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The Marshalls Design Space is an exclusive venue for architects and design professionals. It’s a space to explore and experiment with materials, colours and textures. It’s a space where imagination comes alive, and with a calendar of events, guest speakers and CPD seminars, it’s a space to learn too.


Michael Croxford Portrait Michael Croxford National Specification Manager
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Mike Croxford has been at Marshalls since July 2003, when he joined the business as a Project Consultant dealing with architects and designers in the North West of England. Mike has steadily built his career within the business, focusing on the development of relationships with designers and supporting their designs through to completion on site. He has a wealth of experience in delivering public realm schemes, particularly in the run up to Liverpool’s Year as Capital of Culture in 2008, notably Liverpool Kings Dock Arena, Pier Head Canal Link and the Museum of Liverpool.

He is now responsible for the management of the National Specification sales force, design studio and technical team and his role at Marshalls involves him in various strategies, currently there is a large emphasis on the implementation of Marshalls BIM strategy. Since leaving University with a Business Administration Degree, and prior to working at Marshalls, Mike developed a career working in construction sales, previously with ADT Fire and Security and RMC Readymix. When he was young he was obsessed with Lego and Marshalls enables him to channel that inner child.

Jodi Balfourth Portrait Jodi Balfourth Practice Manager
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Jodi graduated with a BA in fashion PR & Marketing and comes from a sales and management focused background.

Jodi joined Marshalls in 2015 to support the South East region of Marshalls. Her main responsibilities are to manage, organise and promote the London Design Studio, maintaining a playful, creative and educational environment which becomes an essential part of the product choice for the design community.

Working closely with the Marshalls Sales teams, specifically those in specification, to develop and promote the Design Studio; Jodi is responsible for fostering design community relations through events, open days and involvement in local initiatives.

James Gosden Portrait James Gosden Project Consultant
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James is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and has over 9 years experience as a Town Planner and Urban Designer, working in both the UK and abroad. James studied at Oxford Brookes University before working in the Landscape & Urban Design Team for Jacobs, a multidisciplinary consultancy, specialising in the design and delivery of major public realm projects. James also worked in New Zealand for a year as an Urban Designer for Auckland Council.

James moved to Marshalls in 2013, and now works as a Project Consultant in London and the South East. His role involves working closely with architects, landscape architects and engineers, helping to identify practical solutions and offering detailed advice about the various component parts of their projects, whether that be the paving, drainage, street furniture or lighting elements. With the assistance of the Marshalls engineers and design team, James aims to help create unique spaces that respond to local context and character.

Chris Haines Portrait Chris Haines Project Consultant
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Following the completion of his Masters in Architecture and Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, Chris joined the Marshalls team back in January 2015.

His typical duties include assisting with the delivery of projects from choosing the right materials for a job; its manufacturing and design aspects right the way through to financial and economic matters. Chris works with other Consultants, Architects, Planners and Engineers as well as some Local Authorities to enable a projects success.

He also has experience with working in various different scales from urban master planning right through to detail and construction design of a scheme. Chris has also worked on other notable projects all over London and the UK as well as luxury hospitality proposals in Morocco and Azerbaijan. His strengths are in management and leadership as well as communication and presentation. Chris is an ambitious individual with a positive mindset, where anything is achievable.

Tom Emerton Portrait Tom Emerton Pavement Engineer
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Tom Graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering back in 2010 and after spending 18 months living and teaching in South Korea moved back to the UK to continue his career in the construction Industry.

Tom joined Marshalls in the summer of 2015 having spent the last few years working on site, supervising the construction of Highways improvement works along the south coast of England.

Tom’s role in Marshalls is to assist and advise our clients on the structure performance and build-up of pavement systems.

Roger Markham Business Development Manager Street Furniture
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Roger has over 18 years experience within the Street Furniture Marketplace – dealing, successfully, over these years with TFL, ABP, Hampshire County Council, The M.O.D and the N.H.S. – to name a few.

Initially working for 5 years to help set up Vekso Street Design in the UK, Roger then moved to Broxap Street Furniture spending eight years as an Associate Regional Manager before moving to Marshalls in 2013.

As a Business Development Manager with Marshalls, Roger is now able to use all his experience within the canopy and cycle markets to develop existing products and help bring new designs to the Marshalls shelter and canopy offer. Roger works closely with Architects, Schools, Urban designers, Local Authorities and Main Contractors offering advice on the many options which Marshalls is able to supply, be it a walkway for an Airport or a cycle compound for a school - Marshalls can design supply and install all of these options.

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At Marshalls we’ve invested considerable effort in partnership with designers & architects, in our continuous professional development programme which facilitates a structured sharing of knowledge across all aspects of a commercial landscape.

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1st Floor
Compton Courtyard
40 Compton Street
The nearest tube stations are Barbican and Farringdon

Mon-Fri 9.00am to 5.00pm

Telephone 0208 712 1335
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