Lawray Architects is an SME private practice providing its clients with Architectural, Construction (Design) and Management (CDM)/Health & Safety, Project Management and Building Information Management (BIM) services within the construction industry.
The practice was established in 1974 and currently has three offices (Cardiff, London and Wrexham) employing around 36 staff in total. Lawray works across the full spectrum of business sectors within the construction industry and has developed an excellent reputation for the quality of its services, designs and collaboration with its clients, contractors and fellow consultants.
Through our constantly improving relationship with Amitech IT, we have been able to radically transform our business operations at all levels. Lawray is a well-oiled, holistic business, well capable of delivering on UK Government mandates for BIM, whilst greatly improving our ability to inter-communicate and extra-communicate / collaborate on our projects. This enables us to provide our clients with a higher quality service whilst improving our staff skills, capabilities, efficiencies, productivity and profitability.
Due to our well designed and structured IT infrastructure, which is also Cyber Essentials Standard certified, we were in a good place to take on COVID-19.
Initially, all our staff were enabled to take their computers home and connect to our studios via their broadband routers and VPN connections. This enabled them to continue working, albeit at a slower pace than in the studios. This is due to the various speeds of their broadband connections.
Amitech IT helped us by setting up the necessary VPN connections and security requirements for all our staff. They did this quickly and efficiently and have continued helping us when we have any issues.
In July 2020 we invested heavily in new HP laptops and MS Surface Book devices for all staff to dynamically enable them to work any time, any place, anywhere, complete with full internet and VPN connectivity and the necessary security configurations.
Amitech IT were behind the supply and initial set up of these devices, whilst our BIM manager ensured that all staff had the correct application software installed and configured. This took two months from the initial purchase order to delivery to each staff member.
This mobilisation has meant that staff can work anywhere and has also led to a broadening and flexing of when staff work – i.e., they are more able to work remotely and as long as they deliver the work and projects asked of them the business has run with this more flexible working method.
It helps the staff considerably, especially those with young children and other family-related dependencies during these difficult times.
This has enabled us to continue working almost as if COVID never happened and we continue to win new work, whilst not having to lay-off staff or put them on Furlough, unlike several competitors. The staff appreciate this.
“We would not have been able to do this if our IT infrastructure was not capable of adjusting to the constant changes imposed by COVID, the UK government and the devolved governments. Amitech IT has been a key enabler to keep our business fully operable throughout the COVID pandemic.”
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