Maber looks to London

Bondholder architect Maber has reorganised its top management team as it looks to build its presence in London.

Managing director Mark Hobson becomes chief executive and will focus on the practice’s London office and portfolio of projects in the capital.

Ian Harris, previously head of Maber’s Leicester office takes over as managing director with a brief to develop the practice’s Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and Birmingham offices.

Tim Boxford, an associate director, has stepped up to lead the Leicester office. Catherine Lambert has been promoted to become an associate.

Mark Hobson said: “We are delighted to announce these developments in our management team that will position us for further growth. With some exciting projects coming forward in the capital, I am looking forward to focusing on growing our London office and client base.”

Bondholders Shortlisted at Residential Awards

Bondholders Birchover Sales and Lettings, Redrow Homes, St Modwen and Maber have all been nominated in the Insider Residential Property Awards 2017.

Birchover Sales and Lettings has been shortlisted in the Residential Property Sales and Lettings Agent of the Year category. 

Redrow Homes has been shortlisted for Residential Development of the Year, for its Barton Park Scheme. 

St Modwen has been nominated as Housebuilder of the Year.

Finally, Maber has been shortlisted in the Architects’ Practice of the Year category. 

The Insider Midlands Residential Property Awards 2017 celebrate the remarkable achievements of the region's resurgent residential sector. 

Ian Griffin, Midlands Business Insider business editor, said: "The quality and breadth of entries this year has been fantastic. We’ve had submissions from some of the region’s biggest and smallest property businesses. The judges will certainly have a tough time deciding who takes home the prizes."

Riverside Chambers on the Box

RIverside Chambers, part of Bondholder Connect Derby's portfolio of serviced offices, is set to appear on Channel 4's Great British Buildings: Restoration of the Year, tonight.

Hosted by Kevin McCloud and Dr Anna Keay, the show showcases the most incredible restorations of historic buildings. From palaces to watermills, department stores to music halls, they unfold nine centuries of our history told through treasured places that have been brought back from the brink.

Riverside Chambers, is a grade II-Listed neo-Georgian building, dating back to the 1930s. Bondholders Derby City Council and Maber helped transform the former Magistrates Court, into serviced offices.

David Ward, Planning Director at Wilson Bowden, who were also involved in the project, said: "Wilson Bowden are delighted that it’s work on the Former Magistrates Court (Riverside Chambers) is being recognised on Channel 4’s Great British Buildings: Restoration of the Year
“This was a challenging project and required careful handling of the buildings fabrics, restoring it to its former glory whilst at the same time delivering a 21st Century working environment.
“It also required collaborative working with a number of parties, including Derby City Council with its local studies library, as well as the quality workmanship of our contractors Cleggs, and vision of Maber architects."

maber poised for growth

Managing Director of amber architects, Mark Hobson.

Bondholder maber architects is set for its next phase of growth with a new business plan in place to help steer the practice through to 2025.

The first stages of this plan have already been implemented with a series of new appointments, a refurbished head office and the development of a new website to reflect the company’s creative focus.

Mark Hobson, Managing Director at maber architects, said: “When I took over as MD in 2004, I focused on bringing formal business planning to the practice and overseeing its successful development. This has involved a strategic planning approach, which has helped us navigate the changing economic cycles of our industry to make sure that we remain successful and profitable year on year."

“Key to our ongoing success has been the recruitment of high calibre staff, cross sector expertise, providing a first class service and positioning ourselves as a creative, design-led practice. We have also looked to London as a source of new clients to help sustain our business and this combined with the opening of a London office in 2013 has helped grow our reputation and provide us with a broader national profile."

Looking ahead, the goal is to extend maber’s offer beyond conventional architecture and interior design to a more holistic asset-based design service offer.

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."

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."

3 cities unite for investment

This morning, 100 delegates joined a networking breakfast and panel interview session sponsored by Bondholder Maber and organised by Bondholder East Midlands Airport to learn more about Power of 3 - the inward investment initiative that encompasses Derby, Leicester and Nottingham, with the airport at its heart. Having been launched at MIPIM in 2015, Power of 3 will attend MIPIM again later this month to highlight the huge benefits of a collaborative approach to attracting investors.

The East Midlands has a strong proposition, it is located in the centre of the UK and nowhere else in the country is there such three vibrant cities, so geographically close to one another
— Andy Cliffe, Managing Director of East Midlands Airport

Andy Cliffe, Managing Director of East Midlands Airport, commented: "We are looking forward to supporting the MIPIM event; it shows how the three great cities of the East Midlands are pulling together as one. East Midlands Airport is a vital part in the growth of the region providing a gateway to domestic and international markets and the parts to build the Midlands Engine."

"The East Midlands has a strong proposition, it is located in the centre of the UK and nowhere else in the country are there such three vibrant cities, so geographically close to one another."

Kathryn Allen, Head of Investment at Marketing Derby, said: "The Power of 3 highlights the massive potential of the East Midlands economy and, by working collaboratively, Derby, Nottingham and Leicester can ensure we have an influential voice as part of the developing Midlands Engine."

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.

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.