We are a team of dedicated architects working closely with clients to give a personal, expert service. We take pride in our listening skills and have honed our services to deliver responsive client-centered outcomes. Our projects are an embodiment of high quality thought and great value for money.
We are effective projects leaders, as well as confident, committed team players. We provide a range of services or can provide a "one stop" approach using our extensive contacts, covering all aspects of design and management of building projects.
We are equipped with the latest CAD and reference technologies and are delivering BIM for projects where this is required.
We are experienced in designing new buildings and have received acclaim for our imaginative refurbishment of historic buildings.
We will tell you as we see it
We will treat every opportunity with a positive approach
We will strive to make manifest your ambitions in a creative collaboration
We will respect you and all parties we do business with
To deliver excellence for our clients, successful projects and beautiful buildings
Education Estates Conference 2015 - Feedback
We are just back from this lively conference identifying trends in the Education sector. It is clear that there is a very positive mood in the Higher Education sector, with leading universities reporting strong investment plans. Highlighted by Paul Kingsmore, Director of Services for Manchester Metropolitan University, was the shift from delivering student centred projects such as university hubs, learning centres and student accommodation, to getting more flexibility and the latest in flexible areas, to improve space utilisation of teaching accommodation.
Another shift was noted from ‘Starchitecture’, as coined by one speaker, to more crafted sustainable estates plans and buildings incorporating ‘Biophilic’ design principles, delivering more from less space.
Our Higher Education Sector Retrofit Award winning business school, exhibited at the conference, was a noted example of such a project.
This refurbishment not only delivered a striking change to an existing building but increased teaching and learning opportunities in the refurbished areas by 86%. This was achieved by reassigning and improving layouts, adding 25% growth to simultaneous teaching groups . It is too early to demonstrate the estate savings this will deliver, but there is a clear emphasis in the mind of estates directors attending the conference in the need to address improvements to the running costs and efficiency of existing buildings as well as investment in new building stock.
If you want to know more about how we have achieved this at Waterloo please contact us.
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