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Accessible Retail Conference 2019

We’ll be talking sustainability at this year’s Accessible Retail Conference

October 4th, 2019 Posted by All, News, Retail

Senior Associate Director Dave Frost will be speaking at this year’s Accessible Retail Conference, the trade body which represents the property interests of the retail warehouse and retail park sector of the retail industry. Held at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in central London on the 10th October, and attended by some of the key influencers and decision makers in the sector, the theme of this year’s conference is Sustainable Partnerships.

Dave, who takes to the stage at 10.30am, will be discussing how we delivered Nando’s ‘next generation’ restaurant at Cambridge Retail Park – the chain’s most sustainable restaurant ever. Utilising ‘One Planet Living’ principles, the restaurant was designed to be extremely energy efficient, generate its own electricity and use waste heat from cooking for space heating. Material specification prioritised low-impact elements, fittings and furniture.

“Nando’s wanted to implement new sustainability principles and we produced a design that integrated this philosophy while complementing the existing retail park environment where the restaurant is located,” says Dave. “It presented an opportunity for us to build a restaurant using clean and sustainable materials, better design processes that reduced carbon impact and with technologies to operate the restaurant more efficiently. This pioneering development was an incredible journey for both Nando’s and Urban Edge and I look forward to recounting that journey and the learnings that came out of it with the Conference audience.”

Further details on this year’s Accessible Retail Conference can be found here.

Parliamentary Review 2019

Urban Edge Director Russell Gay contributes to influential Parliamentary Review

September 26th, 2019 Posted by All, News

We are delighted to announce that Director Russell Gay is a key contributor to this year’s Parliamentary Review, the esteemed annual journal that shares best practice amongst policy makers and business leaders. Featuring an exclusive foreword from the Prime Minister, an address from the Review’s co-chairmen Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, the Review has become one of the UK’s most influential reads for business people and politicians alike.

Identifying Urban Edge as an outstanding leader in its field, Russell was invited by former Conservative Communities Secretary Lord Pickles to take part in the Review earlier this year. Russell has also been invited to attend a high-level event at the House of Commons in late October where he will discuss some of the most pressing issues facing the property sector with parliamentarians, policymakers and other senior business leaders.

The 2019 edition of the Review is published this month and, as a best-practice representative, Russell has presented expert testimony on some of the key topics of the day, particularly the crisis enveloping the UK’s high streets and the practice’s response, providing innovative solutions for developers and property owners looking to repurpose their retail assets. Russell also takes the opportunity to discuss the need for senior living provision in our towns and cities, calling on policy makers to help facilitate the creation of mixed-use, multigenerational developments that can foster a diverse and sustainable urban and suburban economy.

“It is a privilege to be asked to participate in the Parliamentary Review alongside cabinet ministers, government agencies, associations and other leading businesses,” says Russell. “As an architectural practice acting for financial institutions, investment funds, developers and operators on projects throughout the UK we have much to contribute to the debate on the future our built environment.

“We have overseen the design and delivery of numerous high-profile projects with recent highlights including the completion of prime mixed-use developments and retirement villages and several major retail and leisure destinations. We are therefore in a privileged position to offer expert insight to the people who make crucial decisions on policy in these areas of the property sector.”

Writing in the 2019 Review’s foreword, Lord Pickles said: “The ability to listen to 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… It is essential that politicians have a firm understanding of the challenges with which British organisations must contend; and that leaders in both the public and private sectors are aware of the difficulties faced by those working in all levels of politics, from local government to the national arena.”

You can read Russell’s contribution to the 2019 Parliamentary Review here.

Mercury Business Awards 2019 - Large Business of the Year

Urban Edge crowned Large Business of the Year

September 25th, 2019 Posted by All, News

We are delighted to announce that we have been crowned ‘Large Business of the Year’ at the 2019 Mercury Business Awards.

The announcement was made at a black-tie gala awards ceremony attended by more than 260 guests at the Greetham Valley Hotel on 20th September 2019. Directors Russell Gay and Tom McNamara, alongside Senior Associate Director Sonia Parol and Associate Director Darren Hodgson, were in attendance to collect the impressive trophy made from Lincolnshire limestone from host, Rutland Radio’s Rob Persani.

“It’s an absolute honour to be announced as the winner of the ‘Large Business of the Year’ category at the 14th annual Mercury Business Awards,” said Russell Gay. “This award recognises all that we have achieved over the last 12 years and the hard work, dedication and expertise of all our employees. Since our formation, we have seen year on year growth and have a strategy and vision to continue this trend.”

Russ and Darren were interviewed ahead of the Mercury Business Awards by Leo Media who put together this short film

The Mercury Business Awards, headline sponsored by economic development agency InvestSK, are the biggest of their kind in the Stamford, Bourne and Rutland area. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Rutland and Stamford Mercury editor Kerry Coupe said the awards were “about celebrating the best of our community” and said the standard of entries had once again been incredibly high. Indeed, the judges faced the tough task of narrowing down more than 150 entries to just a handful in each category.

Whilst we work nationally on a portfolio of retail, specialist residential and leisure developments for high-profile clients, we are a local employer with a large percentage of our workforce residing within Stamford and the surrounding areas. The business started with just three employees in 2007 and has grown to nearly 50 in 2019! We have worked tirelessly to give something back to the community that has contributed so much to our success. We are a supporter of local charities and, in 2015, established the Urban Edge Foundation to raise funds and awareness for established charities that support people whose lives have been mercilessly overturned by injury or chronic ill-health.

Mercury Business Awards

Urban Edge Architecture announced as finalist in the Mercury Business Awards 2019

July 16th, 2019 Posted by All, News

We are delighted to announce that we have been selected as a finalist within the ‘Large Business of the Year’ category for this year’s Mercury Business Awards.

The Mercury Business Awards, headline sponsored by economic development agency InvestSK, are the biggest of their kind in the Stamford, Bourne and Rutland area, and the judges faced the tough task of narrowing down more than 150 entries to just a handful in each category.

Our business started with just three employees in 2007 and has grown to nearly 50 in 2019. We are a local employer with a large percentage of our workforce residing within Stamford and the surrounding areas and are delighted to be recognised for our achievements over the last 12 years.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be included among the finalists in this year’s Mercury Business Awards,” said Darren Hodgson, Associate Director. “We are proud of Urban Edge and what we have accomplished and are delighted to be recognised for what we have achieved. We have been in Stamford for 12 years and hope that our success in these awards will increase our local exposure as a dynamic and engaged employer. We are very much looking forward to the finals in September.”

Winners of the Mercury Business Awards will be announced at a black-tie gala dinner awards ceremony at the Greetham Valley Hotel on Friday 20th September 2019.