WCEC Architects are delighted to announce a strategic restructuring of the multi-disciplinary design practice, launching as WCEC Group Ltd with immediate effect. Despite the economic challenges which have heavily affected the Construction sector in the last five years, The WCEC Partnership has enjoyed some tangible growth and success, which makes our Chesterfield based architectural practice one of the largest in the Midlands, with over 120 staff.
In the last two years we have managed significant growth and diversification of the business; in terms of geographical coverage, active work sectors and in developing a range of additional service offerings.
The practice continues to be led from the head office in Derbyshire, with other regional hubs in Central London and Scotland. The strategic restructuring of the practice has also facilitated the opening of a new office in Central Leeds to further support an already strong regional presence. This will be managed by Regional Director, Ian Lowson.
Building on our established retail portfolio, we offer a wide range of sector specialisms which include Residential, Leisure, Education, Commercial and Industrial. Our most significant project is the Royal Wharf development in London with Ballymore Developments.
In addition to the core business of architecture, we also offer four specialist services; WCEC BIM Consult, WCEC Environmental, WCEC Visualisation and WCEC Interiors.
As part of the new business launch, we have also re-branded and updated our website to give a more contemporary impression of the business and showcase our latest work. Click here to see it.
Commenting on the restructure, managing director Alex Wall says; “Given our somewhat unprecedented recent success and growth, we have taken the decision to become incorporated, with effect from 1st July. The newly formed WCEC Group Ltd will further enable us to expand our offer to new clients, across a wide range of sectors. We have formed a new larger Group Management Board of Directors; this will comprise the former partnership of Ashley Turner, James Kemp and I, with the addition of new board directors Jason Ainsworth and Dave Savage adding further strength to the practice’s senior management team. We have also introduced a new team of Design, Technical and Regional Directors to the new structure”.
Board Director Jason Ainsworth adds; “Our historic core work streams have been favourable in an otherwise depressed marketplace. We have managed the business carefully during this time and have focussed substantial investment in diversifying our offer, maximising efficiency through our work in BIM and in ensuring our Quality Management procedures are the very best. As we look ahead we are predicting record turnover for the business”.
In terms of my personal role within the Group, I’ve been promoted to a Design Director. My role will continue to focus on Business Development; both strategic and client-facing, and I’ll be responsible for leading and overseeing new projects from concept to Planning stage.
Exciting times for a genuinely progressive and forward thinking business.