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Practice name Alt Studios
Based Newcastle upon Tyne
Founded May 2021
Main people Paul Milner and Scott Savin, co-founders.

Where have you come from?
We studied architecture followed by urban design together at Newcastle University before embarking on different professional career paths. For Scott, this included working at several practices across northern England, notably delivering projects throughout the UK with IDPartnership. Paul, meanwhile, spent eight years at Ryder Architecture, which culminated in the design and delivery of the multi award-winning headquarters for Tombola on the River Wear, Sunderland.

For 10 years, alongside practice, we both delivered separate master’s modules and served as visiting critics at Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. We would often meet up and casually discuss the desire to establish our own design studio.

What work do you have and what kind of projects are you looking for? 
Our current architecture and interior design work spans the UK: from workplace refurbishments in the capital to a hospitality pavilion in the Lake District and a horticultural retail building in North Yorkshire, right up to a former telephone exchange on the edge of a Glen in the West Highlands. Our largest commission in Northern Ireland is a high-end private residential development with a nearby mixed-use gateway building.

Working across the country has given us more freedom to explore and investigate our own approach. Despite such diversity in scale, sector and location, they all have in common clients who genuinely value design and our process. This process is underpinned by initiating dialogue with each place and exploring what is special about it; exploring and adapting the opportunities of every context. This may be a coincidence to date, but every project is in a sensitive and predominantly challenging site, which makes them even more exciting, requiring research-rich…

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