Established in Birmingham in 1989, the practice’s reach had extended towards the South East as relationships in its core affordable and private housing sectors were developed, until in 2010 the decision was taken to open a second office in London.
“Coming at the tail end of a recession, it was considered by some to be a risk at the time, but for us it’s paid off,’ explains James Boulter, Director and Senior Architect at BM3. “Our London office started out as a broom cupboard for two in Hemel Hempstead before a move to Stanmore. When, two years ago, our London team had grown to 7 people, we found St Mark’s Studios – now there are 18 of us working here.
“Our more than doubling in size can partly be attributed to the relocation – Islington is central and a vibrant, up-and-coming creative area, which has really helped us to attract and recruit the right calibre of staff. We’ve been able to put a team in place who are well positioned to deliver projects across London, so we’ve been able to take on more projects without big spending on expensive recruitment agencies and advertising.
“Needspace? and our neighbours couldn’t have been more accommodating about us increasing our space here,” James continues. “The company next door moved into a vacant office across the corridor, meaning that we could knock through to create an open plan workspace that facilitates our studio ethos of communication and collaboration. The whole thing was done within about four weeks of us first speaking with Needspace? – arranging contractors went smoothly and everyone involved has been so flexible and helpful. Finding the right space and making it right for how we work as we’ve grown has been critical and we expect to stay here now for at least the next three or four years. There are lots of good pubs and restaurants locally for our team lunches together on Fridays and it suits us very well.”
BM3 are currently looking to expand their London team by recruiting Part I, Part II Architectural Assistants and Architectural Technicians. For more information about opportunities at BM3 or more information about the practice and its work, visit www.bm3.co.uk.