Through innovation and creativity, mha strive to provide quality designs for projects of all scales and sizes which will exceed our clients expectations and improve our built environment. We offer full architectural design services for a range of project types including:
• New Build Schemes
• Extensions & Renovations
• Residential Dwellings & Developments
• Office & Commercial Projects
• Healthcare Schemes
• Conservation & Historic Buildings
• Sports Projects
• Public Buildings
• Interior Design & Fit Outs Refurbishments
• Low Energy & Sustainable Construction
mha have a proven record in gaining Planning Approvals for new builds and extensions in both urban and rural settings. We are knowledgeable with regional Planning Policies including PPS21 to offer relevant guidance with regards to your scheme. The office offers services relating to all aspects of gaining Planning Approvals including:
• Outline & Full Planning Applications
• PPS21 Planning Applications
• Representation at Planning Appeals
mha appreciate the client’s requirement to maximise the potential use of their land and obtain ‘value for money’ from their project. Having a broad knowledge of different building typologies enables mha to provide our clients with comprehensive feasibility reports which fully explore and present the range of development options available and costs for a scheme. These reports prove to be an invaluable tool to advise and inform clients as the project develops.
The office has carried out master planning studies and designs for various public and private sector bodies including large Housing Development Groups, School Education Boards and private developers. The master plan designs seek to meet the client’s immediate needs while also catering for future requirements and the potential for further phased developments.
mha have extensive experience in project managing large complex schemes and are able to assemble a comprehensive and knowledge design team tailored to suit the specific needs of your project.
mha place a high importance on ensuring that project budgets and timeframes are achieved and we recognise that quality architecture is procured through efficient and effective project management and collaboration with experienced construction professionals including:
• Building Service Engineers
• Civil & Structural Engineers
• Cost Consultant
• Planning Consultants
• Flood Analysis Consultants
• Building Surveyors
• Traffic Impact Assessors
• Acoustic Consultants
mha offer a full Health & Safety service based on the revised CDM Regulations (2016) and can act as Principal Designer on behalf of the client.
Principal Designers have an important role in influencing and managing how health and safety risks are mitigated and avoided throughout a project. Design decisions made during the pre-construction phase have a significant influence in ensuring the project is delivered in a way that secures the health and safety of everyone affected by the work. The decision making process is also carried on throughout the construction and completion project phases.
mha are ‘Safety Scheme in Procurement’ (SSIP) accredited under the industry standard ‘Constructionline’ and have undertaken extensive training to ensure that your project is fully compliant with the ever evolving Health & Safety regulations and project obligations.
mha believe that good architecture should be enjoyed by people of all physical abilities. Our practice is Constructionline registered to offer access consultancy services and carry out access audits for both refurbishment and new-build projects to ensure compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).
Our trained staff regularly carry out audits to existing buildings to establish cost effective accessibility improvements and also assess the office’s new build designs to ensure this important design aspect is fully incorporated and addressed from the project’s outset.
mha recognise the importance good design plays in creating a sustainable and low energy piece of architecture. By considering and addressing simple, low energy, passive design principles, such as a site’s typography & orientation, within our designs and combining with high standards of thermal performance, suitable ventilation provision and high-quality detailing we create low energy buildings which are healthy and enjoyable environments to live, work and play in.
mha is a member of the ‘Association for Environment Conscious Building’ (AECB) network which connects individuals, students, educational establishments and companies with a common aim of promoting sustainable building. We seek to minimise the environmental impact of all our buildings and collaborate with consultants to incorporate renewable energy systems, such as wind turbines, photovoltaic panels, biomass heating etc. within our designs while also considering both the construction and life cycle costs of the building. This is evident through by the office taking a ‘cradle to cradle’ approach when choosing materials and compiling specifications.
mha have joined RIBA 2030 climate challenge, whereby mha commit to attempt to meet the target of net zero by 2030. mha commit to reducing operational and energy demands by 60% from current baseline figures and reduce embodied carbon by at least 40%.
mha acknowledge the significance and benefit that existing buildings and structures of architectural merit provide within our built environment. Our office is currently registered in the RIBA Conservation Register Scheme which demonstrates a good background and working knowledge of key aspects of conservation principles, philosophies and practices. mha are also registered with Construction Line to offer conservation services.
We are committed to the further preservation and enhancement of our local built heritage and have carried out conservation work in conjunction with the NI Environmental Agency and Ulster Architectural Heritage Society.