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Alan McCartney

Alan joined Howells in 2004 and has spent the last two decades delivering transformational placemaking projects across the UK. He has led on a wide variety of schemes and has a keen focus on how existing communities and contexts integrate with and inform the new places Howells creates. He has gained experience on a wide variety of major mixed-use projects, including Royal Wharf, the Birmingham Institute of Translational Medicine, Wirral Waters, the NEC and Salford Central masterplans. He has also delivered several residential and student housing schemes across the country.

He has led on urban integration of HS2 Birmingham Curzon Street into Birmingham’s city core, as well as serving as Lead Architect for the HS2 Washwood Heath Depot, overseeing the design of HS2’s Network Integrated Control Centre and railway Maintenance facilities in the Midlands region.

Alan is currently working with Birmingham City Council on Our Future City which is providing a once in a generation opportunity to influence a vision on the future of Birmingham over the next 20+ years. Following on from the successful Big City Plan, Our Future City will provide a template for a mix of strategic framework masterplans in the city core as well as a number of visionary transformational projects for local communities within the city.

Within the practice, Alan’s precise nature makes him an integral member of our Howells Project Board, providing business-wide leadership on standards and protocol, quality insurance and delivery, including the relationship between RICS and RIBA. Outside the practice Alan is a keen mountaineer and climber.

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Alan’s updates

  • Working with our client Dominus, Channelsea Stratford is a crafted, purpose-built student accommodation tower with community at its core. Read more

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    This year’s Tall Buildings Conference will see Partner Alan McCartney present the Octagon. For more information and to book your ticket, please visit here.

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  • Materiality and Identity

    By Alan McCartney

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