based on 'what's going on' galleries - 2013, 2014 etc.
Braintree | 28 November 2018
Works have started on the new £5m Learning and Technology Centre for the Colchester Institute in Braintree.
MCW’s design for the new 1,400m2 two-storey building creates efficient floor plans that will enable the Institute to transform their curriculum delivery from a broad range of vocational courses to a narrower suite of technical and professional programmes, focussing on STEM subjects, whilst providing all users with a more stimulating, welcoming and enjoyable environment.
Colchester Institute’s principal and chief executive, Alison Andreas said “We have marked today, another significant milestone in our exciting Braintree campus masterplan. This time next year, our campus will be fully modernised, with every building boasting state of the art learning spaces and industry standard facilities.
“Here, young people and adults will gain the skills and knowledge that will secure their future job prospects, and supply local employers with the skills their businesses need today and into the future.”
Hatfield | 22 November 2018
The University of Hertfordshire have opened their new Lidar facility, designed by MCW, by pointing its new laser radar into the sky for the first time. The University’s lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) is the most powerful instrument of its kind in Europe; for a few nanoseconds the lidar can generate more power than a nuclear power station. The lidar facility will create a hub for research with huge potential applications in many areas, from modern opto-electronics and lasers that are used in industry to research on bio-aerosols, their impact on global food production, and how biogenic pollution may be a cause for cancer and respiratory diseases.
Professor John Senior, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at the University of Hertfordshire, said: 'Our research addresses major issues facing business and society and we excel in impactful, innovative and multidisciplinary research that is internationally recognised for its excellence. We will use our lidar facility to work collaboratively with both academia and industry, in the UK and around the world, on research projects that will contribute to global efforts to tackle the key challenges that climate change poses to society in the 21st century.'
Stapleford | 22 November 2018
We were delighted to welcome the directors of West Line Studio in China and give them a tour of our recently completed Stapleford Granary centre for the arts and music today.
We found their cultural center in the rural Chetian Village of particular interest.
Luton | 20 November 2018
The MCW team have visited the STEM building site at the University of Bedfordshire. Due for completion in mid 2019, the four storey building will be home to the University’s growing STEM related activities with engineering labs on the ground floor, computing at first floor, pharmaceutical teaching at second floor and life science teaching and research labs on the third floor.
Northampton | 24 September 2018
The University of Northampton has welcomed students onto their brand new Waterside Campus for the start of term. MCW’s seven year involvement started with the initial feasibility study, moving on to the detailed masterplan, the design and delivery of four buildings and two bridges and finally overseeing the implementation of the masterplan.
“I wanted to tell you how fantastic this place is. I just love the broad sweep of the design and the details - the woodwork, the bricks, the sweeping bridge - I love it all. You should all be very proud of your work. We are privileged to have such a beautiful place to encourage and transform our students lives. Without your help we would not have made it.”
— Mark Mulcahey | Governor, University of Northampton
Hatfield | 18 September 2018
The University of Hertfordshire’s Business School have strengthened their brand and identity by remodelling their facilities. The project included the design of a completely new entrance with reception desk, seating area for waiting and a private 1-1 meeting space, as well as the relocation of teaching rooms and an increase in office space. The administration functions were moved into one dedicated area to improve workflow and provide one single point of access for students.
Working closely with the university’s estates team, user, interior designer G and T Interiors and contractor T&B Contractors, the quick turnaround project was completed over the summer in time for the student’s return in September.
We are excited to see staff and students starting at University of Northampton's new Waterside Campus, having been responsible for the design and delivery of the masterplan, the Learning Hub, Engine Shed, Sports Zone, Energy Centre and 2 new bridges.
Luton | 31 July 2018
MCW Architects have been appointed to create a new masterplan for Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge Campus at East Road.
The current masterplan for the Cambridge Campus was developed by BDP and approved in 2008. It was revised by Richard Murphy Architects in 2013 to include options for future development. Significant changes to the Cambridge estate have more recently taken place with the acquisition of additional buildings and sites close to the original campus and construction of new academic buildings.
Colin Moses, director at MCW Architects said: ‘We are delighted to have been chosen. Our approach is focussed on creating ‘places for people’ - spaces that are comfortable, enjoyable, safe and supportive. We will be working hard to help the University fulfil the aims and objectives it has set out to achieve in its strategic thinking for the next decade, creating a vibrant, innovative and inclusive learning and research community’.
The University of Bedfordshire’s campus transformation took a leap forward, with the ‘topping out’ of a new £40m building devoted to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Due to open its door to students in September 2019 the STEM building is the latest in a series of investments in facilities, with the opening of a new library in Luton, and a new teaching and learning building in Bedford the most recent projects to be completed.
“Today is a momentous one for the University as we ‘top out’ a new landmark building for the Luton campus,” said Vice Chancellor Bill Rammell. “This £40m investment is the final piece in our five-year £180million estates strategy.
“The STEM building will serve as an icon for the town, symbolising our commitment to skills development for the region. Its floors will be dedicated to Engineering, Computer Science, Health subjects and Life Sciences. It will incorporate a public outreach facility, enabling us to promote careers in science and engage with business and the local community.”
The ACE Foundation is celebrating its 60th Anniversary with the completion of the final phase of works at the Stapleford Granary study centre for the Arts and Music, with a festival of special events. Our beautiful new building has become a Gallery for an exhibition by Elaine Pamphilon and Christopher Marvell.
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The Univeristy of Bedfordshire’s New Library has won an RIBA East Award at last night’s ceremorny.
The judges commented: “The building is certainly achieving the University’s aim to develop the estate in Luton and to invest in high quality facilities for its students. The library is a highly visible first step in the regeneration of Luton town centre.”
Bedfordshire’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (Resources) Donald Harley said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received this prestigious award. It is testament to our commitment to give our students the best possible learning facilities, while also investing in our local community of Luton. We are looking forward to seeing our students enjoy the new library for years to come.”
Director at MCW architects Colin Moses said: “We are delighted that the new library has received this award. The shortlisted schemes were of a very high standard and it is important to note that besides complimenting the design of the scheme, the judges clearly recognised the wider social agenda in relation to access and inclusion, as well as the positive role this significant building plays in raising the quality of the public realm within Luton.”
The Waterside Campus for the University of Northampton is taking shape and the refurbishment of the listed Engine Shed is nearly complete. The Grade 2 listed former engine shed will house a new on campus ‘home’ for the Student Union incorporating clubs, societies, cafe and as a pastoral and social hub for students.
As the project is nearing completion, the MCW team visited the Stapleford Granary site. Completing in the next weeks, the project showcases intricate detailing and an exciting upgrade to this exceptional arts venue.
Luton | 11 April 2018
The University of Bedfordshire’s new library has been shortlisted for a RIBA East Award.
Bedfordshire’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, Donald Harley, said: “We are delighted that our new library has been shortlisted for this award. The building is a fantastic addition to our campus as we continue to invest in our facilities to give our students the best possible experience. The University is absolutely committed to and focused on improving the student experience, providing a platform for the student voice and encouraging co-creation and collaboration between students and staff. We are proud that this new library gives our students a place to work, to meet, to reflect and at times relax.”
The RIBA East 2018 Awards Ceremony will take place in Cambridge on Thursday 24 May.
Northampton | 11 March 2018
The MCW team visits the £330m Waterside Campus for UoN. Opening to students in September this year it will be the culmination of seven years of planning and delivery. As master planner, MCW have led the design of the new campus since 2011 and designed and delivered projects include:
Bury St Edmunds | 7 February 2018
Over 200 students at King Edward VI School in Bury were given a taster of working life at a careers carousel event on 7th February. As part of the event, MCW associate Angus Barnard gave insights into working as an architect. The Year 10s took part in the event, which saw different employers give presentations and advice on what it took to work with them in the future.
Picture Mark Westley
Cambridge | 18 January 2018
MCW architects are celebrating their 7th anniversary today. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients for their support; our staff for their hard work and enthusiasm; and all of our consultants for their valued input in creating inspiring places to learn, work and live in.
Cambridge | 16 January 2018
MCW’s designs for the development of Adkins Corner in Cambridge have received planning permission. The proposed development upgrades and refurbishes the current residential and commercial building, removes unsightly ad hoc additions to the rear of the complex that have been made over the years, and adds new contemporary residential units in their place.
Cambridge | 10 January 2018
We are delighted to announce the promotion of Paula Mejia-Wright to Associate with immediate effect. The promotion reflects her dedication and professionalism on a wide variety of our projects and is a recognition of her ongoing contribution to the success of our studio.
Paula joined MCW as one of our first staff in 2011 and she has played a leading role in a number of our major projects including the Masterplan for Cardiff University, Newcastle University Student Accommodation, Bucks New University Estate Strategy 2024, and the University of Bedfordshire New Library in Luton. She is currently working on the arts venue at Stapleford Granary and a masterplan for the University of Hertfordshire.
Northampton | 03 January 2018
We are looking forward to an exciting 2018 with the opening of the new £330m Waterside Campus for the University of Northampton. MCW has been responsible for the masterplan since 2011 and has led the design teams delivering four of the new campus buildings - the Learning Hub, Engine Shed, Sports Zone and Energy Centre – in addition to a new road bridge and pedestrian bridge. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the University and wider project team to ensure a successful opening in September.
Luton | 22 September 2017
The new STEM building at the University of Bedfordshire took a giant step forward with a ground breaking ceremony (Thurs 21 Sept) at its Luton Campus.
University staff and representatives from the contractor RG Carter were joined by students, the architects MCW, and engineering firm AECOM to mark the start of construction on the University’s new £40m Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics building.
Vice Chancellor Bill Rammell marked the occasion by driving a commemorative spade into the ground at the University’s Park Street site.
He said: “This new STEM building is part of the University’s wider vision for high-level skills growth in Luton and Bedfordshire. Our new STEM building will support the ambitions of regional policymakers to enhance the skills base in Bedfordshire, extending opportunity for local residents and attracting investment to the region.”
The STEM building is due to open in Sept 2019 and will allow the University to offer a wide range of new science courses including Pharmacy, Nutrition, Physics, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Geology and Mechanical Engineering.
The building set out over four-storeys and incorporating 6000m2 of teaching and laboratory space, will include a new Science and Engineering Outreach Centre to promote the value of science and engineering to local schools and the wider Bedfordshire community.
“It is part of an investment of £180m in cutting edge facilities by the University to transform our campuses,” said Mr Rammell. “Over the past five years we have enhanced our learning and teaching facilities for students, creating jobs and growth in Luton, Bedford and its surrounding areas.”
Colin Moses, Director at MCW architects: “The STEM building represents the next step in our involvement with the University’s long-term, campus-wide re-development, reaching back to 2007. This flexible building will enable the University to increase its undergraduate community pursuing a wide range of science and technology focused activities in a collaborative and stimulating environment that is specifically designed to facilitate the latest patterns of teaching, learning and research. The new building also provides a platform of outreach and inclusion with a highly visible and accessible ground floor space that can be used for group based learning activities and as a ‘shop window’ for the University.”
Alconbury | September 2017
MCW Architects have won an invited design competition for the MAGPAS Air Ambulance new headquarters. The 1,800m² new Headquarter and Training facilities building will bring together currently separate functions (Administration, Fundraising, Emergency Operations and Training) into a new, flexible and collaborative environment. The site is part of the Alconbury Weald Development and is ideally located for the emergency response teams to access the main road infrastructure.
The £5m project will provide a ‘home’ for a growing and highly important emergency service for East Anglian and the emerging design will form a vital part of the ongoing fundraising exercise. The project is programmed for an early Summer 2018 start on site and due for completion by May 2019.
Northampton | 01 August 2017
The Energy Centre building, part of the new Waterside Campus at University of Northampton, goes fully operational after one year of construction. The building will provide low carbon heat to all Academic, Residential and future Commercial buildings via a district heating network. The project was delivered on time and on budget. University staff, student representatives and visitors have all welcomed the striking design, the new ‘beacon’ of Waterside Campus in the form of a 26m high chimney clad in LED screen to the North.
Margate | May 2017
Following our extremely enjoyable visit to Berlin in 2016 we decided to broaden our horizons for 2017 and made an epic trip to Margate, travelling in some style, if a little slowly, in a marvellous 1971 AEC coach, owned and driven by our unique accountant, Tim Phillips.
The weather was kind to us and Broadstairs Boy, Peter’s local knowledge was useful. An inevitable look around the Turner Gallery was followed by a long lunch, some idle strolling and we all met at Botany Bay where there were a few brave bathers (still May after all) and then supper before boarding Lady Anne for our gentle journey home.
Northampton | 25 April 2017
An official topping out ceremony for the University of Northampton’s Waterside Campus took place on 25th April 2017. To mark this milestone occasion, a final glass balustrade was fixed to the outside terrace on the fourth floor of the Senate Building by the University’s Pro Chancellor David Laing. He was joined by Vice Chancellor Professor Nick Petford, John Kirkland, (Chairman of Bowmer and Kirkland, main contractors of the Academic Buildings at the Waterside Campus), Matthew Vickerstaff (Deputy Chief Executive of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority), as well as representatives from the University, the construction industry and the local community.
The construction works of the £330 million project started in October 2015 and the Waterside Campus is due to open in September 2018.
Cambridge | April 2017
We secured planning consent for both a new home and the refurbishment of an existing Edwardian house in Great Shelford. We designed a simple new home consisting of two gabled forms addressing the street – one timber clad and one in brick for this sensitive infill site at the centre of the village. We proposed the removal of a collection of more recent additions to the existing house and replaced these with a single double height extension that makes much better use of the garden and allows a careful reorganisation of the remaining house.
Luton | April 2017
RG Carter have been appointed to deliver our new STEM Building for the University of Bedfordshire. This marks an important milestone with the University as we have been working with them now for a decade. The STEM building will be the fifth new scheme we have designed and delivered for the University and we are looking forward to forming a new relationship with RG Carter. The scheme is due for completion in mid 2019.
Northampton | 23rd March 2017
The new 180m long footbridge provides access from the town centre across the River Nene to the University of Northampton new £330m campus. The bridge was designed by MCW in coordination with CH2M engineers and LUC landscape architects and was built by Volker Fitzpatrick. The external lighting has been carefully integrated into the bridge handrail and has been designed to enhance the overall aesthetics of the bridge, provide a safe and well-lit route for users and ensure that any light spill has negligible impact on the ecology of the river and surrounding areas. The bridge will be opened to the public as part of the new campus in September 2018.
Northampton | 14th November 2016
The first MCW designed footbridge was lifted in to place on Saturday 12th November. The footbridge will link the University of Northampton’s new Waterside Campus with Becket’s Park. The Waterside campus (designed by MCW) will regenerate a 58 acrebrownfield site in the local Enterprise Zone and is due to open in 2018.
The footbridge will provide an entrance to the new campus for pedestrians and cyclists along an elegant sinusoidal route of approximately 180m long. It will create an exciting journey that offers ever changing perspectives of Waterside Campus, the river and the surrounding landscape. It changes in direction and elevation and is an interpretation of the curving nature of the river banks.
Weathering steel work is used for both the structure and the balustrades, which minimised maintenance requirements and reflects the tones and colouring of Northampton’s local ironstone. MCW worked together with engineers Smith & Wallwork and CH2M.
Luton, UK | 13th October 2016
The University of Bedfordshire formally opened their new library on October 13.
Ex-student, author and Man Booker Prize nominee, Stephen Kelman spoke about the value of the library as an inspirational space before unveiling a commemorative plaque with Vice Chancellor, Bill Rammell.
The new building is open 24/7 and 365 days per year and provides a much broader range of study environments than were previously available to the student community- in response to student consultation and feedback. Whilst still offering printed material as a primary resource, the new building also incorporates space for collaborative and group study as well as carefully arranged space for silent, individual study. A Study Hub acts as a focus for those needing assistance and support in relation to coursework and assignments. The building is connected to the adjacent Campus Centre and Business School at first floor level – continuing and extending a network of linking bridge spaces that run throughout the campus. The design brings high levels of daylight into the depth of the building- with full height glazing and a top-light above carefully located light wells through the upper four floors. At 9 storeys, including an open access archive space on the lower ground, it is the tallest academic on campus and the top floor has a dramatic double height study room that enjoys long views to the south including a steady stream of arrivals and departures from Luton Airport.
The scheme is the latest project that has been delivered following the Development Framework that we produced for the University of Bedfordshire in 2007, setting out the long term strategy for their estate. The completion of the new library is an exciting continuation of our successful relationship with both the University and the design team involved in the campus redevelopment.
Germany | 25th-26th September 2016
The annual away-day became an ‘away weekend’ this year with a great trip to Berlin in late September.
We had a fascinating time walking and cycling the streets of this wonderful city- learning about its history and development. We also made a very inspirational visit to the Neues Museum, restored by David Chipperfield Architects.
Cambridge | 18th September 2016
This year MCW entered two teams at the annual local race Chariots of Fire, in aid of Papworth Hospital Charity. Teams of six run a 1.7mile course in relay format.
MCW team A once again improved the total team time from previous years, to an impressive 1h 07min, placing them 21 out of over 200 teams on the mixed category. Well done to all the participants!
Northampton | 9th August 2016
The University of Northampton’s new £330m Waterside campus development has reached a milestone as the new road bridge (designed by MCW, Smith and Wallwork Engineers and CH2M) was lifted in place. The bridge spans 55m across the River Nene and will provide the primary vehicular access to the campus. The development also includes a new pedestrian bridge (also designed by MCW) linking the campus to Becket’s Park which is due to be installed in September this year.
The campus masterplan was designed by MCW architects and our work also includes the design and delivery of the 20,000sqm Learning Hub, the Sports Pavilion, a new low carbon Energy Centre and the refurbishment of the former Engine Shed into the Student Union, in addition to the new pedestrian and road bridges. Waterside will regenerate a 58 acre brownfield site along the River Nene in the local Enterprise Zone and is due to open in 2018.
Volker Fitzpatrick are currently on site installing all infrastructure works including the bridges. Bowmer & Kirkland have been appointed as main contractor for the academic and public realm works and commenced on site earlier this year. Kier and Vital Energy have been appointed for the delivery of the student residences and the Energy Centre.
Current works on site include:
• Development of the existing A428 Bedford Road;
• Installation of the new highway bridge;
• Precast concrete piling for the Creative and Learning Hubs.
Cambridge | 27th July 2016
We are delighted to announce the promotions of Constantin Blank to associate, as well as Paula Mejia-Wright, Hien Nguyen and Besnik Bijo to senior architects with immediate effect. The promotion reflects their dedication to working with our clients on a variety of our projects and is a recognition of their ongoing contribution to the success of the studio.
Since joining MCW in 2014, Constantin has worked on the new library for the University of Bedfordshire and is currently instrumental in the implementation of the University of Northampton Waterside Campus.
Paula joined MCW as one of the first staff in 2011 and has played a leading role in a number of our major projects including the Masterplan for Cardiff University, Newcastle University Student Accommodation, Bucks New University Estate Strategy 2024, the University of Bedfordshire New Library in Luton and new teaching building in Bedford. She is currently working on the arts venue at Stapleford Granary.
Hien also joined MCW in 2011 and has been a key member of the teams working for clients such as the University of Hertfordshire, University of Bedfordshire, University of Northampton, and Selwyn College.
Besnik joined MCW in 2014 and has worked closely with Colin and Murdoch implementing the Waterside Campus in Northampton. He has led the design of the sports facilities and the site wide energy centre, currently also leading it's delivery. He has also worked on the delivery of the construction phase of a New Library scheme for the University of Bedfordshire in Luton.
We would like to congratulate them for their achievements and look forward to developing the studio with them.
Hatfield | 21st June 2016
As architects working in the higher education sector, we are always on the lookout for opportunities to include student projects as part of our masterplan and design projects with Universities.
Having been appointed by the University of Hertfordshire as lead architect for the £28m refurbishment of the Main Building on their College Lane Campus, due for completion in 2019, presented us with a unique opportunity to team up with the University Estates & Hospitality Department, as well as the A-IAD (Architecture – Interior Architecture and Design) course to include students into the process.
The building forms the core of the original 1950’s estate and has at its core ‘Corridor D’ - the primary internal circulation spine running some 300m linking the various teaching blocks. The space has been inhabited over the decades with ad-hoc extension of adjacent space and has lost much of its original historical clarity. Following discussion with the course lecturers, Corridor D was identified as a ‘live’ student project for students studying A-IAD (Architecture – Interior Architecture and Design) – Level 5 – Design Studio 4. The brief was to rediscover this spatial clarity and provide a functional, attractive and exciting space that reflected the University’s strategic vision core values and supported the needs of students and staff.
MCW Architects, in conjunction with the University Estates & Hospitality Department, worked closely with senior lecturers to set the brief and collaborated with students reviewing the brief and their initial design proposals. 50 design proposal were submitted with 8 being shortlisted. A final review of the shortlisted scheme was completed with representation from MCW, UH Department of Estates & Hospitality and senior lecturers. A winner and two highly commended proposals were unanimously selected.
Cambridge | 6th April 2016
In celebration of our 5 year anniversary, we have launched our new visual identity, including a new logo. The new logo and branding guidelines are a natural development of our practice name and previous branding, providing continuity and ensuring consistency.
Northampton | 16th Feb 2016
The MCW designed Energy Centre at the University of Northampton’s new £330m Waterside Campus has received Planning Approval from Northampton Borough Council. The building will be the first to complete on the new Campus development and will provide low carbon heat to all Academic, Residential and future Commercial buildings via a district heating network.
While the building form is effectively ‘box’ like due to its technical nature, the external envelope has been developed to create a visually strong elevation to the north responding to the primary aspect from the University’s ‘arrival square’. All boiler flues are collected and rise through a 26m high tower that naturally develops out of the building’s internally lit ‘saw tooth’ facade giving a positive landmark statement of the University’s commitment to sustainability. The building has two primary levels housing a woodchip biomass boiler, gas boilers, thermal storage vessels together with associated ancillary plant equipment. The energy centre has been future proofed to allow the installation of combined heat and power plant.
MCW have been retained by Vital Energy to complete the detail design and construction. The building is due to complete in June 2017.
Cambridge | 12th February 2016
As part of this year’s CSR activities, Hien Nguyen, architect at MCW, supported e-Luminate’s 2016 Cambridge Light Festival with their organisation of the Photography Competition.
The Festival is a modern arts festival for a city at the forefront of technology and research. The flagship event offers a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to discover, or re-discover, the richness and diversity of Cambridge’s iconic buildings and public spaces through a range of Light art installations, family activities, talks and concerts.
“Good lighting, like good water, is something we take for granted. But it can also be an opportunity for technology, playing a vital role in improving energy efficiency and reducing energy demand. When this is further augmented by artistic creativity the opportunity for exciting results is even greater. e-Luminate Cambridge Festival will show just how lighting can be more than taken for granted and demonstrate innovation and inspiration simultaneously.”
Hugh Parnell, e-Luminate Foundation Co-Founder and Chairman
The festival runs from 12th to 17th February across Cambridge.
Cambridge | 19th January 2016
The next phases of the transformation of Stapleford Granary has received Planning Approval from South Cambridgeshire District Council.
The Victorian Granary, owned by the ACE Foundation has undergone significant works to date and is a vibrant centre for education, culture music and the arts with a full programme of events and courses.
This next phase of development, undertaken by the Foundation and designed by Moses Cameron Williams architects, will see the renovation of the remaining farm buildings and barn into a reception, meeting rooms and workspace, connected to the main granary building with a new glazed link and entrance space. A walled garden will be created to the east of the barn. The barn conversion incorporates passive, low energy principles to create a comfortable, well-lit and flexible office environment with large sliding glazed screens that will allow direct access to the garden in the summer.
Colin Moses Director at MCW said: “We are delighted to be involved in such a unique and rewarding project. Our collaboration with the ACE Foundation has been a very positive experience. These previously redundant buildings will be given a new lease of life and will make a highly valuable contribution to the life of the wider community. We have worked hard to create a considered and sustainable scheme within this sensitive context.”
The project is due to complete in 2017/18.
Newcastle | 1st December 2015
Kensington and Park Terrace, the student residential project designed by mosescameronwilliams architects for Newcastle University, has been commended at last night’s Lord Mayor’s Design Awards. The project also came runners up in the People’s Choice awards. The award’s aim is to encourage, promote and publicise the best in architecture and environmental design, and to help improve the built environment. Awards are given to outstanding projects in the fields of architecture, planning, environmental, urban and landscape design.
Paul Bandeen, Head of Residences at Newcastle University was at the award ceremony: ‘It was really pleasing that the new development at Kensington & Park Terrace was recognised at the recent Lord Mayor’s Design Award and on behalf of all of those involved it was with a real sense of pride that I was able to collect a commendation from the judges for the refurbishment of Kensington Terrace. The accommodation has received tremendous feedback from students and is now our benchmark for all future projects. MCW were a great team to work with and really understood our requirements so thanks!’
Northampton | 22 October 2015
On 22 October, a ceremony took place to mark the increase in pace of building work on the University of Northampton’s new £330m campus in Northampton Town centre.
Situated in the heart of the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone, the University of Northampton’s state-of-the-art campus will regenerate the brownfield area along the River Nene opposite Midsummer Meadow when it opens ready for the academic year in 2018.
Professor Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor of the University of Northampton said: “Over the next few weeks, the infrastructure contractors will be changing the landscape here at the Waterside Campus, works are now commencing to create two new bridges giving access to the site. A vehicle bridge will filter from the Bedford Road, crossing the River Nene, with a pedestrian bridge crossing the river from the south corner of Beckett’s Park on to the campus.
“Celebrating the increase in pace of works today is an exciting moment for the University and the town as this is one of the biggest projects of its kind in the Higher Education at the moment.”
The Waterside Campus will offer University of Northampton staff and students’ state-of-the-art learning and teaching facilities, alongside 1,200 beds of student accommodation. The campus will also include community facilities such as a small hotel, health centre, multi-faith chaplaincy, bank and a range of retail and restaurant locations.
The masterplan for the Waterside Campus was drawn up by mosescameronwilliams architects, who are also responsible for the design of the 20,000sqm Learning Hub, 2,500sqm Sports Hub, the new Energy Centre, the new pedestrian and road bridges and the transformation of the former engine shed into a Student Union building.
The Waterside Campus is being developed for the University of Northampton by main building contractors Bowmer & Kirkland, along with VolkerFitzpatrick completing infrastructure works. Infrastructure work will include the demolition of the existing power station façade, which has been derelict since 1975.
Manchester Central | 10th November 2015
Join us for a talk about the University of Northampton’s new Waterside Campus at the Education Estates Conference on the 10th November at Manchester Central, held by Colin Moses and Jane Bunce of the University of Northampton.
The session will explore how the development of a totally new campus is able to support, deliver and sustain radical change in the provision of teaching and learning. It will highlight how the design and structure of the new campus has been generated to reflect new teaching and learning methodologies along with an institutional-wide consolidation and rationalisation exercise.
Jane will outline of how the university is undertaking the reengineering of its teaching delivery and learning environment to create a more attractive, inclusive and efficient offer in response to an increasingly competitive market place, Whilst Colin will give an account of how the design team have generated masterplan and building proposals that respond to the changing needs of the University as well as the aspirations of the Local Authorities for this important town centre site.
Places at the conference are free for all those employed in the education sector: those employed directly in schools, colleges, universities or local authorities, including independent schools and governors.
London | 24th September 2015
Colin Moses will be speaking at this year’s University Real Estate Conference: Increasing real estate flexibility - how flexible learning and teaching spaces withstand the test of time and enhance the value of University Estates in the future.
In a series of keynote presentations, talks, case study presentations and panel sessions this year’s conference explores the latest thinking, developments, challenges and responses in the sector. The event takes place on Thursday, 24 September 2015 at Le Meridien Piccadilly in London.
“The future of higher education real estate needs to respond to the future of higher education – if you understand what will be the future of the sector you can plan how best to provide real estate that will match its needs. The problem is that the future of the sector keeps changing, so we need to plan for both the known and the unknown.”
Mark Farthing, Programme Director (Major Capital Projects), Estates Department, University of the Arts London
Northampton | 17th June 2015
Main contractor, Bowmer & Kirkland, has been appointed by the University of Northampton to construct its new aspirational Waterside Campus.
The contractor will start on site later this year and the project will include the construction of a 20,000sqm Learning Hub, a 2,500sqm Sports Hub and the refurbishment of a Grade II listed engine shed for a Students’ Union building, all designed by mosescameronwilliams architects.
The new campus – based in the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone - will deliver the University’s aspiration to be an internationally facing University committed to delivering outstanding life-changing opportunities in education. The University offers ground-breaking areas of study, underpinned by a culture of entrepreneurship, purposeful research and social enterprise recognised around the world for its originality and impact.
The construction is to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating and the entire campus will be low carbon. It will offer flexible learning and teaching spaces for the use of innovative technologies, alongside a vibrant mix of leisure and retail activities to be used by students and the wider community.
Colin Moses, director at mosescameronwilliams architects, said: “The appointment of the contractor presents the next milestone in the development of this exciting project. We look forward to working with Bowmer & Kirkland and seeing our initial design of the masterplan and of three very unique buildings come to life to deliver the University’s vision.”
University of Northampton Vice Chancellor, Nick Petford, commented: “We are delighted that Bowmer & Kirkland will be working with us to build our new campus in the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone. We are committed to providing an excellent student experience, and our new £330m development offers opportunities for students to study in the heart of Northampton, building on the outstanding facilities we offer and our close links with the community and employers in the region.”
Regional Director, Stephen Chambers, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the University of Northampton has put its trust in Bowmer & Kirkland to complete this exciting project which is a huge investment for the University and puts them at the heart of the community. It will help to increase the economic prosperity of the area and the stunning new facilities can only help to enhance the already excellent reputation of the University both here and abroad. We are really looking forward to working with the University and its partners to bring this project to life.”
The project is due to be completed in late Spring 2018.
Luton | 3rd June 2015
The University of Bedfordshire’s £46m New Library project has reached a milestone by topping out today. The project, designed by mosescameronwilliams architects, is a significant step in the on-going transformation of the University’s town centre campus in Luton and is due to complete in early 2016.
Situated on a challenging site with a very limited ‘footprint’, the 7,400sqm building is organised over nine levels. Taking this aspect as an opportunity, the proposed scheme locates silent study spaces on each of the upper floors in a ‘study wall’, fulfilling the increasing demand by students for more silent and quiet working environments. The design reflects the University’s aspiration for an efficient and scholarly facility that supports and enables improvements in academic and institutional performance.
Located at a focal point between academic space and new residential accommodation, this new building allows for the relocation of the existing library facilities, minimising the impact of future phases of campus redevelopment on the student experience.
Colin Moses, director at mosescameronwilliams architects, said:
“The Development Framework we produced for the University of Bedfordshire in 2007 sets out the long term strategy for the estate, and focusses on delivering projects which directly improve the student experience. The construction of the new library is an exciting continuation of our successful relationship with both the University and the design team involved in the campus redevelopment.”
Marcus Woolley, Director of Learning Resources said:
”University staff, the Students’ Union and the Design team have worked well together to consult with the wider student body to ensure that the new library will closely reflect their requirements and aspirations. I believe the new library will deliver a range of high quality learning spaces and resources that will delight students and encourage study in all its guises.”
Cambridge | 4th March 2015
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Lien Geens and Angus Barnard as Associates with immediate effect. The promotion reflects their dedication to working with our clients, leading our project teams, and is a recognition of their ongoing contribution to the success of our studio.
Lien joined the practice in 2012. She has been involved in the New Academic Building for the University of Bedfordshire and is currently leading the team for the University of Northampton’s Waterside Campus.
Angus joined the practice in 2011 and has led our completed projects at Selwyn College and Newcastle University. He is currently leading the team for the new library for the University of Bedfordshire.
Bedford | 3rd March 2015
The New Academic Building on the University of Bedfordshire’s Polhill Campus has been shortlisted for Best Educational Building at this year’s Central LABC Building Excellence Awards. The Awards celebrate vital elements in the creation of excellent buildings - technical innovation, sustainability and high performance. The winners will be announced at the awards dinner for the Central region on Friday 24 April 2015. Regional winners are then nominated for the national awards.
Northampton | 26th February 2015
The University of Northampton has received listed building and change of use consent for the transformation of a Grade 2 listed former engine shed and adjacent office building designed by mosescameronwilliams architects. The currently derelict buildings, originally built in 1873, will be transformed into a social hub for the students and will house the student facing administration facilities of the Students’ Union. The buildings are an integral part of the University campus and are located adjacent to the proposed student residential development as part of the masterplan designed by mosescameronwilliams that received Outline Planning Consent in 2013.
Newcastle upon Tyne | 25th February 2015
The Student residences, transforming Kensington Terrace at Newcastle University have been shortlisted for a regional RICS award. The development regenerates the northern edge of the city campus with a 350 bed facility, which includes three new buildings and a refurbishment of the original Park Terrace.
The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the built environment. The winners will be announced at the award dinner on Friday 24th April at the Civic Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Northampton | 24th February 2015
The University of Northampton’s exciting plans to build a state-of-the-art new Campus in the heart of Northampton’s Waterside Enterprise Zone have progressed further, with unanimous approval at a meeting of the Northampton Borough Council’s Planning Authority.
In December 2013, the University of Northampton received outline planning permission for a masterplan drawn up by mosescameronwilliams architects to redevelop the brown field site at Avon Nunn Mills in to a state-of-the-art, £330million new Campus, in the heart of Northampton’s Waterside Enterprise Zone.
The University have now received detailed planning permission for the designs proposed for the 20,000sqm Learning Hub and 2,500sqm Sports Hub designed by mosescameronwilliams architects; as well as the 8,000 sqm Creative Hub and the 5,000 sqm Research and Enterprise building designed by Atkins. The approval also included a new pedestrian-cycle bridge designed by mosescameronwilliams in conjunction with CH2H and the public realm and landscape for the campus designed by LUC.
Murdoch Cameron, director at mosescameronwilliams architects, said:
“We welcome the unanimous approval for our designs to take the Waterside Campus to the next stage of development. Driven by an aspirational client and working with a truly collaborative project team, the transformational nature of the project is reflected in the individual buildings.”
Vice Chancellor, Nick Petford, said:
“I’m delighted that Northampton Borough Council’s Planning Committee has approved the detailed designs for our academic buildings at the new Waterside Campus. These outstanding facilities will attract students from Northampton and around the world to study, work and live within the Town.
“Later this year, construction work on site will get underway, with infrastructure and building works commencing and completion of the campus ready for students joining the University from September 2018.”
Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said:
“The university’s relocation is a key part of our strategy for the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone, and one of the major projects in the Northampton Alive regeneration programme.
“In a few short years we’ve already seen massive progress across the town, and work on the new campus development starting later this year is a clear demonstration that there’s plenty more to come.”
Cambridge | 28th-30th of January 2015
Using the annual three days leave to work with local charities and community groups we have been working with Transition Cambridge. Our time was spent working with two of Transitions many community groups.
We designed the advertising for an upcoming event concerned with the social cost of carbon. The event aims to provoke discussion among people about who carbon pricing should and will effect. The discussion will ask should the average person be responsible for their own carbon footprint or is it the responsibility of government and industry?
For the second group (Re-economy) we designed a series of graphics illustrating Transition Cambridge’s role as an incubator for start-ups and as a funder for groups such as Grow-Zone and Crop Share. The big question and one that many charities face is should we employ paid staff? The graphics we created are to be used as a tool to enable the group and volunteers/funders to visualise the structure and project outputs of Transition Cambridge more clearly.
It was very interesting working with Transition and getting to know and contributing to some of the much needed projects they are responsible for.
Tom Garton & Beatriz Carrillo
Cambridge | 18th January 2015
We celebrated our 4th birthday on the 18th January.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients, and also to thank our staff for their hard work and enthusiasm.
We hope to have our ‘launch’ party before our 5th birthday.
Luton | December 2014
Works on site of the New Library project are progressing swiftly. Due to the use of pre-fabricated concrete twin walls the structure is rising rapidly arriving at the first floor slab. Currently the rebar and formwork - including shapes for first coffers - are being finalized awaiting the first pour of concrete.
Cambridge | December 2014
MCW's team of Architects is expanding.
Many congratulations to Paula for successfully passing the Part 3 exam at the University of Cambridge after an intense year of preparation and hereby qualifying as UK registered Architect, 12 years after she qualified in her native Colombia!!
Paula is an invaluable member of our team currently working on the masterplan project for the University of Cardiff as well as the New Library project for the University of Bedfordshire.
04th November 2014
To mark the 13th annual National Pro Bono Week, Cambridge ProHelp produced case studies on the work its members have undertaken for their local communities. MCW's recent Pro Bono activity to help refit the Romsey Mill Charity Shop was included in the report.
“We were delighted to spend time with Romsey Mill and hope that the re-fit benefits the charity. The time spent is part of our commitment to all staff to have three paid days a year to support charitable activity. This is a core part of our practice's values and helps build a healthy morale within the team.”
Director mosescameronwilliams architects
Bedford | 03rd November 2014
The Gateway building at the Polhill campus was handed over to the University of Bedfordshire on the 3rd of November 2014 after a one-year construction period. As part of the development, the Main Contractor has completed a 3-storey building with social and teaching facilities, and major external landscaping works.
The project was delivered on time and on budget. Comments from staff, students, and visitors have all been positive.
16th October 2014
Plans for a £330m university campus for Northampton have been put on display before a detailed application is presented to the borough council. Northampton University plans to move from sites in St George's Avenue and Boughton Green Road to Nunn Mills Road.
It hopes the move to the 55-acre (22 hectares) site will increase student numbers from the current 15,000.
Northampton Borough Council will receive the plans in November and, if approved, work could start next year.
Vice chancellor Nick Petford said it was "the largest development of any university campus currently under way".
Cambridge | 21st September 2014
A fast 2.5K course wound around the breathtakingly beautiful scenery of some of Cambridge’s finest historic architecture and past the startled tourist crowds visiting them. The Sunday morning sun finally broke through, shining down on the famous World Heritage site with it's honey coloured limestone facades of Kings, Trinity and Clare College while almost 2,400 runners passed on their plastic batons 5 times in the team relay event to the cheers of excited colleagues, spouses and their little children.
The MCW team, inspired by the never tiring Lien, proudly managed to improve the total team time from previous outings to an impressive 1h 10mins, placing it 28th in the mixed category out of a few hundred teams, effortlessly beating several others from the construction industry. Congratulations!
14th August 2014
"Architects mosescameronwilliams and Atkins join creative forces to design the University of Northampton's new £330m campus", Dave Higgitt reports on UniversityBusiness.co.uk.
mosescamersonwilliams director Murdoch Cameron said: “Having successfully completed the masterplan for the new campus, we are privileged to have the opportunity to work with the University and local stakeholders to deliver a key component of the learning, teaching and social fabric of the new campus. Driven by an aspirational brief, our collaboration with Atkins and the wider design team is already delivering exciting concept designs that will ensure Waterside Campus is a transformational project for both the town and University.”
Northampton | 07th July 2014
mosescameronwilliams deliver a talk at the ‘Claiming the Waterside Conference’ held in Northampton on 7th July.
Sharing the platform with speakers from Transform Places, Urban Impulse, NBC, Canals and Trust, Malmo University and Arup, Murdoch Cameron presented on ‘3 Projects for a Waterside University Campus’. The talk explored the experiences gained from our work at Lincoln University, University Campus Suffolk and the current developments for the University of Northampton. He presented the approach of the practice to designing on waterfronts, the lessons learned and the wider regenerative impact of such projects over the period of nearly 20 years.
Cambridge | July 2014
Been given three days per year to do charity work within the community we embarked on a one day field trip to re-fit the charity shop of Romsey Mill on Mill Road. It was indeed a nice job to do and we really enjoyed to be able to give a hand and meet the team and the volunteers.
"Practical help like this makes a big difference to a small charity like Romsey Mill, so we really do appreciate it. We hope that the shop will see a leap in sales and donations now it is looking so much smarter."
Fundraiser – People & Partnerships Romsey Mill
Cambridge | 07th July 2014
For the keen cyclists amongst us, it was a dream come true to have le Grand Depart of le Tour in the UK. We all took the morning off for the start of Stage 3 in Cambridge on the 07th to experience the spectacle of the rolling circus that is the Tour de France – ‘the greatest free sporting event in the world’.
Vantage points varied but the atmosphere was consistently electric. The rollout was relatively sedate and even those that were watching at the edge of the city, as the peloton swarmed across the Essex border, realised that the riders were taking it easy after a couple of more testing days in Yorkshire.
Colin revisited his teenage cycling world by heading up to see the race as it headed out of Swaledale on Stage 1 – after managing to complete a climb that he hadn’t done since he was 19 (even then it was tough) and feeling justifiably elated he decided to try and get MCW in front of a global audience by spraying the tarmac (with biodegradable paint, of course). Sadly the enormity of the crowd plus the rapidity of the riders meant that it was legible on ITV4 for about 1 second … at least it helped his Mum find him in the crowd as she watched on the telly.
Luton | June 2014
Following the fulfilment of our role as part of the design team on this exciting new build scheme for the University of Bedfordshire delivering a Stage E+ design on a compressed programme, we saw the scheme through the tender process to the appointment of a main contractor in December 2013.
Since then we have been novated over to the construction team and are currently in the process of producing construction information and coordinating our design with both civil and structural engineers and the recently appointed M&E sub-contractors. Work has commenced on site with piling in progress and party wall matters being resolved. Archaeologists are also keeping a watching brief as the ground works continue.
Bedford | June 2014
The New Academic Building is on site and on programme. The curtain walling for upper floors has almost completed with ground floor work to follow shortly. Internal partitions and first fix of services are in good progress.
Cambridge | May 2014
The ACE Foundation is a Cambridge based charity which helps promote cultural and international understanding through the advancement of education, serving communities in the UK and worldwide. They recently bought a Victorian Granary on the outskirts of Cambridge with the intention of creating an inspiring space for education, culture, music and the arts.
We have been asked to undertake the detail design and implementation of the refurbishment and new build works. The Victorian granary is already functioning as a small performance space, this will be connected with a new glazed linking structure to an existing barn which will be converted into office space, a dilapidated cart lodge will become space for a ceramics studio. A walled garden will be created within the original farm yard.
Cardiff | April 2014
MCW have been chosen to undertake the new masterplan for Cardiff University. We overcame a strong list of competitors, including Foster + Partners, HOK, Wilkinson Eyre, Allies and Morrison, Stride Treglown and Sheppard Robson to secure the commission. The masterplan will assess all the university’s campuses across the city, involving a full consultation process with university and city stakeholders. The project commenced at the end of April, and will be complete in December 2014.
Selwyn College, Cambridge | April 2014
With the first two phases completed on time, the third and final phase has now started on site. Currently on programme for an anticipated completion date of early September 2014 the scaffolding and temporary roof are up so construction of the additional fourth floor and restoration of the existing flint and stone cladding can commence. Internally, electrical first fix and partitioning are well advanced with insulated lining to the external envelope and mechanical first fix about to start. The new build gym is also underway.
As well as fulfilling our general role producing construction information for the main contactor we have recently been working closing with a local metal fabricator, fine tuning the details to a new entrance gate for the Court.
High Wycombe | March 2014
We were asked by Bucks New University to undertake a 3 month exercise to review the Estate Strategy for their High Wycombe Campus. Our previous work with the University had resulted in the RIBA Award winning Gateway Building and the senior management team were now keen to ensure that they have a clear and robust plan for potential future development across the campus.
We arranged a series of consultation sessions with key stakeholders to assess priorities and pressures before preparing a summary document that sets out a simply phased scenario which incrementally enables comprehensive change - focusing on improving the student experience along with a transformation of the look and feel across the whole campus.
Kensington and Park Terraces | March 2014
Our scope on this project was to take on the role of lead consultant to produce a comprehensive Stage E Design Documentation ready for tendering. This was successfully delivered in September 2011. We then formed an integral part of the client team that oversaw the tender process and the eventual appointment of the main contractor in early 2012.
As a direct result of our deep involvement in the project we were delighted to announce that the University awarded us:
Excellent Consultant Awards 2013 - 1st Place
It is a pleasure to work on such a scheme and to know that we have served our clients well. We await the completion of what promises to be an exciting project in August 2014.
Northampton | March 2014
In November 2013, we consulted on our plans for future development to see how the residents would have perceived the change of function for the site and its implications. Further to those discussions, we presented a second public consultation at the end of March 2014 to help finalise our plans.
The Park campus planning application will be submitted in outline form in May 2014 and the phased development of Park campus will commence in 2019.
The redevelopment of Park campus is part of a wider programme that sees the University of Northampton planning to build an exciting new Waterside campus in Northampton’s Enterprise Zone. The University will relocate in 2018 and there will be an opportunity to redevelop the current Park campus to offer further housing in the local area.
At the core of the development will be the creation of a ‘village green’ that will be accessible by the wider community. The green will extend the existing landscape at the heart of the campus and will provide a focus for the development.
Cambridge | January 2014
We have submitted a detailed planning application, on behalf of our client the TLC Group, for the redevelopment of the old Milton Road School site in Cambridge. This sensitive site is located at a transitional point in the urban fabric - between the city centre and the surrounding, predominantly residential, areas.
The Aparthotel – provides much needed accommodation to cater for the distinctive Cambridge economy – reliant on visiting researchers and academics who require a City centre location for extended periods along with the ability to self-cater – a form of accommodation not provided by a traditional hotel.
Our proposal creates an improved public realm around this important junction. A ‘pavilion’ marks the entrance to the Aparthotel and acts as a focal element in response to local City design guidance. The aspect to Gilbert Road has been developed to be both articulate and of an appropriate scale.The focus for the scheme is a court space – sized to reflect a collegiate court and provides a valuable amenity to residents.
Northampton | December 2013
Northampton Borough Council has granted consent for the University of Northampton's new Waterside Campus. The £330m development of the Avon Nunn Mills brown field site near the town centre will provide up to 55,000m2 of academic space, 1500 student residential study rooms, 30,000m2 of commercial space, hotel and other supporting commercial space. Detailed consent has also been granted for a new 55m spanning road bridge across the River Nene and the refurbishment of a Grade 2 listed engine shed. mosescameronwilliams have led the masterplanning design team over the last two years and are now working with the University to assist defining the Strategic Brief for the academic accommodation.
MCW were shortlisted for the competition to design a new sports hall and ancillary accommodation for the Royal Veterinary College.
We undertook an office design competition to look at all the options available, eventually presenting five ideas to the client for their project.
We were placed second after the final client review.
Perry Green | 11th July 2013
The whole team spent a day out together to charge our inspirational batteries.
Visiting the Henry Moore museum in Perry Green we were inspired by the way Henry Moore lived and worked. Exploring his house and workshop, lingering around in his park we were fascinated by his way of working and finalised sculptures likewise.
Cambridge | 23rd May 2013
The new home of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology was formerly opened on 23rd May 2013 by Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. The LMB is the flagship project for the new Cambridge Biomedical Campus and will be home for 600 scientists, PhD students and support staff.
The Royal party were given a short guided tour of the new building including a display from the LMB Archive that showed a sample of the work that led to nine Nobel prizes for research.
Colin Moses had led the design team for this ground breaking research building from 2006 through to start of construction in 2009 and had the honour of being invited by Sir Hugh Pelham (LMB Director) to join him for lunch with the Queen.