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.
Q3 Academy is a new secondary school for 1000 students and 250 sixth formers occupying a challenging sloping site alongside the M6 motorway in Sandwell.
The concept of the design is the ‘Journey Through Learning’ integrating the sponsor's vision that the building should be designed from the ‘inside out’ to create spaces that are meaningful whilst enhancing its external greenbelt location.
At the heart of the building sits the Design Centre, a triple height space with exposed triangulated timber structure, ETFE roof and full height glazing opening onto the landscaped grounds.
This impressive space is one for display and making, a marketplace for commerce, a place to reflect, an informal lecture and gathering space nurturing all aspects of the Business + Enterprise, Design + Technology specialism.
Despite the complexities of the site the building benefits from renewable energy techniques, natural daylighting and passive ventilation to achieve BREEAM Very Good.
Joined EllisWilliams in: 1994
Qualifications: BArch (Hons) DipArch (Dis) RIBA, ARB
Dominic has designed projects such as the Welsh National Sailing Centre and Events Centre, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Q3 Design Academy and a 50,000sqm mixed use project in Georgia for Rezid holdings. He worked previously at SOM on commercial and master-planning schemes in Berlin and Amsterdam.
Dominic has over 23 years chartered experience and his sector range also includes arts, leisure, education and historic buildings. His projects often involve the need for intense public consultation often with cross over between public and private use. He has a long held interest in cultural spaces and recent work in that field includes Warwick University arts centre, Chester Renew and the Mostyn gallery which acheived both RIBA and Civic Trust awards. Dominic is currently working with Hounslow Council on their new Civic Centre and also completing a new EFA University Technical College in Warrington.
He has lectured throughout the UK, has been an external examiner at several universities, is a RIBA Client Design Advisor and has acted as a judge for the RIBA Awards Panel. He was awarded the gold medal for architecture Wales and he has also contributed work to numerous publications including the recent Taschen' Architecture Museums Now!' publication.
Joined EWA in: 1998
Qualifications: BA(Hons) BArch ARB
Louise joined EllisWilliams Architects after studying at the University of Liverpool and was promoted to Associate in 2007. She has developed her skills working on new build and remodelling projects of varying values, sizes and procurement types within the arts, residential, education and leisure sectors, successfully delivering projects such as Q3 Academy, Darlington College, Mid-Cheshire College and The Palace Theatre. She has been involved in extensive research into the design, development, funding and procurement of schools and colleges and was Technical Advisor to Stockton-on-Tees BSF bid.
As a member of the Sport England Lottery Monitoring team, she developed an extensive knowledge of sports design and construction, one of many fields of interest, which has overlapped into her current project work including The Welsh National Sailing Academy + Events Centre.
Louise is a member of the EWA Marketing and Business Development Group and has assisted in the design and development of our new website.
Joined EWA in: 1983
Qualifications : BA(Hons) BArch ARB RIBA
Michael has designed the FUSE youth centre in Partington, refurbished the Apollo Cinema in Rhyl, and completed numerous education projects including the International Politics Building at Aberystwyth University, Stroud College and Liverpool Community College buildings.
Michael has a particular expertise in the preparation of client briefs, undertaking curriculum analysis for education projects, space planning for education, arts and leisure projects, and the design of cinemas. Outside work commitments, Michael sings with, and is currently President of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, and is beekeeper in chief
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