Established in 1910, Mauchlen Weightman and Elphick (MWE) has been a practice of Chartered Architects working in Newcastle upon Tyne for over 100 years. Robert Mauchlen and Frederick Weightman commenced practice in 1910. Peter Elphick became a partner in 1954 and was joined by John Barker in 1966, at which time the practice moved to the Grove, in Gosforth. Norman Lees and Kevin Quirke became partners in 1974. The partnership was a founding member of the Inter City Design Partnership, with offices in London, Glasgow and Warrington. Following the retirement of Peter Elphick and John Barker in 1985, Frank Harrison and Barry Mason joined the partnership in 1989. At this time the partnership began its investment in computer aided design and also introduced a quality management system. James Ritchie became a partner in April 1997 and left the practice in March 1999 to set up his own practice.
The practice moved from Gosforth to Portland Terrace in Jesmond in 1995, and then to the current address at No. 12 Summerhill Terrace, at the end of November 1998. The premises is a listed building, on the eastern edge of Summerhill Square, the only remaining Georgian square in Newcastle; an oasis of calm in a setting of mature trees and magnificent historical buildings, which nevertheless offers good car parking and direct access to the City's arterial routes. The premises is owned by the partners and the intention is to remain at this location for the foreseeable future.
Terry Palmer joined the practice in December 2011 and was appointed partner in September 2002. The current partners are Frank Harrison, Barry Mason and Terry Palmer. The partnership changed in title to a limited company in April 2005.
The practice now offers a design and procurement service for any form of construction. The key to our service is value for money: We develop the design to achieve a balance between function, design flair and cost which is carefully tailored to the clients brief. Whilst our core function is Architectural design, our expertise covers a wide diversity of other construction related services:
Approximately 90% of the practices output is computer generated on an internal network and support for the practices IT systems was commissioned to Century 2k in December 2002, since transferred to PCI Services, of Newcastle upon Tyne.
It is the practice's policy that the partner assigned to the project remains fully involved and responsible throughout the duration of the commission, and should always be the principle contract for the client.
The practice routinely takes in work experience students from local schools and architectural students for their 'year out' office experience. All in the practice are encouraged to participate in a full programme of continued professional development.