Deal sees architecture practice become part of North East firm

From left: John Tweed, David Davies, Dan Cogdon and Tony Harmieson

Chester architecture practice Tweed Nuttall Warburton has been acquired, for an undisclosed sum, by Newcastle firm Sadler Brown Group (SBG).

SBG, which specialise in the design of commercial, infrastructure and residential developments, has recently won a number of new major national contracts.

The acquisition of TNW-Architecture is seen as a perfect fit for SBG’s growing workforce, geographic coverage, and sector expansion plans.

SBG managing director, Tony Harmieson, said: “Despite such trying economic times for all, we are absolutely delighted to have been able to push on with the acquisition of Tweed Nuttall Warburton Architects, who have a fantastic reputation and history in the North West of England.

“This is our latest strategic acquisition to allow a more local client service in the North West.

“TNW has an unquestioned reputation spread over more than 40 years of delivering a broad range of high profile projects in this region, and across a number of our target sectors, so their fit is genuinely like hand-to-glove.

“Expanding our profile and footprint via this acquisition will also allow us to grow our group’s client base in the North West of England further, whilst continuing to provide an excellent level of design expertise for which we are now nationally renowned.”

He added: “I am personally delighted that as part of this deal John Tweed, one of the founding partners of TNW, will continue his role of guiding the TNW team for the foreseeable future.

“With the country having been in lockdown for so long, I personally can’t wait to get out into this beautiful city and see our new clients in person.”

Founding director, John Tweed, said: “Over four decades the team at TNW has helped to shape a spectrum of heritage, education, commercial, agricultural and residential projects in Cheshire and North Wales.

“The senior team has a wealth of experience working closely with individual, corporate and institutional clients and co-ordinating the work of specialist environmental and construction professionals.

“By ​teaming up with Sadler Brown we have a huge opportunity to deliver for a wider range and scale of client than ever before. It’s all very exciting indeed.”

TNW was founded in 1980 by three original Partners, Tweed Nuttall & Warburton, and specialise in a wide variety of building types and scale of projects from large domestic extensions and alterations to multimillion-pound school refurbishments, offices, commercial and community buildings, elderly care environments and housing developments.

It has extensive experience working in rural areas and sensitive heritage settings, tailoring services from simple feasibility studies through to full design, master planning, technical, procurement and contract administration.

Sadler Brown has won a number of stand out commercial and residential design projects, including new rail stations, infrastructure work for Nexus and Network Rail and other high-profile private residential projects.

SBG also has design studios in London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Edinburgh.