Four Architects
From left: Martin Birkett, Matthew Atkinson, Neil Dermott

Four Architects formed in Manchester

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Neil Dermott, previously associate at Cassidy + Ashton, has founded his own architecture practice in Manchester, alongside a former colleague Matthew Atkinson, and Leach Rhodes Walker project director Martin Birkett.

The trio are based out of Bruntwood’s Neo on Portland Street, servicing clients in the North West and Midlands.

Dermott worked at Cassidy + Ashton across its Preston and Chester offices from 2004 to 2018, and now holds the majority stake in Four Architects.

According to Dermott, Four is currently looking at projects in Cheadle, Salford, Lytham, Birmingham and London. The practice is largely working across the commercial and residential sectors, as well specialist buildings such as a mosque for the Cheadle Muslim Association. Outside of the North West, Four is designing a £50m mixed-use scheme in Birmingham.

As well as the three directors, Four is looking to hire two further staff in the coming months, potentially graduates from local universities.

Dermott said his focus was to “make sure 2019 is the strongest start for the business that it can be, while being open to our future and exploring what kind of practice we’ll go into.”

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I know QSs say architects can’t add up, but seriously?

By Alan Partridge

Great to be working with you on the Cheadle project Neil

By Louis Howard

Four become three?

By Alan Pv2

2+2=4-1=3 (quick maths)

By Big Shaq

Dear property industry, a lesson for you:
when an architect gives you a budget cost for a scheme don’t listen to them.
They will be wrong.
Employ an RICS qualified QS or a professional builder!


MRICS QS – a professional builder? Really? Judging by some of the variations I’ve seen, their maths is even worse!

By Anonymouse

Another number based architectural practice for M/cr!


A very interesting team. One in particular seems to pop up everywhere.


Amazing company with amazing people. The best architects in town. Ignore #TeamBitter

By WozNot

Which of the three at Four are you WozNot?

By Julie Ann Baptiste