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Fantastic four join Franklin Ellis Architects

Fantastic four join Franklin Ellis Architects

Nottingham and Leicester-based Franklin Ellis Architects has bolstered its team with the appointment of four new specialists.

The practice, which is currently working on high-profile sites including student accommodation on Talbot Street in Nottingham and the £40 residential development on Vaughan Way in Leicester, has appointed Mark Sheppard as a senior architectural technician, Steffan Davies as an architect, and Kate O’Brien and Gareth Studley as architectural assistants.

Matthew Branton, partner at Franklin Ellis Architects, said of the appointments: “The last 12 months have been extremely busy for us and to accommodate our continued business growth we are expanding our skilled team even further. It’s brilliant to have so much talent joining us at our Nottingham office and I’m looking forward to another busy and exciting year for the Franklin Ellis team.”

Mark Sheppard, who has 20 years of experience in the industry, studied architecture at Huddersfield University and specialises in specification writing, technical detailing and building information modelling (BIM) implementation. In his new role, Mark will be responsible for providing technical support on projects and specification development.

He said: “Franklin Ellis is a major player across the Midlands and works on an impressive range of projects. With the firm’s collaborative and forward-thinking approach to implementation, it’s an appealing place to work and I’m very pleased to be joining the team in Nottingham.”

Steffan Davies specialises in historic buildings and conservation and will be responsible for projects across a number of sectors.

He said: “I have always admired the quality of the design work Franklin Ellis have produced and am very proud to be joining the firm. I look forward to furthering my experience and skill-set throughout my career with the company.”

Kate O’Brien, who studied architecture and landscape architecture at the University of Sheffield is an active student member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and Gareth Studley, who studied architecture at Nottingham Trent University, has worked across a range of sectors but has substantial experience in retail.

In their new positions as architectural assistants, Kate and Gareth will be responsible for supporting the design team with the preparation of drawings across the firm’s broad portfolio of schemes.

Matthew added: “I’m very pleased to welcome Mark, Steffan, Kate and Gareth to the team. Their experience and passion for the industry makes them a perfect fit for the Franklin Ellis culture and I’m sure they will all enjoy the opportunities that are available here.”

Franklin Ellis Architects has worked on a number of well-known schemes across the region including the regeneration of Castle Wharf; one of Nottingham’s prime destinations spanning 120,000 sq ft, Derby Innovation Centre (also known as the iHub); which won the Design Excellence of the Year at last year’s East Midlands Property Awards, and the soon to be complete £20m mixed-use development in New Walk, Leicester.

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