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The practice is experienced in designing a wide range of building types including: offices, residential, education, culture, leisure, retail, civic and healthcare. The quality of its designs has been recognised with many architecture’s awards over the years.


Derby Architects; Matthew Montague Architects are an RIBA Chartered Practice based in the village of Longford near Derby. The team works across a diverse range of sectors and industries; commercial, industrial, education, residential, leisure and public sector. We design commercial architectural developments, education establishment developments, bespoke new homes, barn conversions and property transformations. We work with a wide range of clients; property developers, schools, colleges, universities, sports clubs, charities, small businesses to PLC’s and home owners.

Back in 1998 Matthew Montague set up his own architects practice; Matthew Montague Architects from his home office. With one job in the order book, he set about turning ideas into reality. As the business grew so did the portfolio, clients, and projects. In 2000 the practice took an office in Duffield and recruited its first members of staff.

At the same time as setting up his first commercial office Matthew purchased The Cheese Factory in Longford from the Buildings at Risk Register. The design and planning process began to transform the building into a family home and offices.

The practice expanded again in 2004 and relocated to offices on Friar Gate in Derby. The practice took a hit in the recission of 2007 – 2009, but came through to the other side, carrying on working. Clients during this time included G F Tomlinson Builders, designing and managing the construction of their headquarters in Little Eaton, East Midlands Airport and 300 homes for Varsity Grange in Mickleover.

Over the past 25 years the practice has designed over 10,000 homes for a range of house builders and developers. Won over 20 awards and worked with clients including Repton School, The University of Derby, Nestle and DCFC. To find out more about our journey to 25 years click here to view our timeline.

In 2013 the practice moved to offices at The Cheese Factory, where the 12 strong team work from today. In 2018 Matthew Montague Architects merged with Matthew’s father’s old practice; Montague Architects in a sense completing the circle which began in 1969, when Matthew’s father started the practice.

We would like to thank all our clients and partners for their business and support over the years.




"Architecture should engage with its context and interact with its surroundings to

create delight, enjoyment, and well-being for its inhabitants".

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Every school and university is different, each has its own needs and ambitions. The way we think about our sites, campuses and built environment is evolving, how we deliver and consume education is changing and the built environment has to respond to that. 



We listen closely to our clients’ requirements and ambitions to design and create high-quality, people-focused, buildings that enhance their surroundings. We believe that good architecture begins with understanding. We work with our clients, the people who use the buildings, we understand context and purpose. Only by understanding places and purposes can we create buildings that inspire and delight be that by designing and building new ones or reviving existing ones.

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