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Booming Holder Mathias seeks raft of architects

Holder Mathias architects has announced it is recruiting seventeen architects and graduates at its London and Cardiff studios reflecting a return to profitable growth.

The firm has seen significant increase in the flow of new contracts and is expecting turnover to increase by over 30 per cent in the coming financial year.

Peter Gamble, managing director at Holder Mathias, said: ‘Like many other design practices in the UK, we had a tough 2009, but we managed to keep our heads above the water.’

‘There is light at the end of the tunnel.’

Holder Mathias managing director Peter Gamble

‘We haven’t yet returned to pre-recession levels but these appointments, which are planned over the course of the next few months, are a reflection of our confidence for the future. There is light at the end of the tunnel,’ he said.

The news follows last month’s AJ100 (AJ 20.05.10) which showed that Holder Mathias had lost 33 UK architects in the last year.

Gamble responded by commenting that the firm had been able to retain much of its senior team through the recession and the new recruits would ‘re-dress the balance’ of the practice.

The practice will take on six graduates immediately, and will look to recruit up to eight experienced architects before the end of the year, along with a further three graduates.

Holder Mathias has seen an increased number of new contract wins in recent months, including work on the redevelopment of Bath West Riverside for Crest Nicholson, a series of retail developments in Eastern Europe and the £25 million Urban Village Swansea for Coastal Housing (pictured).

Gamble said: ‘This is undoubtedly the most positive we have been as a business over the past few years. We are seeing increased levels of activity across all our sectors.’

He added: ‘Having experienced hard trading conditions last year, we are still very much aware of the potential threats which still exist to economic recovery, particularly the effect of the current uncertainty in the Eurozone.

Project details (Swansea Urban Village)

Structural engineers Concept; Ateb, Contractors Engineer; Bingham Hall Partnership
Project architect HolderMathias Architects
Client Coastal housing Association
Gross internal floor area approximately 165,000 sqft of commercial/residential space
Form of contract and/or procurement Design and Build
Total cost (of all phases) approximately £25 million
M&E consultant BDP
Quantity surveyor SCP Swansea
Planning supervisor AWA Grove
Lighting consultant BDP
Main contractor MIDAS
Selected subcontractors Piling; STENT, Steelframe; SHUFFLEBOTTOM

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