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MICHAEL AUKETT

UK ARCHITECTURE/ MIPIM 2006

Michael Aukett Architects was established 10 years ago, and in that time has grown from four to 55 people, with a current fee income of around £6 million. The practice is based on King's Road, Chelsea, with projects in progress in all areas of the UK, as well as Ireland, Mauritius and the Middle East.

Michael Aukett Architects engages in a wide range of projects, from highly sensitive, meticulous restoration work through to very large, complex masterplanning and urban design. The practice has experience in designing business parks, large headquarters buildings, offices, research and technology centres, large retail stores, shopping centres and restaurants through to all forms of housing including luxurious residential buildings and large mixed-use schemes.

Central to its philosophy is a commitment to create sustainable, environmentally friendly buildings that seek to meet and exceed statutory obligations. Michael Aukett Architects is proud of its ability to deliver buildings that offer real social and human benefits. It is committed to creating public spaces that revive and rejuvenate urban areas.

One of the practice's best-known projects is the Cromwell Road mixed-use development, in a prominent position on one of the most important routes into London. It incorporates a pioneering 24-hour Tesco store that highlighted the ability to design large, highly effective mixed-use buildings.

Dartford Town Centre regeneration is an example of a scheme which, with the introduction of a new pedestrian market square, breathes fresh life into the public realm. It includes 500 new homes, supported by a new retail store and an open-air marketplace. Maidstone East in Kent sees the development of an important town-centre, mixed-use scheme comprising a new public square, new railway station, a landmark office building, a major retail store, complementary retail and 470 apartments.

Nearing completion is The Blenheim Centre in Hounslow town centre, a 93,000m 2 regeneration scheme that provides a large food store, leisure and amenity facilities and 340 private apartments;

retail and office space; and a multiplex cinema. Aukett's growing reputation for masterplanning has also brought it work in Croydon at the Gateway Arena where it has designed a vibrant scheme emphasising the benefits of regeneration: vitality, reinvestment, regional shopping, entertainment and commercial enterprise.

Another urban scheme under development is a nine-storey city headquarters building opposite St Paul's Cathedral. Aukett's work respects the historic architecture that surrounds the site.

The building also provides retail on all ground-level frontages.

One of the most recent examples of Aukett's work overseas is a 93,000m 2 mixed-use proposal for Dubai.

Aukett's work has attracted critical acclaim and many prestigious awards and honours.

Contact: Paul Miller, Michael Aukett Architects, Atlantic Court, 77 King's Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4NX, tel 020 7376 7525, email pmiller@michaelaukett. com, web www. michaelaukett. com

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