Movers & Shakers:

Alan Wilkinson with KLH Architects partners Martyn Goodwin (left) and Alan Howard (right).

Alan Wilkinson with KLH Architects partners Martyn Goodwin (left) and Alan Howard (right). - Credit: Archant

Ipswich-based KLH Architects has expanded its service offering by bringing on board a well-known education sector specialist.

Alan Wilkinson, who has spent 15 years delivering projects in the sector, has joined the 20-strong team and will head a new education and community project team.

Practice partner Rob Keeble said: “Alan brings with him an extensive education portfolio and unrivalled experience in this sector – which as a practice we have highlighted as a discipline we would like to expand into. By bringing Alan on board we can expand our services knowing we have a respected figure at the helm who will continue to deliver at the high standards we are committed to.”

Alan, who previously led the team at WPP Architects, said: “When the opportunity arose to join the team at KLH I knew it was the right move for me. They are a fantastic practice with a reputation of delivering high quality design for the healthcare sector, and I hope, with my extensive education portfolio, we can quickly become the first point of call for schools and academies wanting to transform their buildings.

“KLH work to the same principles which drive me – being totally client-focused and delivering buildings and facilities that exceed the expectations of clients, stakeholders and users.”

Recent projects across the region which Alan has delivered include Willowbrook Primary School in Brentford, Essex, Honywood FS20, a showcase for innovative learning in Coggeshall, and the Parkside Pupil Referral Unit, Ipswich, which was used as an exemplar in the Department for Education guidance document.

Alan has also appointed two new team members to make up the new KLH Education department. Graham Page and Robert Gillett-Ratley worked with Alan at WPP and also bring with them a wealth of experience of delivering projects in the sector.

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