Our challenges


MCAU design homes in an everevolving and expanding residential market sector– build to rent, co-living, student accommodation sectors, multi-generational living, later-living and extra care. 

Our approach sees health and wellbeing as a central factor in all our housing design solutions, no matter the tenure or type.

The shortage of housing supply, across all tenures, rising homelessness and the decline in living standards a challenge that we are all facing together. 

MCAU see positive opportunity for our towns and cities to evolve, adapt, and rethink their issues in a new way, bringing change for the better and addressing demand and demographic changes that is also having an effect in some of these areas. 

MCAU was established to find ways to engage with this challenge by combining excellence in design and place-making whilst being grounded in a deep understanding of development and funding requirements. 

We are committed to utilising modern methods of construction and offsite techniques, seeking imaginative ‘new build’ design solutions that can deliver more efficiently and cost effectively.

Seventy-five per cent of the houses required by 2050 are already built and the challenge is how they are adapted for life in the 21st century. Re-using and reviving existing legacy housing, commercial redundant office space, industrial and heritage assets in smart, creative ways must also be part of the solution.