Firm of architects creates new jobs despite Brexit project postponements

Trevor Price, partner at LSI Architects, with new starters Lucy Furniss and James Potter. Picture: S

Trevor Price, partner at LSI Architects, with new starters Lucy Furniss and James Potter. Picture: SUPPLIED. - Credit: Archant

A Norwich-based firm of architects has announced new jobs as it expands staff numbers for the third year in a row – despite seeing projects scrapped in the wake of Brexit.

LSI Architects has added eight roles and now employs 60 across its offices in Cattle Market Street in Norwich and Farringdon in London.

The firm said the new appointments were a sign of confidence despite setbacks as clients took stock after Britain's vote to leave the European Union, and indicated it would continue to recruit.

Practice partner Peter Courtney said: 'We have experienced an immediate impact as a result of Brexit with a very small number of projects cancelled or postponed, but despite this the practice's forward focus remains as strong as it has ever been.'

LSI Architects is behind Norwich projects including the University Technical College on Hall Road and the atrium at Aviva's Surrey Street offices, as well as the Norfolk Wildlife Trust visitor centre at Cley on the north Norfolk coast.

It also has a 'grow our own' strategy in which it offers opportunities to Part I, II and III architecture students, and more than half the leadership team joined as a student or trainee.

Mr Courtney added: 'As they develop the headroom required to lead and progress to more senior positions, we look to bring in talented young people at the start of their careers to begin their own progression through the practice.'

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Among the new recruits in Norwich are Lucy Furniss, who will work on education projects following completion of her Part II qualification, and James Potter, who has completed his Part I Architecture degree at Norwich University of the Arts. Jordan Duncan has also joined as an IT support technician.

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