Matthew Montague Architects

Successful places create customers

Over 350 senior-level delegates from the property sector attended this week’s Derby Property Summit to hear a line-up of national and international speakers and panellists discuss the challenge of reimagining towns and cities.

Opening the Summit John Forkin, Managing Director at Marketing Derby, said "The way communities use their high streets is changing and towns and cities need to work out how to continue to evolve. The purpose of place is to create a customer  - we have to change the mix to make our cities and towns attractive places in which to live and work and to visit."

Keynote speaker was Ojay McDonald, Chief Executive at the Association of Town and City Management, who spoke about the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the way technology is disrupting the high street, which in his view we were underestimating.

The event was supported by Bondholders Smith Partnership, as Headline Partner, and Bondholder Matthew Montague Architects, as Event Partner.

Speaking about why they were supporting the 2019 Summit, Fraser Cunningham, Partner at regional law firm Smith Partnership, told host Declan Curry: "We are delighted to be continuing our support of the Property Summit again this year. It is an incredible event which brings the East Midlands property sector together to hear from inspirational speakers about the opportunities and threats to our towns and cities, which is invaluable to our work with clients across the property sector.”

Declan Curry told delegates that the theme of the Summit was as much of a challege for villages as for towns and cities. "Technology is transforming retail; where and how we choose to live is changing - there is no one simple uniform response, it needs to be bespoke."

In his keynote speech, Ojay McDonald said "Technological change is accelerating and it's not as simple as a pre-internet and post-internet world. If only it were as simple as the high street adapting to online - we're still under-estimating the changes that are going to happen".

He spoke about the impact of social media influencers and that "we simply don't know enough about their potential"; how technology is facilitating the sharing economy concept (e.g. airbnb, car sharing clubs, shared wardrobes), with Norwich the first designated "sharing city" in the UK, and how this is also impacting the high street; and, that the next big thing will be the demise of using cash.

He concluded that this would impact on the way we use property in the future, but that the spaces in between buildings are just as important. "Partnership, partnership, partnership is crucial" he said in places understanding and adapting to the changes needed.


Bondholders collaborate on new homes

Bondholder Chevin Homes has brought to market a stylish development of homes designed by fellow Bondholder Matthew Montague Architects.

The Firs, in Wyaston near Ashbourne, offers a range of three, four and five bedroom homes tucked away within a private secluded courtyard.

The scheme design follows the typical farmhouse pattern with a predominant farmhouse, the only 5 bedroomed property on the development and a short group of terraced cottages fronting the main street. The scheme maintains the traditional inner and outer courtyard concept surrounded by traditional linked brick and tiled roof buildings reinforcing the sense of enclosure and the difference in ridge heights give a sense of varying scale. The high quality dwellings are of traditional red brick construction with pain roof tiles with luxurious interiors.

Construction started on site January 2019 and 5 of the new homes are already sold, with the first homes expected to be ready for occupation in late 2019.


Kedleston Road apartment bid

A planning application has been submitted to Bondholder Derby City Council for a proposed development in a popular residential area on Kedleston Road.

The proposed scheme comprises a new four storey brick building encompassing 14 two bedroom apartments ranging in size from 69 – 74 square metres.

The proposed development will be of a similar height to the neighbouring dwellings. The apartments will each have two double bedrooms and two bathrooms to make them appealing to a wide range of potential occupants.

Bondholder Matthew Montague Architects said: “The proposal seeks to create a sustainable development not just in terms of carbon footprint but also by providing an attractive and safe environment for an integrated community.

Generous and flexible living spaces enjoying good day-lighting and privacy levels will make for a high quality of life, encouraging residents to remain and promoting a stable and familiar community."

A planning decision is expected at the end of January.

Bondholder Housing Deal

Bondholder Matthew Montague Architects have submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of the former Bowbridge Garage Site on Ashbourne Road, Derby, on behalf of Bondholder CWC Group.

The Bowbridge site is a former petrol station and café which has been in decline for a number of years.

The plans to redevelop the site include the demolition of the existing bungalow, café, petrol station and garage and the proposed plans are for the construction of a new garage and 22 new homes.

The master plan has been developed to maximise the potential of the brownfield site in a ‘farm building’ style. The proposed new houses will be a mixture of two and three storey detached, semi-detached and terraced houses, offering accommodation with a mixture of 3, 4 and 5 bedrooms.

Extensive consultations have been undertaken including geo-tech, heritage, Landscape visual impact and ecological surveys to fully consider the impact of the creation of the 22 new homes and MOT service garage.

A decision from the local authority planning department is expected mid-2018.

Elite Football Plan

Bondholder Matthew Montague Architects are working as part of the ‘Energy for Business’ funded programme to carry out a full assessment of the sustainability of the extension of the training facility at Bondholder DCFC’s Moor Farm.

Matthew Montague Architects have been working with DCFC for 12 years and more intensively since 2014 when the practice worked closely with the club to help them to achieve Category 1 status for their training academy.
The latest project is to further develop and expand the training facilities with a new full size pitch, futsal arena, café and changing rooms. Planning permission has been granted for the scheme.

These developments will make sure that DCFC retains its EPPP Category 1 status and remain as one of the elite clubs in terms of its academy and training facilities. EPPP is the Elite Player Performance Plan, which is a national scheme to develop young players.

As this is a new development, both Matthew Montague Architects and DCFC are keen to ensure that the new facility is as sustainable as possible.

Sustainable building technology is a rapidly evolving field and one in which many companies are investing due to the emerging necessity to address global warming. The potential benefits of this project are the development of an environment where the ecosystem of the area will seamlessly merge with that of the nearby neighbourhood.
The work will help DCFC to reduce the carbon footprint of Moor Farm. The energy performance assessments will undoubtedly reduce the buildings energy consumption, reducing fuel costs, making the facility more sustainable and reducing the environmental footprint of the whole project, respecting neighbours and the countryside surrounding the area.
Discussions are still being held with regards to timescales and actual dates for the work to begin.

Extension for Pride Park Stadium

Bondholders Derby County Football Club and Matthew Montague Architects have unveiled plans to extend Pride Park Stadium, in a move that would create new bars, restaurants and a fan zone.

The extension to the East Stand would redevelop an area that is currently used as a car park and walkway, and could create up to 46 jobs. 

A spokesperson for the project said: “As part of continuing re-investment in the Derby County Football Club, the current owner has asked that we consider improving the match-day experience for the fans who currently utilise the East, South and North Stands of the stadium. At present only fans with tickets for that particular turnstile may enter, where separately each person is thrust into a cold and unwelcoming space below the concrete raked seating, this traditional concourse is an unappetizing environment.”

“The proposal is to give fans an opportunity to arrive early at the ground, walk into a warm and comfortable atmosphere suitable for families, groups and all ages.

“The venue will offer a variety of food and drink in a well-lit and spacious setting with large screens showing match build-up and other events, it will create a vibrant destination for friends to meet no matter where they are seated, for elderly to relax or parents to wait for their

Montague Merger

Bondholder Matthew Montague Architects has announced that it will be merging with Montague Architects.

After 48 years Montague Architects will close its premises on Vernon Street in Derby and the team will join Matthew and his team at their newly refurbished offices in Longford, Ashbourne forming one practice.

Montague Architects was established in 1969 by Matthew’s Father; and subsequently Jeff James, Paul McLocklin and Dave Swann have successfully run the business for many years building an enviable portfolio of projects and clients.

After 45 years at Montague Architects Jeff will be moving on to pursue other interests, as will Dave who has been with the practice 28 years whilst Paul will join Matthew and his team as a consultant.

Jeff said “I have had a fantastic career spanning 45 years with Montague Architects, I have been privileged to be involved with many inspirational developments across the Midlands over the years and I can’t think of a better way to take our business forward than by merging with Matthew and his team.” 

Matthew said “I wish Jeff and David all the very best for the future and I am delighted to welcome Paul on board, he brings a wealth of experience. I know that my father would be delighted with this merger, and that his legacy will continue.”

From the 31 October all current and new projects will be designed, managed and completed under Matthew Montague Architects.

Matthew added “we are looking forward to growing our current team and welcoming 5 new team members to our offices in Longford. The larger team will enable us to take on more projects. We will continue to focus on commercial, education, sports and residential projects”.