The practice has been engaged in projects across the north of England since the early 2000’s, successfully completing a variety of schemes in the region for developers and contractors.
These commissions were largely designed and delivered remotely through our Belfast and London studios, but with a growing commission base and appreciating the importance of providing clients with a dedicated local service, we opened an office in Manchester in late 2020.
Whilst expansion wasn’t in the minds of many architects in the midst of the Covid pandemic, our decision was also influenced by us being able to bring in talented and respected local architect, Seamus Lennon, as office Principal.
Having spent the formative years of his career in London, Seamus joined the IBI Group in 2013, becoming studio director of their Manchester office. He led the practice’s commercial and residential sectors, allowing him to develop an acute appreciation and understanding of these fields in the North West market.
The practice’s new studio is centrally located in Fourways, where in addition to already building up a strong local team, Seamus can call on the support and sectorial expertise from within the other three offices.
This combination allows us to offer a local experience and knowledge critical for example in completing appropriately informed development appraisals and planning applications, with a level of professional and technical resource that can allow us to undertake the delivery of projects of considerable scale, across a range of sectors.
Our current commission based in the region includes a new 200,000sqft, landmark, office scheme that is on site in Leeds city centre, a 130 bed extra care facility in Crewe and since Seamus has joined us, we have secured residential led mixed use developments in Salford, Stoke on Trent, Bradford and Wrexham, together with explorations into the repurposing of a major shopping centre complex in the Midlands.
Seamus LennonManchester Principal
established a presence for the practice in the North West of England and continued its planned expansion in Great Britain.