Construction consultancy Pick Everard celebrates 50th year in Bury St Edmunds

Alastair Hamilton, partner at Pick Everard, Terry Clements, Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Paul Darlow, re

Alastair Hamilton, partner at Pick Everard, Terry Clements, Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Paul Darlow, regional director at Pick Everard, Keith Prendergast, director at Pick Everard, Mayoress Vivienne Clements and Andrew Almond, partner at Pick Everard. Picture: DAVID TURNER - Credit: Archant

A management, design and construction consultancy has celebrated its 50th year in Bury St Edmunds following a move to new premises.

Terry Clements, Mayor of St Edmundsbury and Paul Darlow, regional director at Pick Everard. Picture:

Terry Clements, Mayor of St Edmundsbury and Paul Darlow, regional director at Pick Everard. Picture: DAVID TURNER - Credit: Archant

Pick Everard, which has moved to Abbotsgate House, marked the milestone at its new open-plan office, welcoming guests including town mayor Terry Clements.

The firm, which has a nationwide in-house team of 450 architects, engineers, surveyors and project managers, has 11 offices across the country.

More than 40 members of staff now operate from its new site, after moving from its previous base in Looms Lane to benefit from a better working environment and to accommodate increased numbers of the growing multi-professional team. It has a further 19 staff working out of Essex County Council’s offices in Chelmsford after it was reappointed last year for another four year term to provide consultancy services for projects across the county’s schools and other public buildings.

It is working on the new multi-million pound Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre in Chelmsford, and the Western Way development to create a public services village in Bury St Edmunds which will act as a catalyst to the regeneration of this area.

Terry Clements, Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Keith Prendergast, director at Pick Everard, and Paul Darlo

Terry Clements, Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Keith Prendergast, director at Pick Everard, and Paul Darlow, regional director at Pick Everard. Picture: DAVID TURNER - Credit: Archant

Other projects include the Bury St Edmunds All Through Trust for a new science, technology, maths and engineering (STEM) academy, West Suffolk College’s re-development of the Vintern Building in Western Way and Festool’s new UK headquarters at Suffolk Business Park.

It also holds other appointments with the Universities of Cambridge, East Anglia and Essex, Cambridgeshire County Council and Chelmsford City Council.

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Regional director Paul Darlow said: “We are very proud to have been associated with Bury St Edmunds for 50 years and of the upcoming projects that we are involved with in the town.

“The move has been exciting for us and it has provided us with much more space meaning, as we continue to take on more work, we have capacity to continue growing our team.

“Our new office is improving the way our teams work by offering a central group workspace where people with different areas of expertise working on the same project can sit together, share ideas and inspire each other to find better solutions.”