A new director has been appointed at a “long-standing” North East architecture firm.

A new director has been appointed at a “long-standing” North East architecture firm.

North East-based architecture firm JDDK has appointed a new director, as the firm celebrates a successful year of growth and a strong pipeline of upcoming projects in 2024.

Claire Sanders joins fellow directors Nikki Watson, Maura Mullan and Adam Vaughan. Having been with the company for 17 years, Clare was the natural choice when a rare position for a new director came up.

Claire joined the practice in 2006, and began her architectural career at JDDK, after graduating from Newcastle University. She served as assistant director before moving to her new position earlier this month.

Guiding the team to use its strength and adaptability to overcome changing industry challenges and drive positive change forward will be an area of ​​focus for Clare, who brings cross-sector experience to the management team.

During her time at JDDK, Claire has worked with businesses and organizations on projects across the healthcare, leisure, education and commercial industries, including working as a project engineer for the new commercial premises at Blagdon Estates’ Milkhope Centre, as well as multiple refurbishments. Projects in leisure centers across Northumberland.

Clare, a former Co-Chair of the Housing Group at RIBA North East, is particularly passionate about the residential and social housing sectors – areas in which JDDK is very active. During her time in the practice, Clare has played a leading role in numerous housing schemes for both the public and private sectors and will remain one of JDDK’s leading architects in this area of ​​work.

Her recent work in the sector has included leading new build and conversion social housing projects for clients such as Your Homes Newcastle, Carbon Homes and South Tyneside Council.

As a leading specialist in residential design, social housing and low carbon design, JDDK has had a number of significant project wins this year. The practice is currently working on several large-scale residential, aged care and regeneration schemes across the North East, designing sustainable communities where affordability, security, quality of life and wellbeing are priorities.

Clare’s appointment as Director comes as fellow Director, Kevin Turnbull, announces his retirement, following an impressive 31-year career at JDDK. Kevin joined the practice in 1992, five years after founding the company, and has been an essential part of JDDK’s development and success ever since.

Commenting on her promotion, Claire said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Director and it means a lot to have been with the company for such a long time that I now have the opportunity to influence our future.”

Kevin added: “It is truly a special place to work and I feel very fortunate to be part of such a supportive and talented team, which has and continues to deliver exceptional development projects that impact people’s lives and leave a lasting legacy. I wish the team all the best for the future.”


Written by Mark Adair – Al Badili newspaper correspondent

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