New practice: Sasanbell
The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy
Sasanbell, Glasgow and Qatar
Main people: Babak Sasan and Charles Bell
Founded: March 2010
Where have you come from?
Both were previously board directors of Keppie.
What work do you have?
A 209-bed Double Tree by Hilton Hotel at Waterfront Glasgow, alterations to Hill Street Shopping Centre in Middlesbrough, a community centre in Inverkip for Inverclyde Council. We’ve recently submitted a competition entry for a convention centre, auditoria and hotel complex in Africa. We are also working on feasibility studies for a sustainable office design on Kish Island, Iran.
What are your ambitions?
We’d like to grow organically and leave the expansion of locations to requirement. Because of technology, geography becomes less of an issue. However, the importance of local contact is still important to some clients. Our association with a local practice in Qatar was a strategic move to provide services for UK interests rather than to capture work in Qatar. We would like to be recognised for what we do under our own banner. The testimonials by our current clients on our website have been a good start.
How optimistic are you?
Very. But realistic at the same time. We’ve both been through previous recessions and understand that this one is different. Our approach is to work hard, and have patience, drive and a positive attitude – and, more importantly, to enjoy what we do and smile.