Reconnecting people to both the town and the sea

Designs by TODD Architects for the £50 million regeneration of Queen’s Parade, a 13 acre waterfront site in Bangor, near Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been submitted for planning. The scheme will see Bangor’s Marine Gardens returned to its heyday of Victorian seaside elegance whilst creating a vibrant mixed use development of residential, hotel, office, retail and cultural and recreation floorspace in the heart of the town centre.

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RIAI Awards 2019

TODD Architects are delighted to share Rathview Mental Healthcare facility came Commended in the RIAI Public Choice Awards, in the Wellbeing category. Thank you to all who voted for our project!

2019 marked the 30th year of the prestigious architecture RIAI Awards, with 23 Award Winners announced across 14 categories. All of the projects on the shortlist have been designed by RIAI-registered architects, and were completed in 2018, with the shortlisted projects decided outcome determined by the 10,000 votes cast, the Public Choice Award.


“The wide variety of projects included in this year’s shortlist demonstrates the diversity of great work being carried out by architects at home and abroad.  Their contribution is invaluable in terms of enriching our daily lives – our homes, schools and colleges, hospitals and the public spaces we enjoy”.

David Browne, RIAI President

“The standard of entries was very high this year. The jury have been visiting the shortlisted projects throughout the country and had a challenging task. The shortlist was made up of exceptional projects including residential homes, commercial spaces, schools, heritage locations and public spaces and it’s encouraging that Irish people recognise the value that Irish architects add to all aspects of the built environment, supporting Ireland’s educational, economic and social infrastructure.”

Carole Pollard, FRIAI, Chair of the Jury


View the full RIAI Awards 2019 Announcement feature here.

We are Recruiting: Part One Student to our London Team

We are currently recruiting for a talented and enthusiastic Part 1 Student to join our Fitzrovia- based London studio.

If you would like to apply or find out more please email us your CV:

More information on our London Studio can be found here .

Check out our current students feedback on their experience working with us as part of our London Team here.

Students in Architecture Q+A: Rachel Aitcheson

What do students look for when approaching their Part 1 practice placement? We are celebrating our vital student team members, asking them about their experience working in the professional sector so far, which projects they are working on and the values and criteria they prioritize when applying to work at a practice.

Our fourth Q&A is with Part 1 Architectural Assistant Rachel Aitcheson. She offers her honest account of her initial inspiration, her project experience working with us so far and her work ethos and advice on contributing to a positive working environment.


What initially inspired you to study architecture Rachel?

To be honest I don’t really know what initially inspired me, I always loved building and creating things and so decided in primary school that I wanted to be an architect. For A-level I studied Art, Technology, Maths, and Physics and just figured that architecture would naturally be the next step.

I love the idea that through architecture its possible to help create places which can have a positive impact on individual people and communities.


Since starting at TODD Architects, what projects are you working on and with which team(s)? 

When I first started at TODD Architects I jumped around a number of different projects which was great to get an overview of the variety of work happening in the office. Currently I’m mainly working with Colin Gibson and Jim Mulholland on the Norwich Union House development, an office and hotel in Belfast city centre, along with a PRS scheme on Corporation Street and an office building for the RUAS (Royal Ulster Agricultural Society) – when I don’t get snatched to help with other deadlines!


Where do you look for your design inspiration?

I look for design inspiration everywhere- the buildings around me, historical buildings, design from other countries- looking at what works well and what doesn’t. Working in a large office means that there’s so many past and current projects here to learn from too. Pinterest is also very useful of course for design and representation inspiration, but it can be easy to get lost in it!


Are there any specific architects whose work has inspired you or your work?

I’m a big fan of natural, pure Scandinavian architecture, which fits so well into it’s context, that continues to be a strong reference point for me. Designers such as Alvar Aalto and Jan Gehl whose work is so clearly focused on the human scale and interaction have strongly influenced my work.


If you had the opportunity (and freedom of a limitless budget) to create a radical and visionary structure, what would you design, why and where?

I’m not sure exactly what I’d design, but it would have a natural feel to it, nothing too serious or clinical. I’d love to create a place that would greatly benefit many people, be that in use, it’s location or simply by bringing people together. It would be a playful building which could be enjoyed by all ages.


What are the biggest challenges and the most rewarding elements of your work so far?

The biggest challenge I’ve found coming from university, students have such a limited understanding of the scope of knowledge that an architect needs to have. There are so many aspects which need to be considered, even from very early design stages, which I would never have thought about before, and so I’m aware that there’s always going to be more for me to learn. One of the most rewarding elements is simply seeing a design start to take shape and continuing to develop.


Apart from project scope and reputation, what would be on your list of priorities when choosing to work for a specific practice?

One of my top priorities would be that the practice is people- focused. This includes care for employees, clients and overall thought and consideration for the end-users of the buildings.

A strong, friendly team and a committed work ethos are also essential.


Are there any specialised areas / projects / sectors you would like to gain experience in?

Schools and community projects have always interested me, rather than larger scale projects, but at the moment I’m happy experiencing a variety of projects and getting an overview of different sectors.


Would you have any team-based beneficial activity, trip or workshop suggestions you would like to see happen?

Our recent trip to London was great, simply getting the chance to get to know people better outside of work and meeting up with our other office teams.

With summer here, I’m hoping for some fun lunchtime activities outside in the good weather.


What words of advice would you offer anyone starting out to study architecture today?

Be prepared to work hard. If you’re committed, you’ll get through it, even if it doesn’t seem like it at times!

Make the most of the people around you. It’s not a competition, so help each other out- you’re all in the same boat and a positive studio environment makes all the difference.


What’s next for you, what are your future plans?

I’m going to be taking another year out of university and work for a few more months, gaining more experience, then my plan is to travel for a while (I haven’t decided where yet!) before heading back to Queens for my Masters.

Rathview Mental Healthcare Facility: Shortlisted for RIAI Award

We are delighted to share TODD Architects designed Rathview Mental Healthcare Facility is shortlisted for RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2019.

From 197 entries a shortlist of 48 projects was selected by the Main Jury, Research Jury, Universal Design Jury and Future Award Jury.


As in previous years, the shortlist of buildings will form the basis for the RIAI Public Choice Award from which the public can select their favourite building by voting online.

We would appreciate all the support we can get, to vote for Rathview Mental Healthcare Facility follow this link: Vote for Rathview (its the 26th project down the page).

Thank you in advance!


The Awards Ceremony evening will be held on Friday 7 June at the Mansion House Dublin where all results will be announced and the awards presented.



The Most Exclusive New Belfast Business Address: The Mercantile

TODD Architects are delighted to be involved in working on the design of an unrivaled, visionary office scheme located in the heart of the city overlooking Belfast City Hall, working closely with Killultagh Estates & ARUP.

The Mercantile at 5 Donegall Square South will offer 73,000 sq ft of flexible Grade A office space over 8 floors, with rigorous attention given to a sustainable design meaning the building will be constructed to achieve an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating.

The new gateway scheme will also provide 10,000sq ft of flexible premier restaurant / leisure space at ground floor & lower ground level, and will offer excellent car parking and bicycle storage facilities.

The Mercantile was officially launched at MIPIM 2019 property investment conference in March and has since received Belfast City Council planning approval.

Target completion is set for the third quarter of 2020.


Read more on latest on planning approval from Belfast City Council here.