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James and Ward serves up 10 years of retail design success

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Staffordshire-based architectural consultancy James and Ward Ltd is celebrating its tenth year in business with a team away day, some impressive stats and the recruitment of a new architectural technician.

Based at Sugnall near Eccleshall, James and Ward specialises in the design and specification of large scale retail, care and public sector developments using Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Founder Andrew Ward launched the business in 2006. Since then the company has worked on design and construction projects for more than 100 retail stores across the UK, which serve a combined 322 million shoppers each year. The team proudly boasts a 100% success rate in delivering projects on time, saving an estimated £4.1 million in development costs to date through the use of BIM technology.

Director Andrew Ward comments: “We were early adopters of BIM, which has now been made compulsory in all centrally procured public sector projects due to the cost savings it can achieve in the design, build and maintenance of buildings.

We can design and produce virtual models of any construction project, along with projected energy consumption, maintenance and lifecycle costs. We estimate that this ‘build it once’ ethos has typically saved around £333,000 on building errors for each project, which would not have been identified without the digital projections we produce.”

He adds: “We’ve had an amazing 10 years building a solid reputation in the industry – our work on Asda superstores is described as going beyond the call of duty. Wherever you are in England, you’re within 84 miles of one of our projects.”

To mark their 10-year anniversary, Andrew and co-director Anthony Harte will take a well-earned additional day off with the rest of the team to enjoy a day out in York.

Andrew concludes: “Good projects start with collaboration and communication – it’s thanks to our team that we’ve continued to grow and develop. Marking our 10-year success with a team away day ensures that everyone at James & Ward celebrates the success of the last ten years – it’s been a team effort.”

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