Architect Kim Mountford is looking to build on her success of the past three years – by relocating her business to a new premises in the new year.
Kim is in the process of transforming a three-storey building in Piccadilly, Hanley, into a new base for MODE Architects.
The top floor of the former sexual health clinic is being turned into a new head office for MODE, which is currently based in Wolstanton, and will boast a bespoke office space and its own boardroom.
The other two storeys will be transformed into offices for like-minded tenants who are also looking to relocate.
“Hanley is an ideal place for us to move to. There is a lot of development going on in the city centre, which we hope to tap into, and this building will mean we can have a ‘shop front’ presence.
We have been looking for a building since last year. Business has been going really well, there are three of us now.
We want to grow even more in the new year and this building is the perfect place for us to do it.
At the same time it will improve our corporate carbon footprint and help us move towards becoming a paperless office where possible.”
Kim set up MODE Architects in 2017 to combine her expertise in architecture and construction.
The RIBA chartered practice provides a ‘one-stop shop’ for clients in the residential and commercial sector, providing services such as surveys, planning applications, building regulations, inspections and remedial works for everything from small domestic extensions to large-scale commercial buildings.
Currently the company is helping to deliver a variety of local projects, including a seven-storey building at Stafford House, in Upper Clough Street, in Hanley, the renovation of a listed farmhouse and barn in Leek, and a two-storey cafe and drive-thru on Victoria Road in Fenton.
Now Kim – who is a trustee of regeneration charity Urban Vision North Staffordshire – has entered The Sentinel Business Awards in the Young Business Person of the Year category, sponsored by Myclevergroup.