The Nottingham office of national M&E consultancy Couch Perry Wilkes (CPW) is celebrating its sixteenth anniversary this month.
The office, located on Stoney Street, was set up by Ash Cowdrey in 2003, soon after the birth of his daughter Georgia when he decided to make some big life changes.
Ash said: “This is a really lovely anniversary to celebrate as it is tied with my daughter’s birthday so we’re celebrating two ‘super sweet sixteen’ events!
“Before setting up the Nottingham office I’d been with Couch Perry Wilkes for six years and was travelling to the HQ in Birmingham every day. When Georgia was born, she had some health complications and so as a family we spent a lot of time in the hospital. It was at that time that I decided I needed a better work-life balance and to work closer to home, so we established the Nottingham office.
“Since that time, we’ve gone from strength to strength in the East Midlands and now have offices in Leicester and Derby. I’m incredibly proud of the team and culture we’ve built. Georgia is fine now, but we’ve always tried to retain the office work-life balance ethos that started all this.
“Our staff are our biggest asset and they tend to stay with us for a long time. We have a number of staff who have been with us for more than ten years, many of whom began their careers as trainees or apprentices at Couch Perry Wilkes.”
The East Midlands, which now includes Leicester and Derby offices and has a total of 36 staff and forms a separate LLP to the rest of the national consultancy. However, the two share the same core values and ways of working.
CPW has worked on some of the most distinguished landmarks and buildings across the East Midlands. Recent projects include Project Greengrass, British Sugar’s new headquarters in Peterborough, the Lincoln Transport Hub and the Heart of the Campus at Nottingham Trent University.
The firm specialises in designing and integrating a full range of low carbon, mechanical and electrical engineering solutions into existing and new buildings.
Ash added: “It’s been a great sixteen years, Georgia and CPW East Midlands are two of my proudest achievements, alongside my wife and two sons of course! I can’t wait to see what the next sixteen years hold.”