It has been an eventful start to the autumn, and not only because we celebrated our second birthday but because we have now moved into our new home at Studio 4, Unit 14 Mesters Works, Sheffield. With our new office, we have made space for another Thread, Raheela, a recent graduate from the Glasgow School of Art who started with us as an Architectural Assistant. She likes baking and filing, a good combination in our books, and has an interest in the self-build process and eco housing. Prior to joining Thread, Raheela spent time in Madrid on Erasmus at the ETSAM University completing her Part I.
From Glasgow to Madrid and then to Sheffield, she has found herself in an old spring factory, facing a mural of a map, in a bright and colourful office with the words ‘Thread Architects’ in reverse on the window behind her. Looking through that window leads to an industrial landscape, and to another window, which reads ‘The Depot Bakery’. Could a pulley system be designed between the two points?
We’re enjoying exploring the Neepsend area of Sheffield, an upcoming area that is also being used as the focus for some of the University of Sheffield Architecture student’s design project. On Raheela’s first day, we went on a ‘working lunch’ and walking tour of the adjacent Kelham Island, an area that is being regenerated with projects such as Little Kelham, a low carbon, and sustainable property development scheme. The first question that comes to mind is, will the same thing start to happen in Neepsend? Mesters Works, the old spring factory, is home to not only Thread Architects but also events organisers, Mesters Events, artists, musicians, and makers such as screenprinters Lidota Studio http://robertbattams.com, and MVHR systems researcher, Dext Heat Recovery http://dextheatrecovery.com and of course Barney, the resident dog.
Rachel and Andy have been busy painting, replacing ceiling panels, putting up shelves and refurbishing the office space. A mural of a map showing Thread Architect’s projects is under construction, with little wooden monopoly-esque buildings pinned up per project. There hasbeen talk of a Christmas tree too, but the style has yet to be decided. The kettle and coffee machine however, are already in place. Want to come over for a cup of tea?