Manchester-based independent consulting engineers and designers, Martin Stockley Associates, has changed its name to Stockley.
Stephen O'Malley, director of Stockley, said the rebrand follows a review of the company's positioning which resulted in a decision to move towards a more representative view of the company. The new name reflects that Stockley are a team of senior experienced professionals as opposed to founder Martin Stockley and his Associates as they have been previously known.
"The practice is 13 years old and in its first 11 years we hardly had time to take breath," said O'Malley. "Over the last 18 months we have taken stock of what we were doing. We have asked ourselves and our clients what we were about and where we were going. As a result of this process, we decided to develop our brand to reflect the fact that whilst the company was built on Martin's reputation, the Practice is much more of a shared enterprise and the name needs to reflect that. The company retains the same ethos and values and this refresh is simply about clarity, refinement and focus."
Established in 1997, Stockley has worked on projects in Manchester including Urbis, No 1 Deansgate, Timber Wharf, Chips and Ancoats Public Realm as well as engineering the master plan and being lead consultant for New Islington Millennium Community.
Outside of Manchester, the consultancy worked on the recent redesign of the frontage to Liverpool Lime Street station, the transformation of New Road in Brighton and building projects for University College London. The practice is also currently working on a number of projects in East London on the fringes of the Olympic Park.
Martin Stockley set up the business after moving to Manchester from London. He was part of a team of consultants from London working on developments including the Great Northern Warehouse initiative, Piccadilly Basin and the redevelopment of Manchester city centre after the IRA bombing in 1996.
Julian Broster, director, joined Martin in 1998 and together they opened the London studio. Other company directors include Stephen O'Malley and most recently, Rob Vint.
The company is based in Manchester's oldest surviving warehouse, Carver's Warehouse on Dale Street. They enabled, engineered and construction managed the rework, repair and restoration of the building and Martin Stockley is co-founder of the coffee house on the ground floor, An Outlet. Stockley's 28 staff are split across two studios; Manchester and a London base which is used to help deliver projects in the south.