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Team members celebrate official qualification at Franklin Ellis Architects

Two team members at East Midlands-based Franklin Ellis Architects are celebrating qualifying as Architects, having recently completed their official studies and practical training.

James Damon and Josh Dobson, who joined Franklin Ellis in 2015 and 2017 respectively as architectural assistants, will now assume their new positions as Architects within the practice.

Their roles will involve developing and refining design concepts for various projects, from initial feasibility proposals through to technical design and construction, on a wide range of building sectors.

James, who studied for his Architecture Part 2 Masters degree on a part time basis at Sheffield Hallam University, whilst he gained valuable experience at the firm, is looking forward to taking on more responsibility as he helps develop the practice’s current projects.

James said:

“I’m delighted to have qualified and progress with my career in architecture. Franklin Ellis has been incredibly supportive – the company has a strong reputation for delivering award-winning projects and its ambition to create sustainable buildings that make a positive contribution to the local community. It’s great to be part of the team here.

“I have always been fascinated with the built environment and how architecture can enhance people’s lives and the communities they live in, so I’m looking forward to playing a key role in a wide range of projects.”

Josh, who completed his Masters degree in Architecture at the University of Nottingham before joining Franklin Ellis two years ago, has always had a passion for architecture and is looking forward to working on larger projects as part of the team.

Josh said:

“I am proud to be part of the Franklin Ellis team and have the chance to work on such a varied portfolio of work that regularly develops and challenges different aspects of my expertise.

“I have always had an interest in art and architecture in particular, so it is fantastic to be able to pursue it as a career and work on wide-ranging design concepts across different sectors.”

Matthew Branton, senior partner at Franklin Ellis Architects, added:

“We’re very pleased for James and Josh as they celebrate their qualifications and take on new roles within the practice. They each have great knowledge and enthusiasm and are highly valued members of the team.”

Franklin Ellis, which is celebrating 25 years in business, is currently working on a number of high-profile projects in the Midlands and nationwide, including a dual branded Marriott hotel located in Slough. Due to complete in 2022, it combines a funky 144-room Moxy hotel and a 92-room extended-stay Residence Inn within one impressive building.

The practice is also celebrating the success of its recently completed residential development The Wullcomb in Leicester, which won Large Residential Scheme of the Year at the fbe East Midlands Awards 2019 last month.


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