On Thursday 24 May, we celebrated our second anniversary with more than 100 clients, partners and staff at Nottingham Contemporary, reflecting on our achievements and looking to the future.
When we started out in April 2016 there was just the eight of us and now we’re a 17-strong team, with experience across a variety of sectors – from residential and retail to education and care. We’re incredibly proud of the work we’ve done in the education sector using offsite construction techniques for our innovative modular school designs. Meeting tight budgets, reducing programme lengths and avoiding the disruption of a school day on a live site is vital for our clients and our team endeavours to deliver these outcomes every time. And as the lead architect for Sunesis we’ve created a range of pre-designed, customisable schools that not only provide students and teachers with inspirational learning environments but are delivered in guaranteed timescales with minimum disruption.
We asked Simon, our managing director, for his thoughts on how far we’ve come in two years,
“In just two years we’ve worked on construction projects in excess of £100 million. This is only the beginning for us and I would like to thank all of our clients, partners and the team itself who have made Lungfish’s first two years such a success. We’re now looking to the future, with a view to develop further work in new sectors and regions and continue to find creative new solutions for clients and communities.”
Wates Group and our design team recently collaborated to deliver Bluecoat Academy Primary for Nottingham City Council and we’re now working together on the expansion of Murray Park Community School for Derby City Council. Alistair McCallum, regional business director at Wates said:
“For a construction project to be a success, close interaction with partners is essential. It’s important for architects to be able to explain clearly not only what they envisage the finished building to look like, but why – Lungfish is excellent at doing this. Simon and his team are also able to have open and respectful discussions to improve upon a client’s plans and make helpful suggestions that are ultimately for the good of the whole project.”
As a subsidiary of Scape Group, we work on public sector projects procured through Scape Procure’s national and regional frameworks but as a company in our own right, we also have the freedom to work with private sector clients across the UK. In particular, we’re working closely with Morgan Sindall, with whom we’ve built a strong relationship over the years. Their pre-construction director, Richard Dobbs, commented,
“We’re working on a number of exciting opportunities with Lungfish – both on the framework and outside it. Morgan Sindall, and our external clients, are particularly interested in Lungfish’s partnership with Sunesis and the unique offering the two companies have created together. We currently feel that Lungfish has honed its offering in education through experience on the framework. It enables them to develop efficient, streamlined designs that are particularly attractive to local authority clients.”
Our collaboration with Arc Partnership, the joint venture set up between Nottinghamshire County Council and Scape Group to deliver better outcomes for the community of Nottinghamshire, is developing into a unique working relationship. Commenting on the combined resources of our architectural design and Arc’s construction services, Daniel Maher, managing director, said,
“We’re now harnessing one another’s strengths, building on what already exists in each practice and across each discipline and working to provide something really unique for the client. There is masses of potential for regeneration in Nottinghamshire and we want to be in the position to be able to help the council with delivering a programme of works that benefits our communities – and doing that in collaboration with Lungfish.”
The last two years have been a journey for all those involved and Mark Robinson, group chief executive of Scape Group, sums it up for us,
“Lungfish has gone from strength to strength and has achieved great things in just two years. Having made an impact on the school places crisis through innovative modular design and offsite construction, the team is set to bring their specialism to sectors beyond education.”
As a practice, we’re looking forward to what the next two years has in store for us – #TeamLungfish is ready for our next adventure!