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Derby-based cost consultants, project managers and building surveyors Armsons has made some key changes to its management and leadership team in what is proving to be one of the busiest years in its 45 year history.

Michael Armson, who founded the business in 1972, has retired from his post as managing director and taken up a consultancy position with the company.

Director Ian Cooper has also stepped down and will now act as a part-time consultant for the business, which delivers its services to a diverse client base across a broad spectrum of sectors - including commercial, industrial, civil engineering, residential, healthcare, retail, sports and leisure, education and heritage.

Two new directors have been appointed; Sally Walters who joined Armsons in 2016 to head-up the company’s building surveying services team and Jonathan Heath, who has been at the company since 2014.

Sally is an experienced building surveyor, project manager and contract administrator, who provides services to private and public sector clients, including commercial, retail, educational and heritage. She has a vast amount of experience in leading project teams, both in-house and with external consultants.

Jonathan and is involved in pre- and post contract roles for projects mainly within education and commercial sectors. Over the past three years, Jonathan has built-up valuable experience on the client side to complement his previous positions within contracting environments.

Sally and Jonathan will join Stephen Fernie, who remains a director after spending more than 20 years with the Darley Abbey-based firm.

Commenting on the new appointments, director Stephen Fernie, said:

“Over the past 45 years, Armsons has established a reputation for recruiting people with extensive experience in their respective areas, who come together to share their skills and knowledge, which adds value to our service offering.

“Jonathan and Sally are highly regarded in their particular fields and I am delighted to welcome them as fellow directors at Armsons.

“Our team-based approach is one of our strengths and enables us to provide clients with a consistently first-class service and achieve the most cost-effective delivery of their project objectives.”

Armsons was established by Michael Armson in 1972 to offer specialist quantity surveying expertise to private and public sector clients across the region.

Over the past five decades, the business has expanded its service offering considerably in keeping with the changing face of the construction industry.

The firm has been involved in a series of award-winning schemes, including the transformation of the historic Roundhouse on Pride Park into a £51m engineering, technology and construction campus for Derby College, Glasshouse College – Ruskin Mill Trust, a College for young people with special learning needs, housed in the former Royal Doulton glass-factory in Stourbridge's Glass Quarter and the 400 Hall, a state of the art flexible performance theatre for Repton Hall School.

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