Darling Associates, the multi award winning architectural studio, is continuing to perform strongly and in line with expectations through this year, following last year’s record turnover and pre-tax profit.
The studio has now confirmed a series of recent achievements, including a successful recruitment drive leading to ten new appointments in London, the expansion of its shareholder base, the announcement of a wholly owned subsidiary, and new appointments on several high profile projects, all of which are sustaining the studio’s continuing strong performance into the second half of the year.
- The appointment of ten new architects to the London studio, including at associate level, joining the existing 63 strong team, and the expansion of the Poznan office. The new appointments include Alex Bertzouanis, Adrian Fabbro, Sophie Grabiner, Steve Griffin, Johannes Keller, Maria Martin, Fernando Navarro, Lauren Orfali and Rachel Song.
- Rupert Eastell has joined the board as a non-executive director. Rupert will use his 30 years’ experience of advising entrepreneurial businesses to guide the practice through its expansion and corporate development.
- The addition of seven new shareholders, all of whom are existing employees, thereby expanding the ownership of the business and further investing in the studio’s collective future.
- The formation of Darling Monitor, a wholly owned subsidiary company designed to consolidate Darling Associates’ expertise in providing multi-disciplinary client and quality monitoring on major projects.
- Several major new appointments in London and the south east, including as residential architects on a 14 acre town centre scheme near Heathrow, a 32 000 m2 mixed use project in Windsor and a 10 000m2 office scheme in Moorgate.
- Other major projects confirmed as proceeding on site include the transformation and reinstatement of Harcourt House, an Edwardian baroque-style listed building on Cavendish Square, a BTR scheme in North Acton and a 220 unit residential scheme in south west London that received planning permission last week.
Chris Darling, Managing Director, Darling Associates, said: “We’re navigating the present challenges posed by the UK economy and wider political uncertainty in a fairly robust way, and 2017 is continuing to prove a great year for us. It’s very satisfying to see the studio go from strength to strength, whether attracting new talent, organically expanding our portfolio of client services, increasing the businesses ownership and of course working hard on some very exciting high profile projects.”