1898 – A F M Wicksteed formed a Quantity Surveying practice which operated from an office at 8 Old Jewry in the City of London, Wicksteeds’ first project being for the ANZ Bank in Grafton Street.
1920s & 1930s – Mr Wicksteed’s son, Jack, joined the Practice, the office moved to Australia House. Harry Few was taken into the Partnership, the title changing to Wicksteed, Son & Few.
1970s – Wicksteeds set up a second office in Sutton. Wicksteeds was QS on Credit Lyonnais’ striking Queen Victoria Street office designed by Whinney, Son and Austen Hall, the first building in the world to be entirely clad with glass-reinforced concrete.
1978-80 – Simon Davis, John Goff and Brian Lester joined Wicksteeds. The “Big Bang”, the deregulation of financial markets, spurred significant activity for Wicksteeds including:
LIFFE: several projects including relocating to the Royal Exchange (a Whinney Mackay-Lewis Partnership scheme)
Terry Farrell Partnership’s iconic post-modern corner office building on Fenchurch Street
Stock Exchange: several projects including alterations to the trading floor
BNP Paribas: projects at Lombard Street, Wigmore Street, King William Street, Harewood Avenue and Wimpole Street
TTSP’s 180 Fleet Street development for Guardian Royal Exchange Assurance
2007 – Alan Draper joined Wicksteeds and the partnership status was changed to LLP.
2010s - Andrew Venn joined Wicksteeds.Significant projects undertaken include:
Kingston & Carshalton College: Nursery; Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Vocational Training Centre and Technical Engineering Centre at Carshalton and New Creative Industries Centre at Kingston
British Airways: Planning work for lounge refurbishments at major UK and international airports
The Royal College of Nursing: Restoration and refurbishment capital projects in each UK capital city and nationwide FM contract consultancy
Vodafone: Data Hosting Conversion, Power Centre, Supply Upgrade and Standby,Cooling Upgrade and Fire Suppression projects at various MTX, data centres and offices at various sites
Sevenoaks Town Council: Several projects including the restoration of a Victorian railway station due to be opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II, community centre, offices, residential and nursery schemes
Looking to the Future
Technological advances continue to improve the efficiency of professional service delivery as clients demand increasingly flexible, cost-effective services. By investing in highly experienced and qualified surveyors Wicksteeds continues to respond to clients' property, premises and facilities requirements.
The traditional values Wicksteeds has brought to our commissions for over 100 years will continue and professionalism, integrity, honesty and competence will continue to be our bywords.