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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 relish complexity. With carefully crafted architecture, we turn challenging sites into buildings with a distinct identity.
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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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Mæ’s Somerleyton Road extra-care scheme featured in RIBA Age-friendly Housing book Research News

Our Fitch Court scheme on Somerleyton Road in Brixton is featured as one of fifteen European best-practice case studies in the RIBA’s new book.

Co-written by Julia Park, architect and head of housing research at Levitt Bernstein and Jeremy Porteus, founder of Housing LIN and a long-time Mæ-collaborator, the publication reflects on the urgency to deliver suitable, accessible and adaptable new homes to meet changing needs.

Praised in the publication as fostering a community-led and inter-generational approach to design for older people, our Somerleyton Road project for LB of Lambeth provides 65 apartments for those aged over 55, as part of a wider masterplan.

You can purchase the book at the RIBA bookshop and receive money off until 31st Dec 2018 with this special offer

August 2018 View Project
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Brick Awards 2018 shortlisting for Brentford Lock West Block E Project Update

A shortlisting at the Brick Awards 2018 adds to the list of recent accolades for our Brentford Lock West Block E project. Our Phase 2 scheme uses brick to create a building of mass and presence and has been recognised for an award in the Large Housing Development category.

Taking a simple yet robust attitude towards materials and detailing, we selected an earthy palette of brick that provides depth and character as well as complementing both the historic setting and materials from Phase 1 of the development.

The Brick Awards are run by the Brick Development Association and showcases the very best examples of clay brick in the UK's built environment. Results will be announced at an Awards ceremony on the 8th of November 2018.

August 2018 View Shortlist
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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
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Mæ's Cambridge to Oxford Corridor ideas feature in Transport Systems Catapult​ exhibition Project Update

We will be attending a symposium for an exhibition of ideas for the future of the Cambridge – Oxford growth corridor at the Transport Systems Catapult this month. 

Ideas were developed in response to a national competition run by the National Infrastructure Commission. We worked alongside One Works, AKT II, Max Fordham and Planit-IE on our proposals, which integrates placemaking and infrastructure to develop a city Campus model that can house 250,000 people in 12 clusters, within a range of densities along the corridor.

The exhibition shares our big idea, alongside others shortlisted, and will be open to all from the 5th of July.

July 2018 Read more
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Croydon Smaller Sites Programme wins a Housing Design Award Project Update

We're really happy to be part of the winning team at the Housing Design Awards 2018. Our win is a great combined effort from all collaborators on the Croydon Smaller Sites Programme including Mikhail Riches, Coffey Architects, Pitman Tozer Architects, stitch and vPPR Architects, alongside facilitators Brick by Brick Development and Common Ground Architecture

The Croydon Smaller Sites Programme features our Kingsdown Avenue project (pictured) which draws on neighbouring typologies to create a scheme with a modest character, carved into the grassy hillside.

July 2018 View all winners here
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Down by the Riverbank - LFA site tour and presentation on Identity Practice News

We took part in a site-tour and talk entitled 'Down by the riverbank' for London Festival of Architecture, a citywide and month-long event promoting architectural experimentation, practice and debate. We explored alongside Glen Howells Architects, Serie Architects and HAL architects, what gives Royal Wharf, an area steeped in history, its identity.

Part of the Royal Docks regeneration area and formerly Minoco Wharf, Royal Wharf was originally riverside marshes before becoming part of the world’s biggest port in the 19th century. The area is now being transformed by Ballymore and Oxley into a new community for approximately 10,000 residents. Our 14-storey building at Royal Wharf forms a part of this development, our design reflecting the geology of the riverbank with a textured façade inspired by oyster shells discovered in the excavation of dock walls. 

June 2018 Read more about our Royal Wharf project
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Sands End Arts and Community Centre shortlisted at the New London Awards 2018 Project Update

Sands End Arts & Community Centre for Hammersmith & Fulham Council has been shortlisted in the Culture & Community category at the New London Awards 2018
. The New London Awards honour the capital’s very best architecture, planning and development giving recognition to the impact projects have on their surroundings and to London as a whole, as well as to their architectural quality

Our scheme will appear in the New London Architecture exhibition, as selected by an international jury. Winners will be announced on 4 July. 

June 2018 Vote for our scheme to win the NLA People's Choice Award here
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Designing for people or designing for Density? Can we create urban liveability at ever-increasing densities? Research News

For Green Sky Thinking Week 2018, we brought together a multidisciplinary panel of speakers to consider these questions. They examined the drivers that will direct appropriate density and people-centered placemaking in future housing development within London, and further afield. The event was well attended and was kindly hosted by our collaborators Vastint at The Print House on the Sugar House Island development.

May 2018 View Article

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