Studio Life

Our studio base is in the centre of Manchester. We’re within strolling distance of great arts and cultural venues; an amazing food, bar and club scene and sporting venues that are world famous.

We encourage all members of our team to take advantage of the benefits that hybrid working (from home and from our studio) can bring to work/life balance. We also want to make our studio a place that people feel comfortable, relaxed and safe within to encourage creative collaboration between our team and our colleagues.



Manchester is in the centre of everything the north west has to offer; great culture and entertainment, historic mill towns, stately homes, beautiful villages and some of the UK’s most stunning landscapes, including the Peak District and Lake District National Parks.

Our studio

Our base is in a Grade II listed Victorian cotton mill in the heart of Ancoats Urban Village.
Since 1824, it’s been home to a soap factory, the legendary Sankey’s night club, a location for film and TV shoots and is now home to a thriving community of exciting businesses and entrepreneurs working from private offices and co-working space.

Ancoats Urban Village, home to a growing community of creative industries and independent retailers, is only five minutes walk from Piccadilly train station. We’re surrounded by some of Manchester’s best eating and drinking establishments (A Michelin starred restaurant one block away and the ‘seventh best pizza restaurant in the world'(!) is just down the road).  Ancoats has been declared one of the top 50 coolest neighbourhoods in the world by Time Out magazine and we agree, its a great place to be!

Our studio is a light, spacious, plant filled loft space with views over the city centre towards the Peak District. The pet friendly policy means there’s often a dog or two running around to keep things lively.

Specialty teas, locally roasted coffee, soft drinks and fresh fruit are free to help your selves to. There’s a kitchen area to prepare snacks and lunches (and even a tuck shop and [after work] beer and wine fridge).

We organise a full social calendar for the team. This normally includes our summer team building away day, Christmas lunch and party, charity fundraising and a range of other events throughout the year (as well as regular Friday afternoon beer and wine).

Continuous Professional Development

We actively encourage and support our team members who are starting out in the profession, through the Pathway to Chartership, apprenticeships and year out placements. Our graduates host regular P2C study group sessions in our studio, and our team includes a number of P2C Mentors, Supervisors and Examiners, who all provide support to our candidates.

CPD is a key part of life at Randall Thorp with mentoring and training opportunities for employees of all levels, whether its getting to grips with new graphics software, or management and leadership training.

Regular seminars are delivered by members of our team and external industry specialists, covering everything from specific technical products, to specialist areas of work such as masterplanning, construction contracts, LVIA and UK law and the planning system. Knowledge sharing throughout the team is facilitated through a variety of techniques from informal ‘show and tell’, to more formal ‘knowledge update’ sessions.


We recognise the importance of our team being able to balance their personal and professional lives healthily.

We offer a wide range of discretionary benefits including:

  • Time off
    • hybrid working
    • Home working set up 
    • Flexible working hours
    • Time off in Lieu of overtime
    • Opportunities for part time working
    • 31 days leave (including bank holidays)
    • Exam and study leave for professional exams
    • Opportunities for charity and volunteering time
  • Family friendly working
    • Hybrid working and Flexi time
    • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
    • Family inclusive social events
    • Pet friendly studio
  • Health & Well-being
    • Health cash plan
    • Good health absence for health checkups
    • Flu vaccine
    • Eye tests and dental care
    • Access to digital GP
    • Free fruit
    • On-site yoga
    • Cycling scheme
    • On-site cycle storage and showers
  • Finance & lifestyle
    • Annual remuneration review
    • Enhanced pension contributions
    • Salary sacrifice scheme
    • Bonus and/or profit share
    • Phone app for work calls
    • Free quality coffee and specialty teas
    • Free soft drinks
    • Free Friday beers
    • Payday lunch club
    • Book club
    • Full kitchen for lunch preparation
    • Access to all business graphics/software for personal use
    • Use of business tools for charity work
  • Work & career
    • Professional Subscription
    • Relocation expenses
    • Apprenticeships
    • Training Allowance
    • Paid exam leave
    • P2C mentoring
    • Subsidised driving lessons
  • Fun & recognition
    • Team/Socials/Nights Out
    • Team days out
    • Birthday Celebration
    • Anniversary celebration
    • On-site games – pool tables
    • Pay-day lunch club
    • Friday free beer

Join the Randall Thorp team

We’re always on the look out for creative people with a hunger to learn and make change. If you like the idea of joining our team let us know.


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