Press Release 14.01.2024

Gillespies strengthens northern leadership team with new associate partner

Gillespies is happy to announce the promotion of Sam Hutchison to Associate Partner.

In this new role, Sam will support the leadership team in Leeds and Manchester to drive new UK and international business, establish and nurture client relationships and continue to create exceptional places where stories can unfold.

Sam joined Gillespies’ London studio in 2013 as a Landscape Architect. He was promoted to Senior Landscape Architect in 2016 and became a Principal in 2018, before relocating to the practice’s Leeds studio. Two years later he was promoted to Associate.

Sam is a highly accomplished designer and project leader who has played a pivotal role in several noteworthy projects across London, the north of England and overseas. One of his most notable achievements is the design of the pioneering 300m-long roof terrace at the new purpose-built Google Headquarters in King’s Cross, which is currently under construction, and the luxurious design of the prestigious public realm and podium design of One Thames City. In Stockport, Sam is leading the on-site delivery of Stockport Interchange, building on the previous work undertaken by Gillespies to deliver an exceptional public realm that promotes wellbeing, sustainability and active travel. He's also leading the team to deliver a new public square in Huddersfield for Our Cultural Heart and the multi-million-pound Heart of Africa habitat and overnight lodges at Chester Zoo. Sam is also key to developing our International portfolio, having worked and lead on major tourism and leisure-focused projects in Saudi Arabia.

Tom Walker, Partner at Gillespies’ Leeds studio, said; “Sam is a brilliant leader and imaginative designer who has shown an unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional projects that focus on enhancing quality of life. His projects are characterised by immersive settings and enriched by compelling narratives. He has also played a key role in driving new business and developing key client relationships for the Leeds and Hale studio. We are really proud to support Sam in this next chapter of his story at Gillespies.”