adlington Walk, the first of a series of strategic interventions across the scheme, which is focused on improving access, facilities and customer experience.
Adlington Walk, which is a covered area off the main shopping mall linking to Chestergate, include plans to create community and welfare facilities in the town centre. Enabling the people that use the centre a more varied and useful visit, our designs include a soft play area, new seating, buggy stores, parent-and-child facilities, and a multi-faith prayer room. The designs also incorporate a focal lobby-style entrance, a new stair and lift core, overhauling existing retail units, public realm improvements, and new toilets which is all key in revitalising the centre.
Consultation events will be held on the plans at Arden Walk in the Merseyway between 10am and 4pm on Wednesday 22 May and Friday 24 May.
Radius Campus wins RICS NW Awards 2019
We are pleased to announce that Radius Campus, Crewe has won the RICS North West Awards 2019 for the Commercial category.
The awards took place on Friday 10th May 2019, they celebrate the most innovative projects in the region and their impact on local communities.
Radius Payment Solutions' new £14million headquarters comprises of 64,000sqft Grade A office space, with a real focus on the wellbeing of its team. The modern, unique office includes an on-site gym, café and relaxation breakout areas with Play Stations, pool and table tennis tables, giving staff the opportunity to relax within a working environment.
Phil Hepworth, Associate Director, commented “Designing offices for us is always about the people that use them day in, day out, focussing on the cultures that they bring, establish and grow within the business. I personally love the challenge of working with teams to create buildings and spaces that give them a sense of pride and enjoyment about being at work. We are delighted that Radius Campus has won this award, for our client and their fantastic team”.
We complete two new drive thru McDonald's
Over the last week, we have completed two new drive thru restaurants, now open for customers in Formby and Aberdeen. With over 23 years’ experience, our national role for McDonald’s continues at strength.
In Formby we converted an existing two-storey diner into the largest McDonald’s Drive Thru’ building in Europe! In Aberdeen we delivered a model two-storey modular Drive Thru’ next to the ASDA superstore in Portlethen.
Dan and Florence pass their RIBA Part III examinations
We are extremely proud that Dan Sutton and Florence Cooke Steed have both passed their final RIBA examinations. After much hard work, Florence received news last week, following Dan’s success at the beginning of the year.
Our people are at the heart of the business and we are proud to share their successes and wish them continued success throughout their careers with us.
The Cumbrian Challenge 2019 for Walking With The Wounded
We are thrilled to be taking part in the Cumbrian Challenge for Walking With The Wounded. On 18th May, two teams from AEW will complete a 16km & 32km walk in the Lake District alongside teams of veterans who are getting their lives back on track thanks to Walking With The Wounded.
Walking With The Wounded support veterans who are struggling with their mental health, who are hard to reach, socially isolated, homeless, in police custody... men and women with little to look forward to but who want to get back into society and employment.
Please support Walking With The Wounded by donating using this link. Every £675 can enable a veteran to access 1-2-1 private mental health therapy within an average of 4 days of referral.
We have been named one of Property Week's Best Places to Work in Property 2019
We are absolutely delighted to have been named as one of Property Week’s ‘Best Places to Work in Property 2019’, being recognised on the prestigious list for the second year running!
‘Best Places to Work in Property’ is collated by Best Companies Group on behalf of Property Week to determine which are the best employers in the national property industry. This year, AEW are one of only 43 companies who made the grade after rigorous employer and employee surveys, which evaluate the business performance across eight key metrics: overall engagement; leadership and planning; culture and communication; role satisfaction; work environment; relationship with supervisor; training and development; and pay and benefits.
The property awards took place on 24th April at Grosvenor House, London. Look out for the May issue of Property Week to read more about it.
Planning approved for Church Wharf, Bolton
The delivery of Bolton’s £1.2bn masterplan for the regeneration of the town centre moved a step closer, as our designs for Church Wharf, a new £150m neighbourhood, were unanimously approved by Bolton Council’s planning committee on the 18th April. Working in collaboration with Muse Developments, our proposals for this key gateway site will help breathe life into the town centre by opening up access to the River Croal, creating outdoor space for everyone to enjoy and an attractive place for people to live, work and relax.
Church Wharf is the first project of this scale to be brought forward under Bolton Council’s wider vision to regenerate the town centre. It will create an exciting new area that will include a mix of over 350 homes, a hotel, offices and leisure and retail opportunities.
David Burkinshaw of Muse Developments said: “This is a huge step forward in delivering a new neighborhood at Church Wharf. With a focus on high quality design and architecture this gateway site will be transformed into a vibrant new area of the town.”
Bolton Council’s director of place Gerry Brough said: “We’re one step closer to achieving our vision in our £1.2bn masterplan... Church Wharf is fundamental to the regeneration of Bolton town centre... a key gateway into the town and of incredible strategic importance.”
Read the full article on Place North West https://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/muse-takes-150m-church-wharf-to-the-next-stage/
Our commitment to supporting charities
At AEW, volunteering our time and skills to charities and community projects is part of who we are. Here is a roundup of our recent activities and events:
We supported the National Autistic Society (NAS) on Friday 5th April as part of Autism Awareness Week. Our team raised money by wearing a variety of different colours and taking part in the office raffle and sweepstake. It was a huge success and we raised over £250.
Raising money for a charity close to our heart, Rob Dickson embarked on 200km off road bike ride for The Stephen Burne Charitable Trust.
Thanks to Associate, Dan O’Hara for organising or most recent Blood Donation Drive. This has become a regular part of AEW’s yearly calendar.
Our team continue to donate food to the Lifeshare project.
We have two fantastic teams completing a walk around the Cumbrian peaks in Grasmere with like-minded people from the business community, for the Walking with the Wounded charity. The teams are in full preparation mode, and we’ll be sending out a donation link in the coming weeks.
With continued thanks to our amazing team who give their time and donations to these fantastic causes. We look forward to continuing our fundraising activities throughout the year.
We look to the next phase… in conversation with Place North West
In our 27-year history, we have seen a raft of changes, brought about by foreseen, and unforeseen circumstances. Place North West sat down with us to discuss the next phase for the business and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.
Our conversation wih Place North West....
Founded in 1992, AEW is based in Manchester, with 65 staff delivering services such as design, masterplanning and BIM, across sectors including residential, industrial, retail, offices, sport and leisure. Historically known for its industrial or out-of-town retail projects for clients such as Peel and Derwent, the past few years have seen an expansion into town centre regeneration work in Burnley, Bolton, and Stockport, as well as office projects, such as in Crewe for Radius and Wrexham for Moneypenny. Turnover is set to reach £6.5m this year.
One of the saddest and most significant events for the practice was the death of former managing director Steve Burne. Burne had led the business alongside Critchlow and Nigel Machin following a management buy-out in 2011. After a terminal cancer diagnosis in 2017, Burne exited the business to focus on treatment, and passed away last October.
Critchlow acknowledged the past couple of years had been “a sensitive time”.
“Steve was such a well-known figurehead in the market, and going through a period of terminal illness we needed to be very sensitive, both to the individual and in our business decisions in order to be sensitive to everyone else .
“We’re about putting people first, so as soon as he was diagnosed, the priority was getting him out of the business so he could get treatment and focus on that. Any business concerns were taken off him to give him the time to invest in himself, and we put practices in place so he didn’t see any pressure.
“Even in the most dire circumstances, Steve was putting the business first and ensuring succession was being thought of.”
Last year also saw the departure of fellow director Nigel Machin, who left in August to join long-standing client Derwent Group, leaving Critchlow with 100% ownership.
However, Critchlow had no inclination to run AEW solo, so the coming weeks will see Rainford and Savage come on board as minority shareholders.
“It’s down to the culture in which you’ve always worked. AEW has never been headed by a single person, it’s never been one person’s brainchild, it’s a collaborative approach,” Critchlow explained.
“The idea of maintaining and orchestrating control has never been in my psyche, and it’s been about sharing the opportunities available in the business, and mitigate any single person’s risk.”
Burne’s illness and Machin’s departure coincided with AEW’s 25th anniversary, what would have been a natural time to evolve the business, however changes were put on hold while the leadership team changed and adapted to the absence of Burne. In the past few months, AEW has seen an overhauled office, rebrand, other promotions, and the recruitment of Phil Sayle from Eric Wright as business development manager.
According to Rainford, “the business needed a refresh”.
“it’s what Steve would have wanted, for us to grow and succeed. It’s a testament to his legacy, that there’s a strong business plan and strong structure in place.”
Each director takes care of a separate stream of the business, however Critchlow said that “the logic is, it’s all connected, if we’re investing in people, we should turn out the best projects, and then if we have that sorted then performance should really look after itself.”
With a specialism in residential and social housing, Savage’s recruitment in 2017 brought new experience to the practice’s more established teams, and since joining, AEW has won places on four frameworks, for social and affordable housing, as well as increasing the volume of projects in this field with clients such as Trafford Housing Trust.
For Savage, AEW’s expanded residential offer hasn’t just acted as a separate work stream to the rest of the office. “We’ve seen a combining with existing commercial clients, so putting the two together has been very interesting. Particularly, commercial clients with landholdings looking to do other things with their stock, which adds to the work we’re doing increasingly with registered providers who need to do a lot more, be self-sufficient, and look at different ways to bring income.” Overall, AEW has 500 residential units on site, across different tenures, and a further 600 in the pipeline.
According to Rainford, the company has been intentionally diversifying its projects, but part of the battle has been perception.
“Historically, we’ve been very retail focused, and at peak, retail has been 65% of workload for the company, although externally perception may have been that we had more of an industrial focus. We’re now being a bit more targeted, growing that retail and industrial offer, but also looking at mixed-use, residential, and increased commercial developments. We’re not over-exposed in the city centre residential market, and we’re looking to be more active in peripheral towns.”
“Blurring the different sectors we operate in represents a blurring in the market,” added Critchlow. “It’s inconceivable to talk about a retail only, any scheme will have to have leisure in there, backed up by residential. Occupiers and employees are demanding retail space on their front door. Schemes need to be drawn from a variety of different component parts to be successful.”
Ensuring all schemes are held to a high standard, from sheds to offices and homes, is central to AEW, said Critchlow: “Some of our great projects could be big, rather dull-looking industrial sheds to other practices, but if we maximise the benefit of that to provide good employment space to the community in which it’s being built, and have brought good design solutions, then that’s a great project for us.
Commenting on AEW’s reputation as a delivery architect, he said: “We’ve previously talked ourselves down and beaten ourselves up about what the market thinks of us, but I’m proud that clients and contractors will come to us to deliver a project because of our technical expertise. But that’s not at the detriment to our design reputation.”
While AEW has a good regional spread of projects, historically it’s had fewer schemes in central Manchester. Work has included King Street Townhouse and a residential project for Glenbrook on Ellesmere Street, but is the practice looking to do more?
“We continue to bang on the door in Manchester, and deliver good schemes anywhere else. We can work in London across from the Houses of Parliament, or in Stockport across from the Town Hall, so would love to get the opportunities to do that kind of work in Manchester,” said Rainford. “But it’s incumbent on us to go out there, keep doing great work, and talk to people we haven’t done work with before.”
Asked about perpetual challenges for architects, of bidding for projects on frameworks, and facing pressure to deliver work speculatively, Critchlow said that while some frameworks had the right sentiment, many didn’t provide “a level playing field”.
“Some of the scenarios you pitch against on frameworks are make believe situations. Some people then pitch low numbers, because they know reality is not going to be anything like what they’ve priced, but they get their foot in the door, which is a cynical way of dealing with it.”
According to Rainford, AEW was firm that “we’re not entering into a race to the bottom with fees, we can’t compete with a two-man band, we’ve got to be profitable and be able to invest in our people, create the right environment and product. It’s not about being uncompetitive, but about not cutting our own throats. You can run around being busy fools, and not making much money.”
Overall, the practice was seeing “less pressure for large-scale speculative work. A lot of our clients talk about fees early on in projects, something which has changed recently.”
As AEW moves into its next phase, for Critchlow, his priority is “a focus on continual improvement, internally and externally.
“I’m a huge fan of British Cycling, and Team Sky’s 1% marginal gains, where everything is about, don’t beat yourself up about if you’ll be perfect tomorrow, but if you make a slight improvement to how you were today, you’re going in the right direction.
“If everyone in the company is doing that, then the opportunities are endless.”
To read the full aticle head to Place North West: https://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/opportunities-endless-as-aew-looks-to-next-phase/
Ellesmere Street Practical Completion
Practical completion has been reached on one of our most prominent sites across Manchester, which has been developed by Glenbrook. The Trilogy in Castlefield delivers aspirational living spaces of 232 high quality apartments over 3 interlinked buildings of up to 12 storeys for the private rented sector (market rent).
Constructed by Grahams on a constrained site, our design focussed on the emerging accommodation typology for the region, and encompasses resident amenities including a gym, concierge, basement car park and cycle storage. The project maximises design benefits of external space by creating an attractive courtyard terrace for residents and enhanced public realm.
Our team take part in RIBA Student Mentoring Programme
As part of our commitment to invest our time, energy and knowledge into the education of the future generations of our industry, we are very proud to have taken part in the RIBA Student Mentoring Programme for our third consecutive year. The scheme, which was founded in Manchester in 2015, aims to enhance the students’ academic education by offering an insight and experience of design, project delivery and the day to day workings of an architectural practice.
Our team mentored 4 second year students from the Manchester School of Architecture. They have attended regular visits to AEW to gain an understanding of how our practice operates. The students experienced some of our projects through VR, attended a site visit, office briefings and design reviews, as well as receiving support on CV writing, interview technique and portfolio presentation.
Birchwood Park set to start on site next month
The second phase of industrial units at The Quadrant, Birchwood Park is set to start on site next month with a completion date in early 2020. We have been involved with Birchwood Park for over 20 years with this being the sixth phase we have delivered.
It comprises 170,000ft² of industrial units on the Warrington Council owned park and will be a mix of two 18,000ft² units, a 24,000ft² unit and larger 50,000ft² and 58,000ft² units.
Guest lecture in BIM
It’s part of our ongoing policy to always nurture and educate the next generation, it’s who we are as a practice. Last week our BIM Manager headed off to Bolton University to host a guest lecture on BIM for the Project Management students.
“As part of our role at AEW we always focus on sharing and imparting knowledge, not just to help each other but to ensure the next generation of property professionals are geared up to industry standards, work flows and expectations. Going back to Bolton Uni was not only a fantastic opportunity to meet a great bunch of students, but it’s close to my heart as that is where it started for me in higher education.” Mark Turner BIM Manager.
“Thank you very much for delivering such a fantastic lecture on BIM as a project management tool to our final year construction management students yesterday. As an alumnus and current member of our Industry Advisory Board (IAB) for construction, your guest lecture contributes immensely towards enhancing our curriculum. As you may be aware, engagement with industry is essential for us as it enables students to see the practical aspects of theories from industry experts like yourself.” Rukaya Dake
Plans in for £150m Church Wharf
As part of our work at Church Wharf, Bolton, we have submitted a hybrid planning application for Muse Developments for this development. We are asking for full consent to start demolition and delivering infrastructure, as well as outline permission for later phases including 350 homes and 130,000sqft of offices and leisure.
Church Wharf is part of the £1bn wider regeneration plan for Bolton town centre, which is made up of various development zones. Church Wharf will comprehensively regenerate this important gateway, to create a vibrant place that will welcome people into the town to work, visit, and live.
For the full article head over to Place North West.
Future of Retail with Place North West
We are sponsoring Place North West’s ‘Future of Retail’ event in September. Get your tickets here: https://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/events/future-of-retail-2019/
“From bricks to clicks, the death and rebirth of the High Street, and the rapid retraction of household names, replaced with booming ecommerce brands who occupy sheds rather than shops; retail is in a state of flux. Join us to debate its future, and learn how the property sector can be on the front foot with the ever-changing trends.”
Job Vacancy : Architectural Technician
Come and join our fantastic team! Please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Busy City Centre (Manchester) Architects with a buoyant workload can offer an immediate start for an experienced Architectural Technician. The successful candidate will be given significant responsibility and will have the opportunity to work on a multitude of exciting projects, spanning all commercial sectors in an energetic and stimulating environment. The ideal candidate will have 3 years + experience, will possess sound technical and construction knowledge, be proficient in the use of Autocad and Revit and be up to date with current building regs and codes of practice."
Trafford Housing Trust starts on site
Another fantastic project starting on site this week for Trafford Hosing Trust, with Bardsley Construction. The scheme is a vibrant mixed use project consisting of 8 retail units, 28 apartments and 9 houses. Our team is headed up by our Director Colin who along with the team are specialists in the housing sector.
Liverpool Shopping Park - Second Phase - Approved
The second phase of Liverpool Shopping Park has been approved by Liverpool City Council. The scheme which will create hundreds of jobs, will include a leisure block comprising a six-screen cinema, a new state of the art Hollywood Bowl, as well as a gym and five restaurant units on the ground floor. A separate building will accommodate a 60,000sqft anchor retail store and a further 16 smaller retail units. This new phase will bring Liverpool Shopping Park’s total retail offer to in excess of 300,000sqft and will add new high street brands to the park, which includes Next, M&S Food Hall, River Island, H&M, TK Maxx and Smyths Toys. Ross Huntington, Associate Director said ‘This is another fantastic planning success for our long standing client, The Derwent Group and the city of Liverpool. The team are looking forward to starting on site in Spring/Summer 2019 and continuing our work on this iconic and exciting gateway scheme.’
Radius in the running for Regional Awards
We are delighted that Radius is in the running for three fantastic awards by the BCO and RICS. It is a finalist in the ‘Corporate Workplace’ North of England category for the British Council for Offices and shortlisted in both the ‘Commercial’ category and ‘The Design and Innovation’ category for the RICS North West Awards. The design of the building has allowed Radius to recognise and celebrate the heritage of the business and its future potential.
“The opening of the new HQ is a crucial moment in Radius’ history and even more important that it is based in Crewe. We have tried to build a mix of professional workspace with some nice relaxation and informal areas to create a great environment for our employees. We now have a unique, modern base which will further enhance our ability to attract new talent. Thank you to the team at Pochin’s and all other consultants on the project.” Bill Holmes, CEO at Radius Payment Solutions.
McDonald's Iconic London Bridge Restaurant Opens
Continuing our work for McDonald's Restaurants Ltd, one of our most recent projects is proudly located within the London Bridge Redevelopment site, basking in the shadows of one of London’s most iconic towers, The Shard . The store was carefully designed to maximise the brands modern restaurant feel and hi tech ordering systems, while respectfully working with the Victorian railway features such as the original, magnificent brick arches. The final design incorporated an industrial feel with exposed ductwork and lighting to carry on the industrial heritage feel of this iconic site, which is owned by Network Rail.
Employer Cafe - Meeting the Next Generation
Our commitment to investing in the next generation continues. We attended a great initiative called the ‘Employment Café’ set up by Manchester School of Architecture, where members of our team could meet with students looking to move forward in their journey to become architects. Overall the day was a great success, there was a fantastic turn out from both students and practices.
Church Wharf Showcase
Our full proposals for the £150m Church Wharf project in Bolton town centre, which we are working on for Muse Deevelopments have now been revelaed. The scheme promises a placemaking and public realm-focussed approach to the underused and largely derelict site.
The project which is at pre-application stage, features a residential-led mixed use development including around 320 homes as well as the potential for a hotel, offices, and ground-floor retail and commercial space. There will be a mix of one, two, and three-bed flats along with duplexes and townhouses.
The full news article can be seen in Place North West
Knowsley Business Park
We are continuing our work with Peel, this time focussing on an industrial led project in Knowsley. Peel has put in an updated planning application for up to 800,000sqft at Knowsley Business Park, following the a lapsed planning application from 2015. Peel is still looking to build out the site, which is now primed and ready for development.
For the full news story please go to Place North West.
RMHC Oxford - On Site
Our most recent project with RMHC has now started on site. The new 62-bedroom house, which started on site in December 2018, is due for completion by summer 2020. The facility will provide free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families whose children are undergoing treatment at Oxford Children’s Hospital, as well as Children’s Critical Care and Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) on the John Radcliffe Hospital Site.
Dementia care in South Street, Openshaw
Bringing to life an underused vacant site in South Street, Openshaw with One Manchester. Currently on site, the development consists of 12 affordable houses and 15 bungalows aimed at early onset dementia. The bungalows, which are arranged around a central courtyard, feature large glazed windows to flood the living spaces with daylight and provide a strong visual connection with the raised beds, sensory planting and summer house. A varied colour palette has been sensitively developed to add interest whilst aiding memory and way finding.
Success on Homes England Framework
AEW are delighted to have been named as part of the Curtins team as one of twenty housing specialists selected by Homes England for their new Multidisciplinary Framework. The new framework will require the team to provide technical advice, services and design input that will help Homes England prepare brownfield and surplus public sector land for residential development.
The framework is open to registered providers, local authorities, healthcare trusts, colleges, schools, higher education providers, and all other government bodies.
During the next four years, the framework will enable procurement of £100m worth of services. It will support Homes England in achieving their objectives of accelerating the market by using their resources and influence to positively increase the scale and quality of housing delivery
Tony Dolan, Executive Director of Curtins, commented, “Curtins are really proud to have been successful on this framework, and to be working with organisations such as AEW who have a similar ownership structure, ethos and approach.
Colin Savage, Director of AEW commented, “We look forward to working with Curtins in assisting Homes England in accelerating to delivery of much needed housing. This framework sits perfectly with our work on JV North, Fusion 21 and Forviva frameworks together with private sector regeneration projects in Bolton, Stockport and Manchester.”
Radius Campus, Crewe
We are delighted and proud to announce that Radius Campus has been shortlisted for the British Council of Office Awards 2019 in the ‘Corporate Workplace North of England’ category.
The 66,000ft² state of the art global headquarters building, which officially opened on 11th December 2018, will accommodate over 500 people and includes an on-site gym, café and breakout areas with PlayStations, pool and table tennis tables, giving staff the opportunity to relax within a contemporary working environment.
Phil Hepworth, Associate Director at AEW Architects, said “from the outset the building design was about providing an inspiring space, which the people at Radius would be proud to call home. Together with the project team including Pochin, Radius and interior designer Space Invader, we created a flexible contemporary office building, with a striking exterior set in a mature landscape. Internally there are multitude of wellbeing facilities, meeting areas and work spaces, all connected by a highly glazed 17m high atrium at the heart of the building. Our tailored approach, using collaborative 3D modelling and virtual reality helped craft a bespoke yet BCO compliant building that will help Radius to continue to grow and evolve”.
Bill Holmes, CEO at Radius Payment Solutions, said: “The opening of the new HQ is a crucial moment in Radius’ history and even more important that it is based in Crewe. We have tried to build a mix of professional workspace with some nice relaxation and informal areas to create a great environment for our employees. We now have a unique, modern base which will further enhance our ability to attract new talent. Thank you to the team at Pochin and all other consultants on the project”.
Church Wharf, Bolton
Plans for Church Wharf, a new £150m neighbourhood in the heart of Bolton has been unveiled. Regenerating a fairly unloved and forgotten part of Bolton alongside the River Croal will create a vibrant and thriving community. Currently at the pre-application stage, Church Wharf will be a residential-led mixed use development including around 320 homes as well as the potential for a hotel, offices, and ground-floor retail and commercial space.
A fantastic project to be involved in working with Muse Developments and Bolton Council. A public consultation will be held later this month followed by a planning submission in spring. The full team on the project includes landscape architect CW Studio; planning consultant DPP; quantity surveyor Abacus; WSP on highways; and Scott Hughes Design as civil and structural engineer.
For further information on Church Wharf, visit https://www.churchwharfbolton.co.uk/
Supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities
Over the last few months, the team at AEW have given up their spare time to design and handcraft Christmas cards to support our chosen charity, Ronald McDonald House Charities. Combined with the proceeds from our Christmas Jumper Day and Big Lunch, we raised £700 to help RMHC provide families with a free ‘home away from home’ which enables them to stay close by while their children are in hospital across the UK. To find out more about the charity, please visit their website.
A huge thank you to everyone who contributed and donated to help make a difference.
Bilal Ravat becomes a Chartered Architectural Technologist
Congratulations to Bilal who is now a Chartered Architectural Technologist, MCIAT.
Bilal joined AEW in 2016 as a Technician and has worked on key projects in the retail sector including refurbishment, new build and modular buildings for McDonald’s and Domino’s.
We are extremely proud of Bilal for his commitment and continuous development to technological design and look forward to supporting him in his career.
WW1 Chorley Pals Memorial
It is incredible to see the WW1 Chorley Pals Memorial complete in advance of remembrance Sunday. We are pleased to be a part of the town centre regeneration project with the memorial being the first area to be completed, marking this special occasion for Chorley. The 80,000 ft² shopping centre is currently on site adjacent to the memorial, consisting of a 2 storey building including new leisure facilities, office space and an improved public realm.
Lighting, new paving and benches and two interpretation boards (donated by Eric Wright Construction) have been installed around the statue. Each evening, the statue will be illuminated, courtesy of Chorley Council.
Future Carrington Ground Breaking Ceremony
Last week we were delighted to help HIMOR celebrate the start of Future Carrington, one of the largest regeneration projects of its kind in North West England. It was fantastic to see Will Ainscough, Mark Booth and Andrew Bain of HIMOR together with Kate Green, MP for Stretford and Urmston and Andrew Western, Leader of Trafford Council break ground to mark this special occasion.
Future Carrington will bring over 15,000 jobs and up to 7,000 new homes to the area in the coming years. The first phase, our 212,000 ft² Carrington Gateway scheme, which was granted Reserved Matter planning consent last month, will establish Carrington as a thriving business location. Work on the first new homes at Carrington Village will follow in the new year.
Dave Somers added, “We are extremely proud to have been appointed by HIMOR on a framework agreement to help realise their ambitious long-term vision for Carrington. The start of Carrington Gateway is the culmination of a huge amount of hard work from the entire team, but it is just the start of an amazing project that will create a lasting legacy for Carrington and the surrounding communities.”
Regenerating vertical communities
AEW are currently involved in a series of innovative refurbishments of existing apartment blocks constructed in the 1970s. The blocks situated in the borough of Salford vary in height from 16 to 23 storey and have a combined total of 234 apartments within the towers which can accommodate up to approximately 624 residents.
These communities were once earmarked to be rehoused due to the planned regeneration of the area but were given a new lease of life when funding was secured to modernise the blocks. Working closely in collaboration with the client Salix Homes, the residents and main contractor Casey Group, some of the issues the communities were experiencing were:
Via client led consultations and buildability / cost advise from the contractor we combined this knowledge with our vast skills and experience in regeneration and refurbishment. This led to a design strategy which achieved a sustainable, safe and energy efficient outcome. This will ensure the communities will continue into the future and remain an iconic presence on the Salford skyline. Acting as lead designer we achieved this by:
Our director Colin Savage commented
"We have found that working in partnership with the key stakeholders has led to a risk based approach. By identifying and taking ownership of the risks all issues were addressed through the design and construction phases. The outcome has resulted in a coordinated, efficient and cost effective solution which will provide a sustainable future for the apartment blocks."
Canada Street clean up
AEW Architects undertook a clean up at Canada Street in Manchester on Thursday 19th July 2018 for the charity Walking With The Wounded.
The regeneration of the street was led by Colin Savage, Director at AEW, whilst working at his previous practice. The abandoned houses were transformed into a stunning village for war veterans on DIY SOS in 2015, helping veterans and their families reintegrate back into society.
Overgrown weeds and peeling paint to public areas left the street needing a makeover. Continuing our social value commitments, 50 AEW employees along with the help of residents spent the afternoon cleaning up the street; picking weeds, sweeping back alleys, painting the carpark fence and planting some beautiful plants for the residents to look after. Hard work paid off with the street looking transformed and happy residents when completed.
A visit from Lord Mayor of Manchester, support from Manchester City Council and donations from local florists created a fantastic buzz around the nearby streets of Canada Street.
"I want to thank all the team from AEW Architects for coming along to Canada Street to undertake the great work they did. Everyone wanted to be here and all had a smile on their face and were very hard working. Beneficiaries of Walking With The Wounded were involved on the day as well as some of the residents and feedback has been that it was ‘extremely amazing what the team came and did, they have now given us the impetus to keep our community clean and safe for all'." Gary, Associate Director at Walking With The Wounded
Wythenshawe starting on site
147 affordable housing units in Wythenshawe Town Centre has started on site for Garden City Homes. Colin Savage was thrilled to be on the MEA site and part of the joyous moment along with Garden City Homes and Wythenshawe Community Housing Group.
McDonald's Oxford Street re-opening
McDonald’s has now re-opened on Oxford Street, London with a fresh new interior concept. A fantastic project to be involved in, refurbishing a flagship store in the heart of London.
AEW Onesie Wednesday 2018
On Wednesday 28th March 2018, AEW Architects took part in `Onesie Wednesday` to raise money for the National Autistic Society.
As part of Onesie Wednesday, staff donated money to wear their onesie's and took part in raffles and a sweeptake. A total of £310 was raised for the charity.
Autism is a lifelong disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. There are approximately 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK.
Steve's Superhero Walk
A huge thank you to everyone who joined Steve’s Superhero Walk on Sunday 18th February. Approximately 600 people walked from the AEW office to Ronald McDonald House, Manchester with lots of fun activities and food once we arrived at the House.
We have raised a fantastic £17,025.70 so far from Steve’s #superherowalk.
Steve’s experience as Chair of Ronald McDonald House in Manchester, the love for his own family and understanding of the pressures and stress through illness has resulted in a new resolve: an aim to raise £250,000 to convert three spaces in the Manchester House into larger 6 person family rooms and to do it in his lifetime. The rooms will be named in Steve’s honour. For further information on Ronald McDonald House Charities, please see their website.
For other events taking place, please follow SteveBurneRooms on Twitter.
Colin Savage joins board of directors
Colin and his six-strong specialist housing team joined AEW in May 2017 and currently have a number of new projects underway since the Government’s announcement of housing shortages. AEW currently work with clients such as Glenbrook, Trafford Housing Trust, Wythenshawe Community Housing, Trafford Hall Hotel, Seddons, Muse and CTL Estates, to name but a few.
Andy Critchlow, AEW Managing Director, said: “Colin and his team have made a seamless transition into AEW since joining us and are a perfect fit for our culture and values. Our accommodation sector now includes apartments, hotels, hospital accommodation, volume housing, social housing and private housing, and feedback from our clients has been extremely positive. As an experienced Director in other businesses, we welcome Colin’s strengths to our board.”
Colin Savage added: “Combining the team’s specialism and experience to AEWs renowned architecture skills, technological advances and resources, has enabled us to develop a unique offering in the accommodation sector. We are already working with a number of providers to deliver several new projects and I am very much looking forward to what the next twelve months will bring us.”
Five tips for designing better mass housing
Top five tips for designing great places
1. Space Standards and internal layouts
Aim to exceed minimum nationally described space standards. Where dwellings are designed for wheelchair users refer to Cat 3 standards. Check local authority planning policy and funders requirements.
Adequate space provides layouts that can accommodate the correct furniture and provide layouts with regard to relationship between rooms. Ensure a balance of social space and private space. Build in flexibility to adapt the home in the future.
2. Place making
Establishing a strong sense of place creates a sustainable built environment which provides well designed homes and neighbourhoods. Respond to local character and history whilst promoting innovation through the design. Does the scheme take into consideration each of the key categories of built for Life standards.
Providing barrier free homes and environments benefits all users and visitors. Exceed approved Doc M 4(1) by referring to detailed publications such as BS8001, wheelchair housing design guide, lifetime homes, dementia guidance, RNIB etc. Engage with local groups to gauge opinion on way finding and accessibility. Auditing of designs at early stage will ensure that planning policies are considered and allowed for.
4. Communal Spaces
Design shared spaces that are secure, naturally lit and encourage social interaction within the building and outdoor amenity spaces. Ensure utilities and services are easy to maintain and accessible. Technology in apartment blocks in advancing at pace, ensure building is designed to embrace modern technology and infrastructure.
5. Design Team
Appointing the right team at the earliest opportunity is crucial to the process of delivering a successful project. This ensures the strategic brief is developed with shared visions and clear objectives. The team should have the correct skills appropriate to the size of the project and should include design team members, contractors and stakeholders. This will ensure that creativity and constructability is delivered in partnership with the community to create great places to live.
Ronald McDonald House, Evelina wins London Construction Award 2017
AEW are pleased to announce that Ronald McDonald House Evelina has won the London Construction Awards 2017 for the Architectural Design of the Year Category.
The LCA’s recognise achievements, developments and innovation within London’s booming construction industry. Ronald McDonald House is a great example of this, with the House being situated in the heart of London to support Evelina London Children’s Hospital. The House neighbours Grade I listed Lambeth Palace and Gardens, as well as the surrounding Conservation Area and listed buildings. It provides a welcoming, comfortable and inclusive environment, key to the Charities `home away from home` ethos, in supporting the 975 families expected to be accommodated each year.
Royal Visit for Ronald McDonald House, Evelina
The Duchess of Cambridge officially opened Ronald McDonald House, Evelina on 28th February 2017. Her Royal Highness met the families, staff, doctors and nurses from Evelina’s Children’s Hospital. The Duchess was then taken on a tour of the new £21m flagship house before unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening.
Ronald McDonald House Evelina London was designed and built to support Evelina London Children’s Hospital, part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, to provide a ‘home away from home’ for families of children staying at the hospital. AEW Architects have worked with Ronald McDonald House Charities for over ten years, and have completed five new builds as well as having a further two major projects with planning consent.
The £21m flagship House is situated in the heart of London, neighbouring Grade I listed Lambeth Palace and Gardens, as well as the surrounding Conservation Area and listed buildings. The design of the House began with a detailed contextual study of the immediate context, identifying key features which were integral to the fabric of the Conservation Area. The resulting design aimed to respond to, but not copy, these surroundings in a contemporary yet sympathetic manner, ultimately enhancing the sensitive and historic character of the area.
Please click here for further information on Ronald McDonald House, Evelina.
Moneypenny highly commended for RICS Award 2017
Moneypenny has been highly commended in the Commercial Category for this years Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Wales Awards 2017.
The RICS Awards took place on the 27 April 2017 and showcases the achievements of the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment. Earlier this month, the project also won the Corporate Workplace Award at the BCO Awards 2017.
Moneypenny’s new headquarters opened its doors in September 2016. The new 91,000 sqft head offices in Wrexham, designed by AEW Architects have been said to rival the offices of Google and Apple, and boasts a tree house meeting room, nature trails, vegetable gardens and even its own pub.
We expand our housing expertise
AEW Architects has completed the transfer of an experienced housing team from a well known practice based in Heaton Mersey, as the award winning practice bolsters its specialist accommodation sector offering and increases its capacity for project opportunities in housing design and delivery.
Already briefed on a series of housing projects, the new team of six brings a wealth of experience and expertise in this sector to complement the existing 71-strong AEW practice of architects, interior designers and architectural technicians. Headed up by former director, Colin Savage, the Housing team has a strong track record having won a host of awards for its multi-million pound schemes nationwide.
Upon securing the team, AEW managing director, Steve Burne, said: “Housing projects and Social Housing in particular was identified as a target area within our Business Plan, to complement our other accommodation work in apartments, hotels and hospital accommodation. To obtain a team of highly regarded specialists is a real coup for AEW and gives added diversity in this continually growing sector.”
Following recent BCO award success and RICS ‘Highly Commended’ for its commercial project, Moneypenny’s headquarters in Wrexham, North Wales, AEW will look to further increase its foothold across North West projects, in its specialist sectors of Offices, Retail, Industrial, Accommodation and Sport.
Colin Savage of AEW added: “Housing is a key driver in the Northern Powerhouse and Greater Manchester’s spatial framework agendas, which our clients have responded to positively in their development plans. Combining our housing expertise and experience with AEW’s renowned architecture skills, pedigree and resources, we are offering clients an enhanced service in delivering their goals. We are delighted to join AEW and be part of the practice’s next period of sustained growth.”
Beth Roebuck becomes chartered Architect
Congratulations to Bethany Roebuck who has passed her RIBA Part III examination in Professional Practice and is now a Chartered Architect.
Beth joined AEW in 2013 as a Part II Architectural Assistant, after studying at Northumbria University for five years.
During her time at AEW, Beth has worked on a wide range of projects including Liverpool Shopping Park, Rathbone Trade Park and Midpoint 18. She is also the office CPD Coordinator.
Bransholme water pumping station wins RICS Award 2017
Yorkshire Water’s Bransholme Storm Water Pumping Station, Hull project won the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Yorkshire and Humber 2017 Award in the Infrastructure category.
Housed beneath a noise-reducing green living roof, the Bransholme upgrade quadrupled capacity to protect homes that had suffered severe flooding. AEW worked on the detailed design and delivery whilst working alongside GHD to design the superstructure, suspended floors and removable pre-cast concrete structures over the Archimedes screw pumps that support the living green roof.
The judges at RICS said: “Bransholme Storm Water Pumping Station is a superb example of contemporary engineering, designed and delivered with the passion and expertise typically associated with Victorian infrastructure. Innovative use of ancient technology combined with a bold and confident architectural response has resulted in a facility that is welcomed by the local community, not just as a ‘flood alleviation scheme’ but as a local landmark; a symbol if you will of a community that will not be defeated by flooding.”
Rob Dickson, Associate at AEW Architects commented “It has been a fantastic experience to work as part of committed and dedicated team. AEW are proud to have helped to deliver a facility that will help prevent up to 15,000 homes from being flooded.”
Moneypenny wins BCO Award 2017
AEW Architects has won the Corporate Workplace Award at the BCO Awards in Manchester on 5th April 2017 with their project Moneypenny, Wrexham. The awards programme provides public recognition for top quality design and functionality and a benchmark for excellence in workplaces.
Designed by AEW, the new 91,000 sq ft head office was completed last year and has been said to rival the offices of Google and Apple and boasts a tree house meeting room, nature trails, vegetable gardens and even its own pub.
The brief for the project was to ignore the norm, rip up the rule book and create a space that inspires. The challenge was to create a happy workplace on a budget, and the achievement is clear for all to see. This project demonstrates that bespoke design does not necessarily have to be expensive.
The Award judging panel commented “Despite working within a tight budget, this building succeeds in setting a benchmark for the telecoms industry. Design touches, such as a tree house, demonstrate how fun can be functional, and that this spacious office has the wellbeing of the Moneypenny team at its heart. The judges loved the inclusive and collaborative spirit that shines through in every detail, right down to giving staff vouchers to decorate their own desks.”
Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive of the BCO, commented: “This year’s awards showcase the eminence and value of new office development. With Moneypenny, it is clear that the welfare of the workforce was at the heart of the approach and end product, and this focus has led to the innovative and cost effective design of numerous social spaces. Alongside the other buildings recognised at this year’s awards, Moneypenny sets a high standard of quality for future projects around the UK.”
The project team included Pochin’s Ltd, Hatrick Property as Development Director, Avid Property Consultants, Cundall, CW Studio and Todd and Ledson.
RIBA student mentoring programme
AEW Architects are very proud to be taking part in the RIBA Student Mentoring programme. The scheme was founded in Manchester in 2015 and aims to enhance the students’ academic education by demonstrating design in practice and offering an insight and experience of the business of architecture.
Associates at AEW, Alex Southall and Ross Huntingdon are mentoring Ceri Baxter and Jumana Taraz , who are second year students from Manchester School of Architecture. They will attend regular visits to AEW to gain an understanding of how a professional practice operates. The students will attend a series of site visits, project meetings and design reviews as well as receiving support on professionally related matters including CV writing, interview techniques, portfolio presentation and presentation techniques.
Andy Rainford, Director at AEW Architects commented, ‘as a Chartered Practice we are delighted to be able work with the RIBA and Manchester School of Architecture, to enhance and safeguard the future of our profession by inspiring, motivating and mentoring the next generation, which is one of our core values as a sustainable business’.
Moneypenny highly commended at Mixology Awards 2016
Moneypenny has been Highly Commended at the Mixology North16 Awards after being shortlised in the Large Commercial Interiors Project of the Year category. Mixology North16 Awards is the North’s most prestigious award ceremony and created for the dynamic and innovative interior design community.
Moneypenny’s new head quarters opened its doors in September 2016. The new 91,000 sq ft head office in Wrexham designed by AEW Architects have been said to rival the offices of Google and Apple, and boast a tree house meeting room, nature trails, vegetable gardens and even its own pub.
Emma Rayner becomes chartered Architect
We are delighted to announce that Emma Rayner has recently passed her final qualification and is now registered as a Chartered Architect with the RIBA.
Emma joined AEW in 2010 as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant, after studying at Newcastle University for three years. Emma then completed a two year masters course in 2011 at the Manchester School of Architecture before returning to AEW in 2013.
During her time at AEW, Emma has worked on the design and delivery of key projects including accommodation buildings for Ronald McDonald House Charities at Cardiff and Oxford, the latter undergoing a full CABE review.
Managing Director, Steve Burne comments “We are extremely proud of Emma for qualifying, which is a really difficult and challenging process, especially whilst carrying out an important job role. Emma is a great asset to the company and a very talented designer. We will continue to support her throughout her career.”