Architecture

Woods Hardwick have appointed 10 new staff members over an eight week period this summer as part of its expansion plans across their Bedford, Birmingham and London offices.

The additional new staff now takes Woods Hardwick to an 82-strong workforce – a 14% growth in the team for the multidiscipline practice that specialises in architecture, engineering, planning and surveying.

Great news for long-standing Bedford employer, Richardson Milling UK (formerly Jordans Cereals) having secured planning consent to transform their site on Mile Road.

Woods Hardwick’s planners, architects and engineers have worked together to deliver a masterplan that will allow Richardson Milling UK to expand their existing milling and production facility.

Continually evolving legislative requirements, changes in design trends, and a growing multitude of additional project influences, such as sustainability, heritage and specific performance constraints, means that the coordination of the technical design process when delivering high quality, imaginative building installations is more complex than it has ever been. 
That’s where our role as Executive Architect comes in! 

Paul Wright joined Woods Hardwick as an Associate in our Residential Architecture team in August 2021.
A RIBA Chartered Architect with experience working both in practice and for a residential developer, Paul shares more about his role and why a career in architecture is so rewarding.

In opening a new office in central London, we are building on more than 25 years working in the capital. From high end retail to world-renowned restaurants, our architects and planners have worked with a range of clients and consultants to breathe new life into industries that have had to work hard to come back stronger and better than ever following the events of the last couple of years!
One of our finest projects of the last year is arguably one of the biggest restaurant openings in the last few years! Introducing The MAINE, Mayfair!

Last night our London team, together with clients and fellow consultants, officially celebrated the launch of our new office in the capital! The venue, the wonderfully eclectic Gargotte at Lab Woolfe, on Fitzrovia’s Percy Street, was the perfect setting for the launch party.
Opening a new office in London after the events of the last year is testimony to the ambition, skill and knowledge of Woods Hardwick’s growing team and client base - and this a sentiment clearly shared last night.

Planning Director Russell Gray attended Day One of the Built Environment Networking’s Oxford-Cambridge Arc Conference. 
The feeling in the room was clear from the start - a real concern of political inertia at the national level; that the Government is no longer as committed to the Arc, with the lack of any mention in the recent Comprehensive Spending Review evidence of this.

Over the past decade, Birmingham has seen a surge in development and investment, with focus on the regeneration of key city centre sites. 
This has seen new residential communities formed in the central area alongside retail, business and cultural destinations. 

On Tuesday 14 September, our Planning Director Paul Woods, chaired a session at the Built Environment Networking’s Midlands Development conference, hosted at the Coventry Building Society Arena.
This was one of the BEN’s first hybrid events, with around 150 people in attendance in person, with another 80 viewing online.