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    Creativity-led. Community-led. Drawing on the DNA of the neighbourhood, we create welcoming places for people.
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    We relish complexity. With carefully crafted architecture, we turn challenging sites into buildings with a distinct identity.
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    We design policy as well as buildings. Inspired by our founder’s work at CABE, our thinking advances best practice.

Mae News

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Four projects shortlisted for the New London Awards 2017 Practice News

Four schemes by Mæ have been shortlisted for New London Awards 2017. Our 2,161 home Grahame Park Estate Regeneration scheme in Colindale for Genesis Housing and London Borough of Barnet has been shortlisted in the Masterplans & Area Strategies category. Grenadier House retirement housing in Westminster for PegasusLife and The John Morden Centre a day care in Blackheath for Morden College have both been shortlisted in the Wellbeing category. Whilst two of our Croydon schemes have been recognised in the Housing shortlist as part of the Croydon Smaller sites joint submission by Brick by Brick. Winners and commended schemes will be announced at the annual NLA Lunch on the 5th of July.

June 2017 Vote for our schemes on NLA's website
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Alex Ely rides to MIPIM Cannes for charity Practice News

Mæ principal, Alex Ely has taken part in the charity cycle to MIPIM Cannes, a 6-day 1500km cycling event that set off on the 9th of March 2017. The ride is organised by Club Peloton with its main grant recipient being the children’s charity Coram. The event raised an impressive £522,000 for the charity. For more information about the event view the video: here

March 2017
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The Estate of Today and Tomorrow - London Festival of Architecture Practice News

“London’s built memories are never far from its present” – We're organising a guided walking tour on the 15th of June at 5.30pm through two successful and well-known historical estates; the Boundary Estate and the Golden Lane Estate, as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2017. Both estates were built in times of change and at decisive points in the history of UK housing. With the current housing crisis, we find ourselves once again at a pivotal moment in which the estate, both new and existing, is placed under a magnifying glass. Our walk will end at a local venue for a short debate on the historical evolution and current work on estates and estate regeneration. 

To book a place on the walking tour RSVP to rsvp@mae.co.uk before 8th June. Places are limited. If the walk is fully booked there will be additional places available for the debate after at 7pm.

May 2017

Refurbish / Reinforce / Remodel Research News

Following the Government’s Estate Regeneration National Strategy initiative, we commissioned a film exploring three approaches to Estate Regeneration; Refurbish / Reinforce / Remodel.

This follows the Prime Minister's proposal back in January 2016 to extend life chances across Britain, with the goal to radically transform 100 estates across the country. 

In our short documentary, Alex Ely describes three avenues for transformation being developed by Mæ. 'Refurbish' looks at the reuse and renovation of existing stock, ‘Reinforce’ proposes infilling as a means to intensify and sustain a neighbourhood, and ‘Remodel’ offers a vision of how to positively regenerate failed estates. Each approach aims to improve the quantity and quality of housing on those estates, and to improve the life chances of those who live there.

November 2016 Watch on Vimeo
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Green Sky Thinking 2017 - The cost of everything & the value of nothing Practice News

Where can value be found in estate regeneration and designing for communities in a changing society? We will be hosting a talk on this topic with a multidisciplinary panel as part of Open City's GreenSky thinking programme on May 17th 2017. Our event will be chaired by our principal Alex Ely and will present academic research, describe real life considerations and propose practical solutions.

April 2017 Register for our event here
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Strand East Plot R2 granted planning consent Project Update

Our Strand East Plot R2 scheme has received unanimous approval at planning committee. It is our second development on the 26-acre neighbourhood in Stratford, East London. The scheme takes advantage of its river setting and prospect towards Lee Valley park and comprises 211 dwellings arranged around two communal gardens and a publicly accessible court. 

March 2017 View Project
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Mæ projects featured in the Government's Estate Regeneration National Strategy Project Update

The Government's Estate Regeneration National Strategy aims to support local partners to improve and accelerate estate regeneration schemes to deliver more and better quality housing, drive local growth and improve outcomes for residents. Our Hillington Square scheme in King's Lynn and Agar Grove scheme in collaboration with Hawkins\Brown have both been featured as examples of good practice in the case-studies report. Read more in the official report here

December 2016
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Mæ Studio, photographed by Marc Goodwin, featured on ArchDaily and Dezeen Practice News

Marc Goodwin, photographer at Archmospheres, has shot London-based architecture offices in a global photographic series giving insight into where architects work. 

Our studio, based in a shared office building in Clerkenwell, is featured as part of the London series and has been published on ArchDaily and on Dezeen. Digital images of our projects pictured here, courtesy of Forbes Massie.

November 2016

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