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    Creativity-led. Community-led. Drawing on the DNA of the neighbourhood, we create welcoming places for people.
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    We design policy as well as buildings. Inspired by our founder’s work at CABE, our thinking advances best practice.
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    We relish complexity. With carefully crafted architecture, we turn challenging sites into buildings with a distinct identity.
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180611 Down By The Riverbank Lfa

Down by the Riverbank - LFA site tour and presentation on Identity, 26th June 2018 Practice News

Join us, 'Down by the riverbank', at Pontoon Dock on the 26th of June, where we will be exploring alongside Glen Howells Architects, Serie Architects and HAL architects, what gives Royal Wharf, an area steeped in history, its identity.

Part of the Royal Docks regeneration area and formerly Minoco Wharf, Royal Wharf was originally riverside marshes before becoming part of the world’s biggest port in the 19th century. The area is now being transformed by Ballymore and Oxley into a new community for approximately 10,000 residents. Our 14-storey building at Royal Wharf forms a part of this development, our design reflecting the geology of the riverbank with a textured façade inspired by oyster shells discovered in the excavation of dock walls. 

The site tour will be followed by a presentation and discussion and is part of the London Festival of Architecture programme, a citywide and month-long event promoting architectural experimentation, practice and debate.

June 2018 Click here to book your place
180608 Nla Sands End Shortlisting

Sands End Arts and Community Centre shortlisted at the New London Awards 2018 Project Update

Sands End Arts & Community Centre for Hammersmith & Fulham Council has been shortlisted in the Culture & Community category at the New London Awards 2018
. The New London Awards honour the capital’s very best architecture, planning and development giving recognition to the impact projects have on their surroundings and to London as a whole, as well as to their architectural quality

Our scheme will appear in the New London Architecture exhibition, as selected by an international jury. Winners will be announced on 4 July. 

June 2018 Vote for our scheme to win the NLA People's Choice Award here
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Designing for people or designing for Density? Can we create urban liveability at ever-increasing densities? Research News

For Green Sky Thinking Week 2018, we brought together a multidisciplinary panel of speakers to consider these questions. They examined the drivers that will direct appropriate density and people-centered placemaking in future housing development within London, and further afield. The event was well attended and was kindly hosted by our collaborators Vastint at The Print House on the Sugar House Island development.

May 2018 View Article
180516 Riba Brentford Win

Brentford Lock West Block E wins at the RIBA London Regional Awards 2018 Project Update

Brentford Lock West Block E scheme has won a RIBA London Regional Award 2018. Drawing inspiration from the local environment, our ambition was to create a vibrant canal-side residential community. 

We designed pavilion buildings with distinct saw-tooth roof forms that enhance the skyline and bring light into the upper floors. Deep façades create versatile outdoor loggias and homes have landscaped courtyards that act as a threshold to the street. Our scheme forms part of the second phase of a three phase development project beside the Grand Union Canal, which has been awarded a Customer Satisfaction Gold Award. Read more about our project here.

May 2018 View all RIBA winners
180329 Mae Gla Panel

Mæ selected to be a part of TFL & GLA Architectural Design & Urbanism Panel, Lot 4 Project Update

We have been selected as 1 of 12 members on the Transport for London and GLA Architectural Design & Urbanism Panel, Lot 4 (Architecture - Housing and Mixed-use). The Lot 4 panel exists to support and advise London’s public sector on delivering high-quality housing-led development over the coming years. 

We are delighted to feature on this framework and look forward to building on our housing expertise, applying integrated thinking to deliver hybrid, flexible and transferable typologies, people-focused and inclusive mixed environments. If you know of any organisations exploring GLA opportunities, please get in touch: office@mae.co.uk

March 2018 Read more
180329 Brentford Mae

Brentford Lock West Block E shortlisted for a RIBA London Regional Award 2018 Project Update

We are delighted to announce that our Brentford Lock West Block E scheme has been shortlisted for a RIBA London Award 2018

As part of the second phase of a three-phase regeneration on Grand Union Canal, our completed Block E scheme provides 42 high quality dual aspect homes within pavilion buildings, complementing the neighbouring wharf architecture and exploring ideas of spatial generosity and robust durable urban form.

All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury with the winning buildings announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 15 May.

March 2018 View all shortlisted schemes
180327 Knights Walk

Successful planning decision for Knight's Walk project in Lambeth Project Update

Mæ has received unanimous approval at planning committee for our work on Knight’s Walk. Our scheme has been developed through close working with the local community and will provide 84 high quality homes for existing and new residents. 

The project forms part of an ambitious Estate Regeneration programme being brought forward by Homes for Lambeth on behalf of Lambeth Council.  

March 2018 Read more here
170712 Mayors Design Advocate

Alex Ely enlisted by Mayor of London as one of 50 Design Advocates for Good Growth Programme Practice News

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched his Good Growth by Design programme to enhance the design of buildings and neighbourhoods for all Londoners. In his first major intervention on this topic, the Mayor is calling on London’s architectural, design and built environment professions to help realise his vision of London as a city that is socially and economically inclusive as well as environmentally sustainable.

To support the Mayor’s ambitions and ensure development across London is high-quality, 50 Design Advocates will work with City Hall and councils on the programme including Alex Ely, principal at Mæ. The Mayor’s Design Advocates will provide expertise and guidance to the programme and related Mayoral policies, helping the Mayor and his agencies to set an example, by ensuring the highest standards in projects commissioned by the GLA Group.


July 2017 Read A City for all Londoners which sets out the Mayor’s vision for Good Growth

Refurbish / Reinforce / Remodel Research News

Following the Government’s Estate Regeneration National Strategy initiative, we commissioned a film exploring three approaches to Estate Regeneration; Refurbish / Reinforce / Remodel.

This follows the Prime Minister's proposal back in January 2016 to extend life chances across Britain, with the goal to radically transform 100 estates across the country. 

In our short documentary, Alex Ely describes three avenues for transformation being developed by Mæ. 'Refurbish' looks at the reuse and renovation of existing stock, ‘Reinforce’ proposes infilling as a means to intensify and sustain a neighbourhood, and ‘Remodel’ offers a vision of how to positively regenerate failed estates. Each approach aims to improve the quantity and quality of housing on those estates, and to improve the life chances of those who live there.

November 2016 Watch on Vimeo

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