New Practices #25: Yorkshire Design Partnership
The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy
Yorkshire Design Partnership, Malton, North Yorkshire
Founded: December 2008
Main people: David Hall and Ben Stone
Where have you come from? We were both associates for Bramhall Blenkharn. Equity director positions were offered to both of us, but we decided to start our own practice just as the recession was beginning to bite.
What work do you have? We tutor at Lincoln School of Architecture and our architectural work includes 60 houses at Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and five houses for a housing association; a hairdressing academy; four private houses; and a new-build industrial building. Most new work has arrived by word-of-mouth.
What are your ambitions? Our ambition is to grow in small increments; to hold steady at five or six employees for a couple of years and then see what happens. We have based ourselves in two market towns near our homes, which strategically positions us either side of the boundary line between East Yorkshire and North Yorkshire. We want to become known for good design with ecological principles.
How optimistic are you? One problem, as a small practice, is getting on frameworks. The amount of red tape in front of us is huge; we will need to invest large amounts of time and money into frameworks and be prepared to be penalised for our lack of years as an established business.