Edinburgh building consultancy confirms Bristol expansion

L-R: Jess Dowsing, Jack Nowicki, Dan Wride, Robert Perry and Paul Arthur

EDINBURGH-based building and project consultancy Paragon has announced the opening of a new office in Bristol as part of the firm’s growth strategy.

Paragon said the move comes in direct response to “client demand and new opportunities” as the region sees increased investment in developments, such as the £350 million Temple Meads enterprise zone.

The Bristol team includes Paul Arthur (director in building surveying); Jess Dowsing (associate director in quantity surveying); Dan Wride (associate director in project management); and Jack Nowicki (senior quantity surveyor)..

Paragon added the the firm is actively seeking to make “strategic hires” from as early as next year, including experienced professionals and graduates from Bristol and the surrounding cities.

The office launch is also the result of collaboration following Paragon’s merger with Bond Davidson in May.

Paragon joint managing director, Robert Perry said, “At the time of our merger we said we were actively exploring a south west presence, and we’re excited to see this come to fruition. We’re always looking for ways to remain ahead and spot the next opportunity – a Bristol office is this opportunity. The new office is the result of extraordinary team work within the company. It shows the strength of our culture and our people’s ambition, as well as their willingness and ability to build successful relationships. We are making excellent progress in our strategic growth plans. This move will bring further commercial advantages to our clients and even more career opportunities for our people.”

Paragon director Paul Arthur added, “We’re already advising on significant projects in Bristol, so establishing this office is a natural extension of our presence in the region. There’s a great deal of commercial opportunity for us in Bristol, as well as an impressive talent pool. We think our distinct approach will make a big impact here. Our clients and the wider industry are showing increased interest in the south west as a hub for investment – the region is primed for huge growth. Having feet on the ground in Bristol enables us to provide local services for clients and make the most of new opportunities for both their benefit and ours.”