First ROI office and eight new jobs announced at 2020 Architects

The architects behind a converted Blacksmith’s Forge that featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs are expanding their footprint with the opening of a second office and the expansion of its team in Northern Ireland.

By Claire Cartmill
Sunday, 11th July 2021, 7:00 am
Updated Sunday, 11th July 2021, 9:05 am

Ballymoney-based 2020 Architects has launched its first office outside of Northern Ireland in Roscommon, to cater for its expanding customer-base in Ireland, creating four new jobs over the next two years. The company is also expanding its team at its Ballymoney-based office with the creation of an additional four positions.

In the past three years, interest in 2020 Architects has been rapidly growing and its ROI client base now accounts for 65% of the business. The new Roscommon office is headed up by Enda Fallon, previously Director of FERN Architectural Studio.

With 20 years’ experience in the sector, Enda is responsible for managing the Practice’s current ROI projects and growing the business in Ireland. It’s hoped that Enda will be joined by a further three architectural technicians in the coming years, who will be supported by 2020 Architects’ wider team.

Enda, Ritchie, Michael and Gareth

Director of 2020 Architects, Gareth Boyd, explained: “Since my co-director, Michael Howe’s home was featured on Grand Designs back in 2015, we have steadily grown the business from three people back in 2012 to a 12-strong team today.

“Our sizeable social media following has helped our business to communicate with potential clients across Ireland, and even further afield. Aligned to our growing social footprint, demand has steadily increased and in response to this, we launched a design-only service, providing a fully bespoke home for clients’ specific sites. This was a huge success and really has led us to where we are today.”

2020 Architects’ office in Roscommon is currently managing a vast array of new builds and extensions that marry exceptional design with interesting materials and finishes, creating stunning homes that optimise space and functionality.

Director of 2020 Architects in Ireland, Enda Fallon, continued: “With such interest in 2020’s designs and client requests for end-to-end project management, opening a physical office in Ireland was the next step. I’m delighted to be joining an already established Practice that really is at the cutting-edge of architectural design in Ireland. I’ve long been an admirer of 2020’s work and am focused on driving the business forward in Ireland, supporting clients on their home build journeys throughout the country.”

2020 Architects is passionate about pushing the boundaries of design, and the Practice covers a wide range of disciplines from small residential renovations to large commercial projects in NI, ROI and across the UK. 2020 Architects has won a host of awards and its work has been featured in lifestyle and architectural magazines across the UK.

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