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Architect and team looks set to raise £4,000 for Macmillan Charity

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Pictured: Team Captain, Architect Ollie Currie of AMA, with Olwyn Sheldon, a volunteer with Macmillan Cancer Support, before the 3rd round of the day.


During this week’s heatwave, eight businessmen and professionals from the region were tackling one of the toughest golf courses in Northumberland, in hope to raise up to £4,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

On Tuesday 30th June the team of eight from the construction and development sector, managed to complete four full rounds in 17 hours at Matfen Hall Golf Club, as part of their effort to raise money for the Macmillan charity. They teams started their campaign at 5am and finished at 10pm the same night. During the day temperatures peaked at 26oC and this made rounds two and three rather uncomfortable.

Team captain Ollie Currie said “it was always going to be a challenge but today’s heat made it even more difficult. Between us all we walked about 350km, played 576 holes, taking about 2750 shots and endured blisters, calloused hands, sunburn, dehydration and prickly heat but it was definitely worth it”…..He then continued “Most importantly however, we raised a good amount of money for an amazing organisation which gives meaning and purpose to all our aches and pains the next day!”

The team consisted of Simon Dunstan (Plus Three Architecture), Paul Lee (Kinetic), Antony Clayton and Stu Hutchinson (Stile Joinery), Adam Proctor (GPLI), John Ruddick (Ibstock) and Stephen Bryden (Taylor Maxwell). Well done everyone.

Donations are still being accepted until August so you can support the team by making a donation at

Article on Newcastle Architects winning Irish jobs

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It seems the fact a North East architectural practice has managed to secure work in Ireland is something the press are quite interested in. As one of the smaller Newcastle Architects Practices, it’s always nice to get noticed by the local media. There was a review in the Journal last week and today sees this feature on the BDaily website. Hopefully, the work won’t just be in Ireland as we continue to progress with schemes further down the country.

25 years’ in the Construction Industry – a golf day with Todd Milburn Partnership

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AMA were recently invited to participate in the Todd Milburn Partnership golf day at Close House Golf Club, near Heddon. The day was in celebration of 25 years since the Todd Milburn Partneship firm was formed. AMA work closely with many of the construction consultants, contractors and clients who were there on the day and know full well how competitive it can be. That said, the day was really well organised and the emphasis was on the fun and social side of things. Being part of the final group, AMA’s Ollie Currie was playing fairly good golf (for once) and helped contribute to a winning team effort!

It was a superb day with great weather and hospitality and we would like to wish all the staff at TMP the very best in the anniversary year and for the future.

AMA-Todd-Milburn-Mawson-Kerr-Care-Homes-North-East-Golf-ArchitecturePictured are the winning team of Colin Anderson, Tom Chopra, Will Mawson and Ollie Currie [L-R].

Crown Care flagship home underway

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After a re-design of the building, to suit new client requirements and lift the quality of the design and materials to a level befitting of a flagship care facility, the development at Meadowfield in Ponteland is rapidly taking shape.

The six assisted living units, which will provide independent living to residents with the support of the staff and facilities of the main care home, are nearing completion. The main care home, which will provide care facilities for 73 residents in a mixture of bespoke, en-suite rooms and individual open plan suites, is also taking shape. The steel frame element of the build is now complete and the external masonry underway. Using a mixture of Portland Ashlar and two contrasting facing bricks, the external façade of the building provides a unique, quality feel to this flagship care home for the Crown Care group.

You’ll never they know those Chimneys aren’t real!!

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Elm Park Care Home, Doncaster, recently had the roof topped off with two chimneys, marking a landmark point in the construction and on track for completion in September 2014.

Walter Thompson’s construction of the 75 bed care home is well on its way, with the building’s superstructure complete and the interior fit out progressing apace.

Operator Darrington Healthcare, who currently run Willow Park in Pontefract also by Alston Murphy Architects, have already received many enquiries and look forward to opening Elm Park’s doors this September.