Object Magazine

A year of international openings, big moves, project completions & new beginnings.

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A state of growth and change continues here at Maynard. We have moved East from our Paddington mews house to a canal-side foundry building that was redeveloped by our fellow tenants, Cullinan Studio. Collaborations with our new housemates combined with canal-side activities have brought new impetus for us all.

Across the globe, our teams in Australia and New Zealand are already entrenched in significant infrastructure projects, which generates new energy across the studios and benefits client and team alike through a culture of expertise and knowledge exchange.

As we all know infrastructure and transport projects require an immense amount of commitment, resilience and efficient team work. This year, we celebrate our part in delivering the new London Bridge station to our fellow Londoners and visitors to the capital.

One of Maynard’s central beliefs is that a successful personal journey delivers a happy traveller, whose positive mindset impacts upon the wider customer experience and environment, which subsequently contributes to an improved sense of wellbeing.

We are delighted to introduce contributor Professor Nick Tyler from University College London, who expands upon this theme in his article ‘Environ-mental’. Turning to collaboration, Maynard has continued to work together with Innovate UK on new smart ticketing projects that look to bring new technologies to market, creating products with the potential to transform the face of passenger travel in stations worldwide.

Evidence-based design has become increasingly important to our process, where we are enriched by our continuing relationships with academics and research fellows through CogNav, the Royal Institute of Navigation and University College London.

However all the data and paperwork in the world won’t deliver you a great project, it’s about the personal relationships that one establishes along the way. These wise words were from Roland Paoletti who I worked with on the Jubilee Line Extension more than twenty years ago. In this issue I take time to reflect on my time with him and the importance of having a mentor in the early days of your career.

In summary, this past year has seen some of our longterm transport projects completed, successful bid wins, together with expanding the number of studios in Australia. In periods of change, the constants are most appreciated. To that end, this issue is dedicated to my talented, hard-working, enthusiastic and endlessly creative designers.

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