Grand designs to build on success
IT IS an ambitious and inspirational company that strives to offer its clients a unique and comprehensive service.
Now Salt Architects has been nominated for the Business Of The Year (small) award in this year's Mail, News & Media Business Awards. Founding partner of the business, Gary Hornsby, has also received a nomination for Employee Of The Year.
Salt was set up in 1998 by Gary Hornsby and Bridget Hansford. Over the past 14 years, the architect business has developed into a thriving and successful company.
Bridget said: "We began with no clients but we started building up a client base working with individuals and within the local community and Salt is now a thriving business.
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"I think we have done really well to network and make contacts with the community."
As well as running the successful architect firm, Gary and Bridget both teach at Hull School of Art and Design.
The talented pair helped to re-establish the current course held in Hull – Architectural Design BA Hons programme – and Gary was appointed to lead it.
Bridget said: "Teaching enables us to keep our practice fresh and it allows us to keep in touch with what's new in architecture and provide an understanding to students of what architecture is about.
"It means we keep up-to-date with issues around the world and keep an international and national perspective on design, so we bring fresh things to the table when we talk to clients.
"Gary encourages students at all levels to achieve. He is inspiring in the business and at college."
Last year, Salt closed its office in Scarborough to create one business in Beverley, to make the firm more viable in the tough economic climate.
Now, the architect business works with a number of people including individuals, the third sector, private sector, schools, community groups sports facilities. The team also does landscape design to add to its many skills.
Bridget said: "We have really high design ambitions and we think, as a company, we can offer a different type of service.
"We approach design in a very unique way and clients appreciate that."
Salt is also an environmentally conscious business. Bridget said it looks at the sustainability of buildings and looks at alternative methods of heating and insulation in buildings as well as measures to ensure properties use less energy to run.
Tom Smith, who has recently joined the team at Salt, nominated Gary for his award. Tom is halfway through his architectural design degree at the Hull School of Art and Design, where he has been taught by Gary.
Tom said: "Gary is a great down-to-earth person.
"It is quite clear how much hard work and effort he puts in.
"Gary is great as a boss and I have always been really impressed with him – it has been a really good experience working for him.
"I don't think he sees it as a job, it is more of a way of life for him.
"He never moans and is always happy and chirpy and is really passionate about his work."