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Munkenbeck + Marshall boss confirms split plans

After months of speculation, Stephen Marshall of Munkenbeck + Marshall has confirmed that the practice is planning to split.

Marshall and co-founder Alfred Munkenbeck currently operate out of separate London offices – Marshall from one in Islington and Munkenbeck from one in Shoreditch – and employ a total of 28 architects between them.

Marshall refused to put a date on the official split, but said the separation, which follows more than 20 years of partnership ‘would happen’.

Although Munkenbeck denied the split was planned, a source at studio confirmed the state of affairs and told the AJ that despite having ‘one accountant working for both’, the offices effectively ‘operated separately’.

In November the firm was one of six to be singled out by Lend Lease to draw up plans for the core of the Athletes’ Village from an initial shortlist of 47 practices.

However, while Glenn Howells Architects, Ian Ritchie Architects, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Penoyre & Prasad and Patel Taylor were officially appointed alongside 13 other practices last week (AJ online 21.05.08), Munkenbeck + Marshall is still awaiting news.

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