Trio of appointments as building firm expands in South West

Richard Stanford Brown

Building firm Stepnell has made three senior appointments following an increase in business in the South West.

Ian Woodward, Peter Coulson and Richard Stanford Brown have been appointed to oversee Stepnell’s growing portfolio within a 50-mile radius of Bristol alongside its existing team.

Peter Coulson

Bringing more than 20 years of extensive construction project management experience in the South West, Ian Woodward has been appointed as senior contracts manager to solidify Stepnell’s pipeline of work against frameworks, strengthen contracts and bolster the complete construction partner’s reputation in the region.

Peter Coulson has also joined the Stepnell team as senior project manager, and following a period as a freelance manager for Stepnell – Richard Stanford Brown has made the transition to senior site manager as a permanent member of the team.

Rob Speirs, director at Stepnell, said: “We are steadily growing in the South West as we secure and deliver more projects that meet our renowned quality standards, with ambitions to establish an office on an equal scale with our Southampton base.”

The new team will be leading on prestigious projects such as the St Peters contract in Horfield for Bristol City Council, which is being headed up by Peter.

This includes the construction of 27 homes, a four-bedroom semi-detached children’s home and community centre. Additional works include associated parking, roads and hard and soft landscaping.

Ian Woodward

Richard Stanford Brown, senior site manager, will be overseeing the renovation of four wards at Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust with the installation of 28 ensuites, new side rooms and ancillary works.

He will then be managing the relocation of St Bernadette’s Rugby Football Club from Banfield, Hengrove Park to a new sports facility on Fulford Road – following demolition to the existing Whitehouse Centre.

Spiers continued: “Through their combined experience, expertise and familiarity with Stepnell’s values and project management methods, Ian, Peter and Richard will be incredible assets to drive Stepnell’s growth in the South West as an established partner through existing frameworks, existing and new relationships in the region.”