We have a passion for creating
great buildings and spaces that
people enjoy using. Our approach
is collaborative, enthusiastic and
consistent - design individuality
that is achieved by an ability to
listen and reflect client need
Unsere Passion ist das Entwerfen von Gebäuden und Räumen, in denen sich Menschen wohlfühlen. Unsere Haltung ist gemeinschaftlich, enthusiastisch und anspruchsvoll. Unsere Ergebnisse sind getragen von der Fähigkeit des Zuhörens und der Umsetzung der Anforderungen und Wünsche des Bauherrn.
The brief was to transform a tired 1950’s school building into a modern academy for 750 pupils and give it a smart and professional image which reflected the aspirations of both staff and students.
Our first objective was to create a new ‘face’ to the building which not only offered a clear and obvious entrance point but also a more dynamic and exciting image for the academy behind which we proposed a new ‘heart space’ providing an impressive focal point around which the school can function, it also offers opportunities for teaching, learning and socialising. Class base clusters have been formed for each year group with a variety room sizes and types, resource bases and staff offices. The new sports and leisure centre including a sports hall, fitness suite and activity studio incorporates the existing swimming pool.
Joined EllisWilliams in: 1996
Qualifications: BA(Hons) DipArch ARB RIBA
Initially working mainly within the commercial sector where he quickly developed his passion for contemporary modern design with an innovative, proactive approach to problem solving he relishes the challenge that each individual project brings.
Promoted to the position of associate in 2000 and subsequently to a director in 2007, Mark has developed a wide and ranging portfolio of completed projects including cinemas, theatres, sports facilities, retail and residential developments. Over the last 5 years Mark has worked exclusively in the education sector where he has been able to channel his previously acquired skills in commercial projects to great effect due to an increasing emphasis on community provision and the remodelling and reuse of existing facilities to meet current day educational requirements.
Mark enjoys the dialogue with end users and stakeholders and is experienced in integrating their various requirements to produce functional good quality design. He has won RIBA architecture and Civic Trust awards and has led design competition winning teams for the De Montfort University campus centre building and more recently St Helens college town centre redevelopment.
More recently Mark has played an active role as technical and client design advisor for a number of local authorities, assisting their own in house teams to review their educational estate and inform their strategy for change process from inception to completion through the building schools for the future programme.
Joined EWA in: 2001
Qualifications: BA(Hons) BArch ARB
Neil qualified as an architect in October 1996, joining Ellis Williams Architects in 2001 after 5 years of design and project running experience mainly in the commercial sector. He joined the practice to gain more experience in the education sector and has acted as project architect on a number of new build and refurbishment projects of various sizes including Liverpool Community College, West Cheshire and Stroud Colleges.
The experience gained as a project architect interfacing with clients, consultants and contractors has provided the essential understanding required to ensure results at all levels within the design and construction process.
Neil was promoted to associate in 2005 which coincided with the practice involvement in the Lancashire BSF programme and he was immediately responsible for leading separate teams and managing design on all 3 phases.
The Lancashire BSF programme provided a valuable understanding of the often complex and involved PFI procurement routes through which clients and architects must navigate to realise exemplar buildings.
More recently Neil lead the EWA team on the highly prestigious National Cycling Centre project in Manchester. The addition of a new indoor BMX track to the existing Velodrome was intended to provide not only a training facility for British Cycling’s elite riders ahead of the forthcoming Olympics but also to serve the wider community for years to come.
Legal occupational titles, granted in UK: Architect.
All directors are registered with the Architects Registration
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