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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 design policy as well as buildings. Inspired by our founder’s work at CABE, our thinking advances best practice.
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    We manage complexity. With carefully crafted architecture, we turn challenging sites into buildings with a distinct identity.
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Mae News

John Morden Centre Project Update

The John Morden Centre is under construction and is progressing nicely. We are using cross laminated timber, a sustainable building material which also creates an extremely solid support structure for the project.

David Rutherford-Jones, Chairman of Morden College said "the structure is amazing, beyond what my personal high expectations of this building are. Spacious, quirky. It will when finished be simply fabulous. The opportunity the John Morden Centre affords the Charity, and our beneficiaries, are phenomenal. We are limited in this only by our own imagination, energy and determination to succeed."

September 2019
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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
190910 Ajaawards Blwfinalist

Brentford Lock West shortlisted for the Architects' Journal Architecture Awards Project Update

We're delighted that Brentford Lock West has been shortlisted for AJ Architecture Awards in the Housing Project category.

In addition to stand-out design, the judges will consider each project in detail – such as how it has met or exceeded the brief, how it has promoted client or community engagement, and how it has excelled in the use of space or sense of place.

The winners will be revealed at an exclusive gala dinner.

September 2019 Read more
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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
190910 Derbent Masterplan Saved For Web

Mæ selected as a finalist for the Derbent Masterplan international competition Practice News

We are excited to have been shortlisted following an international competition for the development of a masterplan and concept for Derbent Urban District, Republic of Dagestan (Russian Federation).

Derbent is the centre of a region of the same name and is one of the oldest towns in the Russian Federation, situated on the western shore of the Caspian Sea. In 2003, the historic centre of Derbent was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

'An important factor [in the masterplan design and subsequent development] will be working with the community, a significant and necessary aspect of our work. We should not simply approach the people with a design already prepared and present it to them [...] We will communicate with the residents of Derbent, explain every step and agree it with the people.' Nezir Guseynov, Chairman of the Committee for Architecture and Urban Planning of the Republic of Dagestan (Russian Federation).

September 2019 Read more
280819 Agar Grove Site Update

Agar Grove Phase 1b Project Update

Agar Grove Phase 1b has topped out and construction of the super-insulated, airtight building envelope is now underway. The scheme is designed to Passivhaus standard and Phase 1b will deliver 57 homes of mixed tenure and feature split level apartments, family duplexes and lateral dual aspect apartments. Meanwhile we are progressing detailed design of Phase 1c, which will commence on site early next year. Agar Grove Estate is the UK's largest Passivhaus scheme.

August 2019
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Mæ granted planning consent for Kersfield Estate Project Update

We are pleased to announce that our Kersfield housing project for London Borough of Wandsworth has received a unanimous vote of approval from the planning committee.

Kersfield Estate creates 41 new homes and a communal gardens for existing and new residents, providing much needed homes for the local community. It is an example of how infill housing can be used to create new homes for Londoners.

July 2019

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
Brentford Lock West Keelson Gardens Neave Brown Award

Brentford Lock West Keelson Gardens shortlisted for the RIBA Neave Brown Award for Housing Project Update

We are delighted that Brentford Lock West Keelson Gardens has been shortlisted for the RIBA's Neave Brown Award for Housing.

This is the first year that the award has been given and is named in honour of the late Neave Brown (1929 – 2018). Neave Brown was a socially-motivated, modernist architect who was awarded the UK’s highest honour for architecture, the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture.

Brentford Lock West consists of the award-winning Block E and Block F (Keelson Gardens) and creates a sustainable people centred community, promoting walking and cycling through the urban form and a network of shared surface streets. A rich variety of public spaces are all designed to promote social interaction while providing quiet places for residents to relax and reconnect with nature.

RIBA judges commented that 'overall, this is a high quality work of architecture, landscaping and residential environment achieved for a modest budget.'

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October.

July 2019 Read more

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