Promotions at AEW Architects

Manchester based architect AEW has announced four key promotions. Alex Southall, Eamon O’Hara, Phil Hepworth and Ross Huntington have all been promoted to the position of Associate.

Alex Southall joined the practice in 2005 and has developed expertise in project delivery, particularly in relation to accommodation and industrial schemes. Alex is currently working on the delivery of M6Epic, the 640,000 sq ft industrial park off junction 25 of the M6 near Wigan, for Barwood Developments. He is also working with Ronald McDonald House Charities on the design and planning for new family accommodation at children’s hospitals across the UK, including the recently submitted proposals for Cardiff and Nottingham.

Eamon O’Hara has been with AEW since 2006 and specialises in masterplanning and retail roll out. He has been heavily involved with the scheme for Wythenshawe town centre for St Modwen, including the delivery of offices for Manchester City Council. Eamon is also part of the team responsible for the planning and design for the roll out of new Dominos stores across the UK.

Phil Hepworth joined AEW in 2009 after a stint at Broadway Malyan and Leach Rhodes Walker, and is working on high profile design-led projects in the commercial and hotel sectors, including both new build and refurbishment schemes. Phil is part of the team which won the design for Gary Neville’s Hotel Football next door to Old Trafford, and is working on a new office development with Quorum Estates.

Ross Huntington rejoined the practice in 2007 after completing his studies at Leeds, having been given a trainee position at the firm during his degree. Ross has since developed schemes across the UK for Derwent Holdiings, one of the firm’s biggest clients, most recently on the retail scheme at Edge Lane scheme in Liverpool.

The promotions are in recognition of the achievement and commitment of each, said AEW managing director Steve Burne. He said:

“I’m pleased to confirm promotions for Alex, Eamon, Phil and Ross. All four have shown an unwavering commitment to the practice and to the clients they work for. Each has demonstrated their skill and expertise and their ability to take on more responsibility and help to grow the business.

“In return for their commitment we will continue their professional development and further increase their exposure to the exciting projects and high profile clients with which the firm works. As we look to expand and bring in new talent, I am confident this group will continue to be role models in the practice, and feel we’re in a great position when considering the next generation of AEW management.”

AEW is a 50-strong practice based at Spring Gardens in Manchester city centre which provides planning, architectural and interior design services for a broad spectrum of clients across various sectors, including industrial and logistics, retail and hotel, sport and leisure, commercial office and masterplanning.