Gradon Architecture invests in future of design technology

Gradon Architecture is the latest practice to further develop its use of BIM technology

Associate architectural technologist at Gradon Architecture, Tanja Smith, with new recruit, Ben Weymes
Associate architectural technologist at Gradon Architecture, Tanja Smith, with new recruit, Ben Weymes

An architecture practice with global ambitions is investing in new innovative ways of working following the appointment of a BIM campus graduate.

Ben Weymes, who has completed his Part 1 in architectural design at Northumbria University, is the latest graduate to join Gateshead-based Gradon Architecture’s growing team which has doubled its workforce over the last 18 months.

Having graduated from BIM Campus, the recruitment of the 24-year-old, from Newcastle, is part of Gradon’s investment in the latest design technologies that will drive further efficiencies and help the practice to achieve the highest standards of sustainable design for its clients.

BIM – or Building Information Modelling – enables all people involved in a project to understand a building using a digital model, and its use is enhancing the ways in which the construction industry is collaborating.

As well as keeping costs down, BIM technology also makes it easier for multiple partners to share information on any one project, and is driving-up standards across the built environment.

Mr Weymes said: “The uptake of BIM across the industry is transforming the way in which the built environment works together. It puts architects on a level playing field with the many contractors involved on a build.

“This is ensuring that accuracy and consistency is maintained throughout the evolution of the project which is helping to improve standards of quality for clients and the end user.

“I’m thrilled to have joined such a forward-thinking and caring practice like Gradon. I’m looking forward to working with the team to deliver architecture that makes a difference to people’s lives for future generations.”

Based at NE40Studios, a locally-listed converted church in Ryton, Gradon Architecture has a track record for nurturing local architectural talent.

Over the last 18 months, the practice has created tailor-made apprenticeships for local students and has welcomed graduates from Huddersfield, Newcastle and Northumbria Universities to the team.

Graham McDarby, design director at Gradon Architecture, added: “There’s a digital transformation taking place across the built environment and it is vital that practices like ourselves embrace new innovative ways of working to co-ordinate projects more efficiently.”

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