Architects deliver £40m batch of schools

Bondholder architecture firm Maber has delivered a £40million batch of schools in the West Midlands, making it the third batch secured by the company as part of the Government's £4.4bn Priority School-Building Programme (PSBP).

This batch consists of two secondary schools and six primary schools, each developed from a toolkit specifically configured to represent best value for money for the regional school redevelopment programme.

The firm has also managed to deliver the projects in a much shorter time frame due to the utilisation of off-site construction techniques.

Steve Basran, Associate Director at Maber, said: "We are delighted to be involved in delivering these excellent new facilities across the West Midlands and hope the added value designs provide quality teaching environments that allow learners to excel and have a positive effect on the wider communities they serve."

Justin Smith Architects makes new home

Bondholder Justin Smith Architects has announced its new commercial premises at No. 5 Queen Street.

The building is in the heart of Derby's Cathedral Quarter, in fact, just four doors down from Derby Cathedral itself and next door to Ye Olde Dolphin Inne (dated 1530).

The 4,000 sq ft premises is set over four floors and will form the firm's new headquarters. The new space will include a retail reception, consultation spaces, meeting rooms, design studios, a team café and its own gym.

Maber celebrates as £32m project takes shape

Bondholder Maber Architects is celebrating after its £32million project for a new campus for Knowsley Community College starts taking shape.

The new 12,000 sq ft Campus opens in September 2016. It's stunning design will include state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, industry-standard commercial kitchens and an attractive terrace garden restaurant, multi-use games pitches, a brand new home for 99.8FM KCC Live and much more.

Principal Anne Pryer explains; “This is a very exciting time for Knowsley Community College. Students will be able to use the learning resources in a much more flexible way, enabling them to learn in a way that more closely mirrors University. Students have world class practical and workshop space co-located with teaching rooms that use the latest technology to support learning."

Growing landscape architects

Landscape architect Fiona Nye has joined Bondholder Maber where she joins head of department Joe Boyce and Keith Hayday to give depth to resource the broad range of projects delivered throughout the company.

Fiona comes with experience and expertise to complete Landscape Visual Impact Assessments (L.V.I.As) which support complicated and sensitive planning applications within the countryside or town/cityscape.

Maber's landscape architects have become experts within this area and the firm's in-house design service can bring a range of advantages to projects. The company's landscape team uses the same software as its architects and interior designers for a coherent BIM model for internal and external teamwork.

Ten years of BEC Consulting

Bondholder Built Environment Consulting (BEC) is celebrating a decade in business, attributing its personal relationships and long-term recruitment philosophy as key to growth in the service sector.

The building services consultancy can call upon a staff of 20, including engineers, specialised CAD operators using both 2D and 3D CAD (Revit) packages, which has placed the firm in an ideal position to provide design services for a large portfolio of varied clients and projects.

The firm has a long history of working with contractors, which it still considers as a significant market place and one it will continue to value and operate in.

Carl Ackers, Director of Built Environment Consulting, said: "Our aim is to employ high calibre staff to help ensure that our service is the best we are able to provide. We will always try and avoid being a 'bums on seats' type of employer and we will always strive to offer the best service to both our existing and future clients. After ten years in the industry we have managed to successfully adopt and implement this philosophy in to our recruitment strategy."

Through focusing on customers' needs and requirements, careful recruiment, strategic management and investment in software and hardware, the firm is positioned to offer a range of services to the market place, including mechanical and electrical engineering, BIM services to level II, thermal modelling providing SBEM's, EPC and SAP calculations, BREEAM support and specialist lighting design.

Carl added: "We've had a fantastic ten years in business, and through careful recruitment and training we feel that we are in a strong position to target bigger projects and establish new clients."

Morrison Design appoints three Associate Directors

Left to right: Peter Newman, Nik Clarke and David Gardner

Bondholder architect practice Morrison Design Ltd is pleased to announce the promotion of Peter Newman, Nik Clarke and David Gardner to the roles of Associate Directors in recognition of their significant contribution to the company.

The promotion rewards their commitment over many years and we are sure it will enhance the continued success and development of the practice and bodes well for the coming years
— Nigel Walding, Director of Morrison Design Ltd

Director Nigel Walding said: "Both myself and co-director George Love are delighted to have three such talented and committed individuals within the Morrison team. The promotion rewards their commitment over many years and we are sure it will enhance the continued success and development of the practice and bodes well for the coming years. We have a rich history and bright future."

Their combined experience of 44 years builds on and cements the practice's key skills across a broad range of market sectors in which the practice operates.

These promotions come as a key part of the company's strategy for future development, and the team is pleased to have been in the fortunate position of being able to make these appointments from long-standing and dedicated existing employees.

Triple victory for Bondholder architect

Architects, interior designers and landscape designers at Bondholder Maber are celebrating following a wave of victories for a number of awards.

The expansion into the West Midlands has been an exciting time for Maber. It has added another layer to our unique position within the education sector
— Steve Basran, Associate Director at Maber

First up, Steve Basran and Lee Smith collected the coveted Practice of the Year Award at the Insider West Midlands Property Awards 2015. Insider's Editor Kurt Jacobs praised all finalists saying the property market was 'back with a vengeance'. Maber has worked on some of the most important new educational projects in the region and this award recognises both the quality and quantity for these projects.

Maber's Andrew Purvis and Simon Graham also took home the BIM Project of 2015 runners up award from the Construction Computing Awards ceremony held in London. This award was presented for the collaborative work which saw the replacement of three large secondary schools as part of the Education Funding Agency school rebuilding programme.

Earlier this month, Maber also attended the ProCon Awards where the architecture and landscape design of a new £9.1 million college became a finalist for the Large Non-Residential Scheme of the Year Award. Maber's David Brooks, Joe Boyce and Ben Slipper attended the awards with Steve Fernie, from fellow Bondholder company Armsons, of whom has been involved in the scheme since the beginning.

YMD Boon moves to Pride Park

Architectural and construction consultant YMD Boon has moved into Derby with the help of Bondholder FHP Property Consultants who acted as agents for the expansion, letting an office in Pride Park. Fellow Bondholder Rigby & Co also advised the tenants during their search.

The architectural and construction company, headquartered in Market Harborough, has also joined Marketing Derby as Bondholders after looking to reinforce their presence in Derbyshire for some time. The appointment of local Architect Sharareh Setayesh provided the company with the opportunity to open an office in the perfect location. 

The directors are delighted to be opening an office in Derby. The location is excellent and local services are first class.
— David Yates, Director at YMD Boon

The company will have a start-up team of six staff, and will provide architecture and building surveying services to the education (primary, secondary, further and higher), industrial, retail and residential sectors. 

Some of YMD Boon’s clients include Bondholders Derby College and Derby City Council as well as GF Tomlinson. 

David Yates, Director of YMD Boon, said: “The directors are delighted to be opening an office Derby. The location is excellent and local services are first class. The launch of our new offices has been timed to coincide with our proud announcement that Shari (Sharareh) has become a full Director of the Company and heads up the Pride Park office. Shari’s appointment reinforces the Company’s drive to provide outstanding services to our Clients in Derbyshire. “