Power to the people – Woods Hardwick shifts to employee-led ‘John Lewis ownership’ model
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).
Planning Director Paul Woods shares what Levelling Up could mean for the High Street at British BIDS event
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 publishes report on Local Plan 2040 – More growth, new settlements
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.
Meet RIBA Chartered Architect, Paul Wright
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.
On International Women’s Day, meet Graduate Civil Engineer, Elena Martin Lopez
Elena is a Graduate Civil Engineer in our Birmingham office. She joined Woods Hardwick in September 2021, and is already supporting many clients.She shares her thoughts on how we can encourage more women into the sector as well as her career journey to date -jumping (or flying!) from aerospace manufacturing to civil engineering. And we also find out how she has encouraged a love of all things aquatic in the Birmingham office!
Planning for the future in Central Bedfordshire: Local Development Scheme
Central Bedfordshire Council has now formally published their Local Development Scheme (LDS), which sets out a draft timetable for taking forward the formal review of their Local Plan, which was previously adopted in July 2021.Policy SP1a of the Plan committed the Council to a review commencing within 6 months of adoption.
Planning for the future of London – Planning Director, Paul Woods shares his experience and views on how to deliver development plans for London
Paul Woods is one of Woods Hardwick’s Planning Directors, and manages the Planning business in our new central London office. Having joined the team in June 2020, Paul was formerly Managing Director of Edge 4 Planning, and Director and Head of Infrastructure Planning at UK Planning practice, GL Hearn, part of Capita Plc.Here we find out more about Paul’s vision for London and how the Woods Hardwick Planning and Architecture teams are bringing their multidisciplinary expertise to the capital.
Our Spooktacular Halloween Party 2021
There was a rather spooky spectacle in our Bedford office to celebrate Halloween.Our ‘Spooktacular’ Halloween lunch brought out some amazing tricks, treats and costumes! We were also raising money for the Prebend Street Day Centre, a charity supporting rough sleepers and the homeless in Bedford.
Round up of West Midlands Development Plans 2021
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.
Fancy a career in Planning? Graduate Planner, Ben McShane, explains how!