AN AWARD-winning bespoke garden design company is ready to get its hands dirty with personal inner-city projects following its relocation to Lincoln.
APT Studios, which previously operated out of Newark, has made a move to The Terrace, Lincoln’s increasingly popular creative hub in Grantham Street.
Business co-directors Guy Petheram, 42, and Matthew Allan, 39, of Fulbeck and Newark respectively, hope to extend their list of contacts with a new location that puts them at the heart of the county’s projects.
Mr Petheram said: “We are a relatively new business, we have been going for a couple of years, but this will be the first time we have operated out of a single office.
“Previously, Matthew and I have operated from our home offices, but this establishment now allows us to go out and visit sites around a vibrant and busy city such as Lincoln. Using the new office as a base, we will be able to deal with more residential, domestic and commercial projects, matters that we can now deal with face-to-face.
“We are looking forward to working in this area and taking advantage of the developments that seem to be occurring in the city.
“There may be public sector cuts taking effect, but there are budgets still being put aside for our line of work.”
The pair are far from new to the industry, with a series of highly acclaimed exhibits and thousands of pounds of projects to their name. In 2010, Mr Allan and Mr Petheram won a respectable silver gilt medal at the RHS Hampton Court Flowershow. And with stands at influential conventions such as Grand Designs Live under their belts, the company has a reputable past.
Mr Petheram said: “Going to events such as Grand Designs Live, which are highly prestigious, really help promote the work we do.
“After our stand at their October 2011 event, we received numerous inquiries for work.
“Our most prominent project to date has arguably been the new wedding venue we put together in the garden at The Coach House for Doddington Hall.
“This move should allow us to focus more on Lincoln.
“I am based in Fulbeck and Matthew has been down in Newark, so now we will be in the midst of a thriving city, we should be able to serve clients far more effectively and efficiently.”
With room for added help available at their new let, Mr Petheram has not ruled out creating jobs at APT Studios, should it continue to field projects in the area.
He said: “In terms of expansion, we may look to employ one or two more developers if we continue to grow and take on projects as we have been.
“Matthew and I like to limit our roles to planning and managing the projects.
“We have a team of guys who we like to use for jobs when needed, or we can recommend particular contractors for specialist jobs.”
The duo have strong ties with the city, having each studied at some stage in the area.
While Mr Allan studied project management at the University of Lincoln, Mr Petheram read horticulture and garden design at Riseholme College.
Mr Petheram said: “The new office in Lincoln represents a return to where we both studied.
“It is a very exciting time for us both and one we hope proves a success.”