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New Practices #92: Christian Froggatt Architects

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

Christian Froggatt Architects, Reigate, Surrey

Founded: March 2010

Main people: Christian Froggatt, director (pictured) and Rud Sawers (consultant – see New Practice #47)

Where have you come from? I left Wilkinson Eyre in early 2010 but have been retained as a consultant for the Forum project at the University of Exeter, due for completion in early 2012.

What work do you have and what kind of projects are you looking for?A new house in Reigate, a large extension in Brighton, a commercial fit out in Mayfair, and a masterplan for live/work units in Dorset. We’ve also entered competitions including the BBBC Haiti prototype housing in June 2010, for which we were selected to stage 2. We were also in the final three for the RIBA Ullswater yacht club competition.

What are your ambitions? Having made a decision to leave a large and successful practice in London, I intend to manage a relatively small practice with predominantly local work. I want to grow the practice steadily in line with workload, in a collaborative nature as already established with like-minded practices.

How optimistic are you as a start-up practice?
Having started without any formal ‘plan’ in the midst of the recession, over a year has passed and even my accountant is pleasantly surprised. It’s important to be realistic and disciplined and to not just rely on fantastic design to win work, but to also demonstrate value. Small practices with a high level of personal service are well placed in this respect.

Website address: www.christianfroggattarchitects.com

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