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OEA : New Directors appointed

O’Connell East Architects are delighted to announce the appointment of Jenny Hayes and Toby Lechler to its board of directors, to expand and strengthen its leadership team.

Jenny joined OEA in April 2006 and has been the lead on several of the major projects that we have designed and delivered in London, Bedford, Luton, Southampton, Coventry and Leeds. She has been instrumental in developing and disseminating the technical knowledge of the practice as well being responsible for mentoring all RIBA Part I, II & III students employed by the practice. Toby joined us in June 2010 and has designed and delivered several major schemes for us in Birmingham, Leicester and Colchester. During their time with us Jenny and Toby have worked tirelessly to provide excellent design, technical advice and solutions to our developer clients, end users and institutional investors. Gary East, Founding Director of O’Connell East says, “When we founded O’Connell East back in 1996 it was always our ambition to be a company where talented people could discover and develop their design, technical and leadership potential and I am delighted that Jenny and Toby will bring their deep understanding and abilities in design and technical solutions to the next chapter of the O’Connell East story.”

Jenny Hayes, Director of O’Connell East says, “We are proud to join the OEA board of directors and would like to thank our clients for the opportunities and continued trust they place in the practice. It’s been a challenging year, but we are emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic with renewed enthusiasm and ambition to grow the business locally and nationally. Our team, clients and end-users are at the heart of everything we do, and we will continue to focus on design quality, service delivery and stakeholder engagement as we embrace regulatory change and develop more sustainable ways to build.”

Toby Lechler, Director of O’Connell East says, “Jenny and I are really excited to be joining the OEA board at a time when we are working on so many fantastic projects. At O’Connell East, we share a determination to find the best solutions for our clients however complex. We look forward to building on the design quality we have established in our market leading PBSA projects and broadening our area of expertise into Co-Living and Build to Rent sectors.”

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