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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.

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).

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).

Yesterday Planning Director Paul Woods alongside Centre for the New Midlands’ Chris Smith, presented at the British BIDS conference, looking at the Levelling Up agenda and what it means for UK High Streets.
The event focused on BIDs, Culture and Communities, looking at how they can work together to drive economic growth and help their communities - with the main message; the need for greater collaboration.

Bedford Borough Council has published a report on the Local Plan 2040 that is to be presented to the Council’s Executive on 27th April 2022.
The report advises Members of the issues raised in response to the Regulation 18 Draft Plan: Strategy Options and Draft policies consultation that took place between June and September 2021 and presents an overview of the Local Plan 2040 ‘Plan for Submission’ (Regulation 19 Stage), with the draft Plan appended to the report.  It sets out the proposed development strategy and the next steps for the plan.  The Executive is asked to agree, subject to any amendments, the plan for public consultation.

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.

Coventry City Council is conducting a call for brownfield sites in order to help identify potential sites that may be able to help meet the City’s development needs (housing, employment, leisure etc).
This call for brownfield sites presents the opportunity to submit sites which may be suitable. The sites will then be assessed to establish their suitability, availability and achievability in meeting the development needs of the City.