Watson Batty Continues Strong Trading Despite Pandemic

Watson Batty Architects has surpassed trading expectations for its financial year ending April 2021, despite the challenges of the pandemic. The Leeds and Loughborough based practice has achieved an impressive 30% increase on turnover from April 2020 at £2.98 million, 8% ahead of its targets.

With an expanding portfolio of work across both offices, turnover has been considerably boosted by work across the extra care, learning and residential development sectors. Recent project gains include new educational facilities with Galliford Try for Leeds Local Education Partnership, extra care and residential work with Wates Construction through the Scape Framework, mixed tenure housing projects with Vistry Partnerships and a new secondary school for Elliott Group through the DfE MMC Schools framework.

Watson Batty expanded with five new people in 2020 and has since recruited a further three professionals to its senior team. Gary Kempston has joined as Senior Architect, bringing over 17 years’ experience with other leading practices and a tier 1 contractor Neil Murray has also joined as Project Architect alongside Senior Architectural Technologist Andrew Hinchliffe.

Peter White, Managing Director at Watson Batty Architects, said, “We are delighted to report strong trading for the last financial year and this can only be attributed to the professionalism and great resolve of our team. The last 15 months during the pandemic have presented considerable challenges to us all, from remote working, shifting priorities in design and of course commitment to the delivery of major projects.

“We have supported our clients through these challenging times with great flexibility and continue to invest in our capability through new technologies and processes, modern methods on of construction and meeting the RIBA 2030 climate challenge. We are optimistic for the future and will continue to pursue our strengths in living, extra care, learning and logistics development where delivery remains critical.”

Further Recent instructions for Watson Batty include affordable housing for Caddick Construction, projects for Loughborough, Leeds and Sheffield Universities and a new care home in Walsall for Exemplar Healthcare.

Watson Batty Architects was established more than 40 years ago as a future focused business offering architectural, interior design and master planning solutions for all sectors. Employing more than 30 people in Leeds and Loughborough, the practice is credited for a number of major public and private sector projects including schools, universities, sport and leisure, distribution facilities, commercial, master planning, residential and care developments and transport hubs.

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