Peter Drummond, who was appointed chief executive of architect Building Design Partnership this week, is hoping to turn the practice into a £100m turnover business in the next five years.

Drummond, who was promoted with immediate effect, outlined plans to increase turnover of about £62m by more than half in an attempt to take the company forward.

Drummond replaces Roy Adams, who was chief executive for 10 years. He will continue to work on change-management projects.

While Adams was chief executive, turnover at BDP, the UK’s biggest architect, rose 158%.

Drummond said: “The industry is always in a state of change and we are in a good position to take advantage of that.”

He added that BDP would continue to grow in the areas in which it was strong, including city-centre retail, education and healthcare, owner-occupied offices and masterplanning.

Drummond, who joined BDP in 1980, was promoted from the position of director of town planning and chairman of BDP’s southern region.

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