Architect firm shifts to Employee Ownership Trust

Associated Architects has transferred ownership of its business to an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT).

Current directors Warren Jukes, James Hall, Richard Perry, and Steve Townsend will continue to lead the business, and no changes are expected in day-to-day operations.

Founded in Birmingham in 1968 and with additional offices in Leeds and Oxford, Associated Architects anticipates continued growth, projecting a turnover exceeding £6m for the year ending March 2025 and an increase in staff numbers to over 65.

Warren Jukes, managing director of Associated Architects, said: “Our people are our biggest asset, and this move enables us to ensure the company will be run in the long-term interest of our employees and will preserve the culture and values that have been the bedrock of five decades of success”.

The firm’s commercial performance is supported by a portfolio of projects across education, commercial, and residential sectors, as well as community and infrastructure projects like the University Station at the University of Birmingham and the redevelopment of the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

Associated Architects have been involved in projects such as the 10 Brindley Place commercial retrofit in Birmingham and the award-winning School of Architecture & the Built Environment at the University of Wolverhampton.

Additionally, promotions within the company include Alex Paul to director and Jonathan Dawson-Bowman to associate director in the Birmingham studio, as well as the appointment of Craig Reed as director in Leeds and the promotion of Tom Cotton to associate director in Oxford.

Alex Paul said: “Having been part of the AA journey for over 13 years I am hugely honoured to be a key part of the future of the practice. As well as securing our long-term independence, the new EOT structure facilitates greater opportunity from within, which underpins our continued aim of being a people-focused business.

“The strength of our service offering has always been centred around our team and creating a progressive environment
full of opportunity. I am confident that this transition will enhance this opportunity, and in turn allow us to continue to
attract, retain and reward the most talented, passionate, and entrepreneurial people in the industry. Through our people and with the support of our clients and fellow consultants, we feel we are well positioned to continue our success through the next decade and beyond.”


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