Director Mike Gore has replaced David George as head of Falconer Chester Hall’s Manchester studio, as George departs in September “to pursue other commercial opportunities”.
George has led the Manchester team since the office was opened in Manchester three years ago. FCH has a long-established practice in Liverpool.
Managing director of FCH, Adam Hall, said: “David has presided over a period of strong growth for our Manchester team and leaves us in good health. We have grown to become one of the three largest independent practices in the North West and we are working on a range of major residential developments in Manchester and Salford for clients such as ForViva, X1 and Northern Group. I would like to thank David for his great leadership and putting strong foundations in place.”
Mike Gore joined the 80-strong firm 15 years ago straight from college, completing his technical and professional qualifications whilst working in practice. He will now assume full responsibility for growing the Manchester studio further.
Commenting on his new role, Gore said: “We have got an experienced and committed team in Manchester and a wide range of work that makes best use of our talents. I am looking forward to getting stuck in and building on the numerous exciting opportunities ahead.
“One of my first priorities is actually to identify a larger home for our studio, which continues to grow.”
Mike Gore will be assisted by newly-promoted associate director Gareth Jones and a core team of senior architects and technologists. Jones joined FCH’s Manchester studio in 2017.
Among the firm’s flagship projects in Greater Manchester is the 34-storey Residence in Greengate for Elliot Group, the head office for fashion retailer Boohoo in Dale Street and three mid-rise residential blocks for X1 Developments in Pomona Docks.