Lois Wilkes and Danni Ager joined our Architecture team for a two-week work experience placement in August. Kelly and Tracey mentored Lois, providing an insight into the role of an Interior Architectural Designer, whilst Katherine and Daniel were mentors for Danni, focusing on Architectural Design.

Lois and Danni attended ArchiCAD training and were given a brief to design an extension or standalone building. Lois has worked on the external and internal building concept design, planned room adjacencies, and more detailed elements. She was also given the opportunity to present her work to gain further experience which can be applied to her future studies. Following analysis of the existing school site and floor plans, Danni created a moodboard to depict her initial ideas. Danni then developed her proposal in more detail to produce floorplan sections, elevations, fittings, finishes and reflected ceiling plans. During her second week with us, Danni assisted on a feasibility report for one of our live projects.



This week is National Apprenticeship Week. The global pandemic has forced us all to establish new ways of working which we have had to adapt to which, like all of us, has affected apprenticeships and the normal ways of learning and working.

Lorelei Cruz, Marketing and Communications Assistant, recently completed her Business Administration Apprenticeship, but it came with many new challenges.

A few weeks before her End Point Assessment was due to take place, Lorelei was told it was likely that her apprenticeship completion date would have to be pushed back due to COVID-19. With revision underway and many practice presentations delivered, West Suffolk College gave the go-ahead for Lorelei’s assessments to be completed remotely. Lorelei was able to complete successfully mock exams and revision for her End Point Assessment while working from home. The End Point Assessment was carried out online using unfamiliar software and Lorelei was recorded throughout the process. Following the completion of her knowledge test, presentation and portfolio-based interview, Lorelei was thrilled to find out she had passed her apprenticeship with a distinction. Since completing her apprenticeship Lorelei has taken on a new role within the Marketing and Communications team. Lorelei’s daily tasks include liaising with our multi-disciplinary team and clients to arrange project milestone ceremonies and organising a variety of staff engagement events. In addition to this, Lorelei manages Concertus’ social media platforms and ensures the leadership team are always updated on industry-relevant news.

Lorelei’s Tutor Caroline Yeldham, said: “You have worked so hard for this and your results were very much deserved. I am so happy for you! It has been an absolute pleasure working with you throughout your Apprenticeship and I wish you all the best in the future”.

Theo Warren joined the team in September 2019 and has recently completed the first year of his Level 4 HNC in Building Services Engineering. Whilst reflecting on 2020, when he continued to study at London South Bank University, and work with Concertus as a Trainee Building Services Engineer, Theo told us: “During the pandemic, I have completed 100% of my studies and exams alongside working on my day-to-day job virtually. In the beginning, I found it hard to get used to, but my colleagues and mentors have been a priceless resource to me and have gone above and beyond to support me during this time of uncertainty. Having to complete my University work online has put the responsibility in my hands more than ever, but this has been a good way for me to dive deep into my studies and figure things out on my own, rather than ask for help straightaway. I can’t say this year has been easy, but definitely one with some invaluable lessons that I won’t forget!”

Dylan Riches, who joined Concertus as a Civil Engineer Apprentice in 2020, is studying a Civil Engineer Degree Standard Level 6 at Suffolk New College. Dylan shared his thoughts with us: “Since starting at Concertus I have had many opportunities to develop my skills and learn valuable new ones. Working with the Civil and Structural Engineering team, I have improved my CAD skills and my colleagues have been fundamental in furthering my general knowledge of engineering. The multi-disciplinary aspect of Concertus has also given me the opportunities to explore other routes within the design and construction sector”.

We continue to support the learning and development of all our trainees – this includes employees who are still studying and those who have now completed their qualifications.

Last year introduced many new challenges for everyone. During these difficult times, we continued to work collaboratively to adapt our approach and ensure our new ways of working were successful for both colleagues and clients. Despite the pressures presented to us, our teams made sure an exceptional and uninterrupted service was still delivered.

Each employee has played a key role in taking the business forward during this period. To support our growth and continuous improvement in the delivery of our services, we believe in the need to invest continually in the development of our people and their teams. In 2020 we reached another key milestone in our growth strategy when we started our joint venture with Derbyshire County Council. As we continue to grow, our family culture remains strong.

This month will see changes being implemented to support our future plans for growth. New leadership and team structures will enable us to meet our clients’ needs whilst geographically diversifying our client base, framework agreements and project reach.

We are delighted to announce the following changes:

Group Director Appointments

Andrew Rowe: Chief Executive Officer
Sarah Cossey: Group Director – Finance and Resource
Matthew Self: Group Director – Commercial and Operations

Director Appointments

Gary Knight: Operations Director (East of England)
Kirk Schartau: Operations Director (East Midlands)

Associate Director Appointments

Charles Coulson: Associate Director (Suffolk/Cambridgeshire)
Darren Fellowes: Associate Director (Bedfordshire)
Jonathan Burl: Associate Director (Information and Security)
Louise Gilbert: Associate Director (Finance)

Associate Appointments

David Robertson: Associate (Civil and Structural Engineering)
Jason Walton: Associate (Building Surveying)
Natalie Finnigan: Associate (Quantity Surveying and Project Management)

We are looking forward to continuing our exciting journey this year.

Our next steps will include the Concertus Group working on a regional approach with Gary Knight leading operations in the East of England and Kirk Schartau in the East Midlands.

We are pleased to announce that we have successfully secured a place on the Procure Partnerships Framework. This framework runs for a 4-year term and is designed to have 10 suppliers for each discipline Lot in each region, with only 8 suppliers per region in the Principal Designer Lot.

We opted to bid for 8 of the 11 discipline Lots in 7 of the different geographical regions, to support both our current business delivery from Ipswich and also to deliver services from Derbyshire and the Midlands.

Following the completion of our bid submission, we were contacted by Procure Partnerships Framework so that they could understand more about Concertus and the services we offer. The conversation, led by their Key Account Manager for both the East of England and East Midlands Regions John Boyce and our Business Development Director Gary Knight, was a very positive discussion around our bid and the structure of our business.

In July we received notification of our successful inclusion on the following Lots and regions;

  • Project Management in the East of England (1 region)

  • Quantity Surveying in the East of England (1 region)

  • Architectural Design in the East of England and South East (2 regions)

  • Landscape Architecture in Yorkshire, West Midlands, East Midlands, East of England, London and South East (6 regions)

  • Structural Engineering in North West, Yorkshire, West Midlands, East Midlands, East of England, London and South East (7 regions)

  • MEP Design in Yorkshire, East Midlands and East of England (3 regions)

  • Building Surveying in Yorkshire, West Midlands, East Midlands, East of England, London and South East (6 regions)

  • Principal Designer in Yorkshire, West Midlands, East Midlands and East of England (4 regions)

At Concertus we pride ourselves on being easy to do business with; removing complexity. We are excited to have earned this opportunity to expand our multi-disciplinary service offering to a wider geographical reach, as this will present a further opportunity to develop new business and clients.

Working across a number of specialisms, we provide a range of services to clients in both the public and private sectors. Our strength is based on being considerate and client-focused; exploring what benefits can be delivered over and above the original requirements of a project, whilst remaining effective and efficient.

This July, to celebrate being in our new offices for 1 year, Artist Luke Embden transformed our office stairwell.

The artist, well known for his work at Coca-cola HQ in London, came to our office at the beginning of July to begin his masterpiece. Luke was guided by Concertus Interior Designers Kelly Content and Bryony Briggs who gave him a list of key words, milestones and places all relevant to Concertus and the journey, alongside our brand guidelines.

From this, Luke designed a draft of what he envisaged the stairwell looking like and off he went!

Students from University of Suffolk, Daniel Luenswilken and Oliver Turner, were given the opportunity to film Luke and be part of this fantastic project, which then led to them having hours of fantastic footage to edit.

Staff at Concertus are thrilled with the outcome and say “each time you walk past, you notice something different; it’s motivating and generally fun to look at”.

For the full video, visit our YouTube page.

To visit Luke Embden’s website click here.

Six employees at Ipswich-based Concertus Design & Property Consultants have completed a skydive to raise £2,798 for local charities.

It was their first dive and Commercial Director, Matthew Self was joined by Beth Wade, Kamil Kalembkiewicz, Sophie Lissauer, Sophia Nicklin and Steven Ryles, who all jumped under the pseudonym ‘Splat Self and his Self-Destructors’.

Concertus’ chosen charities for 2018, Selig Suffolk and Nick Fayers Amend Fund, will now benefit from every penny they raised in sponsorship.

The group were joined on the day by their colleague Paul Smith, a seasoned skydiver who filmed everyone as evidence that they took on the challenge.

Matthew commented on the dive: “I was very nervous beforehand and daunted by the prospect of jumping out of a plane at 11,000 feet. However, we all supported each other, and the experience was absolutely brilliant; made even more worthwhile because it was all for a good cause.”