Tony Skipper, who led the Manchester office of John McAslan + Partners for 15 years before its shock closure last year, has joined 5plus Architects
The 49-year-old architect (pictured above, right) was among a number of key staff let go following a major management restructure by McAslan last year and had subsequently been working at Ellis Williams Architects.
Skipper joins Manchester and London-based 5plus - which was shortlisted for the AJ100 Fastest Growing Practice of the Year award in 2016 - as a director, with the task of further ’developing the practice’s public-sector work’.
5plus founding director Jon Matthews said: ’This is an important time for the practice and it is great to have Tony on board to support our growth, develop strategic opportunities and help consolidate new sectors of the business.
‘We want to work with people of the highest calibre to deliver current and future projects of outstanding quality.’
Skipper, who is currently retained by the University of Lincoln to develop designs for the Lincoln Institute of Agri-Technology as part of a wider campus redevelopment strategy at the university’s Riseholme Campus, said: ’I recognise the quality of work being produced by 5plus and wanted to be part of an ambitious practice with national reach and delivery.
’We share the same values on placemaking and collaboration, and my experience in the area of higher education, masterplanning and estate planning complements the skills of the existing team.’