millimetre is an award-winning design and fabrication company, established in 2006 and comprising 27 dedicated staff including expert designers, architects, joiners and fabricators. The team’s wide range of skills and extensive experience means it is uniquely placed to deliver complex, multi-faceted projects, combining large scale with meticulous attention to detail.

millimetre has worked with leading artists such as Kara Walker and Grayson Perry, architects such as Niall McClaughlin, global brands such as BMW and Audemars Piguet, and in conjunction with London Design Festival, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Channel 4, the Science Museum, the RCA, Transport for London and others.

It offers a complete wraparound service, from conceptualisation and planning through to building, millimetre has been trusted to produce some of the UK’s most talked about work, including A Room for London (Living Architecture, 2011), Double Space (V&A, 2014), A House For Essex (Grayson Perry, 2015) and Fons Americanus (Kara Walker 2019).

our values

innovation

An ambitious attitude toward problem solving and finding creative design solutions.

honesty

Clear communication, transparent process, fair pricing and best business practice.

craft

Fostering niche skills, developing new processes and nurturing individual talents

care

An open, supportive and collaborative workplace culture.

legacy

Careful consideration of the environmental and social impact of our work.

our team

We take great pride in our people and value everyone at millimetre for the wide range of abilities and experience that they bring.

The sheer scale of the projects that we undertake requires the co-ordinated effort of a large team working to compliment each other’s skills

Matthew Ridsdale

Director

Before millimetre

I have been a partner in a product design company, a sole trader designer/maker and the co-founder of an organic café. I like to keep it varied.

Environment first

We conduct life cycle analyses of materials and processes and use software to help assess embodied carbon and toxicity. It is important that the design team spends a good amount of time researching and weighing up the possible methods of fabrication.

Legacy and purpose

The positive legacy of our work is vital to me. I like long-term public pieces that have inherent human value and are not wasteful or fleeting.

Favourite project

A House for Essex, a piece of fine art that was creative and freeing to make, with a lovely pace and a true life span. I also enjoyed the interior we co-designed with a private client. The technical aspects were huge. I love a project with problem-solving.

Dream project

A public artwork design job. A useful, utilitarian sculpture in the public realm – a clock, lighting, seating, a bandstand – that people will inhabit, enjoy and that will last.

Karn Sandilands

Director

Before millimetre

I’ve been a maker from an early age, following a long family tradition. I studied 3D Design and set up my own workshop in Hackney, making bespoke furniture, interiors and public art.

 

Being a maker

Being a maker is the most important thing to me. It’s how I inform a project and its processes. Having an in-depth knowledge of materials is important. It’s all about craft and precision. I’m old enough to know that perfection doesn’t exist, but as close as possible is even better. We’re all perfectionists in our own way here.

Favourite material

Timber, especially English woods: oak, ash, sycamore, beech. I’m geeky with my tools. If I use the wrong tool for the job, I can hear my dad’s voice saying, ‘What are you doing?’

Favourite project

Room for London, a catalyst project for us and the last time we were all on the shop floor, making 12 hours a day. It felt iconic.

Dream projects

Lots of my aspirations have already happened. I’d like to to continue to grow and be in a position to make large, intricate and striking structures, with an emphasis on quality and craftsmanship.

Ivan Clarke

Director

Before millimetre

I studied Ecology and Environmental Philosophy before moving to Brighton & Hove Council. I commissioned community and public art including Chris Drury’s Finger Maze.

Ethics and values

Community and equality are very important at millimetre. We are all equal. Fairness with clients is integral. We maintain close relationships with clients and keep things transparent.

Being a maker

I have always been making things alongside work. I studied cabinet making, welding and CAD, and had my own sculptural lighting business.

Favourite project

Cosmos was beautiful and simple, a solid artistic piece. I liked the Big 4 for Stephanie Imbeau on Channel 4, it got better the longer it was there as we added more umbrellas.

Favourite material

The point of millimetre is to use everything, with no limitations.

Dream project

The director of the Tate asking us to fill the Turbine Hall with our own idea.

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Bryn Lewis

Production Manager

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I oversee the logistics of jobs in and out of the workshop, coordinating space, people and materials. Room for London was my favourite project: a nice site, great client, strong concept and decent lifespan.

Dirk Engels

Production Manager

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I’m the link between the office and the workshop, overseeing the production of projects on the workshop floor. It’s about people management as much as the making. My favourite project was Room for London, for the teamwork and workflow involved. millimetre’s involvement with the arts is really rewarding. I love working on sculpture projects.

Nicholas Whiteley

Production Manager

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I’m a hot metal specialist, realising structures as support frames or as a finished piece. I’m also responsible for keeping a happy vibe in the workplace.

We’ve got a really lovely working environment here, with a like-minded workforce creating important, interesting (and testing) projects.

I loved the Queen’s Jubilee Railings, working directly with the artist and using my blacksmith skills – made my dad proud!

Roker was also great – a technically challenging build with a quirky finished product. Outside of work, I have spent 20 years doing private metal commissions, specialising in the restoration of important historical ironwork for English Heritage, Royal Parks and the National Trust.

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Jenine Twardzik

Finance Manager

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Lisa Brooks

Finance & Administration Assistant

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Carol Nicholson

Contract Manager

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The sense of loyalty and support here is so strong, both personally and on an operational level. Room For London was my favourite project – it was unusual and highly prominent, which was exciting. Watching large scale projects from inception through to completion is great.

Chris Sivers

Architect / Project Manager

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We have a great atmosphere here and we work using a collaborative approach. I provide drawings and costings, organise the work and liaise with clients. House for Essex was fantastic – I loved the eccentric detailing, working with artists and coming up with a unique design.

Dave Hammond

Designer / Project Manager

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all aspects of projects from concept development to installation. Helix was my favourite project so far, incorporating many materials and techniques, with plenty of challenges, but the finished outcome was extremely successful and the client was really happy. I look forward to coming to work, which is quite a rare thing. It’s really rewarding.

Adam Harris

Designer / Project Manager

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Greg Blake

Designer / Project Manager

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Andy Freeman

Designer / 7 Axis Machining

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Amber Elliot

Designer / Architectural Assistant

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Jeff Martin

Maker / Timber

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millimetre is unlike any other workplace. We’re a great bunch of friends. My favourite project was the Roker Pods, as they were completely handmade and different.

Lucas Wilson

Maker / Timber

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Danny Maddock

Maker / Timber

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I’m a cabinet maker, so I make bespoke furniture and other wooden pieces. My favourite project since I joined millimetre was the joinery work for Balfour. I enjoy problem-solving and there were plenty of challenges involved. Outside of work, I make bass guitars. Everybody at millimetre enjoys what they do and that’s important in a workshop. It’s infectious and creates a good vibe for the whole team.

Alex Peters

Maker / Timber

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Andy Felton

Maker / Timber

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I generally work in wood, but I like having the chance to work with other materials when I move between projects. The Juda Gallery on Derring Street has been my favourite piece of work so far. I enjoyed the process of making it and appreciated being involved. I’m also a designer and maker outside of work, undertaking private commissions and personal projects.

Fabio Guselli

Maker / Timber

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Ieuan Evans

Maker / Timber

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George Mackay

Maker / Metal

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Jack Finnigan

Maker / Metal

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Helix Schorr-kon

Maker / Metal

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Raymond Duffield

Metalworker / Machinist

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I deal with the more detailed processes – drilling, tapping, turning, welding. I enjoyed the Wall Art at Sutton Yard, fitting arcs into a square frame so that the circle appeared to grow from the square. It’s a delight to be part of a team of people with so many varied skills.

Jon Moore

Metalworker / Machinist

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join our team

We are always keen to hear from skilled carpenters, joiners, furniture makers, welders, fabricators, drafts-people and project managers. We welcome speculative applications – get in touch!

current opportunities

Skilled Makers with experience in joinery or metal fabrication

We are always interested in hearing from skilled and experienced makers.

We are looking for a proven track record and a minimum 2-3 years experience of commercial joinery and or metal fabrication plus any associated qualifications.