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Penrith Architects Promoted to Senior Management Team

L-R: Chris Staniowski, Nick Bailey and Stephen Macaulay

Architectural practice Manning Elliott Partnership based on Gilwilly Industrial Estate in Penrith have announced the promotion of two of their staff.

Stephen Macaulay, who joined the company in 2014 as Associate Director and Design Office Manager has been promoted to the role of Director, and Chris Staniowski who also has over five years’ service with the company has been promoted to the role of Associate Director.

Stephen has over 20 years’ experience in architectural practice and has worked in a number of different sectors including Hotel and Leisure, during a 7-year period, which saw many completed hotels across the UK from Shetland to Shoreditch and involved working closely with brand giants InterContinental Hotel Group, Marriott and Hilton on their European Brands. Since joining the practice, Stephen has focussed his efforts closer to home and continues to build strong client relationships with clients both in Cumbria and South West Scotland.

With over 10 years’ experience working in the industry, Chris has built productive and lasting relationships with Manning Elliott clients whilst working on a variety of social housing, private residential, commercial, hotel and leisure projects including Pear Tree Yard, Penrith and schemes with several national housebuilders. Chris is particularly interested in the conservation and reuse of historic buildings and was instrumental in the restoration of several high-profile flood damaged properties, including The Glenridding Hotel & the Grade II* Listed Drawdykes Castle.

Outside of the office, Stephen and Chris, who both live locally, have taken leading roles in volunteer business organisations.  Stephen is President of Penrith Chamber of Trade & Commerce and Chris is Chairman of the recently formed Penrith Industrial BID; the 300th Business Improvement District in the UK.  Their voluntary work supports the local business community and strives to improve the local area and make Penrith a key business hub.

Managing Director Nick Bailey said: “The promotion of architects Stephen and Chris into senior management roles represents a commitment from us to build a strong management structure that will allow Manning Elliott Partnership to grow sustainably as a prominent, diverse and forward-thinking architectural practice in Cumbria with a national presence.”