Director, David Shatwell, is celebrating 30 years with the practice this year.
In the mid-1980s David joined the Geoffrey Alsop Practice as a senior architect and after six months was made an associate, directing major housing project across Manchester and Salford. In 1988, the Geoffrey Alsop Practice merged to become the Buttress Fuller Geoffrey Alsop Practice.
At the newly formed practice, one of David’s first major commissions was to oversee the restoration of St George’s Hall. The Grade I listed building, considered to be one of the finest examples of neo-classical architecture in the world, was brought back into use through the installation of catering facilities and is now one of the city’s most popular event venues.
Following this, David secured a contract for the restoration and refurbishment of the Rotunda Museum, one of the oldest purpose-built museums still in use in the UK. David also worked with the Rotunda to develop new exhibitions for the museum, helping return it to its original role as a geological showcase.
The project helped establish build the practice’s credentials in the museum sector and David has since helped secure work with the Stockwood Discovery Centre, Wardown Museum, Manchester Museum and Manchester’s most visited museum – the Museum of Science and Industry.
Over the past three decades, David has played a central role in building the practice’s expertise in heritage and arts and culture work, and has been involved in more than a dozen award-winning projects in these sectors. He has also managed conservation frameworks for Her Majesty’s Court Service, English Heritage, CADW, Cheshire East Council, the National Gallery and the National Maritime Museum.
In 2005, David joined the board and as a director he is now responsible for HR operations, ensuring that clients have access to the best architectural talent. He also leads one of the practice’s conservation teams.
Buttress would like to thank David for his continued dedication as he reaches this significant milestone.