Irish firm HKR closes Manchester branch
Irish practice HKR has shut its Manchester office with its branch director setting up his own practice in the city.
HKR is based in Dublin and has another office at Waterloo in London which is now set to expand to serve its UK and international clients.
The Manchester office was opened in May 2006 by the city council’s high-profile chief executive Howard Bernstein. At the time office director Philip Doyle said: “Manchester is now a true international city and its continued expansion fits well with HKR’s international aspirations.”
The office went into administration at the end of last month, and now Doyle and another ex-HKR director John Matthews are setting up a new practice in the city called 5Plus Architects.
In a joint statement, the pair said: “We are pleased to announce the formation of 5Plus Architects together with Adam Thornton, Paul Norbury and Carly Grice whom we have worked with closely for many years.”
The Manchester office previously employed 15 people but Doyle told local press that 5Plus’s new offices had room enough for 30 people.
Among the projects the new firm is keeping is a Travelodge on the former site of the Boddingtons brewery in the Strangeways area of the city.