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.

please send CV's to

Surface to Air appoint Chris Hoggarth as Associate Director


Surface to Air appoint Chris Hoggarth as Associate Director

Surface to Air Architects has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of Chris Hoggarth as Associate Director of Project Delivery.

Chris will work closely with Surface to Air Founding Director Holly Porter and Director Heidi Moxon to oversee the delivery of the practice’s projects, which include both traditional and off-site schemes. He will act as the main point of contact for project delivery and manage the wider project team where Surface to Air is appointed as lead consultant.

Chris brings with him over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry working for Portakabin and more recently MBS Contracting, where he’s been responsible for the design, pre-construction and build phases of many projects across the public and private sectors. He is an expert in off-site construction.

Holly Porter said: "As a practice, we’re committed to finding more efficient ways of delivering our projects. We are increasingly using off-site solutions to maximise budgets and safeguard design quality, an area where Chris has particular expertise. He will help us continue to push the boundaries of off-site as a construction method for our architecture, and bring his wider delivery skills to the team for the benefit of all clients."

ISO Accreditation


ISO Accreditation

Surface to Air Architects have been awarded ISO 9001:2008 for the provision of architectural services in the UK.

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