AN AWARD winning architecture practice in Leeds has announced that it plans to start recruiting following a further 25% increase in turnover over the last 12 months. Brewster Bye, which was established 22 years ago and is based in Headingley, has increased turnover by 70% over the past 3 years to £1.7M. The firm is predicting consistent growth going forward and now plans to create up to 12 new jobs over the next two years.
Under the stewardship of Directors Keith Brewster, Chris Austin, Mark Henderson and Nathan Wilkinson, Brewster Bye has won a host of new contracts and seen consecutive year-on-year growth in a range of sectors.
Managing Director Keith Brewster says: “We are delighted to see both our turnover and profits increasing as confidence returns to the property and construction industries. In the last 18 months alone, we have employed six new staff taking our total number to 21, and as we continue to win competitive pitches for a wide range of public and private sector clients we are now planning to create a number of new positions for both graduates and experienced architects.”
Current projects the company is working on include the £100M Country Resort, The Flaxby which is located between York and Harrogate, Raithwaite Hall in Whitby, the redevelopment of the former council offices at St Leonard’s Place, York, a city centre residential development at Roman House, York, and the £5.5M development of 51 homes for Muse Developments at Doncaster, Lakeside. The firm is also working on over 30 affordable, older persons and extra care housing schemes for national and regional associations.
Keith adds: “We work across all sectors but a large proportion of our work is in the residential sector, which was obviously hit hard by the economic downturn. However, we started to emerge from the recession a lot earlier than most, helping to find and agree land deals for our social housing clients and manage those projects right through from planning to build and delivery. There is such a shortage in this sector, with just 16,000 of the 135,000 homes needed delivered last year, that this area has become a huge priority for us as a firm.
“Activity is now increasing across all areas of the industry and we have a bigger pipeline of exciting new developments for both new and existing clients than at any other time in the last five years. Our success is built on our reputation for delivering visually striking and highly functional quality projects that are managed to the highest level, and this has allowed us to enjoy an unusually high level of repeat business and client retention in what is a very competitive market sector and this will remain key to our future growth.”