Manor Architects

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Manor Architects's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Manor Architects is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

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Managing Director
JohannMuldoon with her MBE
Social housing,
Northern Ireland
Established in 1990, Manor Architects is one of few
RIBA specialist conservation firms in the UK and Ireland.
Managing Director Johann Muldoon MBE says this is one
of the things that sets Manor Architects apart. Johann says the
company has expanded its regional, national and international
presence to deliver strategically significant projects across the
world. She goes on to explain that the firm is design-orientated,
commercially astute and personal in its approach.
Architecture is a tricky business. Unlike any other sector, it requires a multifaceted
approach and unique skills base in order to succeed. With this in mind, I focused
on implementing systems for growth, promoting entrepreneurship and generating
ideas within the company to assist expansion.
Through implementing the contextual, emotional and logistical means of growing
and competing, and our attendance at emotional intelligence seminars, we have
produced unexpected results, increasing our growth by 12 per cent in the first
twoyears.
Our priority at Manor Architects is to deliver consistent excellence. We have
structured our company to allow for a proactive approach to expansion amid
the recession and were determined not to follow the swathe of architectural
firms that either folded or shrank during this period. Instead, we maintained
and grew our client base by pushing into new markets. We targeted the social
and volume housebuilding markets in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland with
incrediblesuccess, seeing us secure the two largest projects in Scotland and the
Republic of Ireland.
FACTS ABOUT
MANOR ARCHITECTS
»Managing Director:
JohannMuldoon MBE
»Founded in 1990
»Originally based in
Moneymore, County
Londonderry, but now also
located in Country Antrim and
Glasgow
»Services: Architectural firm
»No. of employees: 12
»Seeking to expand with an
office presence in Hampshire
and the Republic of Ireland
Manor Architects
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
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Highlighting best practice
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Managing Director
JohannMuldoon with her MBE
Social housing,
Northern Ireland
Established in 1990, Manor Architects is one of few
RIBA specialist conservation firms in the UK and Ireland.
Managing Director Johann Muldoon MBE says this is one
of the things that sets Manor Architects apart. Johann says the
company has expanded its regional, national and international
presence to deliver strategically significant projects across the
world. She goes on to explain that the firm is design-orientated,
commercially astute and personal in its approach.
Architecture is a tricky business. Unlike any other sector, it requires a multifaceted
approach and unique skills base in order to succeed. With this in mind, I focused
on implementing systems for growth, promoting entrepreneurship and generating
ideas within the company to assist expansion.
Through implementing the contextual, emotional and logistical means of growing
and competing, and our attendance at emotional intelligence seminars, we have
produced unexpected results, increasing our growth by 12 per cent in the first
twoyears.
Our priority at Manor Architects is to deliver consistent excellence. We have
structured our company to allow for a proactive approach to expansion amid
the recession and were determined not to follow the swathe of architectural
firms that either folded or shrank during this period. Instead, we maintained
and grew our client base by pushing into new markets. We targeted the social
and volume housebuilding markets in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland with
incrediblesuccess, seeing us secure the two largest projects in Scotland and the
Republic of Ireland.
FACTS ABOUT
MANOR ARCHITECTS
»Managing Director:
JohannMuldoon MBE
»Founded in 1990
»Originally based in
Moneymore, County
Londonderry, but now also
located in Country Antrim and
Glasgow
»Services: Architectural firm
»No. of employees: 12
»Seeking to expand with an
office presence in Hampshire
and the Republic of Ireland
Manor Architects
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HOUSING
Excellent direction
I was the first woman in Ireland
to receive an MBE for services to
architecture and to business, and at 16
I was named UK young entrepreneur by
Sir Richard Branson. My success is down
to my determination andrelentlessness.
Joining Manor Architects in 2008, I
changed the company’s ethos from
capital-driven to value-driven. I am
acutely aware that as a woman,
a mother and a director of an
architectural firm, I am in a minority of
less than half a per cent.
I have been recognised on a global
platform for my design flair and
business acumen that have bolstered
the practice’s capabilities. As RIBA
specialist conservation architects, we
have completed some of Northern
Ireland’s most complex and challenging
conservation and heritage projects.
Bigger is better
We recently secured the largest Scottish
project ever awarded to a Northern
Irish practice. This development has
a total value of around £300 million,
spanning 200 acres and 1,600 homes.
It is currently in the early stages of
planningapproval.
We have also been very successful in the
Republic of Ireland, having secured the
largest mixed-use project in the country
with a value of circa400million.
Thisproject comprises a hotel,
retirement village, 600 homes, over
400,000 square feet of commercial
space, a bridge over a motorway and a
children’s nursery. It is in the planning
stages at present.
Landing such projects has broken
new ground in the social and volume
housebuilding market. It has expanded
our firm’s footprint, significantly
raised its profile and given it a robust
platform for growth. The firm is
now building on the framework put
inplace.
Sustained growth
Thus far the resultant yields have
seen turnover increase by 80 per
cent between 2018 and 2019. Our
employee numbers have increased by
50 per cent and are set to continue
rising. The coming year will see an
additional 25 per cent growth in
turnover and an additional 25 per cent
growth in employee numbers.
As a result of our effective
management systems, 88 per cent
of our clients return time and time
again. We obtain 90 per cent of our
new clients through referrals and
recommendations. Of our current
work in progress, 40 per cent of
our workload is in the UK, 20 per
cent in the Republic of Ireland
and the remaining 20 per cent in
NorthernIreland.
Commercial office,
Republic of Ireland HQ development, USA
We have
structured our
company to
allow for a
proactive
approach to
expansion
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In 2020 we are set to deliver the first full-
size indoor 3G pitch in Ireland through
one of its three elite sporting facilities,
in addition to the first retirement village
of its kind along the Causeway Coastal
Route, delivering more than 3,000
homes throughplanning.
Ahead of the game
We aim to provide the best
professional service through
understanding the needs of our clients,
current market demands and the
abilities of our multidisciplinary design
team. The strategies and framework
in terms of management and
communication that we have put in
place ensure clients are kept up to date
and are given the best possibleservice,
which results in a return rate of 86
percent.
Training, research and continual
reassessment allow us to perform
to our best and keep us ahead of
the competition. We believe that
through empowerment, great things
can happen. Through continually
innovating and looking to other
industry sectors, we can make a
sustained difference.
Ultimately, we strive to go the extra
mile, working tirelessly, and we are
fully committed to growing and
providing a level of service that sees
us lead the way and receive the
recognition we already have. Simply
put, good service is good business.
Daily challenges
Our company and our company
directors face daily challenges. We are
continually reviewing, reassessing and
reordering, challenging ourselves to be
the best we can be and to seek out new
sectors and new areas of work. Loving
what you do comes with compromise
in other areas, and we strive to ensure
that a balance isreached.
Other challenges have been the lack of
regulation and control over the misuse of
the title “architect”. The consequences
of this impact the built environment, as
well as causing confusion and, in some
instances, cost to clients. This needs to
be better regulated at a statutory level.
Another issue is the lack of decisiveness
over Brexit, which has caused hesitation
in the construction sector and led to
some projects being placed on hold.
Projects for the future
As a company we are very much looking
forward to continuing to be involved
with the volume housebuilding market
and the delivery of much-needed social
housing, as well as retirement villages,
heritage and tourism being high on
our agenda. The other area that we
have become quite heavily involved
with are sporting elite and multisport
facilities, where we will deliver the first
indoor full size 4G pitch.
We aim to continue our growth into
new sectors and to continue to develop
environmental, conservation and master
planning teams within our company
through quality design, innovative
approaches and commitment to deliver
responsive solutions.
We are set to build upon our
established reputation to become one
of the most notable and recognised
firms in theUK. With an office
presence in Glasgow and having
secured a sizable project in Hampshire,
this ambition is well on track for 2020.
We recently
secured the
largest
Scottish
project ever
awarded to a
Northern Irish
practice
Concept scheme
shortlisted in the Global
Architecture awards

www.manorarchitects.com

This article was sponsored by Manor Architects. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development