Monthly Archives: September 2018

MacVelo Ride for Research 2018 - 21-09-2018


Photograph: Kinga Koren

The 2018 ‘MacVelo’ Ride for Research is taking place and Roslyn Stanwick, our Client Engagement Manager, is undertaking the gruelling 630 mile bike ride with 17 other riders.

The 6 day ride from London to the Cairngorms in Scotland takes in some of the UK’s most challenging cycling terrain, and the team are aiming to raise £63,000 for two charities – Alzheimer’s Research UK and Cancer Research UK.

Ros is one of four women undertaking the ride and has been training for the last six months, she said ‘I’m a sucker for a good challenge, so I jumped at the opportunity to join MacVelo. It’s my first time riding with the group and our ambitious route to Aberdeen excites and terrifies me in equal measures. It is twice the distance and duration than anything I’ve done before!’  We know she’ll be brilliant!

To sponsor Ros and the team on their amazing journey visit the MacVelo Virgin Money Giving page or to find out more about the challenge visit MacVelo page.

We will be posting updates about Ros’s epic challenge on our Facebook pages, so keep a look out.

Spiritland Talks: Architecture & Music with Sadie Morgan - 13-09-2018

Sadie’s Spiritland Talk, part of the NLA and Argent’s 10 year anniversary celebrations of the King’s Cross Partnership, was a huge success and completely sold out!

The evening began with Sadie and Philip giving a tour of our Arthouse building at King’s Cross and then everyone headed to Spiritland where the wonderful Peter Murray discussed with Sadie her life and career through the music that inspired her.

Sadie discussed her passion for good design and the benefits of design being brought in at the start of the building process in order to save money and make our environments more attractive to people. Her belief that clients are keen on the issue but that they often don’t understand that design could be better and that architects need to work on being more relevant. ‘There’s a compelling case to be made.  We just need to make it better, clearer and stop using complicated architectural jargon.’  Sadie’s tracks included Dusty Springfield’s ‘Son of a Preacher Man’, Prince’s ‘Kiss’, Sister Sledge’s ‘We are Family’, Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ and Stevie Wonder’s ‘Living for the City’ which she chose ‘for all the people in the world without the advantages I have had, that’s what this one’s about for me’.  A full overview of Sadie’s conversation with Peter can be found on the NLA website.

Sadie had a great evening and would like to thank everyone who supported the event and the Hendy/Murray Fund, which received a contribution from the tickets sales and champions diversity and accessibility in architectural training.