S+O Associates is an interiors and architectural design practice that specialises in high-end hospitality and residential projects. Our work is aimed at providing restaurateurs and hoteliers with the very best in design services.  At the heart of our work is a commitment to excellence.

Our core design team is based in Manchester, however, we undertake work around the UK, Europe and the Middle East.  We utilise a wide range of designers, architects and artisans as required by any project. We have developed strong relationships with specialist contractors, manufacturers and suppliers in order to provide our clients with the very best quality of materials, furniture and finishes every time. 

about us


our principal director

Born and educated in Manchester, Oliver's love for architecture and design started at a young age.  His mother is a planning consultant and his father an architect, the combination of these two influences  embedded a deep understanding of aesthetics alongside a grounding in functionality.


Oliver attended the Manchester Grammar School before studying Philosophy at the University of Manchester.  He went on to train as an Insolvency Practitioner.

Oliver left the world of finance to pursue a more fulfilling career in design.  He studied Interior Architecture at the School of the Built Environment in Manchester.  After a year he decided to study two degrees simultaneously and began his third degree in Creative Practice at the Manchester School of Art and Design.  Once completed, he studied for his fourth degree, a Masters in Building Information Modelling and Integrated Design.

Following a number of successful positions at renowned design firms, such as Carroll Design, Oliver founded Ludlam Studios and operated successfully for several years.  In his career, Oliver has designed for; San Carlo, Fazenda, East Coast Concepts, Piccolino, Restaurant Bar & Grill, Zinc, Opera, Gino D'Acampo, and many more.  In 2018, Oliver and others, set up SO Associates with the aim to provide clients with the very best designers and makers for every project.

Oliver's work is regularly featured in Premier Hospitality magazine, Manchester Confidential, and the Guardian.