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Welcome to Hive Architects. We’re an award-winning, RIBA-chartered architectural practice that designs inspiring spaces for residential and commercial projects in Greater Manchester, Cheshire and across the UK.

Our experienced, friendly team is passionate about creating functional architecture inspired by people, place and light. And because we believe in leaving places better than we found them, we try to do it as sustainably as we can. Delivering more value for our clients, and less cost for the environment.

Whether your project is residential or commercial, we ensure a personal, creative and responsive approach to help you achieve your vision, without losing sight of the financial or commercial realities you face.

If you have a project you’d like to discuss, email the team or call us on 01565 748050.

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From high-quality contemporary projects to sensitive interventions to historic properties, we provide a personal, professional and flexible approach that covers:

Designing

We’ll design the concept for your project and use the latest 3D technology to bring it to life, so you get a clear picture of how the finished development will look.

Planning

We’ll manage the planning and approval process on your behalf, liaising and negotiating with local authorities to secure planning permission.

Detailing

We’ll provide the level of detail your builders need to put your agreed designs into practice and complete the project, including handling the building regulations submission.

Construction

We’ll help you choose the right builder - and any other specialists you need - and can manage the construction process from start to finish.

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Jenny Cox
Senior Architectural Assistant

Jenny Cox
Senior Architectural Assistant

Jenny joined Hive in summer 2021 as a Part II graduate and is working towards her final RIBA Part III qualification.

  1. Which piece of architecture would you most like to see in the flesh? Peter Zumthor’s Therme Vals
  2. What are your hobbies? Salsa dancing and going on hikes with my dog
  3. Which 3 items would you take to a deserted island? Sun cream, chilli sauce and my emergency kayak
  4. What would you sing at Karaoke? Heart of glass by Blondie
  5. If you were a super-hero, what power would you have? Time Travel
  6. Are you a tea or coffee person? Coffee normally but tea is also good with a biscuit for dunking
  7. What was your favourite subject in school? Product Design

Robert McGinnes
RIBA Architect & Managing Director

Robert McGinnes
RIBA Architect & Managing Director

Over more than two decades, Rob has worked for several practices in both the UK and further afield, on projects ranging from domestic work to 30-storey office towers and large-scale leisure resorts.

He began his career with an award-winning practice in Malaysia, before returning to the UK. His work is underpinned by a passion for sustainability-led design and a strong belief in simply making places and spaces better.

Rob is a long-standing member of Manchester Society of Architects Council and treasurer since 2012. He has been involved in the RIBA NW student mentoring scheme since its inception and enjoys meeting upcoming future architects.

Outside of work Rob enjoys climbing, mountaineering and travel, as well as outdoor time with his family.

Jennifer Corbett
Project Architect

Jennifer Corbett
Project Architect

Jennifer joined Hive in August 2017 as a Part 2 Architectural Assistant. She gained a bachelor’s degree from Nottingham Trent University and a master’s degree from Manchester School of Architecture and has since qualified as an architect. She has a keen interest in a range of architectural sectors, disciplines and technologies.

Jennifer has a varied portfolio of architectural experience, including a spell working in the NHS managing small-scale projects. She has also worked on large-scale residential schemes with a firm in Sydney, Australia.

A keen traveller, she enjoys visiting architecturally-inspiring places across the UK, and hopes to take further inspiration from visiting different counties, countries and cultures to influence her work.

Phoebe Briggs
Architectural Assistant

Phoebe Briggs
Architectural Assistant

Phoebe joined Hive in summer 2021 as an Architectural Assistant.

  1. Which piece of architecture would you most like to see in the flesh? The Brunelleschi Dome (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore) or Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier.
  2. What are your hobbies? Adventure biking and moto-camping.
  3. Which 3 items would you take to a deserted island? Knife, matches and swimming costume.
  4. What would you sing at Karaoke? Any song by Ariana Grande.
  5. If you were a super-hero, what power would you have? The ability to stop, fast forward or rewind time.
  6. Are you a tea or coffee person? Coffee in the morning, tea before bed.
  7. What was your favourite subject in school? Loved biology and art.

Our experienced and friendly team is passionate about creating functional architecture inspired by people, place and light.

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