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 Irish World Heritage Centre was built to replace an existing Centre; the objective was to establish a Centre with facilities promoting the heritage of Ireland and celebrating the richness of Irish culture in dance, music, literature, sport and art. The Centre offers not just a focal point for the Irish community in the area but also provides commercial premises, a health and fitness club, a hotel and external sports facilities.
It is an exceptional, purpose built facility which will serve the Irish community and reach out to wider communities in Manchester encouraging integration, harmony and sustainability.
The Centre comprises a 2 storey developed linking ground floor spaces from the double height fully glazed reception and Gallery along a curved central spine corridor to a Performance and Multi Use Space. Ancillary spaces, bar, restaurant and retail are accessed off the corridor keeping navigation simple and clear. All doors on the corridor are held in the open position to allow connectivity between arrival and event spaces
The first floor follows the same logic with the corridor separating offices to Gallery .
The Exhibition Gallery is fully glazing looking inward offering elevated views into the rath. The design takes its cue from the ancient ring fort or rath. These homesteads date back to the Iron age, the remains of which can still be found throughout Ireland today.
They comprise a series of buildings enclosed by a roughly circular drystone wall or earthen bank often as large as 60 metres in diameter. Whilst the name implies some form of ‘fort’, these dwelling places were generally not designed for defence, rather the wall or embankment was to give shelter and security to the family, its livestock and their possessions.
As Managing Director, Julian is responsible for setting and implementing the Practice’s strategy and vision.
Working across all 4 of EWA’s offices, Julian is responsible for the performance and management of the Practice.
He is passionate about teamwork whilst recognising and promoting the importance of the individual in contributing to the design process. The Practice ethos is founded on this principle which seeks to engage, explore and enthuse all involved in the art of creating stunning buildings.
Julian has extensive experience in commercial, leisure and education sectors and has been responsible for numerous award-winning projects in recent years. These include the Tower House at Lymm and the new campus for Newcastle under Lyme College.
Julian has a particular interest in cinema design having worked in this specialist sector for over 20 years and for most of the main cinema operators during this period. This includes work for Odeon where he is currently employed as one of their key designers and for whom he has recently completed their flagship scheme in Milton Keynes.
Julian sits on a number of design Panels and has been a member of the RIBA Awards Jury in recent years.
Joined EWA in: 2001
Qualifications: BA Arch. BArch ARB
Michael studied and graduated from the Liverpool University School of Architecture gaining a First Class within his BAHons degree and completing his BArch and RIBA Professional Diploma in 1997.
He has brought to the practice a diverse and extensive range of projects experience, having worked within the public and private sectors on numerous award winning projects which have been RIBA and Civic Trust awards and commendations.
He has proven design competition success and is best described as a full all-rounder. His project experience includes education, commercial, leisure, urban regeneration, urban residential ,refurbishment to Grade 1 and 2 listed buildings.
He has a pragmatic approach to project delivery from concept to completion with effective Contract Management within the JCT Suite of Contracts
Legal occupational titles, granted in UK: Architect.
All directors are registered with the Architects Registration
Board of UK (arb) and charted architects (RIBA).
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