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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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David Mate
Senior Architectural Assistant

David Mate
Senior Architectural Assistant

David has worked across a range of sectors with considerable experience in local authority and public sector projects, before turning to private practice. He is, of course, passionate about architecture and particularly keen on getting the detail right. He enjoys the challenge of delivering great design on a tight budget.

Outside work, David is an ardent music fan and regularly attends live gigs.

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
Part II Architectural Assistant

Jennifer Corbett
Part II Architectural Assistant

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. 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.

Vlad Georgescu
Part I Architectural Assistant

Vlad Georgescu
Part I Architectural Assistant

Vlad Georgescu is a Part 1 Architectural Assistant and also a keen Photographer. Being gifted with a highly artistic personality, his main passions reside in architecture, photography and music. He studied for his BA degree at the University of Huddersfield, graduating in the summer of 2015 with a First Class award. Following a brief spell as an Action and Portrait Photographer in Greece, he joined Hive Architects as Part 1 Assistant. Vlad is passionate about design and his photography enhances a keenness for texture and light of spaces which informs his architectural work. His photography covers a range of photographic themes, but he is mostly attracted to Architectural and Portrait Photography

Dean Eccleston
Part II Architectural Assistant

Dean Eccleston
Part II Architectural Assistant

After graduating with a masters degree from Manchester School of Architecture, Dean joined Hive in 2019 as a Part II Architectural Assistant.

Introduced into the building industry at a young age, Dean has experience in a number of roles within the building industry such as Quantity Surveying, Project Managing and labouring on site. However, he has always enjoyed architecture most of all, as it allows him to explore his creativity through design. He finds modern and rural architecture most inspiring.

Away from architecture, Dean enjoys spending his time mountain biking and skiing, as well as walking with his dog.

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

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