On this (Yorkshire) Day seven years ago…

Seven years ago today saw the re-opening the Yorkshire Museum in York’s historic Museum Gardens.  The building had undergone a complete refurbishment and refitting of its exhibitions, requiring a full closure to the public for the entire duration of work on site.

As director at Gelder Harvey Architects at the time, I was architect and lead consultant for the refurbishment work, also assisting with the interface with the new fit-out.  It was a complex and challenging project, with a fixed budget and the planned reopening set for Yorkshire Day 2010.  Working with existing  buildings can present many unforeseen issues, but combine those with Listed status, being part of a Scheduled Ancient Monument site and the discovery of human remains along the way – thought to be an unfortunate  Roman gladiator – and there’s a great sense of satisfaction at the end.

A memorable project for a great client, working  with an excellent team.

Phil Harvey

Yorkshire Day 2017




Planning application submitted for contemporary houses

A planning application has been submitted for two new family houses in North Yorkshire.  Each detached house will have a range of reception rooms, kitchen/dining, five bedrooms and garage, set within landscaped grounds.  The houses will feature local materials but whilst referencing the local character they will be distinctly contemporary and unique.

The project is a further collaboration between MOArchitecture and an associated practice, building on our commitment to working with others to create design-led, high quality places and spaces.

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).


Estate rationalisation project appointment

MOArchitecture has been appointed to carry out a series of feasibility studies looking at rationalisation options for a major organisation.  The work will look at options for relocation of existing facilities as well as outline proposals for disposal or redevelopment of existing land.  More soon.

New collaboration on countryside private house extension

MOArchitecture is working in collaboration again with an associated practice – this time to extend an existing house to link to a substantial outbuilding.  The proposals will substantially extend the existing  house floorspace and provide new living and bedroom suites within the former out-building.  Set in the North Yorkshire countryside, the proposals have been developed to create contemporary living space with a respectful approach to the external architecture.  MOArchitecture’s role has been to develop our associated practice’s concept design through to a developed scheme for planning approval.

JCB Academy apprenticeship centre handed over

Work at The Dove Engineering Centre at the JCB Academy near Derby has been completed and the new facility has been handed over ready for final client fit-out.  The Centre will be officially opened in July, ready for the new academic year.  The £1m project was supported by the local LEP and creates new specialised training, teaching and social spaces.

MOArchitecture has been involved throughout the scheme – from developing initial outline proposals for the conversion of a former primary school to accommodate the new apprentice training facilities, through to gaining a challenging planning approval and consultant switch to the design & build main contractor.

More soon.


Client:  The JCB Academy Trust  |  PM/QS:  Evolve2Consult  |  Architect:  MOArchitecture  |  Structural Engineer:  Bland & Swift  |  M&E Engineer:  Cu-Tec  |  Main Contractor:  Novus Property Solutions


Latest collaboration on rural residential project

Following recent collaborations on a number of high-end residential projects, MOArchitecture has been asked to work with a fellow practice on proposals for a development of three private houses.  The development  is located in an attractive countryside setting and will see a redundant property converted to residential use, with a series of three-bedroom homes created, each with private terraces and gardens.

Though located in a rural setting, the houses will be distinctly contemporary, reflecting the collaboration’s aim of creating modern, unique, design-focussed places to live while providing client’s with highly marketable and profitable development solutions.