Leading Approved Inspector, Ball & Berry, has appointed Steve Elliott as associate director of its Birmingham office, as the building control specialist continues to bolster its footprint and client base across the West Midlands.

With more than 40 years’ experience, the ex-Head of Building Control for Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council has held several senior public and private sector roles.

Steve joins us from Acivico, where as National Accounts Manager he was responsible for overseeing a diverse range of commercial projects of every type and size in Birmingham and across the UK.

Reporting into our regional director, Richard Cymler, Steve’s remit is to strengthen our presence across Birmingham, the West Midlands and further afield, ensuring we remain the go-to Approved Inspector amongst end clients, developers, contractors, architects and more.

Since opening in March 2019, our Birmingham office has achieved impressive growth, with its portfolio comprising Phase Two of the 15-storey hotel and 37-storey residential block at Exchange Square following its support on the completion of Phase One; New Garden Square in Edgbaston; 395 apartments in the Jewellery Quarter with Sir Robert McAlpine; the construction of two 14-storey tower buildings in Coventry for Vita Student; and the expansion of the Resorts World Arena at the NEC.

Commenting on his appointment, Steve said: “Joining a long-established Approved Inspector with an enviable national portfolio was a great attraction to me, but what sets Ball & Berry apart is their reputation for delivering building control the right way.

“Some of those operating in our industry will chase work at any cost, but Ball & Berry prioritise and protect the interests of their clients to ensure they deliver the best service. The team possess the same integrity and ethos that I share, and I’m looking forward to working with them all.”

Steve’s expertise spans several landmark projects, including securing the green light to transform a derelict late 1920’s Art Deco former theatre in Bradford into a 3,800-capacity live music venue; the £28million redevelopment of the NEC Arena creating new seating, hospitality, bars, restaurants and other essential customer facilities, as well as improved backstage areas; and delivering Arena Central on a restricted city centre footprint to create the 1.2 million sq. ft mixed-use (office, hotel, leisure and high-rise residential) development.

Richard Cymler, our regional director, added: “Steve is a real powerhouse in our field and his appointment underpins our commitment to creating the leading Approved Inspector firm.

“Birmingham has the highest economic growth outside of London, which combined with the city council’s ‘Big City Plan’, the upcoming Commonwealth Games and now the green light for HS2, makes for a very attractive development location.

“We’ve brought talent from our other UK offices to the city to support the industry’s new and established players who are targeting Birmingham for their next project, and Steve’s high-profile appointment will complement our credentials and client base, whilst driving forward our strategy to ensure that we always deliver exceptional service to every client.”

At Ball & Berry we have staff across offices in Preston, Manchester and Birmingham, and specialise in building control services across a variety of industry sectors.