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’.
Luton | 19 July 2018
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.”
Stapleford | 16 April 2018
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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Luton | 25 May 2018
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.”
Northampton | 22 May 2018
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.
Stapleford | 16 April 2018
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:
Cambridge | March 2018
The construction work at the Stapleford Granary Arts Venue is nearing its completion in spring 2018.
The ACE foundation will be holding a series of events in the new venue once complete: https://staplefordgranary.org.uk/whats-on.aspx
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 | January 2018
We have received a Change of Use Consent for Newnham Mill in Cambridge. This interesting project is part of a wider scheme with our client GCR 2 to re-energise the old Mill building and its immediate environment - including a proposal to create new apartments above the existing car park at the rear of the mill. The mill is Grade II listed and we have worked closely with Donald Insall as Heritage Consultants, Carter Jonas as Planning Consultant and Max Fordham looking at how we can incorporate renewable energy into the scheme.
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.