A PENRITH architectural practice has promoted two members of staff.

Manning Elliott Partnership, based on Gilwilly Industrial Estate, has announced that Stephen Macaulay has been promoted to director and Chris Staniowski is now associate director.

Mr Macaulay joined the company in 2014 as associate director and design office manager.

He has over 20 years’ experience in architectural practice and has worked in a number of sectors including hotels, when he worked with chains including InterContinental Hotel Group, Marriott and Hilton on their European brands.

Mr Staniowski, who also has over five years’ service with the company, has been in the industry for more than 10 years.

He has worked with clients on projects including social housing, commercial, hotel and leisure projects including Pear Tree Yard, Penrith, and national housebuilders. He worked on the restoration of several high-profile flood damaged properties, including The Glenridding Hotel and the grade II-listed Drawdykes Castle.

Outside of the office, the pair have taken leading roles in volunteer business organisations. Mr Macaulay is president of Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce and Mr Staniowski is chairman of the recently formed Penrith Industrial Business Improvement District in the UK.

Managing director Nick Bailey said: “The promotions represent a commitment from us to build a strong management structure that will allow Manning Elliott Partnership to grow sustainably as a prominent forward-thinking architectural practice in Cumbria with a national presence.”