Tim Groom

Formroom becomes Tim Groom Architects

The Manchester-based practice has rebranded to reflect the input of managing director and lead architect Tim Groom.

Tim Groom Architects is based in Knott Mill, and has grown from two people to 10 members of staff since Groom founded the studio in 2006.

"The business has grown up in recent years and by bringing more personality to the brand we are setting the standard and acknowledging that we bring a certain style to the projects that we work on", said Groom.

"When I set up Formroom Architects in 2006, we were a team of just two delivering mid-sized projects across the North West. The Formroom name was born of the collaborative origins of our business model, we used the services of a range of designers on a part time or project specific basis meeting in one place or 'room' to develop ideas and co-ordinate resources.

"As we developed, our team structure became more concrete (nearly all of the original core team are still with us) but our collaborative ethos remains. We are lucky enough to have built up a fantastic network of clients and consultants over the years who are experts in their field and who, fundamentally, are great people we enjoy working with.

"We are now a mature and established architectural practice and we felt that the time was right to update and rebrand the business to reflect our growing ambition and confidence, show more personality and equip us for the exciting projects that lie ahead."

Other key people within the business include finance and operations director Vicki Marsland, and senior architects Matthew Procter and Gemma Birchall. Three people recently joined the firm; architect Matthew O'Brien, architectural assistant Tom Welz and studio administrator Charlotte Jepson.

Recent schemes designed by Formroom Architects include a 331-bedroom student residential development which forms the last part of the Liverpool One masterplan, a boutique hotel and restaurant at Bruntwood Hall in Cheshire and the redevelopment of the Prescot Watch Making Factory site into extra care accommodation.

New commissions include a number of residential schemes in Manchester city centre and Merseyside as well as student accommodation projects in the Midlands and South West.

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