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Harper Mackay successor facing dissolution

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The practice that evolved out of awardwinning Harper Mackay last year, after founding partner David Harper left the office, has been dissolved.

Clerkenwell-based MAK architects halted trading last week after the remaining partners decided to pursue their different areas of work independently.

The firm - which reached 72nd in last year's AJ100 with 30 architects - was founded in 1985 and found considerable success designing premises for television companies and in the residential sector. It has already laid off the vast majority of its employees.

'For some time now the directors have been working in increasingly different fields, ' an official statement read this week.

'In recognition of this we have decided to dissolve the practice and pursue these different paths independently.'

Ken Mackay said the remaining directors were undecided whether to retain the name or the offices. 'There are issues that we are trying to decide at the moment, ' he told the AJ. 'We are in the process of a period of discussion, but we prefer to see it as a restructure.'

Harper left the practice in January last year to pursue a series of different projects with a new practice, a move that triggered the renaming and rebranding.

But he said he was saddened to hear the decision. 'I see it is as very sad news as I spent 17 great years working there, ' he said. 'I have no idea why this might have happened.

'It is a terrible thing to hear as there are many very talented people still working for the firm, ' he stressed.

However, he insisted that his new practice, Finlay Harper, has 'no interest' in taking on either jobs or staff left over by MAK's demise.

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