Oldham-based architect Studio KMA has opened a Chester office, recruiting Peter Fisk as director to work in the new premises alongside office head Stuart Hadfield.
KMA said that the opening of a Chester base has been planned for more than a year as a direct response to the expansion of its service offering, as the firm moves from a focus on urban design and planning services to embrace full service delivery, project management, BIM consultancy and employer’s agent roles.
Fisk joins Studio KMA from Chester firm Lovelock Mitchell, where he spent more than five years, latterly as associate. He is described as a highly experienced BIM trainer and has a proven track record in public sector framework management and the delivery of education projects across North Wales and Greater Manchester.
Before working at Lovelock Mitchell, Fisk had spells with Triangle and Ainsley Gommon.
Studio KMA has taken around 1,000 sq ft in newly refurbished space on Nicholas Street in Chester city centre. The office will have an initial headcount of four, with more appointments expected throughout 2019.
Fisk said: “During my career to date I have been a great advocate of embracing and making the best use of the technology available to the industry. It helps practices provide a better quality of service to clients, more immersive experiences during design development and drives consistently superior production information from which to construct.
“I am looking forward using my skill set to continue to develop and enhance Studio KMA’s excellent reputation across the region.”
Hadfield added: “Having worked with Peter very effectively in the past, I was keen to bring him on board with Studio KMA so that we could continue our very strong working relationship. We each have varying skill sets of our own which complement each other with a unique dynamic, ensuring that no matter what the project requirements may be, we are positioned to both effectively and efficiently respond to the client’s needs.”
Hadfield joined Studio KMA in December 2017, and had previously had a spell as regional BIM lead for Bouygues UK.
Andy Titterton, founding director at Studio KMA said, “Responding to client demand, it’s great to be in a position to extend the service to incorporate design delivery to our clients. Stuart and Peter are a fantastic team to be leading this element of the business and harnessing their relationships in the region, particularly in Chester and North Wales.”