Two graduates have secured jobs at architecture, building surveying and town planning practice, Cassidy + Ashton, after impressing during university placements.
Ben Llewellin and Matthew O'Brien spent the past three years working alongside senior architects at Cassidy + Ashton's Preston office, whilst studying for degrees in architecture at the University of Central Lancashire and Liverpool University respectively.
O'Brien returns to Cassidy + Ashton after finishing his second degree, a Masters in Architecture, achieving a first class grade and winning the PS Tyson Award for Best Engagement with Technology in Design Work for his final project.
The project, titled 'Peace for Sajmište', re-envisioned the disused Nazi concentration camp in Sajmište at the centre of Belgrade, which was used to hold the majority of Serbian Jews during World War II. He said: "Working alongside the senior architects has allowed me to apply what I have learned at university in a practical environment. I really enjoy working here, and I feel privileged to have benefited from this opportunity."
Llewellin achieved an upper second class degree in architectural technology. He has worked on a variety of projects during his time at Cassidy + Ashton, ranging from school extensions and development plans to domestic and pub refurbishments. He now joins the practice full-time.
He said: "The team here at Cassidy + Ashton have been so helpful during my studies, acting as experienced mentors for both me and Matthew. It's exciting to know that all our hard work at university has paid off."
Dave Cockrell, director, worked closely with both new members of staff during their placements. He said: "We have known Ben and Matthew for a number of years now, and we are very proud of their recent success.
"Cassidy + Ashton are committed to nurturing emerging talent, and developing the skills of young people who are looking to forge a career in this industry."