Aske-based architectural practice expands team

Harris Irwin Architects, Aske Hall, Richmond, North Yorkshire. Photograph: Stuart Boulton.

A Richmondshire-based architectural practice is expanding as demand for its specialist healthcare services continues to grow.

Harris Irwin recently welcomed nine new members of staff to its team, as well as increasing the size of its northern head office on the outskirts of Richmond.

And it is planning to create more jobs to enable it to grow further in 2022.

The practice, which also has offices in London and Holland, has seen unprecedented demand for its services with many of the UK’s largest care home operators choosing Harris Irwin to design new care homes for the elderly, including dementia-friendly settings.

These include a new luxury 60-bedroom care home in Surrey, which it has designed on behalf of Barchester Healthcare, and an 80-bedroom home in Sheffield, which was designed for its operator Cinnamon Care.

Harris Irwin added to its 40-strong team with the appointments of Freya Parkinson and Ella Ashworth (Part 1 Architectural Assistants); Emily Rowe, Alex Bird and Reuben Oatley (Part 2 Architectural Assistants); Graham Agar-Plews (Technician), Zoe Worner (Junior Technician), Bobby Pourjafar (Technician), and Louise Clarke (Personal Assistant to the Directors).

All apart from Alex (London office) are based at the head office at Aske, near Richmond.

As well as adding to its team, Harris Irwin has also expanded its head office, occupying an adjoining room at Aske, which has effectively doubled its office space.

Harris Irwin director Mike Irwin said: “Despite the pandemic, our services have thankfully continued to be in demand, and this is reflected by the fact we have been able to add to our staff team and increase our office space.

“We have carved out a niche in care home design and around 80 per cent of our work is through repeat commissions from clients in the sector.

“We are delighted to have been able to continue and expand on our existing client relationships, as well as welcoming new clients.

“It’s an exciting time for the practice and we’re looking forward to growing further in 2022.”