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AEW Architects is UK-based architects practice with its head office in Manchester that was incorporated in 1992. The practice has a team of around 60 professionals that work in collaboration with clients, delivering projects beyond their expectations, whilst ensuring that their designs help to maximise the benefits of the finished product.

Sector Specialisms

AEW Architects has a number of sectors that it specialises in; recognising its strengths in these areas helps the practice to deliver projects using its team’s specialist skills and knowledge. This has the benefit of adding value to projects, ensuring that they are delivered to a high standard.

These sectors are:

  • Offices
  • Retail (Including high street projects and out of town retail projects)
  • Accommodation (including social housing, high rise properties, one-off private projects, and healthcare accommodation)
  • Leisure and Sport
  • Industrial (including warehousing, infrastructure, energy and manufacturing projects)


AEW Architects has worked on a number of high profile projects, including:

Museum of Liverpool

The Museum of Liverpool, located on Mann Island (which forms part of the Pier Head), was designed by Danish practice 3XN and implemented by AEW. It is a world leading museum showcasing the history of the city of Liverpool, including elements such as social history and pop culture. The project team included John Hiscocks, architect.

This £72 million building is an iconic structure and was opened to the public in July 2011. The design consists of a steel frame with Jura limestone cladding; this design allows for the museum to be flexible with its 8,000 square metres of space.

At either side of the building are large windows, with one facing the city and the other facing the River Mersey. Inside, a large spiral staircase takes guests to the museum’s three floors. The design was created to be respectful to the surrounding historical buildings.

Hotel Football 

The 138 room 4-star Hotel Football is located a stone’s throw away from Manchester United’s ground, Old Trafford. The hotel, the brainchild of former footballers including Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, contains a rooftop football pitch and the Old Trafford Supporters’ Club, as well as a basement level bar with pool tables, TVs, and football stadium-themed food.

When designing the hotel, the AEW Architects team – led by Director Andrew Rainford – took architectural inspiration from the Old Trafford ground that created a link between the two buildings. The hotel cost around £24 million to build, with construction works undertaken by contractor Galliford Try.

Moneypenny Headquarters 

Located in Wrexham, North Wales, Moneypenny is the leading phone answering service in the United Kingdom. Its headquarters were designed to reflect the nature of Moneypenny’s business, which puts people at the heart of its operations. The headquarters was designed to create an inspiring working environment and AEW Architects achieved this by getting an understanding of what the employees wanted.

The Moneypenny Headquarters is not a normal office; across its 91,000 square feet of space are a restaurant, a pub, a treehouse meeting room and bleacher style heating. Outside are 10 acres of land that includes an orchard, a nature trail and a pond. The tight budget for the building was overcome by including sustainability into the design, which had the benefit of decreasing the operational costs of the building.