An architectural firm has gone back to the future by moving to new premises which the company helped design around 15 years ago.

Farrar Bamforth Architecture has moved from Trinity Street, Huddersfield, where it was based for 40 years, to new offices at Bates Mill in the town.

The practice, founded by John Farrar and Elon Bamforth in 1976, has been run by Tony Bowling since 2019.

The move to a new studio at Bates Mill in Colne Road is significant for the company as the practice carried out design work on the building when it was converted from a 19th century textile mill.

Bates Mill proved ahead of its time with many environmental features.

Tony, who has been at the practice for 25 years, said: “We had been outgrowing the building at Trinity Street for a long time, not only in terms of space but the way we wanted to work.

“To remain within our values we wanted somewhere that was more energy efficient and had more benefits for the team.

“The new studio is open plan, allowing for more collaborative working, and accessible. While it’s better for parking, it’s also close enough to public transport links to make it easy for those who want to travel in by different means.

“We’re also surrounded by other tenants and we’re keen to build links and support the business community we have here. The ‘welcome’ gifts and cards we’ve received have been very much appreciated!”

The new office has recently achieved an EPC rating of B, which is remarkable, considering the age of the building, its Grade II-listed status and the sensitive restoration which kept as many original features as possible.

Tony, who runs the firm with associate Joe Hobson, has launched a new website and is looking to grow the company by seeking new and more ambitious projects.

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