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Big Fish - 14 Febuary 2008

Make’s growing up fast, realises John Prevc on the practice’s four-year anniversary.

At Make’s fourth birthday party last month, I was reminded by Skanska director Mike Staples
how far we have come in such a short time. Staples recalled our first birthday party – a DIY affair at the Whitfield Street office for which we pushed back our desks, rigged up some lights and a sound system and bought drinks and nibbles. This time we were in our almost-complete Baker Street development, with live music, waiters wafting around, and a guest list of the great and good in the construction industry.
Things have really moved quickly. Good clients, press and staff, along with a buoyant market and the well-connected Ken Shuttleworth, have all helped us to get where we are today.
At 10pm, people were still arriving at the party, and I was wondering who would be the first victim of the plentiful supply of alcohol. Happily, no one was doing handstands, as was the case at our last bash.
By midnight the ice sculpture was beginning to melt. As I was leaving, I thought of our client Geoff Springer and his team at London and Regional, who trusted us with their newly acquired Baker Street building back in 2005. It was our biggest commission at a time when we were a practice built on nothing but our own say-so.

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