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New practices: OS31

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The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone

OS31, London and Sheffield

Main people Tony Broomhead with Matt Pearson and Ross Jordan

Where have you come from?
(Tony Broomhead:) I used to co-own London practice Amenity Space. I’ve taken a break from practice for the past four years to help raise my kids and teach at the Sheffield School of Architecture.

What work do you have and what are you looking for?
We have just won a competition in Canada for a restaurant on ice. We are working on several residential projects, landscape developments in Leeds and Manchester, and a number of temporary installations. We have worked on a lot of  ‘pop-up’ structures, so our work tends to use prefabricated elements. We would love to bring the skills we have developed through smaller projects into larger ones.

What are your ambitions?
We want to grow the practice to allow us to take on larger scale urban projects. We all got into architecture to design beautiful buildings that make our cities better places to live, and we are still clinging on to that dream.

How optimistic are you as a start-up practice?  
It feels like the right time to start a practice. London is certainly emerging from the recession, and the North is starting to show positive signs. 

How are you marketing yourselves?
Most of our work comes through existing networks, but we will continue to use competitions both to test out architectural ideas and for promotion.


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