THE architecture practice behind the development of new eco-lodges at Raithwaite Hall Hotel in North Yorkshire is creating new jobs following a 25 per cent increase in turnover over the last 12 months.
Brewster Bye, which is based in Headingley, Leeds, is to create up to 12 new jobs over the next two years after posting a £1.7m turnover. The figure has increased by 70 per cent over the past three years, from £1m.
The company currently employs 29 staff.
Managing director Keith Brewster said: “We are delighted to see our turnover increasing as confidence returns to the property and construction industries.
“In the last 18 months alone, we have employed six new staff, and as we continue to win competitive pitches for a wide range of public and private sector clients we are now planning to create a number of new positions for both graduates and experienced architects.”
The company’s current projects include The Raithwaite Masterplan at Raithwaite Hall in Whitby – a series of eco-lodges; the £100m country resort The Flaxby which is located between York and Harrogate; the redevelopment of the former council offices at St Leonard’s Place, York; a city centre residential development at Roman House, York; and the £5.5m development of 51 homes for Muse Developments at Doncaster Lakeside. The firm is also working on over 30 affordable housing schemes for older people and those needing extra care on behalf of national and regional associations.
Mr Brewster added: “We work across all sectors but a large proportion of our work is in the residential sector, which was obviously hit hard by the economic downturn.
“However, we started to emerge from the recession a lot earlier than most, helping to find and agree land deals for our social housing clients and manage those projects right through from planning to build and delivery.”
He added: “Activity is now increasing across all areas of the industry and we have a bigger pipeline of exciting new developments for both new and existing clients than at any other time in the last five years.”