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in practice

'Several times a day, we escape the constant phone calls, taking refuge in our meeting room with rooftop views of St Paul's, to concentrate on strategic design issues. That day, we were discussing the political context, stakeholder agendas and funding constraints imposed on our regeneration masterplan for Castleford's waterfront (being documented by Channel 4).

Our scheme includes the UK's first floating bridge in a fast-flowing river. We were also developing an idea for a major new public space along the historic route of the River Fleet, as well as looking at emailed site photos of our project for an incubator office building in North Yorkshire. The coffee leftovers were from one of our daily meetings with a project architect, this time for a mixed-use scheme in Bloomsbury.

It's central to our working method that both partners are involved in designing every project. On each, one partner takes day-to-day responsibility, with the project architect, while the other partner acts as a foil and critic.'

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