Gary East and Paul O’Connell formed O’Connell East architects (OEA) in 1995 after studying together at Oxford Polytechnic and the practice has developed a substantial portfolio of work a significant part of which is represented by our expertise in student accommodation but also includes mixed use, residential, commercial, extra care homes, university projects and listed buildings.


Our studio is located in Manchester’s Northern Quarter which allows the practice to operate at a national level with easy access to the rest of the UK especially London and the South. We enjoy an open plan studio filled with daylight which nurtures and encourages the free exchange of knowledge and ideas across the OEA team.

Establishing and maintaining a strong team ethic for projects and gaining a clear understanding of the objectives and aspirations of our clients and their brands means that we always develop innovative and best value solutions for our clients. This approach continues through the project delivery process with the management of design teams and contractors.


We develop our designs from concept to completion using BIM software together with 3D visualisations and walk- through software and over the last 5 years the majority of our projects have achieved BREEAM very good or excellent.


What we do

 Our openness and integrity is evidenced by our long standing relationships and repeat clients

 We listen, understand and interpret our client’s aspirations

 We produce high quality legible designs that delight the user

 We aim for design excellence on every project to achieve optimum solutions for our clients

 We offer bespoke or non standard services to suit client requirements

 We prepare client brief’s that promote certainty and consistency in development and service standards across brands/portfolios

 We keep abreast of client’s investment plans and actively see opportunities to expand their portfolios

 Where we inherit designs from others we carry out detailed appraisals and identify opportunities for improvement or added value both aesthetically or commercially

 We carefully balance our creativity with our client’s requirements and budgets

 We go the extra mile for our clients to design and deliver buildings that are best in class

 We provide principle designer services

 We provide interior design services





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O'Connell East Architects



Newton House

63 Newton Street


M1 1ET

T +44 (0)161 839 9380