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2022 is a special year for WS Planning & Architecture as we turn 30.
We are delighted to share with you some key highlights of our journey thus far.

TIMELINE

2022
April 4

Happy Birthday to Us – 2022

Happy Birthday to Us – 2022

In honour of our anniversary we have redesigned our logo to celebrate 30 years of unlocking potential.

January 24

Reigate & Banstead Business Awards 2022

Reigate & Banstead Business Awards 2022

We are delighted to announce that we have been nominated in the “Employer of the Year” category in the Reigate & Banstead Business Awards 2022.

January 13

RIBA Awards – 2022

We submitted The Cannons for the prestigious RIBA Awards. The drone footage of this unique house was beautifully captured by Solent Sky Services, one of our Preferred Partners.

2021
November 25

Surrey Property Awards 2021

Our design of 3 cottages for Alexson Homes in Ripley, Surrey receives Runner Up in the “Best Boutique Development” Category of the Surrey Property Awards 2021.  

March 1

Our new hq in reigate – 2021

Our new hq in reigate – 2021

We continue to grow and move across the road to 5 Pool House on Bancroft Road, Reigate.

2020
December 3

Max wins Apprentice of the Year 2020

Max wins Apprentice of the Year 2020

Max Rayner wins Apprentice of the Year at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2020. Max joined WS in September 2018 as one of only 6 people in the UK undergoing the new Architectural Assistant Apprenticeship. We were thrilled when he..Read More

2019
December 23

We expand and open our Croydon Office in 2019

We are proud to open our first London office at No.1 Croydon. This iconic building designed by Richard Seifert was formerly known as the NLA Tower.  

November 15

winner: best new luxury property – Surrey Property Awards 2019

We win “Best New Luxury Property” category at the Surrey Property Awards for Windsor Homes and the erection of two detached dwellings in Weybridge.

November 1

Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2019

We are finalist in the “Supply Chain Excellence” category at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2019, thanks to our innovative Preferred Partners initiative.

June 1

Reigate & Banstead Business Awards 2019

We are Runner Up in “Best Social Value Business” and “Employer of the Year” at the Reigate & Banstead Business Awards. Two great categories to be shortlisted in and an example of WSPA’s DNA.

2018
December 1

We Become a RIBA Chartered Practice – 2018

We Become a RIBA Chartered Practice – 2018

The Royal Institute of British Architects is a global professional membership body driving excellence in architecture. We serve our members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Being inclusive, ethical, environmentally..Read More

November 22

Surrey Property Awards 2018

We came runner up in the Best Professional Property Services Company Category at the 2018 Surrey Property Awards. We came second out of the 94 entrants in our Category which is a remarkable achievement.

2017
November 23

Winner: Best New Luxury Property – Surrey Property Awards 2017

What a fantastic way to finish 2017 by winning the “Best New Luxury Property” award in our 25th Anniversary year. Our entry was for the Planning & Architecture for four detached houses at Alexandra Gate in Reigate for Riverdale Developments.

November 1

Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2017

Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2017

We are proud Finalist in two categories at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards, Supply Chain Excellence and Business of the Year (up to £1m).

July 1

New North Point Logo – 2017

New North Point Logo – 2017

Our team recognise that our company initials form part of the compass points which evolved into our new North Point logo, used on our location plans.

April 4

We celebrate our 25th anniversary – 2017

2017 marked our 25th anniversary year. We held our Team Conference at the Design Museum in London. Our guest speaker was Sally Brown from Gatwick Diamond Business.

2016
March 10

Winner: Best Website Surrey Digital Awards 2016

Winner: Best Website Surrey Digital Awards 2016

We win GOLD for the Best Website at the Surrey Digital Awards. Tough competition with lots of innovative businesses being shortlisted.

2015
September 1

We launch the WS Work Experience Programme in 2015

We launch the WS Work Experience Programme in 2015

The programme provides different types of work experience, whether you are an aspiring Planner, Architect, or Architectural Technician. The popular scheme is mentored by Lee Barker our Architectural Director.

June 1

Introduction of our four stage planning & design process – 2015

We introduce a clear step by step route to ensuring the best possible chance of success for your project. In creating our Four Stage Planning & Design Process we have adapted the RIBA Plan of Work.

2013
April 1

We relocate back into the centre of Reigate – 2013

We relocate back into the centre of Reigate – 2013

After a 5 year hiatus from being in the town centre, we relocate to Europe House on Bancroft Road.

2012
April 2

20th Anniversary – 2012

20th Anniversary – 2012

We celebrate the anniversary of our first two decades with a trip to Lingfield Park Racecourse.

2011
July 1

Our First House Design – 2011

Our First House Design – 2011

A major milestone in our journey; we design and obtain planning permission for our first one off house.

February 15

Our Preferred Partners Initiative launches in 2011

Our Preferred Partners Initiative launches in 2011

We launch our Preferred Partners initiative, a network of trusted industry specialist professionals. This ensures that specialist advice required through the Planning & Design Process can be dealt efficiently to provide the best possible chance of success.

February 14

We launch WS Planning & Architecture – 2011

We launch WS Planning & Architecture – 2011

We broaden our services and add Architectural design to the well-established Planning service. This unique combination of professional services is well received by existing and new clients alike.

2008
April 1

We’re on the move – 2008

We’re on the move – 2008

After 8 years of sustained growth, we wave goodbye to Bell Street for bigger office space at Reigate Place, 43 London Road.

2002
May 1

Time to re-brand with New Company Name – 2002

Time to re-brand with New Company Name – 2002

We decide that our trading name needs to be shorter as we embrace the height of the digital age and to better reflect the service our practice provides. We retain Woods, Sanders & Co Ltd as our registered company name.

2000
April 20

Moving to Bigger Premises in Reigate – 2000

Moving to Bigger Premises in Reigate – 2000

As the business continues to grow we decide it’s time to find larger premises. We have now established a very strong client base in Reigate and the surrounding area so 15 Bell Street is our next stop.

1999
April 30

It’s Official – We Become a Ltd company in 1999

It’s Official – We Become a Ltd company in 1999

The practice was registered as a Ltd company with Companies House in April 1999 trading as Woods, Sanders & Co Ltd.

1994
April 1

We Open The Doors To Our First Office in 1994

We Open The Doors To Our First Office in 1994

As the business starts to grow we open our first office in the heart of Reigate. The office is above Crow Watkin Estate Agents, 14a Bell Street.

1992
July 2

Our First Planning Permission – 1992

Our First Planning Permission – 1992

We receive our first planning permission which relates to an enforcement appeal in Spelthorne Borough Council.

April 1

Humble Beginnings – 1992

Brian Woods began trading as Woods, Sanders & Co from the main bedroom of his house in Reigate.