Hunters Announce a Change in Ownership
Susan Pasint-Magyar and Neil McCabe of Hunters are pleased to announce details of a change in ownership of the company
With this announcement, we would like to confirm that the provision of all of our current services within each sector will remain unchanged. We are looking forward to building on the reputation, relationships and growth that Hunters have established over the last 63 years.
Edward Keelaghan and Ian Hurlstone have relinquished their shareholdings in Hunters, which has been wholly acquired by Susan Pasint-Magyar and Neil McCabe, joint Managing Directors, who will continue to lead the multi-disciplinary practice.
Ed and Ian will continue working solely with Hunter & Partners South trading as HPS, which is and will remain an entirely separate entity to Hunters.
Read the full press release here.
Ricky Wyatt Promoted to Associate Director
Ricky Wyatt, in our Employer’s Agents team, has been promoted to Associate Director.
Working in the forefront of regeneration, housing and student accommodation, Ricky has specialised in urban and suburban schemes within both the public and private sectors.
He has developed specialisms in keyworker & student accommodation, social housing and shared ownership in stand-alone, mixed-use and regeneration projects. His background lies in schools having worked on a number of projects in the south of England.
Ricky manages a number of key projects including new apartments and offices in Colliers Wood, Merton and the recently completed five-year regeneration of Dee Park in Reading, Grove House Student accommodation in Ealing and Canius House an office conversion to residential as part of the wider masterplan in Croydon. In addition, he is also currently working on several joint-venture housing schemes along the South Coast.
Neil McCabe, Managing Director of Building Consultancy at Hunters announced ‘Ricky has been successfully managing a number of high profile schemes for Hunters and I’m delighted that he has become an Associate Director within the business. He brings commercial expertise, rounded experience and exceptional service to the position.’
Christmas Jumper Day
Wearing Christmas jumpers on the last Friday before Christmas meant we managed to raise over £130 for Save the Children. Our jumper competition was a massive success with the last half dozen fetching pullovers voted to one winner by the public (well the Hunters teams). The winning jumper featured internal lighting and an impressive design beating snow scenes, retro Christmas art and a reindeer.
We hope Save the Children had a successful jumper day.
Zero Waste and Reduced Deliveries?
Kate Henry Aston, Director at Hunters, is part of a cross-sector group of housing experts (and members of the Housing Forum) who have delivered a new report on Building Homes Better - The Quality Challenge.
The report investigated 'how building better quality homes can be delivered to improve the experience of those buying and renting them.' They decided to 'limit their remit to the quality of individual homes while fully acknowledging that good placemaking and appropriate and sustainable infrastructure are essential to the creation of good living environments. '
They 'looked into the points of interaction between customers and the housing industry and found systemic failures to provide quality outcomes, either in terms of design quality or customer satisfaction. The report is 'intended to highlight where those problems occur, and what they think can be done about them to achieve a positive change for quality'.
Kate investigated Fusion, an off-site manufacturer whose product reduces deliveries and has zero waste (see her overview pages 25-26).
Hunters acted as Joint Venture supervisor working alongside the existing project team and consultants to assist with the management of the project bringing joint ventures expertise and existing client relationships. A Joint Venture between The Guinness Partnership and Hill Partnerships
Part of the Elephant & Castle Heygate Estate early housing programme, Stead Street has formed part of the huge urban regeneration work underway in this emerging part of London. It was originally a car park between historic Peabody properties and valued local open space, with a church hall located in the middle. The scheme has a new church, commercial units, 140 affordable homes for residents and improved landscaping.
The project value was approximately £18m.
Care Homes Complete
The Hunters designed Goodson Lodge in Trowbridge, and The Lakes in South Cerney have welcomed their first residents. In the west shire counties, they provide compassionate surroundings for residents living with dementia.
The homes give access to private and shared areas with the fundamental design philosophy to enhance the views and natural surroundings. A private cinema, a selection of lounges, café and a shop are some of the important facilities provided. Both schemes are for The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT).
James Wallace Director at Hunters commented ‘We want to cultivate what is a natural environment and have designed homes which respect that, give privacy and a homeliness to boost the experience for the residents.’
Located on the outskirts of Hackney Wick and previously a brownfield site, Fish Island is part of a new £150m regeneration joint venture between housing association Peabody and housebuilder Hill.
Hunters are currently acting as Employer’s Agents for the development that promises to deliver some 850 units in East London. Overlooking Hertford Union Canal running through the middle of the site, this will provide natural landscaping to the scheme.
Hunters were involved with the demolition of the existing warehouses, construction of a new basement, strengthening of canal wall and development of 580 mixed-tenure residential units plus extensive commercial space split across three separate phases. We are also providing full cost advice and an Employer’s agent role in the purchase of land, development of a brief and procurement of contractor.
NHH Framework Award
Hunters’ Architecture and Employer's Agent teams have both won places on the four-year Notting Hill Housing Framework.
Notting Hill Housing rely on a strong and diverse development framework to meet their target to build 1,400 new homes in London each year.
On our second consecutive appointment on the Framework, Hunters share NHHs' ambitions to uphold their core focus on quality, cost and social values. Past frameworks have been highly regarded and used by multiple contracting authorities within London.
Sitting within an area of outstanding natural beauty, consideration had to be given to the Cotswolds design code and sensitivity towards nature and the surrounding local buildings. The proposals were developed in the context of an approved outline scheme which enabled us to reflect local character and keep mature trees.
Generous spaces both inside and out were key, these provide leisure and community spaces for future residents. We designed the homes by adopting a village street style creating variety in heights and fenestration design on a homely scale. The new home links 'houses' made with local materials with strong sustainable features.
Outside we have suggested mixing meadow grasses in a natural environment with mown paths highlighting its rural appeal.
The building is about to commence on site and is due to complete in mid-2018.
EA’s £180m JV Triple
Hunters Joint Venture work continues to go from strength to strength with our EA team currently advising on multiple phases of Gallions Quarter, part of the redevelopment of Royal Albert Wharf in East London.
As Joint Venture Advisors, our EA team are overseeing all three phases of Gallions Quarter in addition to providing Employer's Agent and Cost Consultant services. The Gallions Quarter projects will see the construction of around 800 high-quality homes and over 2,600 sqm of commercial units at a projected cost of around £180 million.
Our clients successfully secured the scheme as part of a London Development Agency competition, where they were identified as preferred bidders. Working closely alongside Notting Hill Housing and the GLA the three sites are being developed by Telford Homes (Phases 1 & 3) and Galliford Try (Phase 2) as part of Joint Venture companies.
Hunters have provided bespoke procurement advice and delivery to meet the requirements of the joint venture company enabling the site works to be accelerated ahead of programme. Remediation work is complete and piling has just started on-site. The first of the new homes is expected to complete by December 2019.
The Reserved Matters planning application is being prepared with careful consideration given to the proximity to London City Airport and Docklands Light Railway. Hunters are providing procurement expertise to enable the project to move forward, as well as managing the planning and design process and controlling the risk management process.
Detailed design is due to commence late summer, ahead of programme, with site surveys currently underway.
Royal Albert Wharf is a major residential mixed tenure development in an emerging East London location. The overall masterplan will create a mixed tenure and mixed-use community of over 1,500 homes and 7,800 sqm of non-residential use.
The final phase will complete in 2024.
Successful completion of a decade-long engagement
For almost a decade, Hunters successfully provided Employer’s Agent services to the Aldwyck Housing Group in Bedford, assisting in delivering both affordable rent and shared ownership for all the social housing developments.
This included a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses, amounting to 535 units in total. As part of a larger development of 2,500 houses, it represents a highly integrated and comprehensive development including the provision of a Lower School, community facilities, district centre, country park, open space, playing fields, footpaths and cycle routes. A Park and Ride scheme as well as a new road link across the River Great Ouse connecting the A421 has also been provided, benefitting both residents as well as the wider community.
With Bedfordshire ranking second to London, as the most densely populated county in England, the developments will assist in addressing housing concerns within the region. Properties benefit from large windows and doorways, assisting with natural lighting, complemented by the adjacent vast green open spaces.
Hunters overcame several challenges, including negotiating with five separate developers to achieve consistency within the specification across the phases at pre-contract stage, ensuring this was carried out to completion. Hunters were also tasked with resourcing mass handovers across 29 separate phases to comply with stringent client deadlines.
Vanessa Dockerill, Deputy Director of Development at Aldwyck Housing Group commented:
“Our positive relationships with Hunters, development partners and the local communities have made the development at West of Bedford extremely successful for Aldwyck Housing Group. Working closely with Hunters and our development partners on this project has ensured timely delivery of much needed affordable housing, to a high-quality standard. We look forward to working on future projects in the Bedfordshire region, continuing to deliver great quality homes in areas people want to live.”
Sixty new homes designed by Hunters
Hunters Architects designed an attractive urban design with emphasis on external spaces for Master Gunners - a 1.16-hectare site originally acquired from the Ministry of Defence.
Hunters masterplan outlined the potential for a mix of size of homes to accommodate different life stages and needs. It is located within the London Borough of Greenwich - triangulated between Woolwich Common to the East, Queen Elizabeth Hospital to the North and Horns Fair Recreation Park to the West. The majority of these contemporary homes will be apartments in three four-storey blocks, a fifth as two and three storey housing - reminiscent of traditional London mews housing - with car parking provided for around 75% of the homes.
A belt of mature trees shields the site from Shooters Hill traffic with the surrounding area of land currently holding restrictive covenants in place, precluding any developments.
Delivering twenty storey Western Gateway for Mount Anvil
A stone’s throw away from the ExCeL London Centre will stand Western Gateway at Royal Victoria Dock.
This new development is built on existing, unused foundations, originally planned for a twenty storey Hotel .
This is Mount Anvils’ latest residential development at the heart of the Docklands and will provide 105 apartments plus a ground floor commercial unit. The building will sit adjacent to an existing apartment structure and provide a focal point at the end of Western Gateway.
Hunters dealt with a number of challenges on site including ensuring building height/construction did not contravene on strict Aviation Authority restrictions (it's very near to City Airport) whilst coordinating mechanical and structural information within BIM.
Gregory Deakin Promoted to Associate Director
Greg Deakin, in our Architectural team, has been promoted to Associate Director.
Greg leads on many of Hunters project delivery programmes, meticulously coordinating the design team through working drawing packages, ensuring every facet is managed carefully. Liaising with contractors and the client, his technical knowledge and team management experience ensure a smooth delivery process. He has worked on major health, care, regeneration, commercial and residential schemes.
Susan Pasint-Magyar, MD of Architecture at Hunters said 'Greg is a really strong project manager and is part of our highly respected team that leads on working drawing packages. It is key architects deliver ideas as much as they create them and Hunters is an industry leader in this - bringing our design ideas to completion.'
Greg studied at Birmingham University and worked at Mountford Pigott on their commercial schemes before joining Hunters.
Sold at Limehouse Exchange
Hunters Employer’s Agents team has completed Limehouse Exchange a mixed tenure housing development for Tower Hamlets Community Housing.
Originally a former petrol station site, adjacent to the Red Route in Limehouse, the limited size, dense surroundings and restrictive location all proved challenging from both a design and delivery perspective.
The finish and specification of the private sale units were well received with all 18 private sale units being sold within a couple months. Hunters worked closely with the client from pre-contract stage to achieve a viable tender price with the preferred contractor.
What distinguishes this project is the wide mix of tenures; the ground floor houses a commercial office unit, the 1st floor is comprised of 7 affordable rent and shared ownership residential apartments and the upper 3 floors provide 18 high specification private sale apartments.
Its close proximity to Rectory Garden was part of wider regeneration initiative for the area as a whole. Interesting aspects included the use of a Lumistry privacy film product to preclude overlooking of the adjacent development and avoid the need for extensive (and costly) external cladding to the rear elevation.
Take a go at our VR of Copley Castle Bar
Hunters recently held a public exhibition of the pre-application proposals for Copley Castle Bar in Hanwell. It provided an invaluable insight into the proposals and provided local residents, retailers, Ward Councillors and other stakeholders a first-hand experience of the designs.
Experience has shown us that opinions and points raised from these exhibitions can often prove to be an inspiration for projects. On this occasion, Hunters decided to opt for a more futuristic approach to public and stakeholder engagement by means of VR headsets. As the technology is becoming more accessible and affordable, so too has its applications in the real world. Could this become the norm for future public exhibitions?
As a new approach to engaging the local community and allowing them to visualise and experience the proposals in a way that ordinary 2D drawings could not have, the plans were mapped out in a 3D environment to enable observers to be placed right at the centre of the scene. This proved extremely popular, especially with younger participants. Future technological advancements may one day enable us to walk through these environments.
Copley Castle Bar is a residential led mixed-use development in Hanwell, London. The scheme is for some 204 dwellings, 5,000 ft2 of retail and 1,500 ft2 of community floor space.
Click on the link below to view the VR environment sphere:
Brayards Road Improvement Zone – Group Repair Scheme
It takes a lot to convince homeowners and landlords that they should repair their homes when their neighbouring properties are being modernised. This is exactly what happened on Brayards Road in Southwark London, which has created a thoughtful and secure scheme for the street.
The Hunters' Building Consultancy team worked on behalf of our clients (Southwark Council) to deliver an attractive proposal which would refurbish around 65 properties on a Victorian residential street. Appointed as both Contract Administrator and Principal Designers for the scheme and responsible for overseeing the works carried out on site, it included undertaking condition surveys and producing a specification of works. Around 70% of the properties were restored, not all of them owned by the Council.
Brayards Road falls within the ‘Nunhead Renewal Region’, earmarked as one of two renewal areas declared by the Council back in 2005. The decision was made as a result of the neighbouring and award-winning Meeting House successfully completing a similar Group Repair Scheme.
Multiple aspects of the homes were reviewed, such as much needed repairs to brickwork and masonry front boundary walls. New roofs including the installation of several solar thermal panels, front and rear new secure doors and sash windows, that complemented the heritage, were fitted.
Charlotte Reed, Building Surveyor at Hunters said: “the Resident Liaison role was a complicated and lengthy process which spanned several weeks. With a means tested implementation and execution plan, our Hunters team wouldn’t have managed to achieve such a strong adoption rate for the repair works carried out on the properties”.
Aylesbury Waterside Regeneration Approved
Outline planning consent was originally agreed in 2014 which included proposals for an enticing new town square. The Hunters design is setting a new standard for the town centre development and compliments the public space, creating a new heart for Aylesbury. The ground floor will have four family-friendly restaurants facing the new square, flexible workspace and new homes above.
The new five-storey brick scheme sits directly adjacent to the County Court and Judges' Lodgings, and is designed to complement these Grade II listed buildings.
This is Aylesbury town centre's first purpose-built mixed restaurant and residential development which will inject more life into the town.
Hunters' design is deliberately simple and elegant, with crisp and uncluttered facades. Red brick predominates and is very much in keeping with the intimacy and charm of this market town. Detailing around the deep windows reveals combine with recessed balconies and new colonnade to create a discreet rhythm to the façade.
The 47 one and two bedroom flats are all placed on the second floor or above, with food and drink, and three additional commercial units on the ground floor. The design mirrored the core strategy for the larger Aylesbury Town Centre vision to:
...be a high profile, sub-regional centre for entertainment and the arts, which has added a distinctive edge to its market town heritage.
...be a distinctive, 'best in class', modern market town, which is attractive, safe, sustainable and accessible.
...provide a quality day and evening environment in terms of leisure, retail and food and drink, which attracts and brings together people of all ages and communities from within its enviable catchment.
Teresa Lane, Commercial Property and Regeneration Lead at AVDC, explained, "The Town Centre Plan sets out very clearly a vision to improve Aylesbury by providing all the ingredients a modern town centre needs to thrive. Over the last few years, the town has benefited from significant investment by both the private and public sector – nearly £100m by AVDC alone. But there is more to do and this scheme is an important next step in the town's regeneration. It's fantastic to be partnering with Durkan and their architects, Hunters, who have done a great job in taking the outline design to detailed stage."
Now the proposals have been given the green light from planners the scheme is expected to start on site in early 2017 with contractors Durkan.
Homing in on the UK
Hunters Surveys – one of the most comprehensive UK wide surveys ever?
Our surveying team have just completed the final on-site residential property assessments of 35,000 units as part of a two-year commission on behalf of Home Group. This extensive project has seen our surveyors as far North as Northumberland and down South as Portsmouth, with thousands of locations in-between. So how did they achieve it?
The key to managing a portfolio of this magnitude and diversity is with a flexible team of surveyors, who are able to react quickly and skilfully to the numerous survey challenges in multiple locations around the UK. The project encompassed bedsits to large listed buildings and substantial blocks of flats. A bespoke survey was designed collaboratively with Home Group, and data collected remotely on an in-house App "Hunters Collect". The intuitive App, validated initial key inputs and photographs before being uploaded via the cloud and stored on secure servers.
The in-house team validated the surveys within our unique database "Hunters collect" and provided regular Quality Assurance spot checks to ensure data was consistent and high quality. The final reported information to Home Group was placed within the client's internal Asset Management System to produce effective business plans, improve and create cost effective capital Works programmes and maintain records of Energy Efficiency.
The Hunters Survey team comprised of 26 Surveyors providing flexible coverage to allow Home Group customers the opportunity to request surveys at convenient times, minimising the need to take time out of work and their daily routines.
As part of our assessment, our surveyors included HHSRS, aids and adaptations, environmental measures, new technology and existing accessibility audits, making this possibly the most comprehensive survey requirement carried out nationwide to date.
Bob Forrest, Associate Director at Hunters said 'This was a collaborative project with our clients and we have developed a really good level of communication between surveyors and the back-up team here in Hammersmith. Our "Hunters Collect" system is a flexible means of Data Capture and fully bespoke to each project, formats are available to meet specific client's requirements and reporting through an industry standard MS Access database – it's a great tool for our clients.'