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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.

Mae News

190211 Alex Ely Russia

The Presidium meeting of the State Council of the Russian Federation Practice News

On 11th February Alex was invited to speak at the Presidium meeting of the State Council of the Russian Federation on the issue of implementation of social housing. The meeting attended by government ministers of the Russian Federation, including the Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities, Vice-Premiers, the Russian governors and other official representatives took place in Kazan, the Republic of Tartastan.

February 2019 Read More
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Mæ granted planning consent for Shrublands scheme in Croydon Project Update

We have received a successful planning decision for Shrublands, one of our three estate infill projects for Brick by Brick Development. The projects are part of Croydon Council’s Smaller Sites programme to deliver 1,000 new homes within the borough.

Our Shrublands scheme creates 26 sustainable homes at 100% affordable rent. The three new residential buildings sit as pavilions sensitive to their existing context, with full width balconies that offer generous amenity spaces positioned for sunlight and views.

August 2018 View Project
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Regent's Park Estate shortlisted for the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2019 Project Update

We are delighted that Regent's Park Estate has been shortlisted for the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2019 in the 'Excellence in Planning to Deliver Homes - Large Schemes (50 or more homes)' category.

The Regent's Park Estate project delivers 116 homes and significant public realm improvements within three years to replace homes lost to works connected with HS2.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in central London on 24 April 2019.

February 2019 View Project
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Sands End Arts and Community Centre wins a New London Award Project Update

We’re absolutely delighted that our Sands End Arts and Community Centre has won at the New London Awards 2018. Our win is recognised in the unbuilt section of the Culture & Community category at the awards which seeks to champion the best examples of civic projects for local residents and international visitors.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our collaborators on this project, especially to the local community in Hammersmith & Fulham, of whom our Centre will primarily serve.

July 2018 View Project

Agar Grove wins The Mayor's Award for Good Growth Project Update

Agar Grove Estate– our scheme for the London Borough of Camden– has scooped the Mayor’s award for best new development at the London Planning Awards 2019  ceremony, which took place at the National Gallery (31 January 2018). As well as winning The Mayor’s Award for Good Growth the project also won  The Mayor’s Award for Sustainable and Environmental Planning. Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said:  “The Agar Grove Estate is a great example of how estate regeneration should be done: helping existing residents play an active role in shaping the future of their neighbourhood and ensuring the development works both for them and for future residents."  

January 2019 View Project
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New Associates Practice News

We are delighted to announce the promotion of Helen Clark and James Halsall to the position of Associate. Helen leads our BIM strategy and implementation and currently runs a number of high profile projects including the Mayor of London's Housing SPG and Brentford Lock West. James leads our sustainable and environmental design team and is currently running our large passivehaus project at Agar Grove for the London Borough of Camden. 

The two bring exceptional specialist knowledge to our senior management team and will help us grow our profile and capabilities in the fields of environmental design, BIM and design for manufacture.

January 2019
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Alex Ely was invited to speak at ARCHTECTS.RF and DOM.RF's programme, run by the Strelka Institute, on the future of the city. The event was attended by delegates from over 50 Russian cities leading local urban development projects Алекс Эли. Взгляд на запад. Общие основы городов и зданий Великобритании via

December 2018
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Brentford Lock West Block E wins at the RIBA London Regional Awards 2018 Project Update

Brentford Lock West Block E scheme has won a RIBA London Regional Award 2018. Drawing inspiration from the local environment, our ambition was to create a vibrant canal-side residential community. 

We designed pavilion buildings with distinct saw-tooth roof forms that enhance the skyline and bring light into the upper floors. Deep façades create versatile outdoor loggias and homes have landscaped courtyards that act as a threshold to the street. Our scheme forms part of the second phase of a three phase development project beside the Grand Union Canal, which has been awarded a Customer Satisfaction Gold Award. Read more about our project here.

May 2018 View all RIBA winners

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.

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