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.