Bedfordshire | 17 September 2019
The University of Bedfordshire officially opens its new £40m STEM building, designed by MCW architects, at its Luton campus on Tuesday 17 September.
The new STEM building provides 6320m2 of new teaching space, focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects, including Pharmaceutical and Chemical Science, Nutrition, Biochemistry, and Mechanical Engineering.
It provides new flexible computer laboratories and workshops for subjects such as automotive engineering, cyber-security and robotics; while new state of the art laboratories include specialist containment labs, simulation spaces, analytical labs and a clean room facility. The building also hosts a Science and Engineering Outreach Centre to promote the value of science and engineering to local schools and the wider Bedfordshire community.
Bill Rammell, Vice Chancellor at the University of Bedfordshire, said: “Our new £40m STEM building marks the culmination of a huge investment in facilities for our students.
“At the University of Bedfordshire, we strive to be a leading university for expanding higher education opportunities: inspiring our diverse student body to achieve ambitious goals and broadening understanding and horizons across the communities we engage.
“The STEM building is a part of our vision for high-level skills growth in Luton and Bedfordshire. It will support the ambitions of regional policymakers to enhance the skills base across Bedfordshire, extending opportunity for local residents and attracting investment to the region.
The STEM building forms part of a five year investment to re-generate the University’s estates totalling £180m. This included its Postgraduate and CPD centre on the Luton campus, the stunning teaching and learning Gateway building at its Bedford campus, and a seven-floor library in Luton, which opened in 2016.
Angus Barnard at MCW Architects said: ‘The new STEM building forms the next step in our long term relationship with the University on their campus-wide programme of redevelopment. The design meets not only the current needs of the University but also offers opportunities for future development in both the current subjects offered but more dramatically within the completely new curriculum and departments that the facilities will serve. The building continues the University’s track record in procuring high quality, innovative, sustainable and adaptable facilities, whilst providing a welcoming arrival experience and strong identity on Park Street.’
The building was built by construction company R G Carter.
Northampton | 13 September 2019
MCW’s Waterside Campus for the University of Northampton has won last night’s Construction Project of the Year Award at the East Midlands Property Awards. The judges said it was remarkable that such a multi-faceted and complex development was completed both on time and under budget.
Northampton | 12 September 2019
The University of Northampton Engine Shed has won the 2019 AJ Retrofit Higher and Further Education Award at last night’s ceremony.
The AJ Retrofit Awards are the industry’s leading event celebrating design, engineering and construction excellence that prolongs and improves the life of the built environment.
Northampton | 11 September 2019
The University of Northampton Foot and Cycle Bridge has been shortlisted for the 2019 AJ Architecture Awards in the Infrastructure Project of the Year category.
Cambridge | 27 August 2019
MCW Architects have submitted a planning application for the redevelopment and extension of the Royal Cambridge Hotel. The Hotel forms part of the Grade II listed Scroope Terrace, located within the Cambridge Central Conservation area. This project presents a remarkable opportunity to breathe new life into this special but neglected building which occupies an important place in the City.
A primary factor in ensuring the long-term viability of the hotel relies upon the increasing of overall capacity. The proposals therefore include the addition of two new extensions to the existing terrace along with the rebuilding of an earlier extension, that currently forms the entrance from the car park. The new extensions effectively frame and contain the space to the west of the terrace, turning a previously dreary car park into a carefully ordered courtyard that retains some parking but designed to provide a safe and welcoming arrival space.
Lien Geens, Project Lead for MCW, explains: ’We are delighted to work with the University of Cambridge and the Cambridge Judge Business School on this unique project, located around the corner of our office. A strong local team (KJTait, Smith & Wallwork, Faithful + Gould and Woods Bagot) has been brought together to transform the Grade II listed building into a 4 star Lifestyle Hotel. The extensive pre-application dialogue with the Cambridge City Council Planning and Conservation team has contributed significantly and positively to the design of the new extensions and the careful remodelling of the listed townhouses.’
Peterborough | 26 July 2019
MCW Architects have been appointed as masterplanner and architect to support the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority in the delivery of a new university in Peterborough.
The multi-disciplinary team led by Mace includes 18 specialist consultants with a wealth of experience in the delivery of university projects around the UK. Their work will begin this summer, continuing through to the project build phase and the opening of the new facility.
The Mace team will work with the Combined Authority project team as well as internal and external stakeholders in a collaborative partnership model of delivery to best meet the ambitions of the project, including meeting the target of 2,000 learners starting their courses at the Embankment site by September 2022.
They will also support the ambition for the university to be rooted in the skills needs of the local economy, including developing a curriculum in which advanced technical training is embedded.
Mayor James Palmer said:
“This appointment is a very important milestone in the delivery of this University. Mace has a track record in the delivery of projects like the University of Northampton, and their expertise and experience will be invaluable.
“But not only that, the Mace team also understand the vision we have. We are not developing just another university, but one that will break the mould for what higher education can deliver. It is about directly linking courses to the well paid, secure jobs and career opportunities in our economy. It is about working with local businesses so we can deliver the skills they need to thrive and push up productivity. And it is about thinking differently about how learning is delivered. So if a two-year accelerated course, higher level apprenticeship or greater workplace-based learning fits better, then that is what we can do. We are not bound by the traditions of traditional degree courses, and with students more and more focused on value for money, having courses which more directly link to good jobs will be important.
“And this is about driving up aspiration locally, and helping the city retain more of its talented, ambitious people by providing a higher education offering that will help them get on in life.
“The Mace team understand both the technical requirements and ambitions we have for the university, and I can’t wait for them to get started with us.
Councillor John Holdich, Leader of Peterborough City Council and Deputy Mayor of the Combined Authority, said:
"This is fantastic news and a significant step forward in our plans for a dedicated university for Peterborough.
"Mace has an excellent reputation for its expertise in delivering university projects across the country and I look forward to working with them between now and 2022 when the first students will begin studying for degrees at Peterborough University.
"With their expertise and support we can deliver a university that provides our residents and those studying here from further afield the chance to acquire skills that will make them attractive to employers in the city. A recent survey of businesses means that we now know what the university's curriculum needs to offer to be able to achieve this."
Northampton | 22 July 2019
The University of Northampton Engine Shed has been shortlisted for the 2019 AJ Retrofit Award in the Higher and Further Education category.
The AJ Retrofit Awards are the industry’s leading event celebrating design, engineering and construction excellence that prolongs and improves the life of the built environment. The 2019 awards will see architecture’s most creative and talented leaders and innovators attend a glamorous awards ceremony at The Brewery London on 11 September.
Cambridge | 10 July 2019
MCW’s Learning Hub for the University of Northampton has been shortlisted in 3 categories for this year’s Education Estates Awards, including:
The Education Estates Awards celebrate excellence & achievement in education.
Cambridge | 26 June 2019
Planning permission has been granted for the development of India House on Newnham Road by Mill Pond in Cambridge. The project, designed by MCW Architects and led by developer Camprop, will replace the current building with a high quality and carefully considered mixed use scheme in this highly sensitive setting.
Providing space for commercial activity at ground floor level, the new development will create an active and visible street frontage, improve the public realm and experience for pedestrians and passers-by as well as uplift the character and feel of the lane alongside Newnham Mill. On the upper floors a cluster of apartments with excellent access provide great views across Mill pond.
Colin Moses, director at MCW architects explains: ‘Having worked closely with the City Planning, Urban Design and Conservation Team, we believe that the project is a carefully considered proposal to create a well-mannered, energy efficient and contemporary new building on this important site. The building will make a positive contribution to the area, offering an open and active commercial aspect to the street along with sustainable and attractive places to live on two upper floors, all enjoying wonderful views across this unique part of the City.’
Northampton | 6 June 2019
the University of Northampton Engine Shed has received the 2019 Creative Re-use Award from the Association for Industrial Archaeology.
The award honours building conversions that strike the tricky balance between the practicality of their new function and the readability of their old.
The Association believes that Creative re-use of former factories and other buildings is an effective way to convey the importance of the industrial revolution in the United Kingdom.
Leicester | 16 May 2019
MCW’s Learning Hub for the University of Northampton has been honoured with the 2019 RICS Design through Innovation Award at last night’s award ceremony.
The award honours the use of outstanding innovation in designing a successful project. The Judges look for evidence that use of creativity and innovative design ave enhanced a project across a wide range of criteria.
The judges said: “The Learning Hub at Northampton provides an insight into the standards that can be achieved in a nonspecific academic building that creates an engaging and supportive environment for all users. By embracing innovative approaches, the bi-product seems to be that the traditional elements have also moved forward embracing the strategies that promote this building and the university. It was evident that the philosophy that has been created has been developed with the user experience at the forefront with the ability to adapt as academia evolves prevalent in the management of the building.“
Cambridge | 9 May 2019
We are delighted that the Stapleford Granary study centre for the arts and music has won an 2019 RIBA East Award at last night’s ceremony. We are very proud to be the only practice to have won an RIBA East award for the last two consecutive years. Last year, our New Library for the University of Bedfordshire was awarded the prize.
“This is an impressive project that unites disparate parts of the range and phases have been knitted together to make a convincing and coherent whole. It is only by looking at the ‘before’ photographs that it was possible to gauge the extent of the transformation; from tumbledown outbuildings to a well-cared for courtyard and arts centre.” RIBA
Cambridge | 17 April 2019
MCW’s Waterside Campus for the University of Northampton received top industry recognition from the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) by winning the AUDE University Impact Initiative of the Year Award.
Terry Neville, Chief Operating Officer at the University of Northampton, said: “We are delighted to have won the University Impact Initiative of the Year Award. Waterside has been a mammoth undertaking over seven years and has resulted in a neglected brownfield site being transformed into a massively successful and impressive new campus which is a credit to all of those involved, the University and Northampton itself. The project hasn’t simply been a new campus development but has facilitated a radical re-engineering of the institution in terms of both teaching methodology and governance structures.”
“Many people have been following this project since it first came onto the collective sector radar some years ago,” said Jane White of AUDE. “We’re delighted to see it come to fruition so brilliantly. The numbers here are radical – particularly around space saved, and inevitably, running costs reduced. There needs to be real clarity of purpose to achieve that, and here that has been around a focus on teaching ahead of more traditionally ‘governance’ structures, and a determination to break down silos. It has been a huge collaborative task that Northampton can be proud of, as can the contractors, architects and project managers involved. Waterside is genuinely a great thing for the town.”
Cambridge | 9 April 2019
MCW’s New Library for the University of Bedfordshire has been featured in the Book Publication ‘building the future - educational architecture’ which is published in English and German by the Deutscher Architektur Verlag.
Cambridge | 6 March 2019
We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for the BD Higher Education Architect of the Year Award 2019. Organised by BD, the AYAs are distinguished from other architectural awards by virtue of honouring overall achievement within a particular sector. This provides a truly meaningful premise on which to compare the work of different architects.
Cambridge | 6 March 2019
MCW’s Learning Hub and Waterside Campus for the University of Northampton have been featured in Architecture Today Magazine. You can read the full article online under the following link.
Cambridge | 22 February 2019
We are delighted that four of our projects have been shortlisted for this year's RICS Awards. Three projects for the University of Northampton have been shortlisted for RICS East Midlands Awards. The Learning Hub in the Design through Innovation category, the Engine Shed in the Building Conservation category and the Waterside Campus in the Regeneration Category. The Stapleford Granary study centre for the arts and music has been shortisted for the RICS East of England Awards in the Community Benefit Category.
Cambridge | 07 January 2019
MCW’s foot and cycle bridge for the University of Northampton Waterside Campus, as well and Stapleford Granary, centre for the arts and music, have both been shortlisted for the RIBAJ MacEwen Award 2019. The Award recognises architecture (with engineering and landscape) for 'the common good', looking for built projects that are of real and demonstrable benefit to society.