Lee Richley, RWO.
Jane Imrie

This week's Yorkshire appointments

Lee Richley, RWO

Civil and structural engineering firm RWO has appointed Lee Richley as senior structural Revit technician.

Lee brings a range of experience of liaising with architects, subcontractor designers and other technical disciplines as well as engineering design knowledge to the role.

Lee’s responsibilities will include working with the company’s engineers to produce Revit models and structural steelwork, concrete, masonry and timber drawings from initial concept stage through to the construction phase on a range of projects.

In addition to managing incoming drawings and models from architects and specialist subcontractors, Lee will assist in the development of Building Information Modelling (BIM) processes and standards.

Andrew Fairburn, director of RWO’s Leeds office, commented: “The building and construction sector continues to require access to high quality technical expertise and resources.

“Our sustained investment in experienced people like Lee will ensure that we can provide top-class skills, services and support to clients now and well into the future.”

Steve Clarke, Castlehouse Construction

Castlehouse Construction has appointed Steve Clarke as quantity surveyor.

Steve joins the company from Cardinal Project Management and prior to that he was with ISG Construction where he held QS roles. He brings a range of experience, having worked across multiple sectors in the construction industry, on projects ranging from £10k to £10m.

Responsible for subcontractor and labour only employee management as well as project procurement and cost control, Steve will also liaise and negotiate with client quantity surveyors.

Frank Kofler, managing director at Castlehouse Construction, commented: “The successful delivery of any construction project is all about teamwork and our quantity surveying team is a key driver to this.

“We are delighted to welcome Steve on board and to harness his wide sector knowledge and experience.”

Steve added: “I am excited to be joining Castlehouse, one of the region’s fastest growing construction companies. I look forward to working on a wide range of projects across the North of England.”

Scott Lunn, Niemen Architects

Architectural practice Niemen Architects has appointed Scott Lunn as associate director.

Scott, who qualified at Leeds Beckett University, previously spent 10 years with Watson Batty Architects as an associate. He brings a range of knowledge and experience having delivered multi-million-pound education schemes for the Department for Education, Leeds City Council and York St John University.

Scott also worked as a retained consultant for a major supermarket retailer gaining planning permissions for new stores alongside mixed-use regeneration schemes. His experience also includes large-scale commercial and mixed-use development projects.

Niemen Architects founder and director, Shayne Niemen, commented: “We are pleased to have emerged from the worst of the pandemic with a healthy order book and growing team.

“We have committed to expanding our commercial sector portfolio and more actively showcase the expertise we have in areas including education and healthcare.

“We are delighted to welcome Scott to our growing team. He is a great new asset to the business, and we are excited to pursue our drive to diversify our work with him on board.”

Scott added: “I am excited to join Niemen Architects with a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate how I can really impact key sector growth within the business and carve my own career-path in a very hands-on practice.

“I look forward to working with the practice’s existing client-base and also creating new opportunities with my existing contacts in commercial sectors.”

Will Marshall, Chris Megson and Jessica Knight, DPP Planning

Town planning consultancy DPP Planning (DPP) has announced a pair of senior appointments and a promotion within its Leeds team.

The firm has appointed Will Marshall and Chris Megson as senior planners and promoted Jessica Knight to planner.

Will joins DPP from Urbana Planning in Sheffield, bringing with him seven years’ experience working on residential and commercial schemes.

Also joining the firm is Chris, who joins from ELG Planning in Darlington, bringing with him six years’ post-graduation experience.

Although both Will and Chris will be Leeds-based, their new roles will see them involved in projects across England and Wales, as well as working with directors and staff across DPP’s network of offices.

Jessica joined DPP’s Leeds office in October 2017, combining her assistant planner role with the completion of her planning degree. Since joining the company, Jessica has grown her professional skills and has supported the Leeds office on a number of major schemes.

Gareth Hooper, chief executive of DPP, commented: “We have experienced strong growth across our network of UK offices and am pleased to expand our team in Leeds with the addition of Will and Chris. They both bring strong track-records to DPP and will be instrumental in delivering on the pipeline of projects we are securing.

“Unlocking the potential of our people is also fundamental to our growth. Jessica is a great example of the talented young people we are able to attract to DPP, making the successful transition from higher education to a career in our fast-moving sector.”

David Hunter and Brian d’Arcy, Schofield Sweeney

Schofield Sweeney has made two new appointments to its team.

David Hunter joins the commercial team as a director while solicitor Brian d’Arcy joins the corporate team.

David acts for a range of businesses PLCs to SMEs and helps firms at all stages of their life. He negotiates and drafts commercial agreements and assists businesses in the management of risk and compliance issues.

David has experience and profile in the energy sector and in renewable energy, having worked as an in-house lawyer for almost 10 years at a company which operates globally in this sector.

David commented: “I am very pleased to join Schofield Sweeney. I share the firm’s commitment to providing straightforward legal advice to its clients.

“My time in industry has helped me to understand exactly what clients are looking for from their advisers. My aim is to understand my client’s business and its issues and to help it achieve business goals by providing practical advice and support on its journey.”

Brian specialises in corporate acquisitions and disposals (of both shares and assets), intra-group re-organisations (including share buybacks, share for share exchanges and share re-designations) and general corporate administration.

Brian commented: “I am delighted to have joined Schofield Sweeney. The firm enjoys a first-rate reputation for providing legal services to businesses and individuals both in Yorkshire and across the country.

“The ability to reassure clients with advice, which is practical, commercially astute and tailored to their needs is at the core of the firm’s ethos. There is also a straightforward, friendly and inclusive culture in the firm which makes it a great place to work.”

Karen Crutchley, partner - commercial., added: “We’re glad to welcome David and Brian to the team.

“Their appointments build on the depth of expertise and resource which the firm has in corporate & commercial, enabling us to continue to deliver high-quality support and service to our clients.”

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