Building a dream
Before setting up Armada, back in the 70s, I had always dreamed of being an architect (“Not a lot of people know that”. No it wasn’t Michael Caine who said that, it was Peter Sellers). Moving on, before you get bored or confused or both!
In the end it was the interest in lending to businesses that fired my imagination, rather than the desire to be the male version of Zaha Hadid.
Nevertheless, there must have been some remnant of fascination with quality design and innovation that lingered because my worst nightmare would be if Grand Designs and the Six Nations Rugby clashed on the telly.
Having recently been allowed back in the house after a straight eight hours gardening stint, I happened to catch a new Channel Four home renovation programme entitled ‘Inside Out Homes’, presented by practising architect, Zac Monro.
In the series Zac takes very ordinary homes across the country and remodels them inside and out. Using acres of glass, cedar and clever lighting, the homes and their outside spaces are transformed into ultra-modern, stylish and practical properties.
I am not the first person to label Zac a genius but you make up your own mind. If you haven’t caught ‘Inside Out Homes’ I urge you to download it on Catch Up. If you have seen the series I bet you didn’t know that Zac is an international Air Guitar champion, or that Monty Ravenscroft appeared in ‘Four Wedding and a Funeral’ as Duckface’s partner.
The mention of Four Weddings…… reminds me that Armada regularly finances production equipment for the film and television industry. Also, whether they are architects or other professionals we daily fund the fitting out of offices and studios.
Hopefully, Zac and the team will encourage you and your creative side.