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IWA teams up with Nightsafe for DIY SOS Children in Need Big Build project.

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We are delighted to have been able to work alongside the brilliant team from local charity Nightsafe, St. Silas’ Church Community and the BBC, to help design a new supported housing facility!

DIY SOS, BBC One’s popular property renovation show, will head to Blackburn with Darwen later this year to take on an ambitious build to benefit local charity Nightsafe.

The DIY SOS Big Build BBC Children in Need special will see Nick Knowles and his team complete the conversion of a rundown church hall, originally built in the early 1800’s, into accommodation and a support centre for Nightsafe: a Blackburn charity which provides support for young people aged 16 t0 24 who are homeless or vulnerably housed. The show will air this November during BBC Children in Need Appeal week.

DIY SOS is currently appealing for tradespeople including; electricians, plumbers, carpenters, plasterers and decorators to offer support with the transformation in September. There will be a ‘volunteer trades day’ on Tuesday 13 August, those interested in attending or helping the build must email ahead of the trades day to :

The build will then be Tuesday 3rd – Thursday 12th September 2019 with the episode broadcasting in November 2019.

More information on the charity and the project can be found at:

Eleanor joins the team

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It’s great having Eleanor Wood join the team. Eleanor is an experienced project architect previously working in the commercial sector. She will be heading up our housing team focusing on supported living, housing for the ageing population and new models for autism and dementia communities.

Scheme update!

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Following a couple of months reviewing the internals with GP’s, #Bwdccg and #NHS #England. We’re starting to revisit the elevations on this ETTF funded scheme.

Busy writing the business case to!

#Architecture #Render

New Recruit!

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We are pleased to announce Rebecca has joined our team as a project conservation Architect. Rebecca brings a wealth of knowledge from the conservation sector. We look forward to working with her.

We’ve Moved!!!!

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We are so pleased to be finally in our new office!

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be posting more images of us settling in, and this first shot is of our new adjustable desks which are brilliant!

Please keep your eyes open for these posts as we will soon be publicising a couple of summer events to celebrate the move.


New Addition to the Team

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We’re so pleased to have Sally Lofthouse join us for her Part 1 placement, having completed the architectural degree course and an additional MEng in Environmental Design!

She’s a great asset to our growing team and we look forward to seeing her reach her full potential on the exciting projects we have for her to work on.

St Mary Magdalene Reordering

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Just a couple more images of St Mary Magdalene showing the Sanctuary and Chancel. The new furniture by Treske and Purbeck limestone flooring are a reflection of the Church’s commitment to quality. The underfloor heating is a welcomed addition, and the controllable LED lighting transforms the space. Thank you to everyone involved especially UK Restoration, Horsfield Building Services and P.C Bishop Electrical.