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in practice

Elspeth Beard writes: 'I really like my working space, which I created last year from an old listed stable building. It reflects the type of work I do, which is converting interesting old buildings and making them useful for the modern world. I like converting old buildings, but in a contemporary way. The photo was taken during a typical busy day - we've got 30 projects on the go, at various stages (five on site), and there are actually four of us, rather than just Paul Hill and I , who are pictured here.

Paul was working on the Worthing Dome - it's taken four-and-a-half years to secure a guarantee from the Heritage Lottery Fund and now we've got two months to produce all the working drawings and specifications. I was doing contract administration - I seem to spend more time managing and administering than designing these days. I was wearing my usual informal attire - black jeans and a white top; I often use my motorcycle rather than the car to go to jobs.'

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