New strategic leadership at Dunwoodie Architects 

November 30, 2017

Laura Ruxton and Peter Swift are heading up a new direction for the well-established practice

Dunwoodie Architects, established in 1990, has announced the strategic leadership team that will deliver its vision for 2018.

Headed up by Laura Ruxton and Peter Swift, the North East practice has ambitious diversification and growth plans, reflecting this with the launch of a new brand identity in December.

Well-established in the North East of England, the practice has a deep-rooted history in healthcare architecture. Founded by Mike Dunwoodie, the practice grew out of the Northern Regional Health Authority and brings together strong relationships and a wealth of experience in the sector.

Over the last 27 years, the practice has gained a reputation for excellence in the sector, delivering well-considered and technically complex projects in all aspects of healthcare, mostly in acute services. Clients have included the RVI, The Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Newton Lodge in Wakefield.

When Mike Dunwoodie sadly passed away in 2015, Laura Ruxton became the practice’s director. Having worked at Dunwoodie Architects for ten years, she was uniquely placed to take the practice forward, understanding both the strength of its heritage and the skill and commitment of its staff.

Laura says: “The experience and expertise of our team sets us apart from other practices. This grounding has formed the solid foundations on which to build the future vision for Dunwoodie Architects.”

She continues: “Dunwoodie Architects is distinct in offering our clients excellent design and technical solutions while maintaining the personal touch in our delivery. This is especially important in the healthcare sector as we are often tasked with developing in sensitive environments that need to be delivered to tight budgets.

“Forming good relationships and engaging closely with clinicians are crucial to the success of any healthcare scheme.”

In a conscious effort to broaden its sector coverage, the practice has also acquired Swift Architects. Its founder, Peter Swift, brings 30 years experience in the commercial, retail, hotel, industrial, residential and transport sectors and has been involved in some notable local developments such as St James’ Gate, Baltic Jury’s Inn, the Newgate Centre, Metro Riverside Park, Belmont Business Park and a number of major supermarkets as well as the Heathrow Express Rail Link in London.

Peter comments: “We strongly believe that by combining our businesses, the evolved Dunwoodie Architects is now well-positioned to move forward into new sectors as a more diverse and versatile practice aiming to expand and attract new exciting dynamic young talent.

“We are moving forward with a very clear vision of where we want to go with the practice, strategically positioned to react positively and creatively to the needs of our clients and the architectural sector. We look forward to meeting with and talking to new clients about their own projects and aspirations.”

Dunwoodie Architects has been respected over the last 27 years as a traditional, reliable and trustworthy practice. Laura and Peter want to build on these commendable and valued traits to create a new, contemporary, energetic and forward-thinking practice backed by a highly skilled, loyal and reliable team, building a bright and dynamic future for Dunwoodie Architects.

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