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No rebrand say CJCT chiefs as Gordon Carey steps down

The owners of Careyjones Chapmantolcher (CJCT) have said there will be no rebrand following the resignation of practice founder Gordon Carey

Carey, who set up Carey Jones 27 years ago with partner Chris Jones, has stepped down to join Mayfair developer Landid Property. The business is now wholly owned by his fellow former partners Tim Tolcher and Paul Chapman.

Although the resignation severs the last link with the original founders - Jones departed in 2007 (AJ 14.11.07) - Tolcher said ‘it would be wrong’ to change the name.

‘We are very proud of Carey Jones,’ he said. ‘It is the same business, the same ethos, the same outlook and a lot of the same staff. We have no wish to change it would be wrong to do so.’

Tolcher said that there were no plans to change the direction of the business either, saying the company would ‘continue to work across a broad range of sectors’. However, he added that the firm had recently won major contracts in two new sectors; care homes and station design.

‘Our London office has secured a number of commissions from a new client for care homes and our Leeds office is completing Wakefield station,’ said Tolcher. ‘ We are also on site at Northampton station and we have also just secured a new station commission,’ he added.

In 2010, two months before the CJCT, rebrand the firm shed 40 per cent of its staff and lost five directors. Just over 18 months later Careyjones Chapmantolcher put its offices in Manchester and Leeds into administration following ‘difficult times as a result of the poor economic conditions in the regions’ (AJ 05.03.12).

But two years on Tolcher insisted ‘there was a really good balance’ between its 40-strong London office and 20-strong Leeds practice.

Tolcher also said that he and Chapman had not ruled out reopening a Manchester office: ‘Historically we have had a great track record in Manchester and if the opportunity is right and our clients said it was right thing to do we would have a look at it.’

Meanwhile. Gordon Carey issued a statement saying his resignation ‘…completed a succession plan which was conceived 10 years ago, to ensure continuity of the practice and the high quality of design and service to all of our clients….

He went on to say that the practice was ‘in safe hands’ and praised Tolcher and Chapman for growing the London business and for steering ‘… the Leeds office out of the recession.’

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