Read Holly's comments on the recent housing white paper, focusing on 'offsite' housing


Read Holly's comments on the recent housing white paper, focusing on 'offsite' housing

Modular housing will be the key to unlocking the housing crisis so, while it is good to see the Government making reference to it in last week’s Housing White Paper, it doesn’t go anywhere near far enough. We needed to see more commitment to delivering housing through modern methods of construction.

The Government’s recommendation that both traditional and modern methods of construction receive the same access to funding is right, but it’s use needs to be actively encouraged – or indeed enforced – if we are to build the number of homes necessary within the short timeframe needed. There needs to be a fundamental shift in mind-set - modular housing must be a natural consideration for the design and delivery of every scheme, instead of an after-thought or novelty component. 

Offsite construction cuts time to housing delivery, improves design quality and can in the end be cost-effective when delivered at scale. Industry game-changers, such as Laing O’Rourke and L&G, are starting to systemise the modular housing build process at scale, which is delivering more security and normalising the approach for funders who have hitherto been cautious about its success rate.

The announcement was a step forward, but to maximise the full potential of modular housing, the method needs to be totally integrated into the wider house-building process. What we would like to see is offsite construction becoming a guaranteed element – or at the least a consideration – in any development.

Holly Porter, Founding Director, Surface to Air

Global Academy Opens its Doors


Global Academy Opens its Doors

The Global Academy, designed by Surface to Air Architects welcomes its first cohort of students on entrollment day. The new UTC in Hillingdon, London offers 800 places for 14-18 years olds looking to work in the Creative, Technical and Digital Media industries where they can learn skills required by the media industry including studio operation and production, broadcasting, programming, computer science and digital engineering technologies.

Greatfields School has been featured in Building and BD online


Greatfields School has been featured in Building and BD online

Surface to Air Architects has been appointed to design the new £35 million Greatfields School in east London.

Located in the former Gascoigne Estate in Barking the development forms part of the wider Allies & Morrison-designed Weavers Quarter masterplan and includes a 700-pupil primary school and 1,800-pupil secondary school.

Surface to Air said its design for the school is focused on flexible spaces that promote learning, individual study and collaboration.

Greatfields School is expected to open to students in September 2019 and will become part of the group of Partnership Learning schools in the borough.

Surface to Air director Heidi Moxon said: “This facility will be a key civic project for Barking & Dagenham.

“With the needs of the local community at the forefront of our design process, our aim was to create a contemporary building that will allow pupils realise their full potential.”

Roger Leighton, chief executive of Partnership Learning, a local multi-academy trust, said: “Greatfields School will have its challenges – particularly its location at the heart of a dense, urban regeneration scheme – but we are confident that Surface to Air will develop a design that meets our educational vision.”

Surface to Air appointed for new Global Radio Office Fit Out


Surface to Air appointed for new Global Radio Office Fit Out

Surface to Air, in partnership with Overbury have won the Cat A fit out for the new Global Radio offices in Spinningfields, Machester. The fit out will occupy 17,000 sq. ft. across the top two floors of the XYZ building in Manchester by Allied London, consolidating Global's two current offices in Salford Quays.

Global’s bespoke fit-out will include state-of-the-art broadcasting studios with Capital and Heart set to broadcast live from XYZ.

We are recruiting!


We are recruiting!

Senior project architect
London, United Kingdom

Position with immediate start.

Surface to Air Architects in London is seeking two talented senior project architects with tower construction experience, technical detailing skills and a proven track record at delivering projects.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years' experience and will require a thorough knowledge of UK Building Regulations. The successful applicant will be responsible for running projects through all RIBA work stages and have experience in new build, refurbishment, residential and education. Excellent competency in AutoCAD, Revit and NBS is essential.

The role will entail considerable liaison with all members of the design and client teams. The person appointed must feel comfortable with leading communication in meetings. Candidates must be able to prove their eligibility to work permanently in the UK and have fluent written and spoken English.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join our expanding team of talented architects and designers as well becoming an integral part of the practice.

Interviews will be held from Monday 22 August as an immediate start is preferred.

Competitive salary offered with rates negotiable and depending on experience.

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