Our first fully digital news review was issued in November 2015, the decision to move to e-communications was partly due to a sustainable measure and partly due to the popularity rise of digital media.
This review celebrates a strong year in WCEC's 40 year history with not only the continuation of a strong retail and urban regeneration offer but also demonstrates the boom of both student living and residential developments for the company.
It was in 2015 that WCEC jumped up 39 places in the Building Magazine Top 150 Consultant list, and in other news, our teams raised over £14,000 for charity and gave dedicated time to build a surf shack for one happy 8 year-old Theo who receives respite care from children's hospice Bluebell Wood.
We are pleased to bring you a summary of a very successful 2014. Our news review highlights our latest projects and achievements, including being ranked in the Top 150 Consultants industry league tables by Building Magazine and our Investors in People Gold award.
Last year saw WCEC leading on the design concept for 1400 student bedrooms in Ealing, Oxford, Warwick and Brighton indicating strong beginnings of new sector growth for the company. We also delivered commercial solutions designing and implementing new office accommodation for public and private sector clients. Our exciting year was ended on a high note as together WCEC raised over a staggering £10,000 for our charity of the year!
Our new look review is out today! Bringing you the latest news on our current projects including our expansion and achievements in the permitted development and residential markets and the completion of a new hotel in the centre of historic Bath; as well as highlights of success for our group in-house teams, WCEC Environmental and WCEC BIM Consult, our standalone consultancy services that support our core architectural offering.
As autumn arrives we are pleased to release our summer review. With a key London development hitting site in West Hampstead and many other residential and masterplanning schemes moving forwards we are once again expanding our team. Our continuing pro-active approach to marrying speculative sites with developers and funders has aided our expansion into new sectors and has seen the creation of new contacts within the industry whilst strengthening our existing relationships.
Following the success this winter of group activities, WCEC has seen the progression of our in-house services; expanding our offering in BIM consulting and environmental advisory services as key additions to our architectural practice. This review highlights our new WCEC Group offering alongside a range of project news stories across the UK including commercial developments for TATA Steel and Dovecote Park, retail and leisure schemes and success in planning for at new housing development.
Celebrating 40 years in commercial architecture, WCEC Architects have reached an important landmark. This review maps our journey celebrating our successes, awards, people and clients. The new year has seen a return of leisure and residential opportunities whilst still keeping our foothold in large retail, mixed-use and redevelopment schemes. Projects highlighted in this issue include a contemporary design for a new hotel in the centre of Bath and an impressive scheme for new homes and community facilities in Wixham.
Despite the economic downturn 2011 has been a record breaking year of growth for WCEC through a focus on our clients and their needs. WCEC has seen expansion in all offices and now has almost 100 dedicated and skilled staff. This autumn review showcases some key new projects and celebrates award success for both Penistone Market at the LABC awards and recognition for WCEC's contribution to the Netto rebranding project with the award for the Netto Mindstep Challenge. It also announces the opening of the new WCEC London office.
Spring 2011 was a busy time for WCEC with projects underway in a wide range of sectors including retail, residential, mixed-use, leisure and community. The WCEC team were also engaged with their work for their charity of the year, Sheffield's Children's Hospital, for whom they helped redesign the interior of the Children's Therapy Block. Award success also came with ASDA's 'Architect of the Year 2010' being awarded to WCEC's David Billington.
Autumn 2010 saw an increase in pre-development opportunities, viewed by WCEC as a tentative step towards a recovery in the construction industry. WCEC's pro-active and often speculative approach to sites, developers and opportunities within this demanding environment has allowed the strengthening of existing relationships and formation of new links with developers, retailers and contractors. This review also brings news of WCEC's success at the ASDA Brick Awards with the practice winning the coveted 'Consultant of the Year' award.
Often spring sees the start of many new projects and also the review of developments which may have stalled due to the recent challenging conditions for the construction industry. Our spring 2010 review reflects WCEC's experience and expertise in getting projects moving, providing significant cost savings whilst still delivering outstanding design. Other news in this review includes the opening of WCEC's Sanderson Arcade in Morpeth by Joanna Lumley and the announcement of WCEC's appointment as Strategic Architectural Partners to both ASDA and Morrisons.