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Stephen George + Partners announces merger with Leeds healthcare specialists

Image from left to right; Steve Batson, Kiran Parmar, Peter Holroyd, Jonathan Hazelgrave and Dean Payton
24th October 2017

Stephen George + Partners has announced that Leeds-based specialist healthcare architects, Enable by Design, has become an integral part of one of the UK’s leading architectural practices.

Reinforcing Stephen George + Partners’ (SGP) position as an AJ Top 100 architectural practice, the merger of the two companies gives additional momentum to SGP’s expansion plans, as well as enhancing their current expertise with specialist design advice and client support in all sectors.

Enable by Design has a proven track record in creating high quality healthcare and social care environments for NHS Trusts, Framework Partners, developers and aged care providers across the UK. Led by Director Steve Batson, all of Enable by Design’s team have become part of the SGP team, based at the Leeds office. They bring with them decades of specialist healthcare knowledge and expertise including working with various forms of contracts and procurement routes.

Explains Michael Barker, Managing Partner at SGP: “The merger will also bring additional BIM skills to the SGP team, as the healthcare sector is more advanced than much of the private sector when it comes to the adoption and implementation of BIM.”

Continues Michael: “We were impressed by Steve and his team’s experience and their nation-wide portfolio of healthcare projects. We felt they were a perfect fit with the skills base we already have and I’m looking forward to putting into action our ambitious plans for growth in the healthcare sector in northern England and throughout the UK.”

Recent Enable by Design schemes include the state-of-the-art Fieldhead Hospital non secure project and the Bagwell House Health & Wellbeing Centre at Pontefract, which won a Pontefract Civic Society blue plaque award earlier this year.

Steve Batson, Director at Enable by Design: “I am very excited about the merger of Enable by Design and Stephen George + Partners, and bringing our years of experience and sector know-how to SGP’s already substantial service offering.”

Stephen George + Partners will continue to offer clients expertise in masterplanning, industrial, distribution, office, mixed-use and private residential sectors. Together with SGP’s geographical positioning, wide-ranging resources, scale and reputation for exemplary service delivery, the expanded SGP will offer significant benefits to the combined client base.