The latest research by Woods Hardwick, the independent architecture, engineering, planning and surveying consultants, has shown that England’s green belt covers 12.5% of the nation’s total land area and could facilitate the construction of over 73.7m new-build plots - with just 1.4% of green belt land required to deliver the government’s target of 1m homes by the next election.
This week, Michael Gove announced that the government wants to turn their focus to empty retail outlets to help address the housing crisis by converting them into flats to avoid building on the green belt.
Woods Hardwick have today [3 July] appointed Craig Smith to head up its architecture team in Birmingham as part of the company’s five-year growth plans.
Woods Hardwick were awarded runners up for Large Consultancy of the Year by Taylor Wimpey last week.Taylor Wimpey South Midlands had their annual presentation evening where Woods Hardwick won runners up in their Large Consultant of the Year category as voted by their technical, commercial, production, sales and customer services departments.
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.
Woods Hardwick Limited can announce it has become an employee-owned business in June 2022 as part of its long term succession strategy.Woods Hardwick have been a leading multi-disciplinary built environment practice for nearly 60 years and have moved over to a 100% Employee Ownership Trust (EOT).
Transforming conceptual designs into reality: collaboration is key to the role of an Executive Architect
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!
Last Friday saw the third Woods Hardwick Football tournament at AFC Kempston Rovers’ ground. With the last tournament taking place in 2019, it’s been a long time coming!The evening started in entertaining fashion with a 3-0 victory to team DevCon, despite the great efforts from renowned shot-stopper, Calum Wilson for TechCommIT Utd (a mix of our Technical and Commercial Architecture departments).
Daniel is a Graduate Civil Engineer in our Birmingham office. After joining Woods Hardwick in September 2021, he reflects on his time with the company so far, and how the varied work across multiple sectors and regions, is keeping him busy - and inspired!
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