Q2 2022

9 Q2 2022 BUILD On this basis, it is vital that, as a company, T2S brings people in who have this passion, drive and work ethic so it can stand out from the crowd. It wants people who are willing to hone their craft. Tom shared, “Recruitment is important to maintain a natural and dynamic internal culture in our office. We want our staff to believe in what we are doing as a company, as we believe this is ultimately the best type of motivation. It is also important to create an environment where people feel comfortable to take ownership of their own work. This leads to creating a sense of pride and responsibility. “We believe in the collective spirit – in order for this to thrive, people must feel they genuinely contribute to the collective. It is important that the office creates a sense of space which people can grow within to cultivate this sense of responsibility and learning. “Ultimately, the intention is that this spirit is manifested in our approach, our commitment, our attitude, and our architecture.” Having been set up during the COVID lockdown, this shaped T2S from inception, with a fully cloud-based system which is becoming more common in the industry and allows the team to work remotely. This also reduces the amount of equipment in the office which reduces outgoings and increases flexibility. The cloud-based system allows T2S to connect its server anywhere using wi-fi, and allows the team to access the latest version of the server when not connected to the internet. The biproduct of remote working, which can be applied to wider society, is the sense of isolation. Whilst the business has managed to grow in a relatively short period of time, the next phases of its development will be increasing its client base. Perhaps the culture of networking and social interaction will need to change as society becomes more accustomed to a remote/hybrid style of work/life balance. Indeed, T2S intends to continue delivering good quality architecture for its clients, which in turn it hopes will help the business keep growing. It is excited to be involved in the projects, Friern Park and Avenue Heights which are progressing onsite this year, both of which should be completed mid-2023. It will continue to update its social media followers on how these projects develop, having teamed up with a very talented photographer to help capture the progression of projects from start to finish with a view to improving the artistic quality of the business’ output. Tom commented, “We hope to use these projects, in addition to other exciting projects we are involved with, to showcase our creativity and skills to grow our contact base and business.” There are numerous exciting projects in the pipeline for T2S, one potentially being a headquarters in Peterborough, where the client wants to deliver flexible office space and training facilities in a new-build sustainable building. T2S is constantly reviewing its working methods internally to ensure it is efficient and at the cutting-edge of technology and process. BIM (Building Intelligent Modelling) is becoming more prevalent within the industry, but has not yet become a prerequisite in the private sector. Tom said, “In my experience, this is in part because the appointment process is more convoluted in the private sector, therefore there is less encouragement to generate information to this level at an early stage.” Equally, smaller projects which deal with extensions to existing buildings do not warrant such a level and quality of information. That said, T2S will aim to move more towards a BIM process in the next year on a project-to-project basis so that the skills can slowly permeate the office in a natural manner. The advantages of such processes are clear, as they encourage coordinating of information between the design team and reduce the amount of cross flow information between different programmes, which is less efficient. The firm also likes to keep on open mind for all methods of marketing strategies that are available in the industry. It wants to grow and is poised for the methods for doing so to change following the COVID pandemic. Company: T2S Architecture Ltd Contact: Tom Slater Email: [email protected] Website: www.t2sarchitecture.com