Watson Batty Architects is celebrating a major milestone as it turns 40 this year. The Leeds established practice welcomes the anniversary with a string of new business successes and new recruitment drive to increase its teams in Leeds and Loughborough.
Last year Watson Batty unveiled a new brand image as it announced impressive plans for business growth and targets to almost double its current £4 million turnover over five years. It is currently on track to achieve that with a continued average growth of 20% in recent years.
Peter White, Managing Director at Watson Batty Architects said, “We are thrilled to celebrate 40 years in practice. Over this time, we have delivered many projects to be proud of and established long term client relationships, over 20 years in some cases for the likes of Wm Morrison Supermarkets and Royal Mail, which is testament to our versatility and ability to engage new practices.
Indeed, during its 40 years Watson Batty has created over 1 million sq ft of retail space across 19 stores for Wm Morrison Supermarkets, delivered 3.2 million sq ft in mail centres for Royal Mail, designed 4,000 new homes and supported 20,000 new school places in the UK.
White continues, “With our roots firmly established in the North we are in a fantastic position to leverage the Northern Powerhouse movement and we are in fact engaging with some very significant urban planning projects. However, our growing office in Loughborough has expanded our existing networks in the South, giving us extended national coverage and the ability to leverage our professional services by sector rather than geography.
“With a team of 50 people we continue to invest heavily in developing our expertise and technological capabilities. To support our growth plans we will pursue more widespread sector expertise covering commercial, industrial, distribution, education, leisure, residential, retail and transport.”
Watson Batty Architects is a future focused business offering architectural, interior design and master planning solutions for all sectors. It is credited for a number of major public and private sector projects including schools, universities, leisure centres, distribution facilities, residential developments and transport hubs.
It is currently working on a number of significant projects across a varied range of sectors including a dining room and student’s union extension at York St John University, delivery offices for Royal Mail at Nine Elms and Portsmouth, leisure centres for local authorities at Newark and Washington and has recently been successful in supporting Wates Living Space Homes on Calderdale Council’s North Halifax Transformation Project.
Watson Batty has recently invested in using the latest Autodesk Revit software and BIM technology to facilitate 3D modelling, and improved design team collaboration in order to meet the public sector procurement targets for project delivery in 2016.