Architecture practice hails its 'most significant project yet'.
THE co-founder of an architecture firm started in the depths of the recession says the past three years "have been the most rewarding of my professional life".
ABW Architects, which was founded in 2008, has just marked the completion of its most significant project to date - the pounds 14m Hub building at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk.
Liverpool-based ABW was founded in 2008 by Andrew Brown and Simon Almond, who between them have some 40 years of experience. Today, the practice employs eight people.
Liverpool-based Mr Brown, a member of the Sefton Park Palm House Preservation Trust, said: "We have built a real family atmosphere at ABW and are passionate about what we do.
"Our relatively small size allows us to be extremely hands-on when working with a client on a specific project, and we believe this sets us apart from our competitors.
"The past three years have been the most rewarding of my professional life, and I'm sure Simon would agree."
ABW focuses on eco-friendly and energy-efficient designs.
The Hub, at Edge Hill, includes housing, retail, dining and service areas for students.
The 4,900 sq m facility has been designed to achieve "excellent" status under the BREEAM system to assess the environmental performance of buildings.
Its design promotes natural light and ventilation, while it also features LED lighting and a solar-powered hot water supply.
ABW has worked on several other higher education projects, including a gymnasium and sports complex, while other successful projects include a railway engineering workshop and Neston Cricket Club.
It has sponsored the Liverpool Art Prize for the past two years.
Parkgate-based Mr Almond, who qualified as an architect in 1988, said: "The Hub is our most recent project in the higher education sector, and we are thrilled to see it being enjoyed by students.
"As a practice, we place a strong emphasis on teamwork and going beyond the call of duty.
"We believe this approach will hold us in good stead in the future as we look to build on our success over the past three years."
The team from ABW Architects at the Hub building at Edge Hill University