All great stories have humble beginnings and ours is no different. We’ve grown from strength to strength with some brilliant stops along the way.
Projects on site combined with new commissions will make 2015 our busiest year yet. This year also marks a significant moment for the business as we rebrand and become Tim Groom Architects. Our new brand represents the coming of age of the business and provides the platform on which to build on our success for the future.
A fantastic year for Formroom with projects of over £50M in construction value on site in Nottingham, Liverpool, Leicester and Prescot. Additionally, pipeline work from 2013 comes to fruition as we are formally instructed on residential, student and hotel commissions, which sets the scene for an action packed 2015.
2013 proves to be a busy year with planning approvals for Listed Building conversions for extra care apartments in Prescot, Merseyside and student residential projects in Leicester plus the completion of design studies for boutique hotels and residential schemes in Manchester. The seeds are sown for an exciting 2014 with plans for further expansion.
Formroom is commissioned to deliver the final phase of the Grosvenor Liverpool One masterplan with arguably the highest quality and best located student development in Liverpool. Building a constructive and successful dialogue with Liverpool City Council is key to delivering a building that proves to be a reference for future design philosophies.
Again working for Iliad, Formroom delivers its second student accommodation project. The construction cost for the scheme is £10M and again sees Vinci Construction as the main contractor. This ‘St Michaels’ scheme leads to spin off projects including a masterplanning commission in the Baltic and a second phase of development at the St Michaels site.
As Formroom expand, the business moves to its current base on Constance Street in Knott Mill, Manchester occupying the middle floor of an old cotton warehouse. The practice is now six strong and continues to grow in an assured and managed way.
The first major commission to move to site is the Bagot Street student accommodation project in Birmingham for Iliad and Cosmopolitan Student Housing Group. The scheme is for 656 student bedrooms, it rises to 18 storeys with a construction cost of £20M. It also marks the beginning of a great relationship with Vinci Construction.
As the business continues to grow, Formroom moves to Wilmslow, renting office space from design consultancy Mather & Co. The two businesses enjoy a fruitful relationship, working on a number of projects together including the renovation of the Grade II listed office they share. As the redevelopment takes place, Formoom decides to make the move into Manchester City Centre.
Formroom rekindles a relationship with Bell Developments to submit a planning application for 34 apartments in Droylsden. The scheme receives approval and quickly moves to site, becoming our first built project. The project has added personal significance as the location is just streets away from where Tim’s grandparent’s lived.
Formroom moves from a home office to some studio space in Trafford. The team now consists of Tim plus three with the new team members being graduate architects working part time whilst undertaking their diplomas at the Manchester School of Architecture.
Formroom Architects is born. Our first commission is a planning application for twelve apartments in Liverpool for developer Iliad Group. The project gains approval and we submit a second apartment scheme in Warrington, again for Iliad. It is the start of a long and productive relationship with the client.