Hello we’re ABW Architects. Our company is all about time well spent and attention to detail. Our architecture is simple, intuitive, and human. In other words, the kind of architecture we want for ourselves.

Our Approach 

We aim to make places where people want to be. The design of buildings is often about resolving conflicting issues but also about looking for and taking advantage of opportunities that already exist. To do this we need to have a detailed understanding of the brief and also see the potential of a site or existing building.

Buildings need to be places that are enjoyable and contribute to a quality of life. They need to be accessible, not just physically but also in terms of being inviting, whilst also providing privacy and quietness. Buildings should respond to a site and contribute to the environment around them, the spaces between buildings are just as important as the buildings themselves.

Whilst all projects are different, site, function, client and budgets vary enormously, our objective ensure that we can bring integrity, ingenuity, practicality, functionality and hopefully delight to the scheme, whilst complying with budget and programme.

To do this it is imperative to talk and develop openness and trust between everyone that is involved with the project.

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Our Associates

Liverpool Art Prize
Hidden Liverpool
Meadowside School
Liverpool Chamber of Commerce
Infinite 3D


Buildings are a significant source of global carbon emissions. Modern UK standards for new buildings are incrementally reducing these however still leave room for improvement. Existing buildings, over 10 years old, constitute by far the greater percentage of our national building stock but mostly have poor or retrograde energy performance. Low energy building design and refurbishment have, in response to these challenges, become mainstream activities within the profession and wider construction industry.

The directors of ABW have an established track record in low carbon design gained over many years and are well-qualified to implement the right approach for each situation. In its most basic form this may involve simply satisfying existing regulations in order to progress the project. Passive measures such as building orientation, form and using building mass to control temperature rises represent simple and effective strategies which can also be&nsbp;utilised.

In addition to these, where required, there also exist opportunities to implement a range of measures in order to reduce the carbon footprint of a project and deliver greater savings to running costs.

ABW have successfully used various measures in recent educational and private domestic projects: ground source heat pump technology, solar thermal energy, thermal storage systems, green roof coverings, high levels of thermal insulation, combined heat and power systems and heat recovery techniques. Each client and project are unique and require bespoke solutions. For example, in the past, the directors have developed –in conjunction with DIY Kyoto- an energy wall which displays consumption by colour for the benefit of the occupants or end-users. ABW continue to improvise where necessary and currently act as masterplanners for a University campus which was awarded the national accolade of Environmental Pioneer in 2010.

Our People

Andrew Brown – Director / Architect
Dave Anderson - Director / Architect
Andrew Connor – Architect
Ffion Roberts - Architect
Róisín Hanlon – Architectural Assistant
Myles Holmes - Architectural Assistant
Oliver Harman - Architectural Technologist
Helen Almond - Administration
Andrew Brown – Director / Architect

Andrew Brown is a Director of ABW architects Ltd.
and was formerly an Associate Director of The Owen Ellis Partnership for five years. Andrew has served as a Trustee for Belvedere Girls Day School Trust and is currently a Trustee of Sefton Park Palm House Preservation Trust.

He has been responsible for designing a diverse range of projects and buildings. These include university masterplanning, various further education and university schemes, social housing projects,
student residential schemes and public art projects.

Dave Anderson - Director / Architect

Dave joined ABW in September 2010 and became a director in 2018.

Prior to joining ABW, Dave has amassed experience in the housing sector in particular, as well as working in other commercial sectors, overseeing work on a range of housing projects from general needs to extra care and student accommodation, both new build and redevelopment of existing historic buildings.

Andrew Connor – Architect

Andrew joined ABW in 2008 while completing his studies at University of Liverpool. Since qualifying
as an architect Andrew has worked on a variety of projects from sketch design through to completion.

Prior to joining ABW he gained experience on residential and commercial projects in Australia.

Ffion Roberts - Architect

Ffion qualified as an architect in 2021 at 7N Architects, she studied architecture at the University of Liverpool and then Glasgow School of Art. Ffion joined ABW in 2021 after relocating from Edinburgh

Ffion brings to the practice her experience in the residential and commercial sectors; on a variety of projects ranging from social housing, all the way to a distillery.

Róisín Hanlon – Architectural Assistant

Róisín joined ABW in 2018 after completing her Masters at The University of Liverpool. Róisín is studying for her Part III qualification and assists on a variety of projects – from sketch design and throughout the construction process.

Róisín is also a PlacEd Ambassador and volunteers with the PlacEd Academy.

Myles Holmes - Architectural Assistant

Myles joined ABW in September 2021 after completing his BA in Architecture at the University of Liverpool and is currently completing his professional placement before returning to university. Myles assists on a variety of projects at all stages of the construction process

Oliver Harman - Architectural Technologist

Oliver joined ABW in April 2018. He has over 10 years experience as a technologist in a variety of sectors including retail, education and residential. Oliver has extensive experience with BIM software and leads in co-ordination of BIM Level 2 projects.

Helen Almond - Administration

Helen has been with ABW for four years and deals with administration and marketing.  Having studied languages in Paris and worked throughout Europe, Helen brings her experience and language skills to the practice.

PLACED Academy

ABW Architects are proud sponsors of this years PLACED Academy

PLACED Academy offers an array of creative, fun events and professional development activities to develop the skills of young people studying in Years 10, 11 or 12, the academic year 2019-20. PLACED Academy provide a year long programme accessible to all, pushing for diversification in the creative sector.

This is a great cause and we look forward to working together over  the coming year.

Completed Extension, South Liverpool

ABW have been working on a new rear and side extension for a family home in South Liverpool. Have a look at our project pages for recent photos of the completed project.

An existing conservatory was demolished to make way for a substantial garden room extension to archive an open plan living room, dining and kitchen area.  10 meter wide glazed doors look out into the private garden, making it part of the living space and flooding the room with light

Congratulations Edge Hill Student Accommodation!

Congratulations to Edge Hill University for winning the WhatUni Student Choice Award 2017 for Best Student Accommodation!





Student Accommodation Submitted for Planning

ABW have submitted plans for a further Phase of Student Accommodation at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. The latest development along the St Helens Road site aims to provide a further 168 en-suite bedrooms. The design takes advantage of views out over the surrounding countryside and is set amongst mature planting, making the most of the narrow site.

Winner! West Lancashire Design Award 2015

The Creative Media Building at Edge Hill University has won the Commercial Category for the West Lancashire Design Awards 2015!

Creative Edge is a state-of-the-art building providing high-spec suites of industry standard facilities for Media, Film, Animation, Advertising and Computing students.

Features include TV studios with broadcast capacity and full production capabilities, recording studios, sound-editing suites, a radio studio, animation studios, photographic studio, multimedia laboratory and networking, forensic and computer labs. The new facilities provide space for teaching, research and collaboration with industry partners.

The award ceremony is being held this evening, for information on the other winners and nominees please visit the site



Edge Hill Sports Centre Opened

ABW have completed work on Edge Hill University’s new Sports Centre.

The centre was officially opened Autumn 2015 by Katarina Johnson Thompson and Barrie Wells.

ABW were involved from feasibility stage, in public consultation and achieved planning consent for building in the green belt. The new facility has an 8 court sports hall, dance studio, 25m swimming pool and 80 station fitness suite.

Palatine Court Student Accommodation Completed

ABW have completed work on Palatine Court with Edge Hill University. This latest Phase of student accommodation creates 144 en-suite study bedrooms. Large, bright, kitchen diners and social spaces take advantage of views over the surrounding countryside.

Palatine Court opened at the end of September 2015 to welcome new first year students.

Completion Beecham Building St Helens College

Works to re-open Grade II Listed Beecham Building at St Helens College have been completed. The restored space was re-opened for the start of the academic year.

Beechams Clock Tower and Offices in St Helens were built as the headquarters for the Beecham pharmaceutical company in the 1880s for the rapid production of medicines. The building will now house higher education and student facilities.

The refurbishment has transformed the former Beecham’s reception area beneath the iconic clock tower.  It has created a gallery and workshop space in collaboration with The Heart of Glass project. The work will also include the creation of a state-of-the-art IT suite and collaborative study area located in Thomas Beecham’s former office.

Technology Centre, St Helens College

ABW Architects are working with St Helens College to refurbish part of the existing Technology Centre Building, where students develop their skills and knowledge of the Construction Industry.

ABW’s interventions are designed to raise the profile of the College in the community and change the building from being a cellular compartmented place to a light and airy space that will transform the student experience.

A new canopy structure will bring character and identity to the building.
Circulation routes are being opened up and solid walls replace with full height glass.
A new library space is being formed out of a former entrance, a three storey high space with a dramatic new stair, individual and group study spaces with enhanced IT facilities.
All provide new facilities and reflect the  ambitious and creative aspiration of the College to provide an excellent student experience
Student Accommodation for Imperial College, London.

Student Accommodation for Imperial College, London.

ABW have designed interiors for 600 student rooms and shared accommodation on the ground floor including,  Restaurant, Bar, Coffee Shop, Common Room and Reception spaces.

On Site for Beecham Clock Tower at St Helens College

Probably one of the most important buildings in St Helens, and certainly one of the most prominent, this Grade II listed building formed part of Beechams Pharmaceuticals factory. ABW have been appointed by St Helens College to undertake interior refurbishment works of the Beecham Clock Tower.

We are working with the college to bring public access back to the building, refurbishing the entrance hall with its marble cladding, mosaic floor ,mahogany joinery and forming a gallery space.

Refurbishment of the Cadman Building, Staffordshire University

ABW are working with Staffordshire University for the £10million refurbishment of 11,000 sqm of existing buildings across their Stoke Campus,the first phase of which is currently on site.

The scheme aims to adapt a high profile building within the centre of Stoke to form the a new Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies, bringing together art, animation, gallery spaces, TV and music relocating them from another site.

The existing area is a complex collection of buildings made up of a number of properties which range from the original 1914 Cadman building to later 1960’s building, all surrounding a central courtyard. The original 1914 building is historically important to the University and contributes to the local city street scene.The Cadman Building currently houses a number of Faculty teaching and learning spaces, Student Services spaces, catering and social spaces, the Thompson Library as well as a number of support services including Campus and Commercial Services, Information Services (IT), Marketing and Public Relations.

Our proposals will simplify the circulation and use the central courtyard as focus and hub for activities, giving a distinct sense of place and to better connect with the rest of the university campus. The scheme will improve and utilise the buildings frontage to advertise a visual course and raise the profile of the facilities. The refurbishment of the buildings will improve the student experience and transform the internal spaces, increasing the building’s capacity and upgrading areas for staff and students and improve disabled access.

Works starts on site at Princes Park Mansions

ABW have been appointed as Architects for the second phase of refurbishment works at the Grade II Listed, Princes Park Mansions.

Princes Park Mansions was designed by Wyatt Papworth and built in 1843 as a terrace of ten luxury houses. Set on an important site at the corner of Sefton Park Road and Croxteth Road, it formed an imposing part of the ambitious and innovative Princes Park development. By 1912, the building had been converted into apartments.

The building is owned controlled by the Princes Park Mansions Management Company Ltd, made up of residents who own the flats within it.  They are concerned to preserve and enhance as much of the character of the building as possible. Materials have been selected that do not change the existing character of the building, yet they can be read clearly as honest modern interventions. There will be a careful balance between the conservation of the listed building and the need to preserve the building for the future

As with many properties of this nature, it is important to focus repairs in the most critical areas and plan for future funding and repairs in a phased and prioritised manner. Following on from the successful completion of Phase 1 drainage and external works across the site, Phase 2 will cover repair and restoration of the roof and works to the balconies.

Student Accommodation Completed
ABW have recently completed Chancellors Court South, a further phase of student accommodation for Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. This is response to rising student numbers and demand for on site accommodation. The £9m scheme was completed in less than 30 weeks, providing 240 en-suite bedrooms and several bespoke accessible bedrooms.


The scheme is sited alongside a lake and beach previously designed by ABW, completing a student village to the expanding Eastern Campus. Accommodation is split into 3 blocks over 3 and 4 storeys, grouped around a sheltered central courtyard. Bedrooms are arranged in groups of 8, each sharing a kitchen, living, dining area.


Large windows in the bedrooms and kitchens create light welcoming rooms and reduce requirements for artificial lighting. Traditional masonry construction and high levels of insulation are used to reduce heat loss. Power is generated on site by adjacent academic buildings
Liverpool Art Prize 2014

ABW are pleased to announce that we will once again be sponsoring the Liverpool Art Prize held with Metal Culture at Edge Hill Station.

The Liverpool Art Prize is a competition of contemporary art open to professional artists based in or born in the Liverpool City Region of the United Kingdom.

2014 will be the 7th Liverpool Art Prize. The competition is administered and managed by Metal at Edge Hill Station.

The prize of £2000 pounds is awarded to the winning artist. The winner of the People’s choice award, decided on by the public voting at the gallery, will be awarded with £1000.

The exhibition will open on Thursday 8 May at 6pm, at Edge Hill Station.
Entrance is FREE. Open Thursday – Saturday 11.00am-5.00pm until Saturday 21 June.

Please see website for more details;


ABW Christmas Lunch

ABW celebrating Christmas at the Gosvenor Arms, Aldford, Cheshire. We would also like to take the opportunity to welcome Jonathan Shaw to the office ahead of another busy year!

Student HUB Wins Design Award

The Student HUB at Edge Hill University has won The West Lancashire County Council Design Award 2013 for Best Commercial Development.

The judges felt the bespoke and innovative design by ABW Architects Ltd, successfully blended the old original fabric of the university into a newly created social space resulting in an outstanding new building for the university and the wider area.

The West Lancashire design Awards take place every 2 years and aim to acknowledge and promote the importance of good-quality planned development and building design.

ABW is 5!

Welcome to our new website! ABW is 5 years old so we’re sprucing up the homepage and the office! A huge thank you to all those that have helped make the practice a success during that time – the current team at ABW and to Lars, Katherine, Tom, Lydia and Wendy.

Also thanks to SB Studio for their work on the new look website, we hope you like it!

Hidden Liverpool

Hidden Liverpool is an exciting yearlong project that will explore some of the city’s empty buildings by inviting residents and visitors to share memories, stories and images of buildings that they worked in, visited and used but can no longer access.

These memories will form the starting point for considering what the future of these buildings could be, developing ideas about how we can unlock the potential of Liverpool’s hidden gems.

Andrew and Paul have been volunteering with Hidden Liverpool and Placed to work with students from Archbishop Blanch High School, developing their ideas with real clients for
re-using the Wellington Rooms on
Mount Pleasant.

Please visit www.hiddenliverpool.org.uk for
all the info and to see what’s in store!

The ‘People’s City’ Exhibition

The ‘People’s City’ exhibition is a selection of stunning images exploring peoples relationship with Liverpool’s empty buildings from a citywide photographic competition. ‘Peoples City’ is the first major event in the Hidden Liverpool Programme.

‘People’s City’ exhibition will run from Friday 22nd  November to Sunday 1st December. Opening times: Daily 11am – 5pm, Sat 23rd Nov 11am – 7pm, Thurs 28th Nov 11am – 9pm,
Sat 30th Nov 11am – 7pm.