Anton Sawicki and Chris Bell widen our capabilities

September 2019
Whitby Wood is delighted to announce the appointment of Anton Sawicki as director, and Chris Bell as associate director — and the launch of our office in Brighton.

Whitby Wood Brighton
Anton Sawicki, Shaun Campion, Oliver Coffey and Chris Bell

Structural engineer Anton Sawicki has more than 30 years’ experience in the design, construction and refurbishment of major cultural buildings, museums and galleries, and in the engineering of complex temporary structures, such as stadium concert stage sets. His projects include structural project director for the extension to London’s Tate Modern (Herzog de Meuron), project director for the new Oslo National Museum (Kleihues + Schuwerk), the Hepworth Gallery (David Chipperfield Architects) in West Yorkshire, the structural refurbishment of the Museum of London (Wilkinson Eyre), London’s new Royal College of Art building (Herzog de Meuron), project director for the British Museum extension to create the British Museum World Conservation & Exhibition Centre (Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners), the refurbishment of Brighton Dome and Concert Hall (RHWL Architects), ongoing consultancy for purpose-built touring rehearsal facility LS-Live (Production Park, West Yorkshire) and a vast number of live venue and tour structures for clients such as the Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Take That and Muse.

Joining Anton is Chris Bell, whose project credits are equally impressive. He has been working as lead structural engineer and managing projects teams for major consultancies, many alongside Anton. His key projects include Oslo National Museum, the Royal College of Art extension, Expo 2020 Dubai Opportunity Pavilion, works at the Royal Opera House in London, the British Museum World Conservation & Exhibition Centre, plus high rise residential projects, education buildings and commercial and heritage refurbishments. He too has extensive experience in the design of temporary structures, and we are excited about the possibilities their knowledge opens up for us in bringing the processes they have developed to the wider industry.

We also welcome Shaun Campion (senior technician) and Oliver Coffey (design engineer), who will be based in our new Brighton studio. They are poised to help us explore the potential for new ways of thinking and documenting, and working with new materials.

Welcome to the Whitby Wood team.

photo : Jane Joyce

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