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Ex-directors of MBLA join Manchester rivals

Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams (BFAW) rescues two directors and other staff from defunct MBLA

A pair of directors and a handful of staff from recently closed Manchester-based practice MBLA have moved across the city to join BFAW.

Directors Ian Beaumont and Andy Avery who headed up the award-winning practice, which went into administration last month due to the ‘non-payment of one large bad debt’, made the switch to the AJ100 company along with ‘a number of key members of staff’.

A spokeswoman said the pair had been ‘central to the strategic creative thinking at MBLA’ and welcomed their ‘particular experience of healthcare, residential and regeneration projects’.

Gavin Sorby, managing director at BFAW said: ‘I’m delighted we have been able to join forces; I have admired MBLA’s work for some time and both parties are a really good fit. Together we will have greater strength in numbers, a broader cross section of work, and an exciting blend of contemporary design and heritage.’

Speaking to the AJ last month RIBA president elect Stephen Hodder, of Manchester-based Hodder Associates, described the closure of MBLA as a ‘great loss’.

The 20-year-old company was known for its community housing schemes, health centres, the Lock apartments in Manchester (AJ 24.11.05) and for designing its own office (AJ 21.02.08).

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