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Tim Groom Architects reveals first scheme under new name

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Tim Groom Architects - formerly Formroom Architects - has revealed plans for this £30 million Private Rented Sector (PRS) housing scheme in Great Ancoats Street, Manchester

The 134-home project is the first to come off the drawing boards of the growing, nine-year-old, Manchester practice since its official rebrand last month.

All of the flats in the 14-storey development, ranging from 38m² studios to 83m² three bedroom apartments, will be available for rent.

The brick-clad scheme for developer Mulbery Homes has been ‘designed to reflect the historic street pattern and be sensitive to the surrounding warehouse buildings of Ancoats and the Northern Quarter’.

Plans were submitted to Manchester City Council this week and if approved, the development is set to start on site in January next year.

The first homes could complete by summer 2017.

Tim Groom Architects' proposed PRS scheme in Great Ancoats Street, Manchester - typical one bed/two person flat

Tim Groom Architects’ proposed PRS scheme in Great Ancoats Street, Manchester - typical one bed/two person flat

Comment - Tim Groom on rebranding the practice

‘When I set up Formroom Architects in 2006, we were a team of just two delivering mid-sized projects across the North West.  The Formroom name was born of the collaborative origins of our business model, we used the services of a range of designers on a part time or project specific basis meeting in one place or ‘room’ to develop ideas and coordinate resources. 

‘Initially, like many start-up businesses our first ‘room’ was a spare room - the dining room of my house. We then rented some space in a friend’s studio to gain a better work/life balance before making the move to our first formal office in Wilmslow in a building which also housed one of our collaborative partners, design consultancy Mather & Co who we continue to work with today. Finally, we moved to Manchester and we are now settled at our base in the Knott Mill area of Castlefield.

‘As we developed, our team structure became more concrete - nearly all of the original core team are still with us - but our collaborative ethos remains. We are lucky enough to have built up a fantastic network of clients and consultants over the years who are experts in their field and who, fundamentally, are great people we enjoy working with.

‘We are now a mature [ten-strong] architectural practice and we felt that the time was right to update and rebrand the business to reflect our growing ambition and confidence, show more personality and equip us for the exciting projects that lie ahead.’


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