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CIH Brighton & MIPIM 2018

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MDR would like to announce the attendance of Penny, Neil and Howard at CIH Brighton and MIPIM 2018.
We are looking forward to seeing both new and familiar faces over the course of the two events. With an exciting portfolio of new Residential and Mixed Use, Rooftop Developments and Extra Care schemes to discuss, we are keen to develop some new relationships and future collaborations.
During the MIPIM conference we will be part of the RIBA exhibition in the London stand, so be sure to drop in.
If you would like to organise a meet, please contact Penny Fitzpatrick.
We hope we see you there!

Blagdon Road Planning Success

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MDR are delighted to announce the successful determination of one of our most prominent schemes, Blagdon Road, New Malden, continuing our very successful start to 2018.

Due to the existing complexities of the site, the 91 unit scheme required a significant level of design development and close working relationships with the Council, Pegasus planning consultants and the wider community to secure the approval.

The proposed will see the partial demolition of the existing 8 storey building with retained retail (Class A1), gymnasium (Class D2) and car parking and the erection of 91 residential dwellings (Class C3) with associated vehicular access, private and communal amenity space and public realm improvements. The ground floor is currently occupied by leasehold tenants who will retain continuous, un-interrupted occupation for the duration of any construction works.

The approval paves way for a substantial redevelopment of the area, providing much needed, high quality residential accommodation as part of The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames future Cocks Crescent SPD. The complexity of the build required a highly creative approach to design combined with a comprehensive technical method, resulting in a very well received mixed used project.

To find out more about the scheme please click here or email MDR’s Commercial Director, Penny Fitzpatrick.

Braving the Storm – 2 Additions to Gibbon’s Rent

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Yesterday evening, along with Team London Bridge, we officially launched the Little Library and Gateways to Gibbon’s Rent.

It was a great evening and although the rain tried to rain on our parade, we welcomed 2 new additions to our neighbourhood’s little green space. Thank you to Team London Bridge who co-hosted with us, to everyone who braved the weather and to all those involved in the two projects.

The Little Library was designed by Mill & Jones, through a competition on IdeasTap sponsered by The Peter De Haan Charitable Trust.
The new Gateways was designed as a partnership between RARA Co-Operative, Superuse Studios, The Architecture Foundation & Southwark Council.

Have you recently visited Gibbon’s Rent or used the Little Library? Tell us what you think. Email info@mdrassociates.co.uk You can also tweet us @MDR_Associates or use the hashtag #GibbonsRent

Photos courtesy of Team London Bridge. Click here for more photos of the event.

Gibbon’s Rent Little Library & Gateways Launch

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With the success of Gibbon’s Rent Pocket Park, we couldn’t wait to join forces with Team London Bridge once again, to host the official opening of the Little Library and newly installed Gateways. Whether it’s used as a connecting route between one corner of London Bridge and another, or as a sunny spot for lunch, Gibbon’s Rent has been warmly welcomed into our local community and we can’t remember life before.

We’re excited to see how this new installation will contribute to the social and economic development of our local area, bringing together local residents, businesses and passers by. Our own Little Library seeks to further develop the pocket park’s use as a place to read, dwell and socialise. The Gateways at both entrances to Gibbon’s Rent will place the line of potted plants on the map as the next best place to be. If you are in the area on Thursday 14 August, join us from 4.30pm for an afternoon tea themed grand unveiling.

Little Library & Gateways Invitation

MDR’s Graduate Seminar

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MDR’s office was a hub of activity this morning with our first graduate seminar. Hosted by MDR, the day consisted of presentations covering an array of topics being delivered to a group of graduates working for one of London’s major Housing Associations.

Our Architectural Director kick started things with an introduction explaining the crucial role of the architect during the construction life cycle. The team then proceeded to cover topics ranging from the importance of a Design and Access Statement to the ever-growing significance of BIM in the industry.

We hope to continue holding such seminars and always welcome the opportunity of presenting to new and existing contacts. If you are interested in attending our next event please contact Penny Fitzpatrick at penny.fitzpatrick@mdrassociates.co.uk.

New Cross Road Successful Planning Application

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We can safely add another successful planning application to the list.

New Cross Road is a mixed use scheme with 44 units of mixed tenure in Lewisham.

Occupying a key corner gateway site within the Deptford High Street Conservation and wider regeneration area, the design proposal was the fruitful outcome of an extensive design and pre-application process and close dialogue with Lewisham planning and urban design. Commended by English Heritage for the response to context within scale, materials and architectural rhythm, the project was consented on appeal to provide 44 homes ranging form 1 to 3 bed apartments built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4.

For more information, head to the project page where you can download the case study in PDF.

New Website Launch

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MDR are pleased to announce the launch of our newly designed website. We have worked hard to create a site that has an improved interface, showcasing a number of exciting projects from initial design concepts through the construction stages and ultimately to final hand over.  The rejuvenated  website allows users to access our unique, downloadable case studies providing a more in-depth analysis of the scheme.

We hope you like what you see and would love to hear your thoughts and feedback.

A big  thank you Underwaterpistol for their hard work in the creation of the site.