Founded in 2016 with the mission of bridging the gap between user experience and commercial viability in architecture, three years down the line and MCL Architecture has made tremendous progress in achieving this goal. What’s more, it has also carved out a strong niche within the marketplace and attracted award recognition in the process, underling its quality-focused approach.
Today MCL is a multi-disciplinary architectural studio including architects, technologists, interior designers and visualizers. It is currently a team of four, with an additional support outsource drafting team, and its range of services cover all areas of design and construction, from concept to completion or from RIBA stages 0-7, providing the client with continuity and consistency during the life time of the project.
In addition to its London Construction Awards shortlisted ‘Fit Out of the Year’ project at Burnell House, Stanmore (pictured above), MCL has recently completed a similar 41-unit residential scheme in Woking, acting as lead architect on all stages from concept through to completion.
It is also currently acting as construction design lead on a 51-unit scheme in High Wycombe, a mix of one-bed, two-bed and duplex units that is due for practical completion in November. In addition, it has recently secured full planning permission for a 53-unit scheme in Woking compromising a mix of highly efficient studios, one and two-bed units. This project is currently on site, with MCL acting as design lead during construction. Completion is due in 2020. This year the company also secured planning permission for a 30-unit residential scheme in Leatherhead.
Despite its strong order book, there is no escaping the fact that an unstable economic and political climate is a big challenge for MCL and the wider industry. However, it is committed to continuing to chart the stormy waters with its client focused approach to all projects and in the short term the objective is to embed itself as innovative design and construction experts in the UK property industry for all modes of living and working.
“We’re always striving to improve and want to continue to grow the practice along with clients who wish to deliver well designed homes and workplaces established on strong design concepts and intrinsic brand standards,” explains Daragh McLoughney, Managing Director. “In the longer term, we want to expand our multi-disciplinary design studio and explore product and furniture design as well as building component design. We aim to work in the UK and overseas, designing mixed use communities based on strong social fabric, communication and co-operation.
“Now more than ever, it is time to appreciate that the basis of our success as a species has been our ability to co-operate, share ideas, skills and viewpoints. Our built environment will and must evolve to facilitate the flexible, corporative, inclusive and environmental sustainable communities of the future.”
With its people and experience centric approach, MCL Architecture is clearly aiming to be at the forefront of this new era of design.