Atkins architecture head Will Freeman is to join Wates Construction as design director across London and the South.
Freeman was previously director of Atkins’ London architecture practice, growing it from a team of 20 to 170 over three years. Previous roles include head of design development for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympics Games (LOCOG).
The appointment aims to broaden Wates’ design offering, increasing early tender involvement and improving quality of design information.
Freeman said: “Wates has an impeccable reputation for the standard of its projects and it’s a team I am extremely proud to be joining. Early contractor collaboration in the design process is a vital factor in all projects and I look forward to developing the strong design skills that are already cultivated in the team.
“Through my new role I hope to further build on Wates’ success across the South by developing a comprehensive design development strategy, enabling us to broaden our client offering and consequently bolstering the project quality that Wates’ clients have come to expect.”
Wates managing director Phil Shortman added: “Welcoming Will to the business marks a real step-change in our approach to design management, which will enhance our team’s proficiency, advance our abilities to source innovative solutions and to be recognised as best-in-class by supporting our customers’ design aspirations.”
London projects Wates is currently working on the extension of the V&A Museum and the development of Knight Dragon’s flagship scheme at Greenwich Peninsula.