Gradon Architecture, in Gateshead, welcomes FA National Football Centre designer

England coach Roy Hodgson gives players instructions during training at St George's Park

England coach Roy Hodgson gives players instructions during training at St George's Park

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AN architecture firm hopes to kick the opposition into touch after bolstering its team with a recruit who helped shape a flagship football centre.

Gradon Architecture, in Gateshead, has welcomed Katie Shepherd.

The 31-year-old previously worked on the design for the FA's National Football Centre, at St George’s Park, in Burton.

The site is used by Roy Hodgson's England squad as a training base ahead of international matches.

Ms Shepherd is the fifth new member of staff to join Gradon in the last year, and will work on a housing and community development in Sedgefield, County Durham.

The former Newcastle University student said: “My father was a builder and my grandfather a joiner, so architecture was a natural career path for me.

“There are lots of opportunities for me to work on designs that can make a real difference to people’s lives.”

Gradon is working on a number of projects across the North-East and overseas, including designs for Seaham Methodist Church to accommodate its growing congregation, and homes for a major scheme in Mongolia.

Graham McDarby, Gradon design director, added: “Katie has joined at an exciting time.

“She studied in the North-East and we’re delighted to have recruited an architect with such a strong mix of skills and experience.”

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