New faces as part of continued growth at Mid Wales-based building design and planning practice

Building design and planning practice Hughes Architects has appointed two new members to its team based at Newtown, Powys.

Architectural Technologist, Tom Majski, and PA and administrator, Michelle Ashton, have joined the company at its Newtown office.

Tom, who is from Shrewsbury and lives in Newtown, has worked for a number of established architects and developers, in Birmingham and London He most recently worked with Shropshire Homes.

“Hughes Architects offers a range of architectural design opportunities for me, working on residential, commercial and industrial projects of all sizes and types, so it provides quite a diverse range of projects,” said Tom.

“Having worked on the design of buildings for healthcare, education, residential, retail and logistics, it’ll be a great opportunity as Hughes have been and are now working in these sectors.”

He will work with architects Doug Hughes and Richard Lewis, architectural technologists Henry Beddoes and Nick Burnside and architectural designer Siwan Geraint based at the practice’s offices in Welshpool, Aberystwyth and Cardiff.

Henry will be based at the company’s Welshpool office which will relocate to larger premises in Berriew Street later this year.

Michelle has been appointed as assistant administrator and PA, as well as being receptionist at the Broad Street office in Newtown. She will work closely with architect Richard Lewis and the team.

Doug Hughes, Managing Director and Principal Architect said: “With clients and projects throughout Wales, Shropshire, Herefordshire and further afield we need to ensure we have a team that has a good knowledge of building design and planning which is critical for maintaining our 98 per cent planning application success rate.

“Planning policy varies in different counties, while planning laws are also different between Wales and England so having a mix of staff that understand this is important for us and our clients.

“Additionally, good design is important for new builds, conversions, expansions and listed building work, something we pride ourselves on and Tom adds perfectly to the existing design and planning team.”

Hughes Architects is relocating its Welshpool office to Berriew Street this year, investing in the renovation and modernization of the building.

The company has projects underway throughout Powys, Ceredigion, Gwynedd, Shropshire and Cardiff.