The Midlands studio of Watson Batty Architects has announced a number of significant new project appointments, supporting its growth targets, with a studio relocation. The practice continues to be on track to achieve another successive year of impressive financial results in April projecting a turnover of £2.8 million. Whilst the Midlands studio has established nationwide recognition for its sport and leisure sector work, a greater proportion of its work is now across other core sectors including education, industrial and via national multi sector frameworks including Scape.
In particular, Watson Batty is working alongside Elliott Group on the Department for Education’s (DfE) offsite/modern methods of construction (MMC) framework including delivery of a new secondary school in the East Midlands. It will apply its nationally recognised design and technical expertise to help deliver innovative project solutions that can provide significant benefits in energy efficiency, health and safety and achieve shorter build programmes. Other recent project successes include the completion of a new 400+ place primary school in Nuneaton, a new sports facility at Loughborough University, a major feasibility study for Derby City Council, an SEN school project for Leicester City Council, and a new leisure centre in North Devon.
Watson Batty’s recent relocation to a larger studio at Loughborough Technology Centre, adjacent to Loughborough University campus and just five minutes from the M1, represents a new and exciting step towards further strengthening its presence in the Midlands. Richard Crowson, Regional Director at Watson Batty and current Co-Chair of RIBA East Midlands Region 2022 to 2024, said:
” We are delighted to see recent project successes in our Midlands studio, despite the many challenges of the pandemic, and look forward to continuing this success with new and existing clients including Loughborough University and education projects through the Department for Education Contractors Framework 2021. Our work in sport and leisure continues to be a major contributor to the overall practice but we are pleased to have expanded our portfolio across other sectors in both the East and West Midlands, demonstrating our wider expertise and versatility. Sustainability has emerged as a key priority for our profession, as well as our clients, in dealing with the Climate Crisis and this is a priority for Watson Batty in 2022. We have established a sustainability taskforce to address this and to guide our clients on how to design and deliver buildings on the journey to net zero.” Watson Batty are a signatory to the RIBA’s 2030 Climate Challenge.
Since Watson Batty established its Midlands presence, its team has completed projects over the past 12 years with a combined contract value in excess of £120 million. Watson Batty Architects was established more than 45 years ago as a future focused business offering architectural, interior design and master planning solutions for all sectors. It is credited for several major public and private sector projects including schools, universities, sport and leisure, distribution facilities, commercial, master planning, residential and care developments and transport hubs. The Practice has invested heavily in building the expertise of its team through qualification support and promotions and intends to create several new management roles in 2022. Its team is also involved with the RIBA Student Mentoring Programme at the University of Sheffield, De Montfort University Leicester, and Loughborough University.