Bob Thwaites, 53, is the founder and director of Four-by-Two architects and designers. He heads-up a team of 16 which, prior to their move to the Block, had been based in Islington since the firm’s inception in 2002.
“Our premises in Islington was of a similar size to our space in the Block, and when the owners announced they were selling-up, we thought we’d take the opportunity to take our time and find somewhere that would see us into the future.
In our previous base, we were spread over two levels, so we were keen all to be in the same space; we work very closely in teams and it’s important to us that the team can see how the senior members operate, and absorb what’s going on in the office.
Finding somewhere that would enable continuity of the business was also important; we looked at a number of locations but most of them didn’t offer any lease continuity guarantee.
De Beauvoir Block offered security against the prospect of bouncing between one location and another when your lease runs out and they were much more approachable than many of the other locations we came across.
The landlord seemed to value tenants who wish to form a long-term relationship with them, and this was hugely appealing.
As designers and architects, it was important to us to have a space that inspired us, and although we’re in one of the building’s new build sections, the design has been done very sympathetically and is in keeping with the whole building, and there’s lots of natural light.
We’re now very much looking forward to the rest of the Block opening up and more people coming in.
We’re hoping it will be beneficial to share communal areas with other creative professionals; both professionally and socially.”