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Award-winning Teesside firm launches school competition to ‘inspire young minds’

EVERY pupil wishes they could make school more fun. Now one Teesside firm is attempting to enable youngsters to do just that. For over 35 years, Harkin Associates have designed some of the best-known buildings in the Tees Valley. Now the Middlesbrough-based design and architecture company has launched a new competition aimed at “unearthing the next generation of creative innovators” on Teesside.

Andy’s Feature in Bdaily News at Middlesbrough FC

Andy’s Feature in Bdaily News at Middlesbrough FC

Our very own Practice Principal, Andy Harkin, spent a day talking to Bdaily News at Middlesbrough Football Club about Luton Towns promotion to the Premier League and our plans at Harkin Associates to make the essential and prompt alterations to their stadium in preparation. As a result Andy was featured in an article written by Bdaily News discussing the challenges our team faced whilst working on the project and our ability to produce such a speedy turnaround, ensuring success! Check out the article below to read the full story and hear what Andy had to say.

West Park Academy, Darlington Sports Hall & Glazed Link Corridor

West Park Academy, Darlington Sports Hall & Glazed Link Corridor

West Park Academy is a primary school located on the outskirts of Darlington, it was awarded academy status in July 2011. Harkin Associates were approached to provide proposals for a new multi-purpose sports hall within the school grounds. The resulting scheme would deliver a 160m2 sports hall along with boys & girls changing areas, disabled w.c & shower facilities & an office. A new glazed link corridor would provide covered access from the school. The external finishes & materials are designed to be as sympathetic to the existing school buildings as possible & external landscaping helps to successfully integrate the new sports hall in to its surroundings.

Market Cross Jewellers

Market Cross Jewellers

Market Cross Jewellers Linthorpe Road Store underwent an impressive facelift including a new extension, housing shop in shops by luxury watch brands including Cartier, Breitling & Omega. Since the relaunch the shop has attracted further brands including Tudor, Tag Heuer and Grand Seiko. It is a continuation of a successful partnership with Harkin Associates having overseen improvements to many of Market Cross’ 13 sites across the North, culminating in this flagship development in Middlesbrough Town Centre. Roy Welsh, the retail boss who operates Market Cross Jewellers says the upgrade has been a roaring success, it has convinced us that to move forward we our business we need to concentrate on creating a more luxurious environment and shopping experience in as many of our stores as possible.

Kelham Island Residential Development

Kelham Island Residential Development

Kelham Island is one of Sheffield’s designated Quarters which was once part of the city’s oldest industrial districts. Warehouses, factories & workshops left empty by the demise of the steel industry are now being taken over by high quality residential developments, small businesses & artists. This key development is situated on a vacant site within the Kelham Island district & constitutes a mixture of residential & commercial units. In this sensitive conservation area, great care has been taken to conceive building forms which are relatable to the surrounding industrial landscape. Individual units come together to form traditional terraced streets along with 3 storey terraced blocks which form sawtooth rooflines characteristic of industrial structures close by. This scheme embodies Sheffield’s master plan for the region by offering a modern & sustainable urban community that recognizes its industrial heritage.

Applebridge Cottage Case Study

Applebridge Cottage Case Study

Harkin Associates were involved in the transformation of a collection of drab farm cottages into a stunning contemporary country home that takes full advantage of its rural location. This sympathetic remodel & extension project has provided the client with approximately 5,000ft2 of extended modern living facilities over three storeys, including open plan kitchen & living areas, an office, games room, snug & five bedrooms. All with high quality fixtures & fittings throughout. Internally, a hand-made timber staircase created by specialist joiners forms the centre piece of the main hallway & a large external balcony & picture windows provide uninterrupted views of the stunning scenery in this part of North Yorkshire. A detached triple garage was also constructed to compliment the style of the main dwelling & extensive landscaping, outside terraces & garden buildings form the full scope of the work.