Will Freeman joins Wates from Atkins where he helped grow its London architecture practice from a team of 20 to 170 in three years.
He previously spent three years as head of design development for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympics Games (LOCOG).
Wates is looking to Mr Freeman to broaden its design innovation, increase early tender involvement and improve the quality of design information.
Mr Freeman said: “Wates has an impeccable reputation for the standard of its projects and it’s a team I am extremely proud to be joining. Early contractor collaboration in the design process is a vital factor in all projects and I look forward to developing the strong design skills that are already cultivated in the team.”
Phil Shortman, managing director of Wates Construction London, said: “Welcoming Will to the business marks a real step-change in our approach to design management, which will enhance our team’s proficiency, advance our abilities to source innovative solutions and to be recognised as best-in-class by supporting our customers’ design aspirations.”
Wates’ London project portfolio currently includes the extension of the V&A Museum, the development of Knight Dragon’s residential scheme at Greenwich Peninsula and British Land’s new offices at 4 Kingdom Street.