Staffordshire Architects Celebrates Milestone

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DATE: Oct 11, 2020
AUTHOR: Tamsin Parker

A Staffordshire architectural practice is celebrating completing it’s 1000th project.

Hewitt&Carr Architects (HCA) based in Cheadle have reached the milestone nine years after they launched in 2011.

Phil Billington and his partner Liz Needham have brought Hewitt&Carr Architects in, to design plans for a kitchen extension at their (18th) century farmhouse in Foxt.

Returning clients, they had already used the company to draw up plans to completely renovate the farmhouse previously.

Since forming the company, business partners Natalie Hewitt and Mark Carr have grown the practice massively.

When they launched their projects were predominantly residential extensions and developments but overtime they’ve taken on more and more commercial and corporate developments and now combine a mixture of both – all they say, equally as important as each other.

Their biggest project recently has been supporting the £750,000 redevelopment of the New Vic Theatre in Basford.

Over the years they’ve worked with other big name clients like Crewe based Wrights Food Group who they’ve helped with a number of projects including an extension to their existing factory, as well as a new factory on their Second Avenue site.

In 2012 they reached their first big milestone with their 100th project which was to support pottery manufacturer Emma Bridgewater with plans to redevelop land next to their Lichfield Street factory in Hanley. 

From that point on they’ve gone from strength to strength, supporting all kinds of businesses and clients with private, residential developments and extensions.

Founder and architect Natalie Hewitt said: “We’re delighted to have reached this milestone. When Mark and I launched the company we could never have envisaged hitting the 1000th project mark. When you first start out every job is a bonus but we are both incredibly determined, hard working and ambitious, as is our team,  and it’s that team effort and approach that has enabled us to get to this huge milestone. 

She added: “We launched this business because we care about people and that ethos is still at the centre of everything we do. To us every job is equally as important, whether it’s supporting a big organisation with a multi-million pounds redevelopment, or it’s a residential extension that’s going to provide much needed family space, they both mean as much to the client, which means in turn they mean as much to us.

Natalie said: “We’re working on some great projects and we’re looking forward to building on our success as we started working towards our next milestone.” 

Client Phil Billington said: “Before we could move into the farmhouse, it needed everything doing, starting with a new roof, digging up floors, pulling down ceilings and stripping plaster from all the internal walls. For us this was a big project and with Mark and Natalie’s support and guidance we now have a lovely cosy three-bedroom home, which we also extended to include a summer room.

He added: “Hewitt&Carr were brilliant, not just with coming up with great ideas but also listened to what we wanted and helped us ensure we kept the original ethos of the cottage. This has meant we not only have a beautiful contemporary home but have also been able to retain many of the original features.  It was because of this professional and friendly approach we had no hesitation asking Hewitt&Carr back to draw up the plans for our kitchen extension. It’s nice to know we’re their 1000th job too and we wish them very well for their next 1000!”

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AUTHOR: Tamsin Parker
Tamsin is our Managing Director and the founder of LEGS PR. She is a communications and engagement expert with more than 20 years of journalistic and PR experience in both the public and private sectors. She has worked in newspapers, commercial radio, and regional television where she covered news and sport. Tamsin still freelances as a broadcast journalist as is a lecturer in journalism and sports journalism at Staffordshire University.

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