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New Practices #5: MatchBox Architects

The fifth in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy

MatchBox Architects, Wollaston, Northamptonshire

Founded:  January 2009

Main people: Neil Scroxton

Where have you come from? I last worked for London-based Axis Mason on projects in the capital and Jersey.  They were fantastic to me and in the quiet weeks I often wonder why on earth I left.

What work do you have and what kind of projects are you looking for?  I picked up an extension to a cancer hospice in Derby which has been the main focus of the past year. There are also a couple of one-off houses in the pipeline and plenty of domestic extensions.

What are your ambitions? I am just in the process of taking on my first full time member of staff, which scares the hell out of me, and hope to be able to grow a bit more during 2010; world domination is still a long way off, so I will start with Northamptonshire.  The practice is really just finding its feet at the moment. I wouldn’t say there is a particular typology focus, but I am enjoying the hospice project and love the challenges that working with the general public bring - even if they do ring at 9pm.

How optimistic are you as a start-up practice?The recession has been very good to me.  I have made a real effort to get the marketing right which has cost a lot more than I initially thought, but does bring in plenty of enquiries.  The website is a mix of current work and my old portfolio. I also say ‘we’ a lot instead of I, and I make sure that all of the work going out of the door is of a high quality regardless of project size.  It doesn’t seem to matter that I work from a small room at the back of my house if the client is presented with a good quality professional package.

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Readers' comments (1)

  • I have to say I am very impressed with progress that Neil Scroxton has made in only a year on his own. He is dedicated to his work and produces a product of the highest quality.
    Looking at his photo I would also like to say what a handsome fellow he is!

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