Newcastle-based architects, FaulknerBrowns, has announced that Paul Richardson, director of schools projects, is to become a partner with the practice.
The promotion has been made in recognition of Paul’s valuable input on a portfolio of major projects and brings the practice’s partner count to nine.
Paul joined FaulknerBrowns in 2005 to work within the firm’s schools team and has more than ten years’ experience in the design and construction of major projects within the education sector.
Paul led the team which won the Leeds Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project in 2007 and then Tameside BSF the following year. He is currently working on the BSF scheme for Telford and Wrekin, an £80 million programme developing eight schools.
Ian Wilson, partner at FaulknerBrowns, said:
“FaulknerBrowns are proud of our impressive portfolio of schools projects and Paul has played a significant part in developing this sector of our work. He has a particular interest in how the built environment can promote learning and has developed innovative school designs which reflect this. Paul’s dedication has helped reinforce our position as a nationally significant practice in this sector and he is a welcome addition to the partnership.
“Paul’s promotion coincides with a particularly successful period at FaulknerBrowns. Over the last six months, we have seen projects move ahead overseas at Edmonton, Paris and The Hague, in addition to projects in the UK at Bishopsgate in London, with Public Health England and at Derby. This success has resulted in a 25% increase in staffing numbers.
“We are delighted to have Paul on board and look forward to a bright future together.”