ARCHITECTURE firm LHC has boosted employee numbers with four new starters to help the studio teams handle an increased workload.
In Exeter, Barry Arthurs has rejoined the team as a technician and Martin Simpson has joined as an architectural assistant.
Martin wasted no time in throwing himself in at the deep end by taking part in the Michelmores Challenge Cup charity yacht race as a member of the LHC team.
Architectural assistant Emmet Hanley has joined LHC's Plymouth office, having previously worked at the Exeter studio of Ingenium Archial.
His background in furniture design and manufacturing, including cabinet making, has given him skills that are very relevant to architecture.
Emmet said: "The work has given me a really good understanding of how furniture fits into the design process."
And recent graduate Pippa Wray has embarked on her initial placement year at the firm's Southampton office, having spent two weeks there while gaining work experience last year.
LHC group director Rob Bramhall said the new recruits reflect recent increases in commissions for both architecture and masterplanning across the South West and the South of England.
"By taking on talented graduate trainees we are making a real investment in the next generation of architects and urban designers," he said.
LHC specialises in urban design, architecture and landscape, with an emphasis on regeneration and has been responsible for a number of award-winning projects across the South West and beyond, including the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth and the INTO Academic Centre at the University of Exeter.