Ronan has more than 20 years experience in architectural practice, leading teams for clients to deliver many major projects from inception through delivery to completion, including developing innovative residential typologies and using sophisticated offsite construction techniques. Ronan joined HTA in 2010 as project leader for the large-scale mixed-use project at Shubette House, Olympic Way, Wembley comprising of a Hotel, PRS tower, affordable homes and associated facilities, HTAs first project completed using modular construction systems. Originally qualified in Ireland he was previously an Associate at BKD Architects in Dublin from 1998 to 2010 where he worked on a number of medium to large-scale commercial, residential and educational projects. In the decade since with HTA he has gone on to deliver many more medium to large-scale residential projects, especially in the PRS, PBSA and emerging shared living sectors and utilizing innovative off-site construction techniques. He was appointed as Associate in 2013, and as Senior Associate in 2016. Major projects recently completing include Block 5 at Greenford Green and 101 George Street in Croydon, both for Greystar and Tide Construction.
Following Shubette House Ronan led the award-winning project at Millbay in Plymouth providing 134 new homes and developing new housing typologies to successfully integrate the development into the existing historic harbour and local context. He also led the successful planning stage of HTAs Moorfields development at Bunhill Row, Islington, providing 65 new homes on the site of a former school in a very challenging urban context. At Wembley Ronan went on to deliver circa 1900 student homes and associated facilities including a local leisure centre and swimming pool, across 3 projects at Felda House, Grand Felda and Apex House. The latter was constructed in just one year and at 29 storeys is currently the tallest offsite structure in the UK and is clad in polished GRC using a process specially developed with the supplier for the project.
Savoy Circus is a development of 306 student homes in Hammersmith and Fulham directly adjacent to 2 busy traffic arteries, sensitively inserted between two local conservation areas and using traditionally inspired brick and stone masonry cladding. Similarly Ronan led Holloway Road, Islington, an a 11-storey development of 250 student homes on the site of a former pub directly adjacent to the busy Holloway Road and TFL station and extending over the whole site. Extraordinarily it was completed in just 9 months on site. The Valentine, Gants Hill, another 11-storey development of 321 student homes is currently on site and due to complete in Q3 2020. Also in a regenerating area it also integrates well with the existing context using traditional masonry detailing.
Recently Ronan has overseen the completion of 2 very large PRS projects. Greenford Green Blocks 5 in Ealing, is the recently completed first phase of Greystars masterplan for this former GlaxoSmithKline site, delivering the first 380 of 1960 homes. 101 George St, Croydon, is a part-38 storey/part-44 storey PRS residential tower opposite East Croydon Interchange Station, with 546 homes and 2 basement levels extending over the whole site which when complete in Q2 2020 will be the tallest off-site structure in the world, and will have taken only a little over 2 years on site in a very challenging regenerating urban centre. The disaggregated form of 2 towers provides spacious light-filled homes and amenity spaces and maximizes dual aspect. HTA worked very closely with the client, contractor and local authority to develop its distinctive 3-dimensional terracotta and GRC cladding, challenging the supplier to push the boundaries of what is possible with materials.
Ronan oversees a number of team leaders within the practice and coordinates with colleagues in the senior management team, other disciplines, clients and planners to deliver excellent buildings in sensitive and challenging locations using innovative construction techniques whilst developing new residential typologies. The recently consented College Road tower, adjacent to 101 George Street in Croydon, carefully negotiated with the London Borough of Croydon and the GLA, will hopefully go on to exemplify this and be one of the first and largest examples of the GLAs emerging large-scale purpose-built shared living typology. Once complete, at 50 storeys it will exceed George Street in scale to create a distinctive new landmark cluster in this quickly regenerating location.