Inspired
To Create
Beautiful Yet
Practical Spaces

About Us

Hive Architects works with clients all over the UK looking to create beautiful yet practical spaces to live, work, learn, heal or play.

We took our name from the humble bee that embodies so much of what we are about: hard work, beauty, sustainability and collaboration. From breath-taking conversions and grand commercial new builds to inspiring residential developments, every project we work on is unique. And we never stop learning. We are continually investing in our practice and our staff, so we stay at the forefront of new ideas and innovations that can inform our work and benefit your project.

We are fresh, friendly and approachable, and big on collaboration. We are passionate about what we do and love working with others who share the same attitude. Our method is to create strong, simple concepts and use thoughtful detailing to carry those concepts through the design and construction processes, as we transform designs into reality.

If you’re a private client, we can help you add space, light, beauty and value to your property. And if you’re a commercial client, we can help you stand-out from the crowd and strengthen your credibility through excellent design.

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

Our work has won and been nominated for numerous awards and featured in several publications, including:

Winner of Manchester Architects Small Project of the Year 2015

Architect of the Year - Finalist Structural Timber Awards 2015

Private Housing Project of the Year - Finalist Structural Timber Awards 2015

Cover Feature Article - Self Build & Design Magazine 2017

Sustainability

Sustainability is at the very heart of what we do. As architects, we believe we have a responsibility to leave places better than we found them, and create spaces that are fit for the future.

Where possible, we start from first principles: effective insulation, natural light, natural ventilation and sustainable materials. We think about how a building is going to be used and how it may need to evolve. For example, specifying materials that can be easily disassembled and recycled after use.

To us, sustainability is not about ticking a box. We’re committed to finding innovative, sustainable ways to deliver maximum value over the long term. Done well, sustainable architecture can not only create high-quality, inspiring, balanced environments, it can lower a building’s running costs and reduce the overall lifecycle costs.

Our sustainable ethos provides a guiding framework for meeting our clients’ needs, ensuring they have the information and understanding to make informed choices and achieve their objectives.

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

Our Team

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

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. Which…

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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

Over more than two decades, Rob has worked for several practices in both the UK and further afield, on projects ranging from…

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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 joined Hive in August 2017 as a Part 2 Architectural Assistant. She gained a bachelor’s degree from Nottingham Trent University and…

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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 joined Hive in summer 2021 as an Architectural Assistant. Which piece of architecture would you most like to see in the…

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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.

Working For Us

We have big plans for the future and so are always on the lookout for new talented people to join us so if you would like to be a part of our team send us your CV and portfolio.

We believe that we are exponentially greater than the sum of our parts and so it’s essential to have high calibre staff working collaboratively together and we believe the studio environment is the best model for this. We are of course an equal opportunities employer but more than this we are committed to true staff enfranchisement. Indeed, the whole ethos behind our name Hive is of a team working together where every member of the team brings something special and is therefore highly valued and free to input into every project whether they are involved in it day to day or not. In fact, we see that sometimes a fresh pair of eyes is just what is needed. We are committed to lifelong learning and developing ourselves as a practice and individuals within it. We want to be so good a place to work and supportive of our team that we never have to replace anyone.

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