By Royal Appointment

6th November saw a new landmark for MawsonKerr with the completion of artwork to commemorate the opening of the new headquarters for Durham & Darlington Fire Brigade.

The Artwork commissioned by the fire brigade was handed over to the Countess of Wessex during the opening ceremony. We even got a handshake and some kind words as Princess Sophie left the building.

All Royal artwork commissions welcomed…


Work Starts Backstage at the Theatre Royal

The back of house refurbishment works started at the Theatre Royal this month. The 6 floors of dressing rooms, rehearsal spaces, band rooms, staff facilities and green room are to have a phased overhaul over the next 14 months.

The Grade I listed building which is alive with actors and staff apart from the two dark periods this year and next and now has a new builder community to rub shoulders with as well as the friendly face of the architect…

Winners at the Regional RIBA Awards

We were rendered temporarily speechless after picking up three regional RIBA Awards at the recent North East RIBA Awards alongside some of the biggest names in architecture. Friar House picked up the award for the best conservation project as well as a regional award and we were delighted to be the winners of the Emerging Practice of the Year.

There were celebrations into the night and now the hard work continues to maintain the momentum!

Sunderland Masterplan win alongside big name architects

The team we were part of has been chosen for a series of sites around Sunderland including the large Vaux Brewery site. The £800 million regeneration project is our largest win to date and an experience we are keen to follow on from.

There is more about this large masterplan win on the link below:

Eco House Granted Planning in Open Countryside

Planning permission has been granted on what, in planning terms, is considered ‘open countryside’. Shawm House is located in North Northumberland on the border of the National Park. This rare achievement was due to the clients’ desire for an outstanding piece of architecture that would create an accessible, comfortable, highly energy efficient home, using  local and traditional materials in a contemporary way.

Working closely with the client the project is an exemplar of contemporary sustainable design and aims to use Passivhaus principles and innovative construction techniques.

More here

Behind the Scenes at the Theatre Royal

MawsonKerr have been appointed to lead the design team on the new phase of work behind the scenes at the Theatre Royal, the prestigious grade one listed building on Newcastle’s Grey Street.

The Theatre are renovating all back of house areas including a major overhaul of the green room and performer access which we are delighted to be involved with.

Sunbeams Coast to Coast Run Challenge

On 12th July Will along with 5 others are undertaking a strenuous challenge to run from one side of the country in a side day, none of the runners have ever completed a marathon distance before.

The Coast to Coast Run Challenge is all for local charity Sunbeams who do amazing work with people who suffer from profound disabilities of all ages. Money is being raised to build a much needed centre for Sunbeams, more on the centre here.
We would welcome any donations to help the work of Sunbeams Music Trust at the below Just Giving site:    Or by simply texting: SUNB99 followed by an amount to 70070

Love Architecture Festival 2013

MawsonKerr are supporting the Love Architecture festival 2013 which is taking place between 21th – 30th June which has a variety of events nationwide promoting all aspects architectural

We will be at the “Tea with an Architect” event at Barker and Stonehouse in Newcastle on Saturday 22nd June and enjoying the Great Lego Challenge at John Lewis whenever we can!

For more information on Love Architecture click:



Friar House Shortlisted for RICS Award

Our work on the grade II listed Friar House has been shortlisted in the annual awards by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors celebrating inspirational developments in land, property and the built environment.

Friar House is shortlisted for an RICS Award in the Conservation and Leisure and Tourism categories. It is great to see this amazing building back in use and being loved again.