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New practices: Hoare, Ridge & Morris

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

Hoare, Ridge & Morris, Snape Maltings, Suffolk

Main people Mark Hoare and Ted Ridge (pictured) with Charles Morris as co-founding consultant

Founded October 2012

Where have you come from?
Mark led the London Office of ADAM Architecture. Ted worked for 5th Studio in London and Cambridge. We met while working for Charles 10 years ago.

What are your ambitions?
Our ambition is to grow our team of five steadily, but not to get too big; we don’t want to lose touch with the detail of our projects and we want to maintain a personal service. Although we don’t have a large potential workforce on our doorstep, housing is more affordable than many places within striking distance of London, so we don’t foresee difficulties in expanding.

What work do you have and what kind of projects are you looking for?
Our work so far has come by word of mouth. We are working on a new church and masterplan in Shropshire, a masterplan for a Grade I-listed monastery on the Isle of Wight, a house interior in Notting Hill, a new low-carbon house in Norfolk, alterations to a castle in Lincolnshire and other large residential projects in Northern Ireland, Wiltshire and East Anglia. Our projects often involve breathing new life into listed buildings.

How optimistic are you as a start-up practice?
It as been an incredible first year, with enough solid projects to keep us busy and happy. We’ve trusted our instincts and turned down work which doesn’t feel quite right for us, preferring to leave some time free for interesting pro-bono work.

Website www.hrma.co.uk

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