The talismanic managing director of Hopkins Architects, Bill Taylor has left the practice - just weeks before the company is due to change back to a partnership
Taylor, who has worked for the outfit for 30 years and acted as managing director for the last eight, is departing to ‘concentrate on the development of a site he has owned for some time’.
A spokesman said: ‘[Taylor] has made a major contribution to the quality, range and diversity of the practice’s work, particularly in the area of sustainable architecture. We owe him an immense debt of gratitude, and hope he will be involved in some way in the future.’
Later this month (31 March) Hopkins Architects will revert to a partnership (limited liability partnership - LLP) structure.
A spokesman added: ‘The conversion to an LLP is something to which the practice has given much thought over several years. Having been a limited company for some time we believe now is the right time to change. Historically architectural practices like us were a partnership of like-minded professionals working together with a common approach.
He added: ‘Our intention is to revert to a partnership by adopting the legal format of an LLP (limited liability partnership) and is based on the belief that the partnership ethos is more appropriate than a limited company and it will provide us with more flexibility to introduce new partners as individuals develop within the practice.’
Meanwhile, the practice has submitted plans for an £8 million overhaul of St George’s Chapel - including the construction of a new pavilion next door - as part of a larger scheme to create a new cultural quarter for Great Yarmouth.