Unique dementia care in Bangalore, South India
Hunters have been working with Stepcare on a unique primary and specialist dementia care design for the commercial district of Urbana, a new town in Bangalore South India. Due to commence on site early next year the scheme will offer an exceptional range of care facilities including an 80-room residential dementia care home, 15 bed rehabilitation suite, day care provision, physiotherapy, ophthalmology, dentistry and other mainstream primary care facilities all under one roof.
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.'
Planning Win for Major Regeneration at Pollards Hill
The final stamp of approval has been issued for the complex and challenging application to London Borough of Merton for the Pollards Hill development and regeneration scheme. The extensive masterplan by Hunters architectural team has now achieved a major step towards realisation – regenerating both rented and private homes in this part of South West London.
The scheme encompasses over 900 homes, including 90 new houses and flats and the refurbishment / upgrade of 800 existing homes. It is part of a wider regeneration of over 1,500 homes. The new tenure mix is anticipated to be a mixture of affordable and intermediate housing. The project has been divided into two main phases, the first entailing refurbishment of existing dwellings with the second encompassing new buildings.
Hunters' design is centred around a revamped open public space known as Donnelly Green. Much of the concept focused on improving accessibility with the creation of new safe routes across the site and closing off existing unsafe routes.
A major triumph for the project will be for residents to remain living within their own homes whilst the regeneration works are carried out. A vast number of the properties were purchased through the Right to Buy scheme and as a result, the architectural team utilised their skills and experience to steer a comprehensive masterplan through extensive consultation. Construction is projected to start within the next couple of weeks.
Hunters' client for this project Moat Homes, a Housing Association established for over 50 years, who work across London and the South East of England. Moat build an average of 500-600 homes every year, owning and managing around 20,000 homes.
Paul Wellings-Longmore, Director at Hunters commented 'It's great that this project will be realised now and that sub-standard homes can be refurbished and an area made safer and more attractive. Suburban estates have not had the investment in the last twenty years with a concentration on city centres, and Hunters are at the forefront of working on this type of scheme. This project has similar characteristics to the masterplans and regeneration work we have implemented at Copley Close in Ealing, Evenlode in Maidenhead and Brenley Park in Merton.
Excelling with Mount Anvil
Hunters is driving forward the completion of a new 20-storey residential block in Newham for Mount Anvil.
It’s the first time Hunters have worked as architects with Mount Anvil, which is both developer and contractor for the scheme.
The elegant building has an exceptional location with views towards ExCeL and Royal Victoria Square on the east and towards central London on the west.
The new building will serve as a focal point for the local area and sets a new standard in design quality.
The new block will have 105 residential apartments, 21 of which are shared ownership and have been designed tenure blind to sit alongside private sale apartments. Sixteen have three bedrooms, contributing to LB Newham’s ambition to deliver family homes.
Director Mark Baines said: “This project follows other work by our colleagues in Hunters with Mount Anvil. We have a great executive team to deliver the project to completion on this landmark building.”
Hunters are taking the scheme from RIBA Stage 3 onwards and it starts on site in July 2016, with an expected completion in 2018.
Joint Venture Team Partnering
On the back of Erith Park, Seward Street and other successful Joint Venture schemes, the EA team is introducing developers and contractors to RPs’ inspiring new schemes.
Hunters know the market, especially the London residential market, and this regional insight differentiates us from global players. Our market intelligence makes sure we deliver commercially viable projects to improve Gross Development Value for clients.
We nurture personal relationships between funders and housing associations and provide services to underpin the commercial viability (and therefore reducing the risk) of development. This service is robust, transparent and intelligent making sure clients get the most from their assets.
Managing Director Neil McCabe commented: “We are providing a unique service which helps reduce risk and improves funding streams and partnerships for Joint Ventures. We act as a trusted partner, providing an honest and intelligent service – a catalyst for forward-thinking development.”
If you want to have a chat, call Neil on 020 8237 8200.
Quadruple Planning Win
Four care homes designed by Hunters have successfully won planning, emphasising the continuing expansion of our work in this important sector.
Two of the homes are for the London Borough of Hillingdon and two are for The Orders of St John Care Trust. They all incorporate our award-winning dementia care principles into their designs to enable better places to live as we grow older.
The home at Cribbs Causeway near Bristol will be a centre of excellence for dementia care, with 72 beds and an emphasis on high quality accommodation.
Other homes are Grassy Meadow in London Borough of Hillingdon with 88 beds and a dementia resource centre; Park View extra care also in Hillingdon with 60 apartments; and Bedford Road in Wixams, with 72 beds broken down into a series of 8 or 16 bed households.
"Winning planning for these four schemes demonstrates how our thoughtful designs for care homes respond to changing needs in older age,” said Managing Director, Architecture, Susan Pasint-Magyar. "Our team of dementia and senior living experts continues to develop ways to improve elderly care for both patients and staff."
Hunters Surveys Spread All Over the UK
Our surveying team is in the final phase of working on 35,000 onsite reviews of properties around the UK for Home Group. The audit summarises the capital works needed for the properties and their energy efficiency through a tailor-made database.
The unique database was designed jointly by Hunters' database team and building surveyors in conjunction with our clients to create a smooth and simple process of information from surveyor to client desktop.
Greg Morris, Database Manager at Hunters, said: "Our Hunters Collect system has enabled what can be a complex, time consuming process to be an efficient and robust data collecting process.
"Working closely with our clients, we are able to transfer data into their asset management systems quickly and clearly.
"With around 8.5 million rows of asset data so far, this is potentially the largest data set ever collected as a single project in the UK. It's certainly been a geographically challenging spread of assets with us attempting to achieve as close as possible 100% access."
The project has recently undergone scrutiny from the HCA and has also been greenlit by Home Group on the robustness of the data. It is due to finish in August.
EAs' The Scene Gets Gold
Our EA teams’ scheme in Walthamstow has won three WhatHouse? Awards, including two golds.
The Scene, which has previously been awarded overall winner at the National Housing Awards, has now added three awards from one of the most prestigious events in the housebuilding calendar.
The scheme was awarded gold in Best Development and Best Brownfield Development, and silver in Best Partnership Scheme.
The judges called the scheme "iconic" and an "exemplar of town centre regeneration" and they particularly praised the way the team had managed a number of strict deadlines.
"As the retail and cinema elements neared completion, extremely tight deadlines had to be met, and the project manager had to deal with the additional responsibilities of the cinema and restaurants chains fitting out their new premises.
"At its busiest point, the development had 565 subcontractors onsite daily, but these large-scale logistics were tackled by a supportive partnership at every stage."
The Scene is located at one end of Europe's longest street market in Walthamstow. Hunters’ EA team worked on the affordable part of this scheme for Islington and Shoreditch Housing, which includes a nine-screen cinema and five new commercial units.
The scheme was a joint venture between Hill, Waltham Forest Council and Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association, and offers 48 homes for private sale and 73 affordable homes both rented and shared ownership.
Toby Jay, EA Director at Hunters, commented: "It is an extraordinary scheme and deserves to be recognised as such. We are really proud to have been part of such a strong and versatile team."
BBH Win for Dementia Care Scheme
Flagship dementia care scheme Fremantle Court has won a Building Better Healthcare Award at a ceremony hosted by TV presenter Gethin Jones.
The annual awards celebrate innovation, architecture, people, products and services that are helping to transform patient care in the UK.
Judges were drawn mainly from the healthcare sector and included Roy Lilley, a founder member of the NHS Trust Federation, and Sarah Waller, who led the King's Fund's Enhancing the Healing Environment programme for 14 years.
Fremantle Court in Stoke Mandeville, which Hunters designed for The Fremantle Trust and Castleoak, won best Dementia Care Development.
It beat schemes from architects Robert Potter, David Wilson, Pozzoni, and Gilling Dod.
Fremantle Court was described by the judges as “non-institutional, with nice gardens and a light, bright, domestic feel”.
The 90-bed care home has a country hotel feel and is arranged around households of 15 split into groups of seven or eight residents.
Working with Tudor Williams, Fremantle Trust’s specialist dementia guru, the scheme achieved the coveted Gold Standard from the University of Stirling for dementia care design.
Architecture Director James Wallace picked up the award for Hunters. He said: “Fremantle Court is a high specification nursing home scheme that responds to the complex needs of people living with dementia, using technology and carefully integrated spaces in a way that challenges traditional architecture and raises the bar in dementia care design.”
Steve Flanagan, Chief Executive of The Fremantle Trust, said: “We’re thrilled to receive this recognition and are extremely proud of Fremantle Court as a pioneering development, drawing on the latest innovation and creating a high quality home environment which provides tailored support while enabling independent living.”
Pictured above are (L-R): Simon Greenstreet, Customer Partnerships Director, Castleoak; Tudor Williams, Property Manager, The Fremantle Trust; Carole Sawyers, Chief Executive, Brendon Care; and James Wallace, Director, Hunters
Architect Paul Stephens Promoted to Associate Director
We are pleased to announce the promotion of Paul Stephens to Associate Director.
Paul has been at Hunters for 15 years, having come to us from the Welsh School of Architecture. He has been Senior Architect for the last two years, working on a variety of schemes including refurbs and new build within complex urban sites.
Among many others, Paul has worked on the recently completed Eagle House in Hackney, A2Dominion’s exemplary new office on Uxbridge Road, St George’s University library and Notting Hill Housing’s mixed tenure apartment block on Hammersmith Grove, near the Hunters office.
Susan Pasint-Magyar, Director at Hunters, said: “Paul has contributed to some of our most challenging schemes and we are very happy that will be going forward with us as Associate Director. He’s very popular with our clients and staff so we hope he’ll be with us for another 15 years.”
Paul is also known in the Hunters office for organising company sports and social events, including a long-running five-a-side football team, and outings to various exhibitions and film screenings.
Paul Stephens said: “I’m happy that I’ve progressed to Associate Director – something I never would have expected at the start of my career. I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into the next batch of projects, which I’m sure will bring new challenges.”
Digging The Scene
A Hunters scheme has been awarded overall winner at the National Housing Awards 2015.
The Scene is located at one end of Europe's longest street market in Walthamstow. Hunters’ EA team worked on the affordable part of this scheme for Islington and Shoreditch Housing, which includes a seven-screen cinema and restaurants.
The judging panel felt that The Scene had “exceeded in moving the home ownership industry forward by introducing an outstanding solution or development into the sector”.
The Scene was originally nominated in the Best Regeneration Project category, which it also won. In this category judges looked for projects that had transformed an area, demonstrating that regeneration had “left a positive and lasting legacy on the local community”.
The scheme has created over 100 new jobs for Walthamstow and acted as a catalyst for ongoing regeneration, which has led some to dub the area “Awesomestow”.
David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, said: “Schemes like The Scene show that putting the right homes in the right places can be part of something much bigger, sparking new life into communities and bringing in additional investment.”
The Scene is also a finalist in the Housebuilder Awards in the Best Regeneration Initiative category.
A2Dominion’s Stunning New Office
Our architects have designed the exceptional new regional office for A2Dominion on Uxbridge Road, Ealing, which has just opened its doors.
The new development provides over 3,000sqm of workspace replacing an unsightly 1970s block.
The floor space has almost trebled, with increased floor-to-floor height and glazing that maximises the office's natural light.
Three 'glazed pavilions' step back from the street, allowing the creation of a new landscaped plaza along Uxbridge Road. Along with the striking fins on the outside of the building, these help to lessen the sound of the busy main road.
Marywood Supported Housing Gets Planning
After 12 years of Oxford residents putting up with a derelict site, Hunters has won planning for the design of supported housing for adults with learning disabilities and private apartments in Oxford.
Local residents had branded the site an "eyesore" and previous proposals to develop it were thrown out by Oxford City Council because they didn't contain any social housing.
Hunters' plans include 10 supported living apartments for people with learning disabilities, six apartments and four houses for private sale.
Director James Wallace said that materials are being chosen to complement the local area, with trees helping the building to "nest" into its surroundings.
The development has been commissioned by Advance UK and aims to give residents greater independence while also catering for their changing needs.
Hunters decided to celebrate turning 60 with the whole team at Bowood House in Wiltshire.
The event was arranged to thank all of the teams that work at Hunters for their hard work and dedication over the years.
From duck herding to spa treatments, good food to dancing, there was a little bit of something for everyone.
As one Hunters team member commented, "We all had a ball, the place was amazing, staff were fabulous. We all loved it!"
Director Mark Baines said: "Hunters will only be 60 once and everyone here deserves to celebrate our birthday."
Only 10 years until the 70th!
Brightening up Evenlode
Hunters’ architectural team is about to complete a £6million refurbishment of Maidenhead’s Evenlode estate in Berkshire.
This tired 1960s estate had generous grounds which were underutilised by residents with large homes and awkward access.
Together with Hemingway Design, we engaged with the public, consulting with them to find a ‘creative refurbishment’ of the buildings and outside spaces. The client, Housing Solutions, were convinced that the practical design solutions could transform Evenlode.
These solutions included major landscaping and external ground works, introduction of private gardens, contemporary new build in-fill and new facades and entrances resembling a row of colourful town houses.
A tactile and cohesive design solution has been created, enabling space to be used, new homes to be provided and improved living conditions for all.
CDM Changes Could Mean Losing Work
From April 6th the role of CDM Co-ordinator dissolves. This is basically to help simplify processes and reduce bureaucracy.
But there is a catch: CDM will still exist and become the responsibility of commercial clients to nominate a Principal Designer to undertake CDM duties pre-construction.
This means the responsibility is likely to fall on the architect within the project.
There's more: all projects now fall under CDM whether notifiable or not; all projects will need a nominated CDM "expert"; and these projects now include maintenance and domestic projects.
All of this means there's a risk our clients will lose work if they can't deliver the Principal Designer service.
They will need a suitably qualified expert, which is where we can help.
At Hunters we have a team of CDM advisers who can guide our clients through the changes, support them in their Principal Designer role, and enable a clean transition for their companies throughout.
If you're interested in speaking to us about the changes to CDM please contact our CDM Co-ordinator Tom Hanley on 020 8237 8200.
From Disused Office to New Hospice
Potentially a first for the UK, a derelict two-storey 80s office block has won planning to be converted into a new hospice.
The hospice for Woking and Sam Beare Hospices (WSBH) will be a modern centre of excellence in palliative care with a 20-bed in-patient facility, a Day Care unit designed to cater for daily outpatient visits which include medical assessments and treatments, complementary therapies, physio and occupational therapies and wellness activities. Also based at the new building will be a hospice community team of Clinical Nurse Specialists and the teams managing education, bereavement counselling and spiritual care.
The hospice will house leading edge facilities in a warm and welcoming environment. To help change the commonly held perceptions of hospices being clinical and uninviting it will also have a café to which members of the public will be encouraged to visit joining staff and volunteers.
Tim Ashton, Director at Hunters, welcomed the decision of Woking Borough Council’s Planning Committee to grant planning permission for the development of its new hospice.
He commented: “We think it may be a first in the country to convert an office into a hospice. We are proud to be part of the team leading this blueprint for future hospice design. Now with planning consent, we can help deliver an effective hospice with Woking and Sam Beare Hospices with a greener, sustainable solution."
In November 2013, WSBH received a loan facility of up to £6 million from Woking Borough Council which went some way to enabling WSBH to develop a longterm, sustainable presence in the local community. Using the facility, WSBH acquired the freehold of a former office building in Denton Way and with Hunters were able to prepare imaginative plans to convert it into a state-of-the-art hospice which, following public consultation, have now been approved.
Keen to progress, WSBH have shortlisted contractors for the refurbishment project and have sought tenders. They expect to announce their chosen contractor shortly.
WSBH Chief Executive Nigel Harding said: “We submitted exciting and innovative proposals for the new hospice and we are delighted they have been supported by the Planning Committee. We believe the hospice environment is key to feeling well and I’m confident we will create an amazing environment which will benefit all our users. Hospices are not just for the last days of life but are also for carers and for those on a curative pathway after their treatments. This will be a state-of-the-art facility for the residents of Woking and the communities in North West Surrey and one I know they will be incredibly proud of.”
South Cerney gets the Go Ahead
Cotswold District Council has approved StepCare’s new care home tailored for the architectural language of South Cerney in the Cotswolds Water Park. The new 64-bed home will provide care in a stunning setting for local people.
The StepCare design team worked with the council to choose a range of materials and palettes of colours that complement the local surroundings. Interior design is being handled by consultancy spacezero.
David Brill, Director at Stepnell, commented: "This is a real milestone. We are very pleased that the council have agreed to the project. We hope to get it built in a year generating a wonderful, efficient new care home for the residents that will live there."
The project is the first StepCare design to have been put into planning. The scheme is expected to start on site in May 2015 and is due to complete in 2016.
StepCare is an 80 or 64 bedroom, two storey dementia and Nursing care home that can be built for 15-25% less than traditional procurement methods, and delivered in a 30% shorter timescale. Schemes are contracted to achieve the University of Stirling Dementia Services Development Centre Gold Standard.
"StepCare can make a real difference to the cost and delivery of care homes whilst maintaining outstanding design quality," said Hunters Director James Wallace. "The scheme in South Cerney is, we hope, the first of many that will bring designs that both improve staffing efficiency and deliver a home from home for residents."
Success in Saffron Walden
A new extra care scheme in Saffron Walden has been granted planning approval.
The 73-apartment scheme on Radwinter Road is the first affordable extra care development in Saffron Walden, and will offer a mixed community of rented, private and shared ownership homes for the over-55s.
The site for the development has been unused for more than five years, so the new home is a welcome boost for the local community. They will be able to rent high quality apartments, or purchase through shared ownership schemes or on an outright basis, while receiving care which meets their individual support needs.
Hunters' design includes 49 1-bed apartments and 24 2-bed apartments alongside a communal hub that provides residents with support, services, and activities. The design promotes independent living with a clear separation between communal and private residential areas. Common areas give residents a café, hairdresser, treatment room, and assisted bathing.
There are also a variety of outdoor communal spaces, such as a meandering communal garden, a large terrace off the lounge, and a roof terrace with a greenhouse and allotment planters.
Eddie Chen at Hunters said he was happy the scheme had attained planning approval: "Radwinter Road is a modern care home that's been designed from the inside out, with a keen awareness of how the residents would actually use the building. We're especially pleased that the council was so supportive of a design which is modern, but at the same time complementary of Saffron Walden's local characteristics."
It's expected that the scheme will start on site in October 2015.
Hunters' client is East Thames Group, the largest housing association operating in east London and Essex, managing more than 13,500 homes.
Sixty Years of Expertise
Just a small note to say thank you to all our clients, both new and established.
We have reached 60 years and that is 60 years of working with you.
We share our birthday with Lego and the Guinness Book of Records, both of which also began in 1955.
We are proud to have been around for 60 years and prouder that we are working on such a range of projects at the moment.
We hope to be around for another 60 years. Thank you for working with us!
Gold Standard Audit for Fremantle Court
Hunters' work at Fremantle Court in Stoke Mandeville has been recognised with a gold standard from Stirling University on Dementia Design.
Stirling University's Dementia accreditation is a highly-respected independent audit that assesses environments used by people with dementia.
Its gold standard is the top rating possible and is given for meeting a series of criteria in design and operations specifically for people with dementia.
Fremantle Court is a flagship 90-bed care home that Hunters designed for the Fremantle Trust. It has a country hotel feel, and is arranged around Households of 15 split into groups of seven or eight residents.
Hunters broke down wall barriers using slatted timber screens and floating bookcases, allowing residents visual access whilst retaining defined spaces.
The scheme was designed by James Wallace in consultation with the Fremantle Trust.
"We worked very closely with the client and the contracting team to ensure our design vision would provide a high quality environment for dementia residents whilst remaining homely and personal," James said. "Achieving the gold standard requires attention to detail from all team members who have worked hard to make this scheme a success. I am very pleased it has been recognised by the Stirling auditors as an exemplar home."
He added: "The Fremantle Trust should be credited as an organisation with real ambition. Modern buildings like Fremantle Court improve the quality life for residents, their families and their staff."
Macaulay Walk in Clapham has won a remarkable four awards at the What House? Awards 2014.
The mixed scheme of offices and 65 private and 32 affordable homes took Gold for Best Apartment Scheme and Best Brownfield Development, Silver for Best Mixed-Use Development, and Bronze for Best Development.
Hunters’ EA team worked on the affordable section of the development for our client Network Housing.
Judges praised the specification and quality of materials used at the scheme, which includes “heavy, tall oak doors, bespoke bronze door furniture and marble surfaces.”
They also said Macaulay Walk is “a highly crafted development very deserved of an award”, and that it “oozes class”.
In their report they stated: “The team responsible for this excellent development have really done a difficult site justice, both in the way they have acknowledged the scheme’s history and in the highly desirable homes they have created.”
They urged potential buyers to “run, don’t walk, to see what all the fuss is about”.
Hunters’ Employer’s Agent team was headed up by Director Toby Jay, who said he was proud that the scheme had won so many awards.
“The wins very much demonstrate the hard work that has gone in to Macaulay Walk. It’s an excellent project that sensitively transformed a former industrial site into a new neighbourhood in Clapham. I’m very happy that it has been so highly recognised by the What House? judges.”
The 33rd What House? Awards were held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on November 21st 2014, recognising the best new homes and housebuilders in Britain.
Click here to read the full judge's report.
Converting an Office Into a Hospice
Our architects are amalgamating two local hospices into one by converting a 1980s office building in central Woking. The collaboration for Woking and Sam Beare Hospices will help transform end-of-life care in the area.
The new, 20-bed hospice in Goldsworth Park will improve the quality of the environment for the patients with larger patient bedrooms (all ensuite) and private balconies.
The inpatient areas and bedrooms on 1st and 2nd floor levels retain privacy for residents, have good natural light levels and provide exceptional garden views.
A more sophisticated range of facilities will be available with family pods on upper floors and day services/café opened to the public on the ground floor.
The overall concept enables a more humane and inviting design for residents and their families.
Significant Revitalisation of Canning Town
This incredible £600 million new town centre is being created as a legacy project for the area. Hunters are detailing the residential and commercial elements as part of the long term regeneration plan.
This significant project, creating a vibrant heart for Canning Town, provides new homes for different markets with improved outside spaces and connectivity to the area. Over 500 homes are to be built, a supermarket, shops, hotel and eateries. Crossrail has been part of the catalyst of this change with Newham Council and Bouygues enabling the development.
The scheme is due to finish in 2017.
Could it BIM-agic?
We are very pleased to announce the appointment of architectural technologist Marco Wip to BIM Manager. This is the first such position developed at Hunters, reflecting the importance of BIM in the industry.
Speaking about the new position Marco said: "Having played a big role in developing BIM with Hunters over the past few years, I am looking forward to taking BIM at Hunters to the next stage. Lots of work remains to be done, but these are exciting times for the entire industry. I’m looking forward to working with all of those involved in BIM and those who aren’t just yet."
Stepping Forward in Care
After successfully winning the Collaborative Working Award at the NFB, the industry leading StepCare team has launched its ranges for a product-lead care home.
James Wallace, Director at Hunters, is part of the team working to improve the efficiency and quality of care homes for senior persons.
With interest from a number of charitable organisations and local authorities and a project already in progress, the team has created a solution to the care home crisis in the UK.
Designers, contractors, developers, care home providers and other building consultants collaborated for StepCare to create a cost effective care home model.
There are three choices of finish in the range with the option of a 64 or 80-bed care home. The two storey home reflects the Stirling University gold care mark and gives privacy, outdoor space as well as intimate areas for residents.
The research and development provides outstanding design and specification which supports high quality care standards. It provides a layout for excellent staffing ratios, good visual management as well as a choice of living and eating areas surrounding a dynamic central hub.
Revitalising Pollards Hill Estate
Architecturally Pollards Hill is a challenging brief. Dangerous and redundant spaces have been created by the inherently poor layout with narrow alleyways, indirect key routes, and buildings that act as barriers. These issues and the low quality build had to be addressed in the new design by Hunters.
Situated in Merton, an outer London Borough, the new buildings will act as 'eyes on the green' to provide passive surveillance of a public park. The design will include a new signature building as a community hub with extra-care facilities on its upper floors.
Many of the properties have been purchased through Right to Buy and the architectural team has used their skills to steer a coherent masterplan through extensive consultation.
A major focus is on natural landscaping, lighting, new safer routes and parking coupled with providing character and insulation to the individual homes to feel less ‘estate like’, peppered with new build infill. The estate reflects many suburban social housing schemes around the country that have lost out in inner city redevelopment funding.
The World in Union
Just a moment from London Bridge and Southwark Stations, the EA team’s Union Street provides 85 new homes including 26 affordable in the heart of London.
The area is renowned for its expressive, high quality design and Union Street forms an impressive statement within its highly urban environment.
Eleven and fifteen stories high, the adjacent buildings have commercial space for retail or restaurant at ground level.
Hunters were engaged as the Bank Surveyor.
Down by the Riverside
The beauty of the recently completed Wandsworth Riverside is the luxury landscaping, river front location (with Thames Clipper stop) and a mix of housing in an inner city location. The exceptional quality of build creates a tenure-blind scheme with affordable homes that are indistinguishable from the private sale homes. This blend provides a popular residential scheme mixed with cafes and shops. The third phase of over 120 homes contains shared ownership. Our EA team advised on specification and a range of pre-contract negotiations in order to keep design integrity and deliver a viable building.
Tenure-blind in Teddington
A tenure-blind housing scheme in the leafy suburb of Teddington has completed.
Half of the 58 homes at Somerset Road provide affordable rental or shared ownership flats and houses. The properties are completed to a high standard reflective of the local area and quality of housing stock. The homes wrap around a garden and external facades have an array of differently sized balconies and roof terraces. Light floods into the homes, which are indistinguishable between type.
Hunters provided EA services for Notting Hill Housing Trust.
The full project page can be seen here.
A 2,000-home new mixed-tenure development is refreshing Bermondsey in central London.
New homes include social and intermediate rent, shared ownership and outright sale, and incorporate a GP surgery, youth and play facilities and re-landscaped open spaces. The apartments have been designed to maximise use of space and light and the higher-level homes enjoy stunning views across the capital.
Hunters detailed the design for Hyde Housing Group following planning consent, leading to greatly reduced maintenance costs to the communal spaces.
The full project page is here.
Hunters Contribute to Housing Forum Report
Hunters' EA Director Neil McCabe has contributed to a new Housing Forum report on the delivery of low cost homes in mixed communities beyond 2015.
Published last week, the report had input from cross sector, industry-wide organisations to create clear objectives and strategies to improve low cost housing - focusing primarily on London and the south east. The feed into the report came via workshops and conference debates.
It covers a range of topics including funding, delivery and models to enable low cost housing options to be part of a wider development mix.
EA Wins Sentinel Framework
The EA team have been selected to be on Sentinel Housing Association's framework.
The Hampshire-based housing association provides a range of housing types from country cottages to urban apartments.
Neil McCabe, Director of EA and Cost Consultancy, commented: "Sentinel has a property portfolio of over 8,000 homes with a variety of housing. They invest back into their properties through refurbishment and have an active new build programme, so we're very pleased to be on their framework."
Wrap Around Winter Gardens
Hunters' Building Consultancy team is investigating the use of an innovative new way to provide extra new space, improved energy efficiency and an aesthetically pleasing wrap for tower blocks.
The system is currently used in Scandinavia and Hunters are working with the London Borough of Havering to install the glazed wrap on two tower blocks. The new facade acts as a protective layer to the building creating space which acts as winter gardens for the flats.
Graham Acus, Director at Hunters, commented: "The idea provides so many benefits for the residents and the Scandinavian design is really attractive. We think the wrap will be highly successful and rolled out elsewhere."
EA team bring a Lap of Luxury to Housing
Converted industrial buildings in Clapham Common, river view apartments in Wandsworth and contemporary flats in Slough, are just some of the dynamic new residential projects that the EA team are part of. With a move into housing associations developing high-end properties within their portfolios, the projects have demonstrated Hunters’ commitment to creating tenure-blind schemes and exceptional properties.
Macaulay Walk sits behind the newly renovated Clapham Old Town and mixes a range of housing with commercial space in a high density arrangement. New contemporary build blends with remodelled existing industrial buildings creating a lively urban street pattern with a high quality finish.
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Wandsworth Riverside combines luxury living with river views (and its own Thames clipper service into London). Working with Notting Hill Housing Association our EA team have been part of the team leading the social housing in the tenure blind complex. Construction is nearing completion, with one building of 99 apartments to complete this year, bringing the total to three blocks.
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Metropolis Apartments in Slough brings 120 private 1, 2, or 3 bed apartments to central Slough in two blocks, with Hunters facilitating shared ownership flats. The contemporary tower for One Housing group is adjacent to the station and within easy reach of London.
It's in the Aura
The architectural team has won planning permission for a five-storey residential scheme on Balham Hill in south London.
Hunters were commissioned by Viridian Housing and Higgins Construction to develop Viridian's former office block (Aura House) and the adjacent petrol station site into housing and retail.
The design evolved through consultation with the London Borough of Wandsworth, local residents, businesses and local community groups. The result is 52 flats that integrate within the local environment and include sustainable features like a living roof to encourage biodiversity.
Importantly, the design compliments the rhythm of the streetscene opposite - a feature the planners were keen for Hunters to implement.
Architect Paul Stephens said how pleased he was that the scheme had been granted planning, commenting: "It’s been in the pipeline since 2009 but we’ve ended up with a scheme everyone’s happy with – from the contractor Higgins to the planner."
Awards Continue for TNG
The New Generation Youth Centre (TNG) in Lewisham has been awarded again, winning a Civic Trust Award, and being a finalist in the Building Awards.
The Civic Trust Awards is the longest standing built environment awards scheme in Europe. It recognises projects that demonstrate high quality architecture or design, have demonstrated sustainability, are accessible to all users and have made a positive cultural, social or economic contribution to the local community.
The Hunters Employer’s Agent team will be presented with the award at a ceremony in Blackpool on 7 March.
TNG has also been shortlisted in the Small Project of the Year category at the Building Awards, facing competition from other schemes valued under £5million, such as a Maggie’s Cancer Cure Centre in Aberdeen, and a new Creative Arts Hub at City College Norwich.
The Building Awards take place on 2 April at Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Copley Close Wins at London Planning Awards
Hunters and Ealing Council's regeneration of Copley Close has been named Best Conceptual Project at the 2014 London Planning Awards.
The award was presented by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson at City Hall at a ceremony attended by over 300 senior representatives from London's boroughs, developers, planners and community groups.
Copley Close saw off competition from other regeneration schemes at Chobham Farm, Stratford and One Woolwich, Maryon Road, with the temporary accommodation scheme Pop-up HAWSE commended in the same category.
The award is given to schemes that contribute to London's world city status, regenerate areas of deprivation, maximise the potential of an area, or tackle long-standing planning problems.
Copley Close is an eight-hectare site in west Ealing that will contain over 700 homes. Our architects are the lead designers with our EAs and Building Consultants providing their professional services.
The project includes the refurbishment of most of the existing buildings and public realm, and constructing new homes/community/retail facilities between existing buildings and significant new residential sites fronting the estate.
It is unusual in that not only is the council leading as developer and landlord in providing 'tenure blind' housing, it is retaining and extensively refurbishing over 70% of the existing homes to create a more sustainable community.
On the Panel for the Inside Housing Top 50
Director of Architecture Susan Pasint-Magyar is set to judge this year's Inside Housing Top 50 UK Affordable Housing Developments. She joins a panel of industry experts, including the chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency and the chair of the National Federation of ALMOs.
The awards are given to the most inspiring, innovative and exciting affordable housing developments in the UK and are judged according to criteria such as funding, planning, sustainability, design, local employment, and occupant testimonials.
This is the second year of the competition after the 2013 scheme proved popular.
Last year's winners were drawn from across the affordable housing spectrum and included schemes from local councils and registered providers - many of which have been Hunters clients in the past.
The top 50 schemes will be announced in a special Inside Housing supplement published on 4 April.
Hunters' work at a development for the over-55s in Wimbledon has been granted planning permission.
Registered provider Central and Cecil Housing Trust is redeveloping the vacant DeVere House to contain 20 one and two bedroom residential apartments.
The new apartments will support the long-term housing needs of the London Borough of Merton, while freeing up houses that are more suitable for younger families in the borough.
Hunters' design will replace an unattractive 1970s building with a high quality, sensitively designed new development that is in keeping with the traditional streetscene of the area.
A variety of layouts and sizes are being incorporated to appeal to as wide a range of people as possible, with private terraces for each property.
The apartments will also have a range of energy efficiency measures including photovoltaic panels, green roofs, rainwater harvesting, and environmentally friendly materials.
Hunters sought feedback from the local community in making design decisions, addressing concerns around privacy and the impact on neighbouring properties.
Director James Wallace said: "It's a privilege working with Central and Cecil. They are passionate in delivering exemplar housing for older people. DeVere House will offer local people in Wimbledon real choice in the next stage of their lives."
Improving Positive Lives
Our architects have just completed a fresh and calm refurbishment at Homerton Hospital to create an improved Sexual Health and HIV Clinic called Positive Lives.
The original deep plan mid-1990s building suffered from poor levels of natural daylight. Consulting rooms and counselling rooms were either too small or far too large, waiting areas were meanly sized, and rooms for HIV counselling and clinics were institutional.
The refurbishment adds two modest extensions and completely reorganises the arrangement of rooms and circulation. The result is a large daylit waiting and reception area, with views into a pocket garden. Consulting rooms are logically sized and arranged, with a significant majority benefiting from natural daylight. Acoustics for the consulting rooms are much improved.
The completed building is crisp, has modern patient-centred design, and incorporates efficient workflows around the building and within individual consulting rooms. Initial feedback from public and staff is good.
The centre was completed in August 2013 and officially opened on 1 October by Annie Lennox.
Petrol Station to Strategic Vision
Hunters have designed over 60 new homes on a site adjacent to the stunning Hammersmith Grove Conservation Area. The redevelopment fits in with Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s 20-year vision to revitalise key parts of the borough. Working with United House and Notting Hill Housing Trust, the new flats have a compatible and complementary design to adjacent houses.
The flattering six-storey elevations replace an unsightly petrol station with a mix of other uses which had fallen into disrepair, providing a total of 45 homes for private sale and 18 for shared ownership. Designed by our architectural team, the scheme will also comprise commercial space, basement car parking and secure bicycle storage.
Contractors United House will work closely with UK Power Networks to decommission an existing substation on the site. Work is anticipated to start on site before Christmas and is due for completion in 2015.
Exemplary New Office Gateway
A new flagship and contemporary office development on the Uxbridge Road has started on site after our architectural team won planning consent in February for their well thought-out design. The exceptionally high quality 3000sqm offices will range from three to nine stories in height and is set to become the gateway into the West Ealing business district whilst ‘active’ building fronts will create a strong link between the office buildings and the street. A new build of this kind has not been seen in the area for a number of years.
Previously, a heavy and disconnected early 80s office building was on the site, which has been demolished. The new building has been designed so that it sits comfortably in the site and is sympathetic, but contrasts with, the local environment, lifting the space through use of light materials and soft landscaping. The new masterplan will sit more comfortably within the Ealing streetscape, with the aim of a long-term knock-on effect to promote better planned and built offices in the area.
Some of the new aspects take a hint from the past, mixing tradition with 21st century building technology. One of the aims is to restore a tree lined boulevard using a modern design re-interpretation.
Cycle parking is one of the top priorities with the removal of the disconnected parking site at the front of the building. Working within original massing parameters the new development is designed to incorporate: a higher grade floor space; larger (and therefore more popular and commercial) floor-to-floor heights designed for modern workspaces; a visually appealing building; a new landscaped plaza along Uxbridge Road; and sustainable and energy efficient principles.
Some of the challenges the design has had to overcome are noise along Uxbridge Road, improvement of the building’s size and massing to complement local surroundings, good environmental gains, and a welcome plaza with high quality hard and soft landscaping. The design gives three glazed pavilions that step down to the rear of the site to minimise the impact on and be faithful to local surrounding buildings.
The pavilions establish a vertical frontage with light fins that provide acoustic attenuation from Uxbridge Road. The beauty in the building is the lightness of it and the different heights to create a more interesting rhythm. At street level a double height entrance space creates a defined base to the building that is accessed through the new plaza.
Perhaps the most striking element of the blocks is the roof gardens, reflecting the wish to improve our city spaces through planting.
The scheme is due to complete at the end of 2014.
Over 40,000 Surveys Kick Off
Our Portfolio Consultancy team has won two major surveying projects working for Home Group and Curo Group. An initial pilot survey is being launched on behalf of Home Group whereby the survey data collection will be implemented through the latest data collection devices, stored on a Hunters bespoke database and translated to meet the requirements of the client's existing asset management system.
An important part of any survey process is to ensure the success of a pilot survey. Once completed, the next stage is to survey the entire general needs portfolio of circa 35,000 homes nationwide.
Our work with Curo Group requires data to be collected through application of their existing data collection software, together with accompanying photographs.
These surveys are of residential homes located across many areas of England, with Curo's stock specifically in and around Bath. Inspections include a condition survey, Decent Homes, Housing Health and Safety Rating System and Reduced Data Standard Assessment Procedure (RDSAP2009), and DDA and improvement measures.
Our team is using advanced database programming to enable Home Group to create a 30-year cost plan for Decent Homes programmes and maintenance and make SAP rating improvements and refurbishment priorities.
The work has just commenced, with Curo's surveys due to in March 2014 and Home Group's at the end of March 2015.
Unique Extra Care Designs Launched
In partnership with Willmott Dixon, Hunters have designed an affordable and attractive template for future extra care developments. The Sunesis range can potentially save 12 months' time through various processes and reduce costs. The project was founded to meet the increasingly urgent demands for extra-care homes.
The template base is for 60 apartments with a three-storey courtyard design that skilfully balances the design requirements of space, light, ventilation, and accessibility. The result is an efficient and elegant solution that sits at the forefront of accommodating HAPPI requirements with respect to new designs for specialised housing.
The Sunesis Extra Care Independence 60 has been developed in response to address a changing demographic, and provide a remarkably economical way of providing exceptional care facilities for your community, whilst improving care home revenue and operating profit.
Ealing’s Full-scale Regeneration Project Wins Planning
We are celebrating the resolution to grant planning approval from Ealing Council for the transformation of the Copley Estate in Ealing, an eight-hectare site which will contain over 700 homes. Our architects are the lead designers with our EAs and Building Consultants providing their professional services. The project includes the refurbishment of most of the existing buildings and public realm, and constructing new homes/community/retail facilities as discreet infills between existing buildings and significant new residential sites fronting the estate. The existing 1km long estate comprises of 637 dwellings and proposals include demolition of 76 homes, construction of 205 new homes, and extensive refurbishment of over 500 homes.
Part of Ealing Council’s ambitious plans for development in the borough, Copley Close is a large and challenging housing estate in west Ealing, which ranks in the top 1% of deprived areas. Their plan demonstrates a new approach to estate regeneration and is to become a flagship project. Not only is the council leading as developer and landlord in providing 'tenure blind' housing, it is retaining and extensively refurbishing over 70% of the existing homes. This will create a more sustainable community. Embodied energy in the building and social capital of the local community will be retained, reflecting the existing value in the building, place and people.
Two new public squares are being designed opposite Copley Castle Bar station to improve civic space and pride. Other important design elements include the separation of public and private space, which is a key strategy for the master plan, as well as greatly improving the accessibility (lifts will be provided to serve existing as well as new build properties). One of the ideas of the master plan is to break the existing site into a series of neighbourhoods with subtly different characters, to transform a mono-tenure “council estate” into a truly mixed-tenure residential scheme.
Residents have long demanded change for their neighbourhood and have felt 'neglected' and 'isolated'. The most significant physical challenge is that a rail line runs through the estate, with housing built on either side of the former railway cutting. Built in the late 1970s Copley does not meet the needs of the existing population – there is no entrance security to buildings, there are communal 'walkways in the sky', dark and dangerous undercroft parking and little natural surveillance. The homes are in urgent need of repair and renewal.
The estate does have very strong community cohesion, good transport links and the building form has some architectural merit. The vision is therefore to transform the existing buildings and construct new homes to create a 'community of choice' where people can have the option to rent or buy over a range tenures.
The site is already high density. Surrounding streets are in a conservation area populated with two-storey terrace houses. The majority of blocks on Copley Close are four stories with a mezzanine and undercroft area.
To improve the existing homes that are being retained, consideration has been given to:
- reinstating the undercroft area for secure parking
- replacing communal entrance and walkways with modern and secure entrances
- creating balconies on west facing elevations
- decking over undercroft areas to extend Copley Close, which is the primary access to properties within the estate.
Sustainable considerations include:
- use of low energy lighting
- energy efficient appliances
- high levels of insulation
- low water use sanitaryware and fittings
- installation of a site-wide heat network designed to allow for future connection to a district heating network
- a combined heat and power unit sized to provide domestic hot water and a proportion of space heating is also proposed
- photovoltaic panels will deliver a 5% reduction in regulated CO2 emissions.
The overall approach will deliver CO2 emission savings of 31%, which exceeds the targets within the London Plan.
The work has started on site and will complete through phases up until 2017. The project has a 'resolution to grant consent' and will be reviewed by the GLA in the coming weeks.
Impressing the Press
Our work for a new supported housing scheme in Essex has been recognised with an award and the cover of the Architects Journal.
Hargood Close in Colchester made the cover of the AJ under the headline "Tunisia meets Essex", in a feature that praised the scheme's "enchanting, magical quality".
The Close is a supported housing development for homeless people that opened in April. Its 29 homes have been designed to imbue a sense of community for tenants, many of whom will not be permanent residents.
Hunters provided EA services, while Proctor and Matthews were the architects.
Hargood Close was also recognised by the Housing Design Awards, winning the Richard Feilden Award in July. The HDAs are judged on buildings' relationship to surroundings and neighbourhood, and their finishes, detailing and workmanship, among other values.
The EA team's other recently completed project, the New Generation Centre in Lewisham, has been glowingly reviewed by Building Design magazine, which commented that "many competing desires that informed the brief have been reconciled into a rigorously conceived design: a political and architectural triumph". The Centre opened in June and continues to attract significant attention.
Building Design has also covered our work as executive architects at Effra Road in Brixton, with a piece that concluded: "The project represents a valuable addition to the small but compelling canon of notched terrace developments". Effra Road opened to residents in April 2013.
Hunters Improves Healthcare Environments
Hunters has produced a new brochure that spotlights our work in healthcare, titled Improving Healthcare Environments. It combines our work across the practice, from hospital designs to contemporary mental health environments and work stream priority guidance.
Tim Ashton, Director, Architecture, said: "This brochure captures the breadth of our most recent healthcare experience across all disciplines, including the design of highly specialised operating theatres and community focused care villages. We have been fortunate to work on many exciting projects in this sector and we are grateful to our ever expanding number of clients for requesting our expertise on repeat commissions."
You can view the new brochure here.
Lewisham Youth Centre Shortlisted for NLA Award
A groundbreaking youth centre in Lewisham that Hunters provided EA services for has been shortlisted for the prestigious New London Architecture Awards 2013.
TNG Youth & Community Centre has been nominated in the Best Public Building category and faces competition from the likes of the Victoria and Albert Museum's renovated Fashion Gallery, and the London 2012 Handball Arena, designed by Make Architects.
RCKa, who designed the centre, said on their blog that they were "delighted" to be shortlisted, while Hunters' lead employer's agent Nana Takyi said she was "proud to have worked on such an inspiring project".
The £3.5m youth centre was completed in spring this year and features a climbing wall, performance spaces, and a striking timber frame clad with translucent polycarbonate.
The building has also been accepted for Open House 2013, meaning it will be open to public viewing in September.
The NLA Awards take place on Thursday, 11 July at the Guildhall, while TNG Youth Centre will be officially opened on Monday, 10 June.
Rethinking Retirement Housing
James Wallace, Director of Architecture, was a key speaker at this week’s Housing Forum seminar "Alternative Build Options in the Extra-Care Market".
Held in collaboration with Willmott Dixon and Hunters, the speakers covered insight into the design and construction process of Sunesis Extra Care Independence60, which is Willmott's Dixon new extra care model. Participants were able to learn about the opportunities and challenges from embarking on this procurement route.
James is leading a range of senior living projects for Hunters at the moment, creating affordable and aspirational designs for a growing generation. A leading designer in care, he is recognised as being in the forefront of senior living and care.
Hunters Wins Green Apple Award
Hunters' eco-friendly work converting a 41-bed sheltered accommodation at Cambridge Street in Pimlico has won a Green Apple Award for the Built Environment, beating more than 200 other nominated schemes.
The award will be presented by Doreen Lawrence at a ceremony in Swindon on 24 June, 2013. Mrs Lawrence is the successful campaigning mother of murder victim Stephen Lawrence, who was training to be an architect before he was killed.
Speaking about the win, Hunters' Associate Director David Capel said: "It's an honour to win a Green Apple Award and it shows our continuous commitment to designing and managing sustainable housing projects. I'm looking forward to the ceremony and I'm highly encouraged that our work at Cambridge Street has been recognised by the Green Organisation."
The Green Apple Award is part of a national campaign to find Britain’s greenest companies, councils and communities. The awards are organised by the Green Organisation, an independent non-profit environment group dedicated to promoting environmental best practice around the world.
Our work at Cambridge Street was aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 49% and energy consumption by 52% - without compromising on the external beauty of buildings in a conservation area.
Hunters provided employer's agent and cost consultancy services from inception to completion, and architectural services to planning.
Cambridge Street Shortlisted
Our work redesigning a 41-bed sheltered accommodation in Pimlico has been shortlisted for this year’s Green Apple Awards for environmental best practice.
The redesign of Cambridge Street was aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 49% and energy consumption by 52% - without compromising on the external beauty of the buildings in a conservation area.
The scheme has achieved an EcoHomes ‘Very Good’ certification from BRE. It has provided family housing in central London, and restored a Georgian street frontage within a conservation area. This former sheltered housing scheme has been given an energy efficient conversion with renewable energy solutions. It also has private gardens and balconies as amenity space for residents.
The success of the scheme has led to other refurbishment and new build developments with the same project team and it was shortlisted for an AJ Retrofit Award 2012 in the small housing category.
The award will be judged in the week of April 22nd, 2013.
Hunters provided employer's agent and cost consultancy services from inception to completion, and architectural services to planning.
Hunters Coping with Copley Triple Win
Many 1970s estates are not fit for purpose, and The Copley Estate in Hanwell, west London could have been knocked down completely and built again from scratch. However, Hunters' architectural, EA and PM teams are working with Ealing Council to create a 21st century living quarter while retaining over 500 homes and designing in 200 new ones.
Many of the current homes are below minimum housing standards, but through careful assessment and clever design we are providing major Interventions to create ‘liveability’ in the estate. So what does this mean? Our aim is to make it an area in which people want to live, by transforming external appearance, improving the public spaces, refurbishing the homes and peppering the estate with a mix of different residential tenures.
New exemplary building design will include large balconies and features to tie in aesthetically to the surrounding area to harness the project. Separate private and public space and an integrated community / tenure mix, with family accommodation all wrapped up in a tenure blind development.
Hunters are refurbishing where possible and only if impractical will demolish current housing. The aim is to keep the existing number of affordable homes, add other tenures including private ownership and designing in community areas with retail and leisure. The new build is to be interspersed with existing homes to enhance the street scape and a weight placed on good playspace, family spaces, appropriate massing and daylight analysis.
A Creative Conversion in Clapton Square
Hunters have completed a conversion of two Grade II listed buildings in Clapton Square, London. The four storey buildings date from the early 19th century, and now accommodate eight self-contained flats for vulnerable young people in supported living.
Hunters acted as architects for contractor Mulalley, and were responsible for full production information and delivering the project on site.
We balanced the stringent technical requirements necessary for supported housing - such as fire regulations and acoustic separation - with retaining the heritage features and integrity of the listed buildings. All existing ornamental features like chimney pieces, plasterwork, architraves, and panelling were retained.
The garden areas are being tended by Growing Communities, a Hackney-based urban garden enterprise growing organic fruit and veg, while the supported living is being run by Housing One for Outward. Outward is a charity that provides an alternative to residential care for vulnerable people who want to live more independently.
The buildings have been well received and are nearly fully occupied, with our architects describing residents as "delighted".
It’s a Strike at Brenley Park in South London
Our Architectural team have completed a striking, energy efficient, housing venture in Mitcham, south London. With over 160 homes, the design has created a high-density street scene and managed to replicate traditional house patterns even though they are mainly apartments.
Brenley Park contains a range of apartment sizes and tenure types. The three to four storey homes edge the landscaped park perimeter so residents can enjoy balcony views and peace and quiet whilst creating natural security in the public park. All the flats and penthouses are double aspect.
Our team has redesigned the unused park with ecological value and rainwater irrigation to aid planting (watering) and the mature landscape is being conserved.
Part of a larger strategic review of the area and in the London Wide Initiative with the HCA, the homes are a moment from a tram station linking directly to Wimbledon. The four-hectare site is being transformed with the emphasis is on accessibility, creating a genuinely mixed-tenure development and a high quality public realm.
The flats all have A-rated white goods, state-of-the-art water saving bathrooms and excellent thermal retention.
The development was a joint venture between Willmott Dixon Homes and Notting Hill Housing.
Hunters director Paul Wellings-Longmore said: "Our Brief was to create a sustainable, natural environment with the emphasis on access. The new homes are arranged as terraces with each house having its own entrance that serves just six apartments, no long corridors, most homes are dual aspect creating a safer, more attractive environment."
We’ve Been Framed
Hunters’ Architecture, Employer's Agent, and Building Surveying teams have won a place on a four-year framework with Notting Hill Housing Trust.
Notting Hill Housing Trust completes 1,200 homes a year and in the next five years will have a large development programme supported by public funding and private finance.
The Trust says this will include its own and developer led schemes, regeneration schemes, purchasing existing property portfolios, and joint ventures. The focus for the framework will be to create homes that better meet the needs of the Trust's customers, to improve pre-contract quality control, and to reduce and manage the number of defects more effectively.
Our new care home brochure is out with the best in affordable, luxury, extra care and dementia design.
Go Gunners Go!
Our architectural team has won planning for exciting contemporary housing on the site adjacent to our original Master Gunners project in Woolwich, south east London. The 1.16 hectare site is currently a tired and outdated estate from the 1960s.
The high quality design proposals strike a balance between the proposed and existing urban context. The design will also contribute to a safe and secure environment for residents and the public. Hunters have created an attractive, manageable, and functioning design with emphasis on external spaces.
Innovative mews houses provide three-bed detached family houses for social rent, with large 30 sqm open plan living spaces, separate kitchen / dining and two full sized family bathrooms, all within London Housing Design Guide space standards. Shared Ownership and Market Sale flatted accommodation face south and overlook open space and mature London Plane trees.
Green attributes include PVs, green roofs, and waste recycling provision.
Acorn Street Taking Off in Hertfordshire
Hunters' Employer’s Agent team has completed six houses in a new-build residential close in the picturesque Hertfordshire village of Hunsdon. The houses are in a semi-rural location, flanked by farmland and a former RAF airfield. The mix of two- and three-bedroom houses are split between shared ownership and rental.
Built for Home Group under a development agreement with Croudace Homes, the houses have been built to code for sustainable homes level 3 incorporating timber frames and photovoltaic panels. Satellite dishes have been installed at the rear, allowing residents to "plug and play" their set-top boxes without disruption to the look of the street.
St Michael's on the Go
St Michael's is a lively, multi-function senior persons scheme, providing a 70 bed residential care nursing home, community centre with day room, a health centre and a therapy suite. The main residential development consists of detached and semi detached houses around the grand Grade II listed hospital building that is being converted to flats.
Ealing Scheme Off to a Flyer
Hunters have just won planning for a residential development on the site of an obsolete care home in Ealing. The new development will incorporate 18 residential apartments and 21 houses, and is being designed to reflect the local character.
Arranged over up to three stories, Dovehouse Court will mainly comprise affordable flats and homes for rent, with a small terrace of private for sale houses.
New Associate Director for EA Team
David Capel has been promoted to Associate Director of Hunters' EA team. David has worked for Hunters after graduating from University of Reading in 2001. He has successfully delivered a wide range of projects and is currently working on Dee Park, a major regeneration programme in Reading, and Century House, a large private sale scheme in Southwark designed by MAKE. He is an expert in mixed use, regeneration and senior care homes.
Right on Time (Well Ahead of Schedule)
Our EA team were part of a collaborative team that completed the housing on Seward Street, EC1 housing three months ahead of schedule.
Seward Street is near the Barbican, has a healthy mix of rented, shared ownership and private homes and is being built to a very high standard by Mount Anvil. After completion of the residential the team are now delivering a community centre and a number of commercial units on the ground floor.
Our EA team has facilitated a joint venture with the contractor and Notting Hill Housing ensuring a commercially viable scheme has been delivered to very high standards. The penthouse has views to the shard and over the Barbican to the City of London with a decked terrace to soak up the evening light. There is a central courtyard that is private and designed as a zen garden.
State-of-the-art Hospital Theatre Completes
Our architectural team has completed a state-of-the-art integrated operating theatre at Homerton Hospital in Hackney.
‘Integrated’ means lots of HD cameras / video cameras and monitors that link back to the education centre’s lecture theatre at the hospital. Live images can be sent anywhere over the internet, to consultant surgeons' iPads, PCs etc. using the latest secure software. Dimmable lights were installed and one setting is with blue light this gives a far better clarity of images on the monitors.
It was created out of a former central sterile store so some of the design challenges included designing around a low ceiling and in a confined windowless space.
This theatre is part of a range of refurbishments Hunters has been carrying out at the hospital.
Green Shed for Charity
Hunters architects are designing a garden outbuilding that promotes biodiversity and passive energy use.
Eddie Chen and Edward Robertson have entered a competition for Hammersmith United Charities, a local charity, to design a small outbuilding for the elderly. A Sedum matt covers the roof to encourage bio diversity and natural insulation with thermo walls. A covered terrace give light and shelter to those who use it and a mixture of glazing and natural wood creates a relationship between the adjacent building and soft landscaping.