Our Services

Our Services

What We Do

The practice offers a design and procurement service for many types of construction projects. The key to our service is value for money: We develop the design to achieve a balance between function, design flair and cost which is carefully tailored to the clients brief. Whilst our core function is Architectural design, our expertise covers a wide diversity of other construction related services:

Architectural visualisation (CGI images and walkthroughs)

Architectural Visualisation is integral to the our design process, and key to the success of our projects. Our team are proficient in various presentation styles, from hand sketches, to 3D modelling including photo realistic rendering and walkthroughs.

Implementation of 3D modelling at the outset, means the design can be clearly interpreted by the client at an early stage of the design process. This means the design can be fully presented, and any potential issue overcome during the design process. The model is then developed into fully developed designs ready for the technical information to be overlaid.

Modelling the projects in this way, culminates in the provision of CGI images to illustrate the appearance of the scheme for clients and other stakeholder presentations, planning and listed building applications, and to accompany sales information where required.

Building and land surveys

Every project commences with the requirement to understand the existing site within its context. In addition to development of the project brief, our normal project process begins with a building survey which presents an ideal opportunity for us to explore the site and to understand its constraints and opportunities.

The survey data is then fully modelled in our software over OS mapping data to produce a full 3D model of the building within its context, including information relating to existing conditions.

Larger sites normally require production of topographical surveys which are an accurate representation of the area of interest showing all natural and manmade features with levels. Topographical Surveys are carried out by separate surveyors and the data used by us to accurately model the site.

Historical building renovation and redevelopment

For decades, the practice has a wealth of experience relating to historic building renovation and redevelopment. Some of the listed building commission are noted as follows:

  • Cragside, Rothbury, Grade 2* listed building – working for English Heritage, comprehensive renovation of the building.
  • Gibside Chapel, Rowlands Gill, Grade 2 listed building – comprehensive renovation of the building, working for English Heritage.
  • Turks Head Hotel, Grey Street, Grade 2 listed building – complete gutting and redevelopment for the Barclays Bank Newcastle Office HQ.
  • Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Grade 2 listed building, special consultancy aspects in connection with the renovation and conversion to a five star hotel.
  • Doxford Hall, Alnwick: Grade 2* listed building by John Dobson – comprehensive development project to create a new Hotel wing.
  • Meldon Park: Grade 2* listed building by John Dobson – several alteration and conversion projects over the last 40 years.
  • 34 Pilgrim Street, Grade 2 listed building, comprehensive redevelopment project to create three apartments.We have also been commissioned for several conversion and renovation projects on listed residential buildings, within Newcastle City and throughout the North East.
  • Close House; Beaufront Castle; Leazes Terrace; Literary & Philosophical Society.

Feasibility Studies, Development Appraisals and Masterplanning. 

Production of feasibility studies, and development appraisals is part of the normal project process for the majority of projects the office. This normally begins and assessment of the clients business case and strategic brief to ensure they have been properly considered and the scope of the project is defined.

Following a site visit, Feasibility Studies are then prepared to help establish whether a project is viable, and possible options moving forward.

Development appraisals are prepared which involves research into existing site constrains and opportunities evolving from the location, legal and planning aspects of potential sites as well as their physical characteristics.

Our services also include working closely with developers and other stakeholders to produce project masterplans to provide a framework for development, and encourage creative thinking and development of a robust logic to underpin the scheme.

Town planning

MWE have extensive experience with all areas of town planning, including related consultees, for example, listed buildings, historic England and the like. We are well versed with the planning system and relevant policies, and proficient at negotiation to decision.

We also prepare robust Design and Access Statements when required to accompany planning application where necessary, and heritage impact assessment as part of listed building applications or work within conservation areas.

For particular tricky planning issues, we would recommend appointing a separate planning consultant to provide detailed planning advise in conjunction with our architectural services

Interior and Landscape Design

In addition to architectural design, our services extend to providing interior design to plans and the design building interiors.

This includes the design of fittings and fixtures, advise no colour schemes, fabrics, furniture and fittings through to full-scale redevelopment of multiple spaces including preparing production information, estimates, sourcing components, procuring contractors and inspecting work on site.

Architecture should take a cue from the environment from which it is a part of. It is for this reason the interface between the building and exterior must be carefully considered in any scheme design. Although MWE are not landscape architects, we carefully assess the landscape design as part of the overall proposals for the project, and are able to advise on layout and materials.

Health and Safety

As roles of designers, MWE have the responsibility of Principal Designers as defined by the current CDM (Construction Design management) regulations.

The role of principal designers includes the following:

  • Informing the client of their duties under the regulations.
  • Planning, managing and monitoring health and safety in the pre-construction phase, including; identifying, eliminating or controlling foreseeable risks; and ensuring designers carry out their duties.
  • Helping compile pre-construction information and providing it to designers and contractors.
  • Preparing the health and safety file and then reviewing, updating and revising it as the project progresses.
  • Liaising with the principal contractor to help in the planning, managing, monitoring and co-ordination of the construction phase.
  • Taking into account the general principles of prevention.
  • Ensuring that all persons working in relation to the pre-construction phase cooperate with the client, the principal designer and each other.
  • Checking that designers have sufficient skills, knowledge, experience and (if they are an organisation) the organisational capability to carry out the work.


During works on site, the role of contract administrator will undertake good practice procedures on health and safety which will culminate with the issue of the health and safety file on completion of the project.

Tendering, Construction Contract Administration and Cost Control

MWE offer construction contract administration and cost control services which will offer peace and mind for the client resulting in issue of an architects certificate on completion. This type of certificate is pre-approved by the council of mortgage lenders for your sale, mortgage or re-financing requirements.

The role of the contract administrator includes the following:

  • Inviting and processing tenders.
  • Preparing contract documents for execution.
  • Administrating change control procedures.
  • Seeking instructions from the client in relation to the contract.
  • Issuing instructions such as variations, or relating to prime cost sums or making good defects.
  • Considering claims.
  • Chairing construction progress meetings.
  • Preparing and issuing construction progress reports.
  • Co-ordinating and instructing site inspectors.
  • Agreeing commissioning and testing procedures.
  • Agreeing defects reporting procedures.
  • Ensuring that project documentation is issued to the client.
  • Issuing certificates of practical completion and interim certificates.
  • Collating and issuing schedules of defects.
  • Issuing the certificate of making good defects.
  • Issuing the final certificate.

Land Registry Compliant Plans

We offer services to produce land registry compliant lease and title plans for use when buying, selling, transferring or leasing a property.

The pre-registration deeds and their plans play a crucial part in resolving any future boundary issues or questions regarding the extent of the land in a registered title. Plans that are land registry compliant will give buyers a clear understanding of what they have bought (or transferred), and a sound basis should problems arise at a future date.