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Location Manchester and Liverpool

Staff 35 architects 61 other designers including town planners, urban designers, landscape architects, 3D visualisation technicians, graphic designers, architectural assistants, technicians and technologists, and cartographers 19 administrative/support staff.

The board of nine directors includes four architects, three town planners and a finance manager. The MD is a town planner and urban designer What kind of work does the practice specialise in?

We cover architecture, urban design, town planning and landscape architecture, with particular expertise in education, healthcare, masterplanning and urban design, residential schemes, statutory planning, listed buildings and custodial buildings.

Recent successes?

During the past 18 months Taylor Young has been appointed for a number of major education, healthcare and housing projects in the North of England. Also for three key frameworks for English Partnerships, the NWDA Framework and Carrillion's HMPS Constructor Framework. Design awards include 2006 Building Better Healthcare Awards and shortlisting in a number of other awards including several for planning documentation.

How long has the practice been in existence and what is the mix of ages?

Taylor Young has been in continuous existence since 1860 and became a limited company in 1989. We have 50 staff up to age 30, 38 staff between 30 and 45, and 27 staff over 45.

What benefits do you offer staff?

Professional subscriptions, support for professional qualifications, pension, healthcare package, flexible working, up to 30 days holiday, enhanced maternity and paternity pay, childcare vouchers, shopping discounts, sport and social group, foreign study tours.

Which CAD packages do you use?

AutoCAD, 3D Studio Max, SketchUp, ArcGIS, Autodesk Map, Keyscape, Adobe Creative Suite, Corel Draw.

Staff spotlight on. . .

Name Steven Wilson Age 29 Status Associate Education Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores, RIBA North West Region.

When did you join the practice?

December 2001 What do you like about working there?

Since joining Taylor Young as a Part 2 student, I have been given the opportunity to demonstrate my ability, gain rewards and develop my skills. The company provided me with financial support to complete my studies, and the mentoring it offered then still continues. The big positives at Taylor Young are the relaxed atmosphere, good teamworking relationships and broad diversity of projects; largely due to the interesting mix of disciplines. I have been given responsibility for developing my own client contacts, which has proved extremely successful.

Contact details Taylor Young Chadsworth House, Wilmslow Road, Handforth, Cheshire SK9 3HP Tel: 01625 542 200 Fax: 01625 542 250 Email: mail@tayloryoung. co. uk Web: www. tayloryoung. co. uk

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