Wates Construction has appointed Will Freeman as its design director for London and the South.
He joins from consultant Atkins where he was part of a team that increased the size of its architecture practice from 20 to 170 people over three years.
Mr Freeman was previously head of design development for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympics Games.
His role at Wates Construction will see him aim to increase early tender involvement by designers and improve the quality of design information.
He said: “Early contractor collaboration in the design process is a vital factor in all projects and I look forward to developing the strong design skills that are already cultivated in the team.”
Wates Construction London managing director Phil Shortman said: “Welcoming Will to the business marks a real step-change in our approach to design management, which will enhance our team’s proficiency, advance our abilities to source innovative solutions and to be recognised as best-in-class by supporting our customers’ design aspirations.”
The company’s London project portfolio includes an extension to the Victoria & Albert Museum, Knight Dragon’s residential scheme at Greenwich Peninsula and British Land’s new offices at 4 Kingdom Street.