Watson Batty Architects is on track to achieve its ambition of doubling its turnover to £4m during a five-year window.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, MD of the Leeds-established practice Peter White, pictured, 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.
“During its 40 years Watson Batty has created over a 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.
“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.