Colm Lacey, former chief executive and managing director of Brick by Brick and Common Ground Architecture, is joining Coffey Architects as a senior consultant at an exciting time of growth for the practice.
Lacey, an economist and urban designer by background, has held director level positions at multiple local and regional authorities leading on regeneration, development and planning activities. Following six years at the helm of Brick By Brick, a socially responsible development company and architecture practice, Lacey has recently set up his own consultancy practice with a focus on housing delivery and design stewardship in the public sector. He will take the lead on the development of Coffey’s public housing and urban research functions.
Director Phil Coffey said, ‘I have known Colm for over 10 years and long admired his commitment to responsible housing development and considered urbanism. Colm’s long-standing development expertise and positivity perfectly match our own desire to design and deliver high quality housing and regeneration schemes across the UK. We are absolutely delighted to add his experience and knowledge to our team.’
Lacey said, ‘I’m very much looking forward to working with Coffey as they expand their work programme in multiple areas. As a client I really enjoyed working with Phil and the team and was impressed with the thoroughness of their approach and quality of their output. I’m particularly excited about leading the work of the team on public housing and urban research/development at a time when cities are adapting to seismic shifts in land use patterns and urban economics.’
Lacey’s appointment follows the practice’s completion of large scale projects such as 22 Handyside Street for Argent, a 44,000 sqft headquarters for owner-occupier Nexus Infrastructure in Braintree, Essex and over 100,000 sqft of residential development in Bermondsey for developer London Square.
Coffey has recently been awarded a significant project of over 300 PRS homes at Wembley for developer Quintain and is currently working on 200 homes for Ballymore in Brentford and for Camden Council in West Kentish Town alongside AHMM and others on a masterplan of over 800 homes. Earlier this month Guildford Council also approved Coffey Architects’ plans for over 300 co-living homes for Tiger Developments.
The practice has also announced that it will be moving from is current home in Clerkenwell to King’s Cross, where it will take over the ground floor retail space of their 22 Handyside Street development. The new space will function as a flexible workspace for staff, a co-working offering for industry colleagues and a community coffee shop that will engage a weekly cultural programme.