The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone
Artform Architects, Manchester
Founded November 2013
Main people Simon Jewell and Jason Eccles
Where have you come from?
Eccles previously worked at Farrells in London and Chapman Taylor in Manchester. Jewell has worked for O’Connell East Architects and DLA Architecture, both in Manchester.
What work do you have?
Our work includes the conversion of a Grade II-listed church into a single residence in Rossendale, Lancashire, a 700m² six-bedroom house in Doha, a contemporary conversion of a Lock Keeper’s Cottage in New Islington, Manchester and a high-end domestic project in Loughton, Essex. We were recently shortlisted in the British Homes Awards competition (AJ 27.06.14) and we are looking to expand our portfolio by entering competitions.
What are your ambitions?
We are keen to build on the growth of the business to date. We want to expand the studio to accommodate a small number of staff, which will allow us to manage projects on a larger scale, without losing the personal association that we have with clients and the design process. Given our past experience, we are keen to work on apartment schemes, student housing and mixed-use projects.
What are the biggest challenges facing you as a start-up?
Staying true to our design principles and approach, while seeing every project from a business perspective. It is difficult to find time to enter competitions and do speculative work without impacting on current workload.