Robust pipeline generates growth at architects practice

Leeds-based Watson Batty Architects has reported strong business performance as it continues to expand its senior team.

Having achieved its 2022/2023 turnover target of £2.94m, despite continued market uncertainty, the practice reports it is trading 10% ahead of its £3.3m turnover target, six months into its current financial year.

To support its strong business pipeline, the 45-year-old firm has made a number of senior appointments.

Experienced architect John Nall is the latest person to join. He has particular skills in the high-rise sector and has been involved with several prestige projects, overseeing delivery of around 2,000 Build-to-Rent homes in Leeds over the last four years.

Peter White, managing director, said: “We are very pleased to be able to report sustained growth at Watson Batty with an increasing workload across both Leeds and Loughborough.

“This is boosted particularly through the education, leisure, later living and care sectors where there is continued client investment and a commitment to deliver, UK-wide.

“Our ongoing success is reward for our commitment to investment in new talent over the past few years that has placed us in such a strong position.

“We are acutely aware of the rapidly changing agenda for the built environment, not least through sustainability and net zero carbon commitments, and this has been our primary, future focused approach for clients.”

Recent project awards for Watson Batty include new educational facilities with Tilbury Douglas and ISG, as well as further successes with Algeco via the Modern Methods of Construction framework.

The later living and care sector continues to expand through clients Exemplar and Torsion, while recent leisure sector successes include new build projects in Goole and Caerphilly which is part funded via the Government’s levelling up fund.

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