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McDowell and Benedetti part company after 20 years

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The co-founders of McDowell+Benedetti, the London-based practice best known for its innovative bridge designs, have decided to launch their own practices

Renato Benedetti, 53, and Jonathan McDowell, 59, told the AJ they wanted to ’pursue separate interests’ and that the practice, which they started in 1996, would be wound up from July 2016.

The company worked across a number of sectors, from individual homes to large-scale urban regeneration projects, but is regarded as specialists in bridge designs.

Among the practice’s most famous schemes is its award-winning footbridge over the river Aire at Castleford and its rotating Scale Lane Bridge in Hull which allows people to remain on its deck as it swings open.

Following the separation Benedetti has formed a new practice Benedetti Architects and will remain at the practice’s current address in Hatton Garden.

Jonathan McDowell has formed a new practice, Matter Architecture, in partnership with architect and urban designer Roland Karthaus of Karthaus Design, who spent two years with McDowell and Benedetti between 2003-2005.

It is understood the firm’s existing projects and staff ’will continue in these two new practices’.

A statement released to the AJ reads: ’Jonathan and Renato would like to thank all the clients, staff, consultants, builders and other collaborators who have worked with the practice over the years on so many successful award-winning projects.

’We greatly look forward to continuing those relationships in our new practices and delivering many more successful projects.’

McDowell and Benedetti's Castleford Bridge

McDowell and Benedetti’s Castleford Bridge

The construction of the 130m Castleford Bridge was filmed as part of a Channel 4 documentary about the town

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