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Stevie Leigh [third from right] is heading up MLA's Northern office. Credit: PNW

GALLERY | MLA celebrates first year in Manchester

Members of Manchester’s property and development community gathered recently to toast Michael Laird Architects’ first 12 months in the city.

The event saw major players from across the property spectrum descend on Three Little Words to raise a glass to MLA and mark the firm’s successful integration into the North West market.

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The celebrations were led by MLA director Stevie Leigh, who the Scottish firm appointed to head up its move into the North West last year.

“The support we have received from the industry over the last year has made it a smooth transition for us and we look forward to continuing those working relationships,” she said.

“We have a healthy pipeline of projects and are very excited to see what the next few years hold for us in the North West.”

This last 12 months has seen the practice complete a major refurbishment of space within No1 Spinningfields for banking giant NatWest and progress the transformation of Freetrade Exchange for Clearbell.

In addition to Manchester, MLA has offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Recent projects for the firm include The National Robotarium and the Capital Square office of law firm Brodies, both in Edinburgh.

Leigh, who joined MLA from Fairhursts Design Group, was full of praise for her employer.

“I would like to thank my co-directors and the wider MLA team; they have made me feel extremely welcome over the last 12 months and I’m honoured to be a part of such a great team – I feel like I’ve known them for years!

“Lastly, I’d like to thank Place for helping us pull together a fantastic celebratory evening.”

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