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New practice: Bridger Carr Architects

The latest profile in our series on architecture start-ups

Practice name:  Bridger Carr Architects, Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Founded: May 2012

Main people: Andy Bridger and Deborah Carr

Where have you come from? We’ve been delivering healthcare projects together for the last  six years, at HDP in Shipley.  Before that Andy was at Studio BAAD in Hebden Bridge and Nightingale Associates.  Deborah worked for Halliday Clark Architects for her part I and did her part 3 with HDP.

What work do you have and what kind of projects are you looking for? Approved consultants frameworks are our mainstay, such as Bradford and Airedale Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust framework. We’re  also looking to diversify our skills, expertise and our All about You design philosophy, into sectors which require a high level of complex design coordination, such as research and development facilities.  The biggest success of any project is being able to understand exactly what the client wants, which is something we are great at.

What are your ambitions? Something big and complex, like a hospital, airport or a power station would be fantastic.  We’re not scared of hard stuff because that’s what we do.

How optimistic are you as a start-up practice? The RIBA Small Practice Spring Cleaning event in York at the end of April gave us a great kick start at just the right time.

Our clients’ encouragement has been our biggest spur.   We’ve had interest in our specialist healthcare Consultancy service and a renewed willingness from clients to discuss their capital expenditure plans; all indicative of a shift in spending attitudes.

We’ve done a lot of strategic decision making about expenditure.  We’re staying as compact as possible, using innovative technologies to keep us lean.  This benefits our clients which has made them particularly responsive to our approach.

How are you marketing yourselves? Our website will underpin our marketing, quickly followed by targeted contact with specific clients. We’re launching a DVD and Practice Design Philosophy, both available via our website.  In these we’ve engaged with our clients, getting them to talk about us and how our buildings are changing the way patient care is being delivered

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