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.

MOArchitecture providing compliance review for town centre mixed-use property

MOA has been appointed by an FM provider to prepare a report on Building Regulations compliance of an existing Grade II* Listed Building in a prime town centre location.  The property includes a number of tenancies over three floors and a mix of uses including retail, office and residential.  The report will provide a review of the layout in terms of fire compartmentation and means of escape for the new owner and establish any areas of concern and potential improvement works.

The project reflects similar appointments where MOA has worked on a consultancy basis with project and property management teams, providing project management support, technical advice and existing facility development option reviews.

Luxury apartment refurbishment scheme appointment

MOArchitecture has been appointed by the building owner to provide a concept design for alterations and refurbishment of a luxury apartment within a desirable, high quality period property.  The proposals will improve the existing layout and create a more contemporary and useable series of spaces.  Acoustic improvements will also be addressed as part of the extensive alteration and refurbishment works.

MOArchitecture collaborating on contemporary rural residential development

Working with an associated practice, MOArchitecture is working on a  newbuild high-end residential development in a prime rural setting.  The development comprises four luxury detached houses.  Each house will be unique but will share a common philosophy in terms of form and composition that reflects the local building character and materials, expressed through high quality contemporary design.

Developed design completed for JCB Academy project

MOArchitecture has completed its appointment to develop detailed proposals for a new advanced engineering apprenticeship facility for the JCB Academy Trust.  The project will see a former primary school near Derby refurbished and extended to become the new Apprenticeship Engineering Centre, to be operated in conjunction with their existing Academy.  It will provide specialist teaching  spaces for mechatronics, metrology and engineering sciences as well as a CAD suite.  The teaching spaces will be supported by social and refectory spaces and a lecture hall.

The existing building dates back to the 1920s and the site is located within a prominent Conservation Area.  The substantial proposed extension reflects the form and proportions of the existing, whilst introducing contemporary design elements and a clear but responsive differentiation between old and new.  Continuing themes evident in the Academy’s main facility, a converted and extended mill, the interior design retains the former original external elevations  which will become internal after extension.  The interior finishes also reflect those of the existing Academy, providing continuity and identity across the different sites.

The works have been tendered and work is due to commence on site in Q1 2017.  MOArchitecture will be appointed to the successful design and build contractor for the remainder of the detail design  and construction phases.

MOArchitecture has been working alongside Evolve2Consult as project manager/QS, Bland & Swift Consulting  Engineers and CuTec Building Services Engineers.

MOArchitecture collaborating on new luxury housing development

MOArchitecture is working with an associated practice in creating three new luxury houses on a prime urban edge site.  The proposals comprise three contemporary, bespoke detached houses served by a private estate road, with the development arranged to maximise views across the countryside and to reduce impact upon the urban/rural fringe.

The collaborative approach, one of a number of joint projects,  has brought together our combined creativity and expertise and provided the resources required for a high quality signature development.

Planning  approval has been obtained.