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_space has strengthened its architectural board by making a high profile external appointment and a series of internal promotions to board level, as part of its continuing plans to develop a sustainable business.

The firm is the name behind high profile developments such as the £35 million Baltic Place development in Gateshead, Blythe Community College, the Bunny Hill Centre in Sunderland and is also lead architect on the new £250 million regeneration plan for Newcastle's Stephenson Quarter, the region's biggest mixed use development in 20 years. It recently placed a team in Leeds and is already eyeing suitable sites in the North West and Midlands to grow its projects across the UK.

David Coundon, ex-principal architect at an established regional practice and project architect on Sunderland's @20 million Aquatic and Wellness Centre, which opened this month, joins _space architecture as architectural director. Coundon was also part of the team who worked on Manchester's Commonwealth Pool and Inverness Aquatic Centre and is a highly respected figure in UK architecture and commercial property circles.

_space Associate Director Steve Brooks has been promoted to Director, to work alongside Managing Director Any Roberts. Brooks will continue to develop key client relationships across a range of sectors and assist in the strategy of the architectural business.

The new board is completed by Richard Elphick, who has many years of Director-level experience behind him, together with Financial Director Chris Alete.

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