Daniella Johnson

23rd April 2015

Blueprint for Future Growth


An award winning architecture firm that was established 23 years ago in Leeds has appointed a new managing director.

Chris Austin, who has been an integral part of the Brewster Bye team for 22 years, is taking over the role from founding partner Keith Brewster. Keith will take up a new position as a consultant in the business and continue to support the board of directors as well as overseeing a wide range of projects in the residential and community sectors.

Chris will work alongside fellow directors and shareholders Mark Henderson and Nathan Wilkinson to continue growing the firm, which is based in Headingley and employs 23 staff.

Chris says: “It’s a privilege to accept this new role and I will be continuing to work closely with Keith and the rest of the team to grow our business. It’s a very exciting time for us as the improving economy presents a wide range of opportunities across all sectors, with both new and existing clients.”

Brewster Bye, which has seen consecutive year-on-year growth in a range of sectors including the residential and commercial property markets, education, health, community enterprise and the arts, as well as the sports and leisure industries, is currently managing numerous prestigious projects.

Brewster Bye Architects Managing Director and Directors

The firm is working on the luxury residential conversion of St. Leonard’s Place in York for Rushbond PLC, the redevelopment of the Leeds Girls High School site in Headingley for Stonebridge Homes and three regeneration sites in Doncaster of over 300 houses for Muse Developments. Other clients include The Abbeyfield Society where Brewster Bye is responsible for the £10.5million extra care and dementia care housing scheme in Bingley and Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association’s residential apartment development at Hanover Square in Leeds.

Keith says: “Since founding the business with David Bye in 1992, our team of directors have ensured that Brewster Bye has earned an enviable reputation in both the public and private sectors for delivering visually striking and highly functional quality projects that are managed to the highest level. I am really looking forward to my new position and seeing the business continue to thrive under Chris’ leadership.”

Chris adds: “We have all been a key part of the success of the firm over the years and are thoroughly appreciative of the role Keith has played in the development of Brewster Bye. Together we plan to expand and continue to deliver the industry-leading, award winning work that we have become renowned for, whilst further enhancing the high standard of service we provide to our clients.