A message from Andrew
"Starting out some 35 years ago with Chris from an attic space in my house and later joined by Steve Humphreys, all of us from the 80’s Leicester School of Architecture, we had a very strong but simple aim of doing great work and to make a positive contribution to the built environment.
We grew the business slowly thinking that a studio of around 30 people would be a big achievement but on the back of winning a number of design awards along with repeat clients and larger projects new challenges emerged. As our reputation spread we invited others to join us, who worked with total commitment to move us to the next level and strengthen our track record.
The exciting period which followed included commissions in Australia and Canada along with an expanding studio in London and Manchester with the beginnings of a global presence, but most importantly we were still doing great work.
I feel very proud for everyone at WW+P to reach this new beginning with Egis, so I think it is a good time for me to step down and pursue my lifelong interests encompassing the natural world from land cultivation and biodiversity to designing/making spaces and products in a sustainable way."
Andrew doesn’t suffer fools lightly so when I’ve felt low I’ve always been reassured by Andrew’s trust over the last 40 years. I honestly don’t know where I will look for that now. It feels like the end of an era but also the start of a new one. Even if it’s half as exciting and half as much fun it’s going to be great. Andrew, I wish you all the best. Enjoy your new life. You deserve to. Thank you. And thanks to Leicester and alphabetical order.
He has a relentless enthusiasm for how buildings and materials come together, and the impact they can have on our lives. But also, a deeply felt respect for the challenges faced in achieving built works.
Andrew’s most enduring legacy is, surely, the new cohort of talent within the practice that have taken up this mantle with real enthusiasm. I know he will continue to engage with the practice and undertake his own projects but the lasting influence on the team here and the work that they are producing will surely be a great source of pride.
Success was due to our shared understanding yet with each of us bringing complimentary individual skills and personalities. Alongside Chris this was at the heart of the success of Weston Williamson and the practices evolution. From the get go Andrew had not only an exceptional understanding of assembly and detail but a clear vision and essential strategic mindset which enabled him to conceive, formulate, and achieve his goals. His innate talent is evident to all who have had the fortune to work alongside him.