Hallam Framework boost for Coda Studios

SHEFFIELD’S Coda Studios is celebrating after being included on Sheffield Hallam University’s Framework for Architects for the next four years.

Having missed out on several recent local frameworks to practices from outside the area, Coda bid manager and associate Matt Bowker said: “We have positioned our business over the past five years to secure work in this sector but as a practice we were constantly frustrated at being overlooked due to lack of previous experience in favour of the more corporate names from London, Manchester and even abroad.”

Managing director David Cross said: “We believe the downturn has opening up more opportunities for us as a business and with money being tight for all businesses and institutions everyone is seeking better value for money and delivery- it seems nonsensical that a small local project should require a Dutch architect!”

Coda aims to embrace all things local and as a business they endeavour to source all their requirements from local businesses. Mr Cross added: “Its important for us to put something back into the community.

“We raise money for local charities, take on work experience kids throughout the year and even teach at local schools and universities, so it’s nice to be valued by Sheffield Hallam University with our place on the Framework.

“This opportunity will help safeguard 15 jobs at the practice and will form the backbone for us to grow back to pre-recession size and start recruiting local graduates again.’’

Mr Bowker said: “Throughout our eight-year history we have always sought to recruit our staff from local colleges and universities and we have employed no less than ten Sheffield graduates during this period.

“By employing local business our local institutions can assist graduate retention and job creation in the city and we are proud to be associated with Sheffield Hallam University.”