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 Walkergate mixed use commercial site lies immediately adjacent to the historic centre of Durham.
Its challenging topography is bounded to the south by the A690 roadway at its juncture with the river Wear, by Freeman’s place to the west and by the Gala theatre and Millennium Square to the east.
The EllisWilliams' masterplan provides a physical framework to integrate the area into the life and fabric of the city as a whole as well as attracting fresh investment to it. The landscape structure and high quality public realm is suited to existing heritage of the city centre and to the needs of modern development, which facilitates and improves wheelchair and general public access.
Careful consideration was given to the visual impact of the development which was broken down into a series individual elements comprising of eight A3 restaurant, bar, cafe units, a 106no. bed Premier Inn hotel, 35no. private residential apartments and a 500 place multi storey car park concealed beneath the development.
Joined EWA in: 1982
Qualifications: DipArch ARB
Chris has been a qualified architect since 1978 and joined the practice in 1982. His initial career concentrated on commercial clients and educational projects in both the primary and secondary sectors. He was promoted to associate in 1989 and has worked in all parts of the country and also on projects in Germany via our Berlin office.
Experience on a variety of large and small complex projects for public and private clients and in both the commercial and non-commercial sectors has proved to be invaluable particularly on mixed use schemes such as Walkergate Durham. Recent projects include Liverpool Community Learner Centre and Barrow Hall Sixth Form College.
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 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.
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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