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New-look team for Squires Barnett Architects


Oct 1, 2016

Newcastle based award winning architects Squires Barnett, has announced a new-look management team with two promotions and the appointment of a new Partner.

Based in Plummer Tower in the City Centre, Squires Barnett Architects who recently won a national design award at the Housing Design Awards, is pleased to announce George Musson and Nathan Sanders as Associates and the return to family duties of Mark Squires, the former Chief Executive of Benfield Motor Group, as a new Partner.

Louise Squires, Partner and Co-Founder, said, “I’m delighted to announce our new-look management team following our recent successes and our future growth plans.

“George and Nathan have been working for the business for a number of years and have both shown they are very capable of taking on greater responsibilities and developing further within Squires Barnett Architects.

“I am of course delighted to welcome my husband Mark into the family based practice who will bring a wealth of business management experience and contacts to our business.

“We are all delighted about the new appointments and we are working on some very exciting developments and projects buoyed by our recent Housing Design Award win.” she added.

Squires Barnett Architects was founded by brother and sister partnership, Louise Squires and Warren Barnett in 2011.

Specialising in large-scale residential, bespoke housing, conversions, residential and commercial master planning, together with both commercial and civic projects they have worked for some of the world’s largest architectural practices in London, Sydney and home town of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Speaking about his new appointment and return to family duties, Mark Squires, said, “It’s exciting to be back in family business again. Louise and I have always thought of our marriage as a team effort, so I am really enjoying extending our teamwork into the office and supporting the great practice that she and her late brother have created.

“My role is to bring a new level of business planning & development and fresh ideas in practice management to the partnership. Just like my former business, the mission is to focus on being the best we can be at what we do. The practice already has a deserved strong reputation for appealing design schemes which are well conceived and respond clearly to the client’s brief and the needs of end users for pleasing and practical spaces and buildings. We want to build on these foundations without extending ourselves by becoming too big.

George Musson, said, “I joined the practice straight from University five years ago and have seen the practice grow from strength to strength. I am delighted to have been appointed as an Associate and look forward to working with Louise, Mark and the team to further develop the practice. We have an exciting pipeline of projects in office and work with fantastic clients across and outside of the region.”

Nathan Sanders, said, “I’m very grateful to be promoted to an Associate.  Having worked at Squires Barnett for two years I’ve had the chance to work on many exciting projects, and deliver an award winning development with Vista. I’m looking forward to being able to help develop the team and the business with my technical approach to design.”

Squires Barnett recently had two projects shortlisted at this years National Housing Design Awards, the Ropery in Hexham (winner), a former Grade II listed building built in the eighteen hundreds, which is being converted into maisonettes and a retail unit, and Hill Top Farm near Durham City, which is a development project of 13 bespoke two, three, four and five-bedroomed residential units.

By Emily