Former FLACQ director Hal Currey has left Arup Associates to set up a new housing-focused practice
Currey joined the AJ120 practice in early 2010 along with the three other fellow co-founders of FLACQ - ex-Richard Rogers Partnership stars James Finestone, Marcus Lee and Kim Quazi.
His new venture, HAL Architects, will continue to collaborate with Arup and Arup Associates on a number of projects including a major development on the south coast for retirement home developer Pegasus Life, an MMC homes prototype and a housing scheme in Kensington.
The seven-strong firm, which operates from a ‘satellite’ studio close to Arup Associates’ Fitzrovia headquarters in Foley Street, is also working on the latest 850-home phase of Embassy Gardens at Nine Elms with its much-publicised ‘swimming pool in sky’ (see AJ 19.08.15)
Currey is joined by Richard Young and former FLACQ colleagues Nick Martin, Clark Hill. All three worked at Arup Associates.
Explaining the practice’s approach, Currey said: ‘We believe in simple, legible architecture enhanced through the careful use of texture, pattern and colour. Our approach has developed over a range of projects of varying size and type.’
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End for FLACQ as practice joins Arup Associates
London-based FLACQ has agreed to join Arup Associates (AA), spelling the end for the five-year old practice
The firm’s figureheads, the quartet of ex-Richard Rogers Partnership stars James Finestone, Marcus Lee, Hal Currey and Kim Quazi, have now become directors at AA. The practice’s other five members will also be ‘integrated’ into the global giant.
The name FLACQ will officially disappear on 5 April when the practice - once 30 strong - is wound down.
Hal Currey told the AJ the move created a ‘massive opportunity’ for the four main architects who all had ‘a big practice background [and wanted] to get involved with big projects’.
He said: ‘The loss of a name is not a big issue. Architects are more interested in building projects.
‘The last 18 months threw up a challenge and we had been sitting, waiting for funding on a host of schemes. So there is also a degree of impatience here. We want to get things built.’
It is understood the ‘merger’ was instigated by AA which approached FLACQ in the first instance - a move which AA describes ‘reflects the universal appeal of [its] meritocratic, forward-looking design studio.’
All the schemes currently being designed and delivered under the FLACQ name - such as the project close to the US embassy down in Nine Elms, Battersea - will be completed under the FLACQ banner.
Hal Currey leaves Arup to start new practice