Damond Lock, Stanley Grabowski & Anthony Walker start the Practice: Damond Lock, Grabowski & Partners, from a small office in Manchester Square, London.
After an exhilarating first two years a rise in inflation to 26% leads to DLG’s first excursion into the overseas market in a bid to expand its client base.
Matthew Borowiecki joined DLG & later becomes a partner in 1993
DLG starts design work on one of the first energy-efficient enclosed shopping malls that avoids air-conditioning and makes use of stack ventilation.
One of the first full computer aided design systems (CAD systems by Intergraph) is installed at DLG’s central London Studio, filling an air-conditioned room and costing £50K.
Julian Monaghan joins the practice, he becomes Partner in 1987, taking over responsibility for the Leeds office in the 90’s.
Tony Walker writes “Retail Development” with Peter Morgan. A comprehensive handbook on shopping development.
The workload in the North of England grows & DLG establishes a northern studio just outside Leeds.
With the recession beginning to bite, DLG continues its research programme and publishes data on Design Build Contracts and Retail Trends. The practice is appointed by Walkers to design their “temples to the humble Crisp” throughout the uk.
American Multiplex Cinemas (AMC) select DLG to act for them in a dramatic development programme of large multiplex cinemas with 24 & 30 screens. Work also starts on site at Windsor Royal Station and the Fishergate Centre Preston.
DLG London office celebrates the millennium with a move to new studios in Spitalfields and ends up refurbishing most of the buildings in the street! DLG wins the prestigious “Vision 100” business award from BT.
Andrew Gardner, Jill Rayson & Gareth Gerner become Partners in the Practice.
“The Light” in Leeds city centre opens its door to wide acclaim and wins 6 awards in the same year.
Tony Walker retires at Senior Partner and becomes a consultant, Julian Monaghan replaces him
The Practice wins Yorkshire Property Awards – Best Architect
Willow Place, Corby completes along with a new Boutique outlet centre in Toulouse France. The Atrium Camberley also opens its doors to much acclaim.
DLG Leeds Studio moves to Brewery Wharf. Caley’s Dept store in Windsor is converted into major hotel. Arla foods Stourton Dairy completes.
The famous Rudding Park Hotel appoints DLG to complete a 55 bed extension and Spa. The Majestic Leeds undergoes major restoration scheme.
David Bailey is promoted to Partner in the Practice.
Ed Bucknall re-joins the practice as Associate Director having been Part 2 student in Leeds studio
Jill Rayson retires as a Partner with Simon Hill promoted to Associate Director. Sailmakers, Ipswich wins industry “Oscar” Revo Gold Award for best refurbishment.
“Platform” Leeds, completes. “The Venue” Hempstead Valley wins best Commercial Industrial and Retail award. We undertake a rebrand and launch new website!