Building of the Year


Genesis, Plymouth

Genesis is the first phase of redeveloping the Millfield’s Trust HQ site that lies at the heart of Union Street, a civic spine that connects the three old towns of Plymouth. The pioneering, ERDF and LEP funded project, is designed to create employment and serve the local community. It comprises flexible workspaces, meeting rooms, a full height internal atrium and living walls. Internal spaces benefit from high levels of natural daylight and generous circulation areas.

Portland stone cladding frames glazing elements, vertical gardens and carved reliefs on each elevation. The building has a high environmental performance and is fully accessible. Project managed by Macegreen Consulting the project provided opportunities for community involvement, work placements and apprenticeships for local residents, ensuring ownership and pride in the achievement.


Free Property Advice

Macegreen Consulting are delighted to announce that we have become corporate partners with the property industry charity LandAid.  We have pledged a number of pro-bono days in 2015/2016 to provide UK charities with free specialist property advice to maintain, improve or expand their premises.

LandAid invests over £1 million every year in projects that support disadvantaged children and young people across the UK – Macegreen look forward to being a part of that and making a difference in our local communities.


£4.7 million new state of the art business centre opens in Plymouth

By Western Morning News  |  March 12, 2015

By Olivier Vergnault

A state of the art brand new enterprise centre has been completed in one of Plymouth's most deprived areas.  The £4.7 million Stonehouse area project, which took three years to complete, was created to provide small companies and start-up businesses with a new home.  The aim is to restore the urban fabric along Union Street and contribute to the aspirations of the adopted Millbay and Stonehouse Area Action Plan.

The managed office accommodation is arranged in a series of lettable units of variable size designed to support the needs of start-up businesses and to enhance employment opportunities within the Stonehouse Community.  The development of the Genesis Building managed workspace project in Plymouth achieved practical completion in February 2015.  Funding has been provided through DCLG's ERDF Competitiveness programme, the Growing Places Fund via the SW Local Enterprise Partnership and Millfields Trust reserves.

The Genesis building incorporates cutting edge sustainability to BREEAM 'Excellent' 2011 standards, exemplary accessible design criteria and is designed and built to BCO office standards.

A collaborative team-working relationship between Millfields Trust, Macegreen Consulting, Form Design Architects and Midas Construction in this £4.7m exemplar project.

Macegreen Consulting, which was appointed as Project Managers by Millfields Trust, ensured the project completed on time and within budget and was instrumental in helping deliver Millfields' vision for new managed office workspace within the Genesis Building.

The building design embeds environmental awareness with low energy consumption and running costs.  It also boasts the largest fully irrigated vertical living wall this side of Bristol, softening the appearance of the building, while helping to promote biodiversity.

Carved Portland stone feature panels are also mounted on the building depicting scenes of emerging industry in Plymouth.

The main contractor sought at every opportunity during the two stage design and build project to appoint local trades and suppliers, culminating in more than 300 people employed during the 14 month build period, as well as taking on 6 new trade apprentices.

The ERDF said the project demonstrated sufficiently robust financial processes and is considered and exemplar in terms of ensuring the construction stage offered employment opportunities to local residents.

There was also engagement with local schools and local community throughout the design and construction stages. one initiative via Millfields Inspired, the charity formed by Millfields trust, was to invite schoolgirls from six Stonehouse schools to visit the new site on Union Street to see first-hand the type of jobs involved in building a development of this scale and talk to real-life women in construction, such as Building Surveyors, Engineers and Architects.

The 22,000 sq ft Genesis Building includes 34 units of various sizes, from three desks up to 3,000 sq ft providing exceptionally high standards of contemporary office space for over 200 people.

Roger Pipe, from Millfields Trust, said: "We are really pleased with the outcome, it does say a lot about the strength and good management of our project."


Plymouth schoolgirls consider construction industry careers after visiting building site

By Western Morning News  |  November 25, 2014

By Olivier Vergnault, WMN

A group of school girls who thought to go in hairdressing may be reconsidering their future after taking part in a construction industry workshop.

The girls from six Plymouth primary schools were inspired to consider careers as architects or in the construction industry after visiting Millfields Inspired.

The charity, formed by the Millfields Trust to encourage young people to make informed choices about their futures, organised the workshop recently in collaboration with the South West Women in Construction organisation.

A group of 42 Year-5 girls aged nine and 10 from six local schools in Stonehouse were invited to visit the site of the Millfield Trust’s £5million new development on Union Street in Plymouth being created by Midas Construction.

Midas project manager Neil Baker gave the girls a tour of the site, where the trust’s new Genesis building is taking shape ready to open as an urban hub for the Stonehouse area in 2015. The girls were able to see first-hand the kind of jobs involved in building a development of this scale.

Josanne Stewart, development manager for Millfields Inspired, said: “It was a fantastic day where real life ‘women in construction’ could describe to these Year 5 girls how they got into the industry with the aim of igniting some passion so that they too could think about the exciting careers in this field.

“Millfields Inspired aims to inspire young people to give them a taste for the world of work and help inform their future career choices, and thanks to our contract with Midas Construction on the new Genesis building, we have been able to deliver job and training opportunities in Stonehouse, as well as engage with local primary schools.”

The SWWIC organisation aims to raise awareness of the career opportunities available to women in the industry, and four members gave fun presentations to the 42 girls from six schools in the Stonehouse area of Plymouth – High Street Primary, St George’s C of E Primary Academy, Pilgrim Primary, St Peter’s C of E Primary, The Cathedral School of St Mary, and St Andrew’s C of E Primary.

Lucie Tapshott, aged 10, from St George’s said: “I wanted to be a hairdresser before I came here and now I want to think about being an architect. I didn’t know there were so many jobs like this that I could do.”

Chalrie Pitcher, aged nine, also from St George’s, added: “I’ve been inspired to be an architect, I really like drawing and it looks like a great job.”

Tess Purdy, business development co-ordinator for Exeter-based Midas Construction, said: “We talked to the girls about the many different kinds of jobs there are in the construction industry, from engineering and architecture to trades like plumbing and support positions in management and accountancy.

“The girls were really enthused and asked lots of thoughtful questions, and it was great to see how fired up they were afterwards about the opportunities out there.”

The workshop is one of a number of initiatives organised locally by Millfields Inspired to create a sustainable change in the community through its Widening Horizons programme which aims to raise expectations.

The charity is supported by the Millfields Trust, a respected social enterprise working in Stonehouse to enhance the lives of local residents and create positive change for Union Street, as well as employment opportunities for local people.

Its work will be given a major boost when the new Genesis building opens on Union Street, creating an urban hub offering business space of varying sizes to support small and medium sized local businesses to start, develop and grow.

The Genesis building is being built by Midas Construction to BREEAM Environmental Standards alongside the trust’s thriving HQ business centre, and will be the first building in the South West to include a living wall, home to over 18,000 plants.

When it opens in early 2015, Genesis will house 35 mixed size, flexible office spaces, hot desk and conferencing facilities and a full height atrium with glass lift.




Macegreen complete 320 mile cycle challenge across Italy in aid of Sparks.

Andy and Neal, together with 6 others from HPF, RLB, Nato and BT formed 'Team macegreen' and took on the challenge of cycling 320 miles over 4 days from Venice to Genoa in aid of Sparks - for children's health.  Over the 4 days in September we cycled 320 miles, individually climbed over 14,000ft - mostly over 2 days, burnt over 24,000 calories and reached speeds of almost 40mph on the descents!   In total we raised over £15,000 for this amazing charity.  If you wish to sponsor us then the page is still open and can be found via the following link