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From the simple to the iconic

THE Saints’ brilliant year has been mirrored by their architects, Peter Haddon and Partners (pHp architects). Partner Rob MacNaughton, a former Saints’ player, and architect for the Saint’s stadium, said: “We have been involved in a lot of new construction during the last twelve months, and there is more to come. We are delighted to have completed the design for the final phase to complete the Saints ground and raise capacity to 15,500.

THE Saints’ brilliant year has been mirrored by their architects, Peter Haddon and Partners (pHp architects). Partner Rob MacNaughton, a former Saints’ player, and architect for the Saint’s stadium, said: “We have been involved in a lot of new construction during the last twelve months, and there is more to come. We are delighted to have completed the design for the final phase to complete the Saints ground and raise capacity to 15,500. This is a very exciting development and construction will start as soon as the players step off the field after the last game of the season in the Spring of 2015.” Rob’s main area of specialism is in commercial developments and within Northamptonshire pHp have seen a significant upturn in the delivery of these projects. At Brackmills, pHp have completed a bespoke distribution unit for Dachser of over 200,000 sq ft together with a unit of over 110,000 sqft, one of the first speculative units to be built post-recession, showing that confidence has returned: pHp are actively looking at other possibilities with developers on the estate. Elsewhere in the county at Islip, the construction of a one million sq.ft warehouse building has started after 12 months re-modelling a 71-acre site. And pHp are currently working with Roxhill and Howdens to make a planning application before the end of the year for a single site solution, with the potential of over two million sq.ft. to accommodate Howdens’ expanding business. Nationally, pHp have completed a new distribution centre for Poundland in Harlow of 350,000 sq ft and a new distribution centre for H&M at Rugby of 235,000 sq.ft, will complete in December. pHp have also been masterplanning major developments throughout the country including Rugby, Coventry and East Midlands Gateways, which will generate over 10 million sq ft of new building. Growth for pHp architects has been across a number of sectors. As the county’s population grows, NCC is investing in education and pHp are architects for 18 school projects, ranging in value from £200,000 to £6m. For another long-term client, Northampton School for Boys, Partner Oliver Bazeley is completing the fourth consecutive project, a new state-of-the-art swimming pool and dance studio. To emphasise the wide range in sectors, Oliver has just been appointed to design a new soup production facility for a prestigious brand in Yorkshire, adding to our food industry projects across the country. These national projects also illustrate another major advantage of business in Northamptonshire, and pHp’s location near Junction 15 is key. However, the iconic project in the last year has been closer to home, the new 100,000 sq ft headquarters for VW Financial Services in Milton Keynes. Designed by Partner Robert Begley, this flagship building leaves no doubt as to the occupier, with an external framework composed of Vs and Ws. Robert said: “This year we have added seven new members to a great team of experienced professionals, who can deliver the whole range from iconic concepts to simple, practical buildings.” To find out more about pHp Architects, visit the new website www.peter-haddon.com or call 01604 858916.

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