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Sustainability-focused Design Studio Architects joins East Midlands Chamber as a patron

Promoting the importance of sustainable architecture in the built environment is the mission for Design Studio Architects – the latest business to form a close alliance with East Midlands Chamber.

The Leicester architecture practice, whose recent projects include designing a new-look manager’s and players’ lounge at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium, says it wants to become an influential presence in the region’s business community after signing up as a patron member.

Managing director Keshiv Sudera also believes his company shares many values with the chamber of commerce, which launched the Sustainable East Midlands campaign last week to promote the benefits of firms engaging with the green agenda.

He said: “We have been a member of East Midlands Chamber for the past couple of years, but now want to take a more active role in the business community for mutual help and support across the region.

“By doing this, we can strengthen our network and have a positive influence in the community.

“We are passionate about sustainability and would like to promote this agenda through our design and work. This is also our strategic plan for development in the future.

“We would like to become a prominent architectural firm in the East Midlands – with a team of talented and dedicated people who are passionate about helping the local community to improve their quality of life, and protect the environment, through our innovative and thoughtful design.”

History and growth of Design Studio Architects

Design Studio Architects was formed in 2013 when cousins Keshiv and Shyam Sudera set up a young, dynamic architectural practice with strengths in both conceptual design and technical architectural knowledge.

The chartered RIBA practice has grown fast from an initial team of three based in a small unit, moving twice and now located in the Grade II-listed Regent House, in Upper King Street. It bought the building in 2018 and it currently accommodates 10 people, who have more than 50 years’ experience between them.

The practice has taken on various commissions in both the private and public sector. Having originally focused on residential, it has diversified into other sectors such as industrial, education, healthcare, student accommodation and hospitality.

Alongside the facilities upgrade at the King Power Stadium, key projects in Leicester include a mixed-use scheme featuring apartments and artist workshops in Southampton Street and 31 student rooms in Regent Road.

Further afield, it was commissioned by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to work on the Eling Tide Mill Experience museum in Southampton and helped convert the historic Cottage Inn pub into nine homes and four apartments.

Design Studio Architect redesigned the manager's office at Leicester City's King Power Stadium

In 2019, Design Studio Architects was nominated for the Local Authority Building Control’s (LABC) Building Excellence Awards for its innovative work on a social housing scheme.

Keshiv said: “We love working with others who share the same attitudes as us. Our method has always been to create strong, yet simple, concepts and thoughtful technical detailing to ensure the concepts are carried through design to construction. We aim to transform design into the clients’ reality in the built environment.

“Our approach is analytical, with the aim to engage and solve problems within a specific context. We feel architecture is about the people, as well as the buildings, and therefore the buildings should be influenced by their surroundings, their use and the end users.

“We are continually investing in our practice and our staff, so we stay at the forefront of new ideas and innovations that can inform our work and benefit our clients’ projects.”