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JCB Academy’s £1.2m Dove Apprenticeship Centre officially opened


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July 2017 saw the official opening of the new Dove Apprenticeship Centre by The JCB Academy Trust.  The new facility will support apprenticeship programmes delivered in association with employers including  JCB, Michelin, Alpha Manufacturing/Bri-Stor Systems, Orbital Gas Systems and Continental.

Marking the opening, JCB apprentice manager Nigel Ward said: “The JCB Academy already delivers an excellent service in training apprentices, which will only be enhanced with the opening of the new purpose-designed centre.”

JCB Academy director of apprenticeship programmes Jim Bailey added: “The JCB Academy is delighted to be in a position to take the apprentice programme to the next level with the development of this fantastic facility.”

MOArchitecture has worked with the JCB Academy Trust throughout the design and construction progress, from initial feasibility studies and options appraisals through to detail design and completion of work on site.  The project has seen a redundant former primary school, bought by JCB, refurbished, altered and extended to provide specialist teaching spaces for mechatronics, CAD, engineering science and metrology.  Student refreshments and social spaces have also been created.

Set within a Conversation Area, a key aspect of the extension  building was to reflect the strong local character in its design  and refer to the character and detailing of the original 1913 schoolhouse.  The solution adopts similar forms and scale, adopting traditional materials but providing a clear distinction between original and new.

Internally, the finishes reflect those of the JCB Academy main building and follow similar themes of expressing the old and the new, for example in the retention of a former gable façade now part of the new Social Space.

The project was funded by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).


Back to school with minor works project

Returning clients are always welcome and their continued custom an acknowledgement  of our approach to working with schools and other public sector organisations.  So it was good to hear from a West Yorkshire primary school, where MOArchitecture director Phil Harvey had led a major refurbishment project in the past, when they needed support on a new small project. The proposals are to link an existing nursery space with an adjoining multi-purpose room, providing greater flexibility and allowing the nursery provision to expand.

MOA has formed a team to prepare the technical design and manage procurement and construction.  It may be a small project, but our commitment is the same as with any other.

Meeting with HRH on community enterprise project study visit

MayOne has been pleased to support efforts to create a new visual arts hub in North Yorkshire, with Philip Harvey, director at MayOne, also being a member of the social enterprise’s board.  The project centres around the creation of a new facility that will draw together artists, performers, business and the community and offer a range of activities including performance and rehearsal space, food and drink, start-up support and multi-purpose community space.  The project is one of a number of social enterprises that MayOne is involved with.

Though in its early stages, the project has already attracted funding from Plunkett Foundation and the Charity Bank, providing the opportunity to develop a business plan and engage in market research and feasibility work.

Through the association with Plunkett Foundation, we were recently invited to visit the George & Dragon community pub near Richmond, North Yorkshire.  The visit provided an invaluable opportunity to learn from the social enterprise team who bought the pub and turned it into a thriving and valued community asset, working with various supporters and stakeholders including the Prince’s Countryside Fund.

Thanks to their involvement in the project, our visit was complimented by a private meeting and opportunity to talk about our project with HRH Prince Charles who was visiting the George & Dragon as part of a tour of the district.

Pleased to be supporting a new social enterprise project

Philip Harvey has joined efforts to bring a former public house back into use as a new community based visual and performing arts venue.  As a director of the company set up to help move the project forward, Philip is looking forward to assisting in developing a business case and proposals for the project, located at a gateway riverside location in a North Yorkshire market town.

The idea was the brainchild of Rachel Auty, also a director of MyYorkshireLass, and so far there have been many offers of support.  Initial funding and business planning advice have been secured to assist in the business case development.  There is lots to do and the plans are in their early stages but the project offers an exciting and challenging opportunity to create a vibrant and valuable community asset.  More soon.

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Role in new advisory group

I was very pleased to be asked recently to join a new advisory group looking at residential rehabilitation for people suffering from alcohol and drug addiction.
The invitation to contribute to the group followed MayOne’s appointment by a new social enterprise to develop the concept design for a new centre of excellence for the delivery of residential rehabilitation care and assist in site identification and delivery.
The brief was to assist the project leaders in identifying how the new facility would look, feel and operate. The overarching ethos was that the building itself would work as part of the therapeutic process and facilitate the everyday interactions between its users that form the basis of recovery and re-entry into ‘normal life’.
As these proposals progress, the role of the newly formed advisory group is to establish the commissioning and service delivery objectives that the new facility will respond to and look at wider issues in the city concerned. The group comprises a broad range of people, representing clinicians, commissioning bodies, the criminal justice system, the third sector and property development.

Phil Harvey, Director

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Welcome to may/one and my new blog.

Having recently emerged from a founding directorship at an award winning architectural practice, I am now working independently as may/one.  If you want to know how I arrived at the name, we’ll have to go for a coffee so I can explain properly.

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Philip Harvey

BA(Hons) BArch RIBA