- 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 AEW expands housing expertise
- 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
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.
AEW expands 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.”
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.”