EDable Architecture Ltd. was formed in 2015 by architects Claire and Matthew (Mags) Margetts. Originally the practice was planned to be a merger of Edward Bennett Architects and PLYable Design (hence ED-able) – Ed had a growing practice in Islington, London, and Claire and Mags had a furniture and architecture studio in Northumberland. Both practices believed in producing architecture for people and that the process should be rigorous, authentic and enjoyable. Mags and Claire had both practiced in London for a number of years before returning to the North East, and all three had studied together at Newcastle University, where Ed and Mags also teach. Unfortunately Ed was killed in a road accident in January, and with the blessing of Ed’s family, friends and clients, Mags and Claire decided to honour the dream of forming EDable.
From emotional beginnings EDable has grown quickly to a 5 strong practice with offices in Northumberland and Islington, with a range of projects from small domestic extensions to larger leisure and mixed use schemes spanning between south London and north Northumberland via Manchester. Claire and Mags have over 35 years of experience between them covering a wide range of projects and scales. From shared experiences in London delivering high specification commercial projects for clients such as Manhattan Loft Corporation, Mags and Claire moved to Yorkshire where Claire focussed on educational projects. From 2008 Mags balanced an interest in teaching with the formation of a new practice in 2008 called +3 Architecture. With +3A Mags gained considerable experience in larger scale commercial projects and masterplanning, developing a specialist workplace consultancy called Performance Plus. Combined project experience ranges from £50k to £35m.
Throughout this time both Mags and Claire have enjoyed working with existing buildings and structures and in 2012 bought a Grade II listed Victorian pub in Northumberland called The Kings Head, from where the northern ‘powerhouse’ of EDable Architecture works. The Kings Head is a long term restoration project and money pit.
EDable believes in balancing quality architecture with quality of life and strives to offer it’s staff a flexible and stimulating working environment. We want our architecture to be considered, considerate and grown through conversation. We share a passion for design at all scales – from furniture and details to larger scale masterplans. We are hands-on and practical, spending our spare time designing and making furniture. We also want to honour Ed’s memory delivering architecture he would be proud of.
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