We’re eighteen months old on 1 October so we’ve taken the time to pause and reflect on what’s been a formative period for us by taking stock and paving the way for the future of the practice.
It’s been an exhilarating time for us – we’ve seen flagship education projects delivered, our team almost double in size and, most importantly of all, great feedback and lots of happy faces from our end users; pupils, teachers and parents alike.
Our expansion strategy for the business is already underway with our being successful in bidding to be part of the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) modular schools/block components framework. This will provide us with exposure in the north east of England, a new area for Lungfish. Our latest recruits Yasmin Nally, Lizzy Bennett and Craig Taylor have enhanced our skilled and experienced team further by bringing with them the disciplines of interior design, graphic design, excellent feasibility and bid-writing experience and exceptional Revit abilities. Ellie Challacombe, our creative assistant, brings artistic flair and photography to the Lungfish team and we’ve been delighted to offer an internship to Nottingham Trent University Interior Architecture & Design graduate Hannah Scrimshaw before she goes off on her travels later this year.
We asked Lizzy what it’s like working at Lungfish and she had this to say,
“It may sound like a cliché, but there is a real family feel to working at Lungfish. Everyone is flexible in their approach and takes the time to listen to clients, understand their needs and then deliver projects with best practice in mind. Lungfish is becoming very well known in Nottingham and the education sector and I think we want to nurture this, maintain our excellent reputation and also develop further our residential offer. It’s an exciting time to join the business, and I can’t wait to see where we’ll go next.”
Launching as a company in our own right in April last year, whilst still being a subsidiary of Scape Group, means we now have the option of working directly with our clients rather than through framework delivery partners right from inception – truly working alongside our clients for the entirety of the design cycle; from concept to completion.
Our technical lead, Richard Murray, remarked,
“There has been a real growth in confidence within the team over the last 18 months and we’re at an important point of our development as a business where were starting to hone in on our signature style. Our young, yet experienced, team means we can be bold in our proposals to clients and over the next 18 months we look forward to moving into different sectors.”
“What sets us apart is our end user-focussed ethos,” added Alison Pressley, project architect. “Our vast experience in public sector builds mean we understand the issues surrounding budget constraints, timescales and accountability. We are creative but realistic in our approach, ensuring value for money – and as a result are proud to have achieved a high rate of repeat business and referrals, which has contributed to our success so far.”
As a thank you to all our clients, partners and suppliers and not forgetting the Lungfish team itself, we made the most of the late summer by holding a BBQ in the centre of Nottingham where design, collaboration and exploring new sectors were the topics of the evening. Amongst the laughter, burgers and hotdogs, we asked our guests what makes Lungfish different.
Tracy Zbilut, Project Manager, for Warwickshire County Council, commented,
“I’ve found Lungfish to be forward thinking, energetic and I’ve been delighted with their work to deliver new educational facilities in Warwickshire. The team are committed, meet deadlines and understand our increasing pressures such as reduced budgets, time restrictions and compliance needs.”
Rob Sharman, head of frameworks at GF Tomlinson, who we’ve worked with on a number of education projects said: “We work in partnership with Lungfish regularly and find their can-do attitude and technical prowess to be of an incredibly high standard. We look forward to partnering with them in future projects, across education, blue light and leisure sectors.”
Exciting times lie ahead for Lungfish – we’re the architects for Sunesis – a joint venture between Scape Group and Willmott Dixon – specialising in pre-designed, pre-costed school builds. Our flagship design for Cotton End Forest School is set to start on site in January next year and we’re designing an all-through SEN school. The next step of our journey will see us explore new sectors via modular residential schemes, expand into new disciplines such as interior design and venture into other regions of the UK. #TeamLungfish can’t wait!