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.