Woods Hardwick in Birmingham
This week we chaired a session at the annual Built Environment Networking’s annual Midlands Development Conference.
While this year was a little different being virtual, it was a brilliant event, bringing together developers, local government, innovation specialists and consultants from across the built environment. The key themes of the day included the focus on new developments hitting the UK’s net zero carbon targets, infrastructure funding and timing, transport and connectivity across the region and initiatives for improvement and partnerships.
Our Planning Director, Paul Woods, chaired the Major Development Projects session, with the panel presenting some inspirational schemes; Susan Barrett and Claire Barker from Urban Growth Company on The Hub, Alexander Newport from Bradford Estates on their proposed new garden settlement and strategic employment site at junction 3 of the M54, and Chris Keogh of Court Collaboration, on their major city centre scheme at Brewers Yard in Wolverhampton.
Our growth in the Midlands
Building on the strong foundations we have fostered over 50 years from our head office in Bedford, we are now focused on growing our business across the Midlands.
Woods Hardwick supports developers, land promoters, house builders and land owners through the development process. Our services include architecture, urban design, civil engineering, town planning, transport planning, and land surveying. Our ability to offer these services in an integrated way is a major benefit to our clients, with the close working relationship across our respective disciplines enhancing our understanding of the development sector and the many opportunities to unlock development potential
Despite recent months, these are extremely exciting times for Woods Hardwick and the Midlands as a whole. Based in the iconic Fort Dunlop building, the team is ideally located in the heart of the West Midlands, serving clients across Birmingham, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Northamptonshire, as well as the wider Midlands region.
Woods Hardwick puts its people at the heart of everything we do. As a professional services organisation and particularly in an industry where positive relationships are pivotal to success, we are focused on building capable, resilient teams who can deliver for our clients – and enjoy it! Our corporate culture actively encourages creativity, learning and personal development, as well as, pre-Covid at least, a heavy focus on organised social events with colleagues, whether this be a team dinner, or a more active football or hockey tournament.
After celebrating four years in Birmingham, we have just moved to a new office on the ground floor of the Fort Dunlop building. At 3,536 sq ft, it is almost three times the size of our former space, with the new open plan layout creating a collaborative environment for working relationships to flourish – this is especially important as the teams work closely on a range of projects.
Contact a member of our team to find out how Woods Hardwick can support you:
Matt Ford, Head of Birmingham Office/ Engineering Director