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Establishing Essex Mews

Essex Mews- RIBA Awards 2013
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Essex Mews- RIBA Awards 2013

Essex Mews is a small residential development in Crystal Palace, comprising three new-build mews-style family homes.

MW Architects provided all architectural services on the development with Building Associates Ltd appointed as the main contractor.

Working with Roger Zogolovitch and Solidspace Developments, MW Architects and Building Associates Ltd completed the development in September 2012. Considine Consulting was the structural engineer on the project.

Commenting on the development, Matthew Wood of MW Architects, said:

“Essex Mews is situated within a backland conservation area of Crystal Palace, and was built on a steep sloping site. Due to the nature of its location, planning was a bit of a challenge, however once work began on the development the process progressed smoothly.”

Matthew added:

“What was very interesting about this scheme is the difference between the internal design and the external design of the properties. Internally Essex Mews is very spacious and contemporary, whilst externally the buildings look very polite in appearance, and are in keeping with traditional suburban mews houses.”

Taking advantage of the sloping location, each house within the Essex Mews development contains five levels, with three stories situated towards the back and two at the front. Internally the properties are decked out in modern fixtures and fittings, whilst the exterior includes parking provisions and landscaping.

The houses were built using traditional methods of brick and block and include timber floors and glazing. By employing traditional building methods, the construction timeframe and budget were cost competitive, whilst the scheme made use of local tradesmen which contributed to the local economy.

Matthew said:

“We are a young architectural practice, primarily concentrating on architectural refurbishment works, so Essex Mews presented us with a great opportunity to get involved with our very first new build project.

Essex Mews- RIBA Awards 2013

“SolidSpace Developments were very supportive and their philosophy is that investing in good architecture, a quality build and a good space will reap rewards. The aim of SolidSpace is to create a new exemplar for house building, so the challenge was to design houses that remain consistent with the client brief whilst satisfying the planners’ requirement to preserve and enhance the conservation area.”

Matthew added:

“A good dialogue with the planners can really make the most out of a site and that is something which we always strive to do with each project.”

Based in London, MW Architects is an award-winning expert architectural practice specialising in residential and commercial projects. Founded in 2009 by Matthew Wood, MW Architects’ projects range from £50,000 through to £2 million.

Essex Mews marks the first time that MW Architects has been recognised at the RIBA Awards and this is something that Matthew is very pleased about. Matthew commented:

“This is our first completed new build project and the first time we have entered the RIBA awards.  We are very pleased to have won an award for our first new build.”

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Building Associates Ltd

Building Associates Ltd provides specialist services on construction and new builds, covering all aspects of internal and external building works, including education, housing, leisure and health services. The company has been in operation for almost 25 years and carry out work across the South East of England.

Past projects for Building Associates Ltd include Farringtons School in Chislehurst and bespoke specification new build flats in Purley, Croydon. Most recently Building Associates Ltd has worked on a youth hostel refurbishment in conjunction with the Stay Green charity.

Commenting on his involvement on the RIBA Award winning project Essex Mews, Ben Sands, Contract Manager said:

“It was great to be the main contractor on a project which has won a RIBA Award and an innovative scheme to work on.”

Ben added:

“At Building Associates we are always proud to receive repeat business from clients and always strive to provide a good quality service.”

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