Latest North Bristol site | click for more
15 October 2018
The rise and rise of the shipping container phenomenon

We've commented before on the rise and rise of the shipping container phenomenon and we continue to be asked to find ways to put new developments on vacant and 'in between' sites.

Our latest is a narrow strip of land between the road and the railway in North Bristol. A planning application has been submitted for 160 business units in 178 converted containers .. more

Bulstrode Park set to become exclusive luxury hotel | click for more
21 September 2018
Historic home to aristocrats, code breakers, and film stars set to become exclusive luxury hotel

Aristocrats, code breakers, missionaries and film stars have all occupied this exotic Gothic mansion.

Now Bulstrode Park in Buckinghamshire is to become an exclusive luxury hotel at the very top end of the market. Childs + Sulzmann architects have recently achieved planning and listed building consents to convert this magnificent Victorian country house .. more

Childs+Sulzmann building a reputation for design coordination of complex engineering facilities | click for more
05 September 2018
Childs+Sulzmann are building a reputation for design coordination of complex engineering facilities

Childs+Sulzmann Architects are delighted to have been appointed for the design co-ordination of two cutting edge, precision engineering facilities for prominent West Country companies, Rolls-Royce and Dyson.

The projects are the Rolls-Royce Canaveral 3 turbine blade manufacturing unit in Bristol and new facilitates at Dyson in Malmesbury, Wiltshire .. more

Childs+Sulzmann is recruiting! | click for more
13 August 2018
Childs+Sulzmann is recruiting!

Childs+Sulzmann Architects are delighted to welcome another new architect to their Bristol team with further recruitment planned in the next few weeks.

A long term strategy for sustainable growth and some significant project wins in the hotel and leisure, creative re-use and housing sectors has seen Childs+Sulzmann increase its turnover and headcount by over 25% this year .. more

Wasing Estate - The Great Barn entrance | click for more
12 August 2018
Plans revealed for historic Berkshire country estate development

A planning application has been submitted for a development that will contribute to the sustainable future of an historic estate on the Berkshire and Hampshire border.

Following a year long feasibility study, Childs+Sulzmann Architects have submitted the first application for a development of redundant prop erties on the historic Wasing Estate in Berkshire .. more

Caerphilly Passivhaus Housing | click for more
11 August 2018
Ground-breaking event for Wales' largest Passivhaus development

A ground breaking event has officially started the construction phase of an innovative scheme to develop the site of the former Caerphilly Magistrates Court into 38 new homes built to Passivhaus standard.

The development, designed by Childs+Sulzmann Architects is being built by Jehu Construction for affordable housing provider Linc Cymru .. more

Alex Davies, new member to their Bristol team | click for more
01 August 2018
Childs+Sulzmann further expands Bristol team

Childs+Sulzmann Architects are delighted to welcome a talented new member to their Bristol team.

In addition to holding an honours degree in Architecture and Planning, Alex Davies is a gifted illustrator and speaks Italian and Welsh. He brings with him a range of experience from working in residential and commercial design to designing community buildings and temporary shelters for refugees .. more

Stroud Subscription Rooms | click for more
23 July 2018
Ensuring a sustainable future for our historic community assets

Many towns across the country have a rich architectural heritage that brings dignity and civic pride to the community and recalls earlier periods of great wealth. But whilst many of these buildings are architecturally and historically impressive, as they age further the growing challenge is to ensure their long term sustainability.

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Blaise Castle Hall | click for more
06 July 2018
Equal Access for All!

We have all been aware, ever since the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995, that we have to do our best to make all buildings accessible to everybody. This can be particularly challenging in the context of a Grade II* listed building.

Childs+Sulzmann Architects have done a lot of work over the years to adapt historic buildings to new uses and worked with the National Trust and Historic England on their properties .. more

Proposed design sketch | click for more
11 May 2018
Gloucestershire's biggest nature conservation charity appoints Childs+Sulzmann for new HQ development

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s mission is a simple one – to value nature. And they have been doing fantastic work to preserve, recreate and reconnect Gloucestershire’s wild places from their modest headquarters at Robinswood Hill, Gloucester.

The Trust’s ambitions for future growth are constrained by their current building .. more

Newport Rd, Cardiff | click for more
23 April 2018
Maximising the value of tired 1980s office space

Big hair, big shoulders, big computers, floppy disks and ash trays – these were all normal features of the 1980s office and thankfully all long gone! Our expectations of our working environments and the way we work has changed dramatically over the last 40 years. Adapting our office buildings to meet today’s requirements need not be so dramatic.

Demolishing a building and starting again is one way to go, but creative re-imaging of the space .. more

Bristol Cathedral Choir School | click for more
06 April 2018
Plans approved for dramatic contemporary addition to historic school

The oldest school in Bristol, thought to date back to the 12th century, is set to be developed to feature dramatic contemporary buildings at the main school entrance. Planning and listed building consent has been granted for the project at Bristol Cathedral Choir School which lies within the Cathedral precinct.

The new buildings will be clearly of the 21st century and built in the best materials to become part of the history of the Cathedral, the school and the precinct .. more

Proposed repurposing of TK Maxx in The Galleries, Bristol | click for more
23 March 2018
Re-imagining city retail space for creative co-working

Plans to convert retail units in The Galleries shopping centre into co-working spaces have been submitted to Bristol City Council.

The new co-working spaces are planned for the retail space currently occupied by retailer TK Maxx. The units will become free when TK Maxx moves into the former BHS store in Broadmead which is currently being prepared for the new occupants .. more

Caerphilly Passivhaus Housing | click for more
14 March 2018
Wales' largest Passivhaus development gets go ahead

An innovative scheme to develop the site of the former Caerphilly Magistrates Court into 38 new homes built to Passivhaus standard, has been granted planning permission by Caerphilly Council.

Childs+Sulzmann Architects were initially approached by affordable housing provider, Linc-Cymru, to explore options for applying Passivhaus energy efficiency standards .. more

Lisvane Road, Cardiff | click for more
23 February 2018
You don't do residential design, do you?

Our reputation as architects has been built on the success of complex landmark projects, often with a heritage or conservation aspect and always with planning challenges. People are often surprised to learn that we also have great expertise in designing for workspaces, education, leisure and housing. Yes, residential!

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Childs+Sulzmann Architects appointed for new Dyson facility | click for more
01 February 2018
Childs+Sulzmann Architects appointed for new Dyson facility

Childs+Sulzmann Architects have been appointed to provide design services on a new £1.7m prototyping facility at the Dyson headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

The project involves the installation of a new mezzanine structure and internal re-configuration of an existing building to create sophisticated, hi-tech prototyping workshop spaces .. more

The Pervasive Media Studios will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of their opening | click for more
26 January 2018
Congratulations to the Pervasive Media Studios - An innovative and inspirational workspace!

On Saturday the 17th February, The Pervasive Media Studios will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of their opening.

It certainly doesn’t seem like 10 years since we were involved in creating what, at the time, was one of the very first such collaborative work spaces in Bristol.

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Engine Shed, oversubscribed from the moment it opened in 2013 | click for more
15 December 2017
Full Steam Ahead on ENGINE SHED 2

We were delighted to learn last month that Bristol City Council’s Planning Committee had unanimously approved plans for Engine Shed 2. Developing the success story of Engine Shed and actively encouraging tech entrepreneurs in this city is the best thing we can do to give Bristol a prosperous and sustainable future.

It’s the development of facilities like Engine Shed that have underpinned the growth of innovation and digital technology as an industry in Bristol which has recently been named the UK’s Smartest City .. more

Further expansion planned for Bristol Cathedral Choir School | click for more
27 November 2017
Plans submitted for Bristol's oldest school

Applications have been submitted for planning and listed building consent for dramatic interventions at Bristol Cathedral Choir School. This historic school within the Cathedral precinct is thought to date back to the twelfth century.

We know that Robert Fitzharding donated money to found a house of Augustinian canons in 1142; this would have included provision for a small school, to be run by the monks .. more

'Podville' development planned for Aztec West, Bristol | click for more
10 November 2017
'Podville' development planned for start-up offices near Aztec West, Bristol

A planning application has been submitted for the creation new start-up office space at Almondsbury Park, Business Park.

Childs+Sulzman Architects have provided design and services for the Podville development which involves the installation of a series of stacked shipping containers, converted for commercial use.

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Childs+Sulzmann celebrates outstanding first year in Cardiff | click for more
23 October 2017
Childs+Sulzmann celebrates outstanding first year in Cardiff

In just 12 months since establishing a base in Cardiff, Childs+Sulzmann Architects have secured over £12m of projects in Wales across several sectors.

The office is headed up by C+SA director, Matt Parsons, who has completed a number of high profile projects in the region and has returned to his native Wales after many years working in Bristol.

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Gateshead Quays, Newcastle-upon-Tyne | click for more
07 October 2017
What is it about shipping containers?

Plans to build the world's largest shipping container garden and leisure destination with bars and restaurants at the Gateshead Quays on the banks of the river Tyne were unveiled this week.

Converting shipping containers for use as housing started as far back as the 70s, but the ‘Box Park’ idea of using multiple shipping containers for temporary commercial use is a much more recent phenomenon.

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Childs+Sulzmann responsible for re-purposing existing laboratories and offices | click for more
06 October 2017
Childs+Sulzmann delivers hi-tech DIET space

Engineering undergraduates beginning their 4 year degree studies at the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology on the Dyson technology campus in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, will benefit from the most sophisticated, hi-tech teaching laboratory and lecture theatre spaces.

Childs+Sulzmann Architects were the designers and lead consultants on the scheme, responsible for re-purposing existing laboratories and offices specifically for a new generation of engineers .. more

Frome Boxworks scheme | click for more
05 October 2017
Frome Boxworks scheme in for planning

A planning application for a scheme that will create temporary work space in 20 shipping containers in the heart of Frome town has been submitted to Mendip District Council.

Childs+Sulzmann Architects, working with container conversion specialists, Forward Space, are providing architectural design and planning advice on the Frome Boxworks scheme for Enterprise Mendip.

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Thornbury Castle, South Gloucestershire | click for more
15 September 2017
Bats in the battlements!

Nick Childs, of Childs & Sulzmann Architects, reveals the trials and tribulations involved in gaining planning permission for a hotel extension to a Tudor castle. (Article as published in Boutique Hotel News September 2017).

We were sitting around a huge refectory table in the Barron's dining room when I was asked: "Ok, but do you think you can get planning consent for this?" .. more

Bristol Cathedral Choir School phase one complete | click for more
03 September 2017
First phase of historic school expansion complete

The first phase of the expansion of Bristol Cathedral Choir School, an historic school that lies within the precinct of Bristol Cathedral and thought to date back to the 1100s, has been completed in time for the start of the 2017-18 academic year.

Existing classrooms in Abbey House, a Grade II listed building in the Cathedral precinct, have been refurbished and enhanced .. more

Zoe Day (left) and George Matthews (right) join the Childs+Sulzmann Bristol team | click for more
01 September 2017
Childs+Sulzmann Architects expand Bristol teams

Childs+Sulzmann Architects are delighted to welcome two new members to their Bristol teams.

Zoe Day, a Part II Architect who studied at the universities of Bath and Madrid joins the residential and education team and George Matthews, who qualified at the University of West of England, has joined the creative re-use team.

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Childs+Sulzmann advising on development sites in Monmouthshire | click for more
29 August 2017
Childs+Sulzmann advising on development sites in Monmouthshire

Childs+Sulzmann have been appointed through a competitive tendering process to advise Monmouthshire County Council on the redevelopment of redundant council owned sites across the county.

The three brownfield sites, which have come to the end of their life as council assets, are all in prime development locations.

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Thornbury Castle planning permission gets the go ahead | click for more
21 August 2017
We were told it couldn’t be done! Planning success against the odds!

Planning consents have been granted for proposals to extend and develop the historic Thornbury Castle international luxury hotel in Gloucestershire.

‘We think this is big news in the world of conservation and country house hotels,’ comments Nick Childs, founding partner of Childs+Sulzmann Architects who developed the scheme designs for owners, LFH.

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The Manor, Weston-on-the-Green | click for more
18 August 2017
Bike sheds and boilers!

Parkinson's Law of Triviality, or ‘the bike shed effect’, argues that members of an organisation give disproportionate weight to trivial issues.

We’ve seen this theory in practice recently with a planning application to install a biomass boiler in the grounds of a The Manor at Weston-on-the-Green, a 16th century listed country house hotel.

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Business Leader Magazine interview with Nick Childs | click for more
14 August 2017
Business Leader Magazine interview with Nick Childs of Childs+Sulzmann

Nick Childs talks to Business Leader Magazine about Bristol and its future.

‘The lack of BIG plans for the city has meant lots of opportunities for little plans’ says Nick.

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Tewkesbury Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club | click for more
11 August 2017
First guests enjoy stunning views from the new development at Tewkesbury Park Hotel

The first phase of a £6m masterplan to restore and reconfigure Tewkesbury Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club in Gloucestershire has been completed and is open for business.

Guests at the hotel, which sits in 176 acres of ancient parkland, now have stunning views of the historic landscape from the comfort of a fully glazed new function room .. more

Engine Shed Boxworks granted extension until 2020 | click for more
04 August 2017
Boxworks granted extension to stay until 2020

‘Boxworks’, the temporary workspace formed from 20 shipping containers, located next to the Engine Shed in the heart of the Temple Meads area of Bristol, has been granted an extension to its temporary planning consent.

The innovative scheme, designed by Childs and Sulzmann Architects, originally envisaged as a two year project to provide incubator co-working accommodation for businesses in the technology .. more

Bristol Cathedral Choir School | click for more
21 July 2017
Work started on historic school expansion

Work has started on the first phase of the expansion of Bristol Cathedral Choir School, an historic school that lies within the precinct of Bristol Cathedral and is thought to date back to the 1100s.

This first phase is to refurbish and enhance existing classrooms in Abbey House, a Grade II listed building in the Cathedral precinct .. more

Childs+Sulzmann welcome new Practice Manager | click for more
17 July 2017
Childs+Sulzmann welcome new Practice Manager

Childs+Sulzmann Architects are delighted to announce the appointment of Claire Moulds as Practice Manager.

“Claire has a strong back ground in office management and has been tasked with streamlining and consolidating the practice’s systems and processes to provide a robust foundation for future growth,” commented director Peter Sulzmann, who continues .. more

Geo Wilkins, new addition to the hospitality team | click for more
22 June 2017
Childs+Sulzmann Architects expands hospitality team

Childs+Sulzmann Architects are delighted to welcome Geo Wilkins to their hospitality team. Geo, who qualified at the Manchester School of Architecture, brings valuable experience in the sector to C+SA’s specialist hospitality team, but also has experience of retail, residential, education and office developments.

The practice has a significant track record in designing, altering, converting hotels, restaurants and bars .. more

City Farm new expanded facilities opening | click for more
21 June 2017
City Farm celebrates opening of new expanded facilities

Members of the community, local dignitaries and representatives from Childs+Sulzmann Architects all joined a celebration recently to mark the official opening of the extended and refurbished facilities at Windmill Hill City Farm.

The community farm is a much loved Bristol institution that has been so successful over recent years that the trustees decided it was time to grow .. more

The Falcon, Weatherspoon, High Wycombe | click for more
09 June 2017
Six weeks, five properties, £1.4m of building works and lots of complex issues!

That was the task set for Childs+Sulzmann Architects by their client, national hotel and pub chain, JD Wetherspoon.

This was by no means a simple task. The properties included historic listed buildings, all were in city centre locations with limited access and neighbours close by.

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Weston Super Mare pier panel | click for more
12 May 2017
Nick Childs to chair panel advising on plans for Weston Super Mare

The Architecture Centre has been commissioned to set up a dedicated Design Forum to help bring to fruition ambitious plans for the future of Weston-Super-Mare. The panel will be chaired by Nick Childs, former chair of the Bristol Urban Design Forum (BUDF), who was instrumental in setting up the BUDF. Nick is also Chair of Trustees at the Architecture Centre and a Director of Childs+Sulzmann Architects.

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No 1 Hyde Park Street, London | click for more
1 April 2017
Childs+Sulzmann complete transformation of a Prime Property on Hyde Park

The refurbishment and upgrade of No 1 Hyde Park Street, a highly desirable address in a prime London location, has been completed.

Childs+Sulzmann Architects were commissioned to refurbish and upgrade the building which comprises 13 apartments overlooking Hyde Park in London.

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Bristol Cathedral School, Bristol | click for more
31 March 2017
Childs+Sulzmann appointed for historic school expansion

Childs+Sulzmann architects have been appointed to carry out a feasibility study for the expansion of an historic school that lies within the precinct of Bristol Cathedral and is thought to date back to the 1100s.

Plans to extend Bristol Cathedral Choir School with a new classroom for each school year group were revealed at a recent public consultation event.

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Ashley Vale community self build, Bristol | click for more
15 March 2017
The secret to creating good urban communities? Learning from example!

All over the country there are communities and places that have a great vibe, a vital sense of identity, social cohesion and prosperity. And there are plenty of others that just don’t.

It is estimated that a massive 47% of illness is connected to living conditions. This means that the homes in which people live and the towns and cities in which these homes are located are contributing to the poor health of the nation .. more

Historic Country Estate Hospitality Project, Wasing Estate, Berkshire | click for more
01 March 2017
Childs+Sulzmann appointed for Historic Country Estate Hospitality Project

Childs+Sulzmann have won a commission to develop a feasibility study for properties on the historic Wasing Estate in Berkshire.

Wasing has been in the same family since 1759 and remains a thriving entity today as a venue for weddings, meetings, retreats and sporting activities.

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The Grade II* listed Royal West of England Academy of Art (RWA) in Queens Road, Bristol | click for more
24 February 2017
Funding for Future of Landmark Building Secured

An iconic Clifton landmark has secured a grant which will make future funding for maintaining and improving the fabric of the building much more likely. 

The Grade II* listed Royal West of England Academy of Art (RWA) in Queens Road – Bristol’s first Art Gallery – has been awarded £9,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), through its Resilient Heritage grant programme .. more

New Faces at Childs+Sulzmann | click for more
17 February 2017
New Faces at Childs+Sulzmann

Childs+Sulzmann architects have welcomed two new recruits to their Bristol teams.

Orsolya Kapus (left) and Markos Spyrides (right), both students studying architecture at Bath University, have joined Childs+Sulzmann’s placement programme to gain vital experience of working in a busy, diverse, architectural practice.

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Windmill Hill City Farm | click for more
03 February 2017
Windmill Hill City Farm expansion moves forward

Construction has now started on the next phase of development of Bristol’s Windmill Hill City Farm. Contractors are now on site to build Phase 1 which will include the refurbishment and reconfiguration of the existing café area and a 150m2 extension.

Childs+Sulzmann’s designs for phase 1 maintain the ethos and context of the farm by making substantial use of natural materials .. more

Engine Shed 2 | click for more
20 December 2016
Engine Shed 2 will cement Bristol's unique profile as a centre for creativity and innovation

Bristol has developed a unique profile as a centre for creativity and innovation and an excellent place for start-up tech businesses.

Following the phenomenal success of Engine Shed 1 which opened in 2013 and is the home of SETsquared, the best university-backed incubator in the world, an application for planning approval was submitted this week for Engine Shed 2 .. more

Colston Tower Refurbishment - take a look inside! | click to view video
09 December 2016
A peek inside the refurbished Colston Tower!

The final phase of the refurbishment of the refurbishment of Colston Tower, the foyer, was completed earlier this year. The foyer now provides a contemporary social space to serve the growing community of approximately 700 people working in Colston Tower. With views out into city centre, it provides the ideal location for informal meetings and space to eat lunch away from the office desk.

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Waterford Viking Triangle | click for more
23 November 2016
Sharing our experiences of the changing urban dynamic is vital!

We all know of communities and places that just seem to work – that have a great vibe, a vital sense of identity, social cohesion and prosperity. Others, well, they just don’t. How can we ensure that our future urban developments provide the good social habitable places that are essential for the continuing health, prosperity and balance of urban centres?

One way is by sharing our experiences and learning from others .. more

Property Week Interviews Nick Childs | click for more
14 November 2016
Property Week Interviews Nick Childs, new Chair of Trustees of the Bristol Architecture Centre

Read the full interview of Nick Childs talking to Adam Branson of Property Week about how the centre has become the forum for a broad debate about urbanism and his views on the evolution of the city centre.

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Tewkesbury Park Hotel's new conference and function suite | click for more
03 November 2016
Tewkesbury Park Hotel's new conference and function suite starts on site

Construction has started on the creation of a new function room at the Tewkesbury Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club in Gloucestershire.

Designed as a conference and wedding venue, the facility will have magnificent views across 176 acres of ancient parkland where the Battle of Tewkesbury, one of the decisive battles of the Wars of the Roses, took place in May 1471 .. more

Childs+Sulzmann board directors Matt Parsons and Mike Cox | click for more
02 November 2016
Key appointments at Childs+Sulzmann Architects

Two new directors have been appointed at Childs+Sulzmann. Matt Parsons and Mike Cox, both previously Associates at C+S, have been appointed as Board Directors as part of wider strategy to structure the business for further growth.

Established as one of the leading architectural practices in Bristol for over 20 years, Childs+Sulzmann is noted particularly for its designs in the creative and workplace environments .. more

Windmill Hill City Farm expansion | click for more
19 October 2016
Our towns and cities are making people ill!

It is estimated that a massive 47% of illness is connected to living conditions. This means that the homes in which people live and the towns and cities in which these homes are located are contributing to the poor health of the nation. This is a shocking statistic and one that cannot be ignored by anyone involved in the creation and management of the built environment .. more

Windmill Hill City Farm expansion | click for more
04 October 2016
Enthusiastic response to Childs+Sulzmann designs for Windmill Hill City Farm expansion

New plans to expand Windmill Hill City Farm’s facilities were unveiled at the farm’s recent 40th birthday celebrations and received an enthusiastic response from staff and visitors alike.

With the increasing popularity of both the café and the community farm over the past few years, the trustees identified a need to expand and improve the café facilities .. more

New Forest Hotel development | click for more
03 October 2016
First phase of New Forest Hotel development complete

The first phase of the development of a luxury hotel, originally a 17th century hunting lodge, located in the middle of the New Forest has been completed.

Following extensive engagement with the The New Forest National Park Authority, the sole planning authority for the New Forest, Childs+Sulzmann obtained consent for an additional 36 new rooms, a children’s playbarn and a 60 seat vinery. The first phase comprises 4 luxury suites and the children’s restaurant .. more

New Forest Hotel development | click for more
28 September 2016
Childs+Sulzmann Establish Cardiff Base

In response to emerging opportunities in Wales, Childs+Sulzmann Architects have established a base at the Tramshed Tech in Cardiff.

The strategic decision to set up in Cardiff has been taken to enable C+S to develop their relationships with existing clients in Wales and build on new opportunities.

Matt Parsons, who has completed a number of high profile projects in the region, will be heading up the Welsh office .. more