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INSIGHTS


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Maber Architects PRACTICE PROFILE


After recently turning 35, well-established practice Maber decided to reinvent and ‘reboot’ itself, James Parker spoke to managing director Ian Harris to find out why


M


aber Architects was founded by keen cricketer Colin Maber in Nottingham in 1983, and as MD Ian Harris tells ADF, specialisation was not the watchword ‘off the


bat.’ “Like most fledgling practices, work was initially a mixed bag,” but over the next 15 years, a “steady backbone of commercial and industrial projects” saw the business grow to around 20 staff. Maber initially imbued the practice with a “sportsman’s approach,” says Harris, stressing both the “importance of the team and the ethics of business.” The founder (who left the firm in 2005 to pursue a career as a developer) had an ethos combining “fair play, training, attention to performance, and competitive drive” – this characterised the firm’s first two decades, but “remains in the DNA of long-term employees,” says Harris. He adds that in recent times the emphasis has shifted, the


firm “turning its attention more deliberately to promoting and enabling design excellence, and the active pursuit of behaviours that encourage this.” Now a large practice consisting of five offices and 72 staff, the challenge is to ensure the benefits of that ethos are


Senior staff’s job title is much less important than the job they do looking after their team


understood and pursued across the piece. “As a much bigger business we have had to capture and record our ethos in a way that 20 years ago would have just been intuitively understood by everyone in our one office.” One key attempt has been a concise, easy to read document produced for staff called ‘A Common Purpose,’ setting out Maber’s vision, mission and practical goals. The firm’s fast growth was sustained by the mid-90s residential


boom, with multi-storey schemes followed by sports and industrial projects for clients including Trent Bridge and Rolls-Royce. The founder drove diversification in the firm’s offerings, and this was continued following a management buy out in the year of his departure. Landscape architects and interior


UNIVERSITY Isaac Newton Building, University of Lincoln


NEW PRACTICE OFFICE Maber’s new refurbished premises at Silver Arcade, Leicester


ADF JULY 2019


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