The wonderful team at Wardell Armstrong opened their Bristol office a year ago with just 2 people - soon they are moving into an 18 person office! To celebrate their first anniversary with us, we wanted to highlight their success with a quick chat with Ali Kemp, their Regional Director.
What you guys do?
Wardell Armstrong is an environmental and engineering consultancy. The teams in Bristol deliver projects for a wide range of clients to include developers, contractors, local authorities and charities, mainly on projects to encourage reducing waste, increasing recycling, developing renewable energy, supporting clients to reduce their climate impact and undertaking surveys in relation to minerals and ecology.
What sort of growth have you had here at DeskLodge?
When we first had an office space at DeskLodge in July 2021, there were just two of us, and now we fill all of our 11 desks, with a number of other colleagues working here regularly too! We have already upgraded from a 6 desk office to our current 11 desks, and are planning to move again, in to an 18 desk space next month.
How did the pandemic affect Wardell Armstrong?
Wardell Armstrong weathered the pandemic storm surprisingly well, and it has encouraged the fast tracking of a lot more efficient working, which probably happened a lot quicker than it would have done otherwise. We now have a lot more flexibility around home working, more efficient online communications systems and much less reliance on document printing. The Bristol office was opened during the pandemic and has been growing significantly, and the flexibility of DeskLodge has really helped to support that.
What are your plans for the rest of 2022 and beyond?
We have ambitious plans to continue to expand the team across all of our disciplines and in particular our energy and climate change team, aiming for another 10 recruits in the next 12 months across our Bristol and Truro offices.
What’s been the best thing about working from DeskLodge?
We all really love the amazingly friendly team, quirky and colourful working space and great social events. If we ever moved from DeskLodge, it will be a very hard act to follow!