Posted on Wednesday 13 June 2012 by Ulster Business
At the announcement of its new London office are Paul Crowe, Managing Director of Todd Architects, and John Chapman, who will head up the new Hammersmith operation
The Belfast practice, which recently oversaw the successful delivery of the £97m Titanic Belfast visitor attraction, has been appointed by leading Irish developer Ballymore to work on two major residential developments in the city.
The new projects are the completion of a penthouse apartment complex at Baltimore Wharf and an executive architect role on a brownfield redevelopment project in north London known as Leamouth North.
Todd’s London base is located in Hammersmith and will be headed up by principal John Chapman, who brings over 25-years’ experience from across the UK and Europe. His previous projects include the Printworks, Manchester, Heathrow Airport and Newcastle City Library.
Although many architectural practices are struggling because the property market is still in the doldrums, Todd said it would specifically be targeting the continuing requirements in London for new residential and hotel accommodation, areas in which it has expertise.
Paul Crowe, MD of Todd Architects, said: “We have a strong record of delivering projects for both public and private sector bodies in London, including University College London, Kingston University, a number of London Boroughs, Westfield, Telereal Trillium and Mapeley. With the property market in London and the south-east of England continuing to improve we’re keen to re-establish a physical presence in city and seek out new opportunities.
“We are confident that John’s local knowledge and experience, coupled with our existing portfolio of completing buildings and current projects, will help Todds consolidate its presence in London and the South East.”
John Chapman, who has held senior positions in the Building Design Partnership, Fitch, RTKL and most recently Kajima’s design unit, added: “Todd’s expertise and reputation in a wide range of sectors made them a very attractive company to work for and I hope this, coupled with my own experience in areas such as urban design and masterplanning, will bring a new dynamic to the team. Leading the London office is quite a challenge, but one which I am relishing.
“Todd Architects has a strong pedigree in being able to adapt equally to projects of a small and intricate scale to major complex redevelopments, and this will be effective in growing our presence in London. Titanic Belfast is a building which has made a major impression throughout the UK and Todd’s role as architect will hopefully also open plenty of doors.”