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New faces in town A warm welcome to three new team members at rg+p…

Katie Wright

Paul Skepper

Jenny Budd



Jenny Budd joins as planning consultant, working alongside Andy Ward. Jenny is looking forward to broadening the scope of her career to encompass all aspects of planning and development. Jenny is a member of the Chartered Institute of Town Planners. “I’m already enjoying the environment at rg+p and I’m hoping to utilise my skills to help push schemes forward,” says Jenny. Katie Wright is an architectural technologist, joining from the Brian Dearlove Partnership where she was responsible for technical drawings for residential developments. “I heard about the position from a friend and the company sounded very positive and upbeat, and this appealed to me.” Katie has extensive experience in Timber Frame construction together with social

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housing developments for RPs. Finally, our new Part II architectural assistant is Paul Skepper. With seven years’ experience, Paul hopes his position will help him achieve his long-term goal of becoming a Chartered Architect. “I am passionate about architecture,” Paul said. “I have heard good things about rg+p and am sure the team here will provide me with support and encouragement.” Bill Smedley, managing director concluded: “In what has been a dreadful time for businesses and in particular for young professionals looking to develop their careers, we’re delighted to be in this position. The combination of age and experience, youth and enthusiasm, has always been key to our success.”

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Restoration Award

MD’s MESSAGE Here we are in what could hardly be called the Summer of 2012 (so far), yet for the team things are feeling sunnier and the forecast is good! I’m delighted to announce the appointment of three key people, Jenny Budd, planning consultant; Katie Wright, architectural technologist and Paul Skepper, architectural assistant. This trio will strengthen our planning division and support our busy architectural practice. We have completed several distinctive schemes recently, including the Madrasah in Evington, Leicester - a new educational facility for the adjacent mosque. It blends a natural synergy with the original building together with the environmental requirements of a 21st century facility. We were delighted that the Leicester Civic Society acknowledged our work for Leicester YMCA. This award was collected by Mitch Dale who, in heading up the QS division, is doing sterling work. This includes acting as employer’s agent and QS on a scheme for new clients, The Lear Group. We continue to be successful in passing the prequalification stages to be accepted onto RP Framework Agreements. The PQQ process really is a team effort, so well done to all. In keeping with our many clients involved in affordable housing, we were happy to support the Chartered Institute of Housing Conference, hosting a successful networking luncheon, so thanks to all attendees for joining us. The team remain as proactive as ever and this year our chosen charity is Chron’s Disease, for which we will continue our various fundraising activities. With events like the Jubilee, Olympics and Paralympics buoying things along, I can say we are determined to grow and flourish, so thank you and have a great Summer, whatever the weather! Very best wishes

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rg+p has received a prestigious award for restoration from the highly respected Leicester Civic Society. The award is to acknowledge the firm’s stunning £4m renovation of the historic YMCA building on East Street in the city. The project was a multidisciplinary appointment, with rg+p acting as project manager, architect, quantity surveyor and CDM co-ordinator, so the award really is for the whole company. The judges recognised rg+p’s professionalism and commitment to restore the working building to its original use, whilst ensuring the historic internal features were not compromised. Collecting the award on behalf of the practice, director Mitch Dale said: “The vision was to provide We are pleased to announce that following last year’s success in being accepted on to several Registered Provider frameworks, we are on the way to adding further clients to this portfolio. So far this year we have successfully passed the prequalification stage for Broadlands Housing Group to supply Architectural, Employer’s Agent

sustainable accommodation for residents without affecting the integrity of the Grade II listed building. This award consolidates the whole team’s efforts and we are proud to be recognised for this exceptional project.”

Mitch Dale

In the frame and CDM-C services; Marches HA for Architectural services and have been invited to tender for Home Housing Group to supply Architecture and Employer’s Agent services.

Special Attention Assured

Andy Ward

The planning division has recently been appointed by Midland Assured, who act on behalf of one of the country’s largest brewers, to carry out a strategic planning and design review of the properties within their estate. Planning consultant Andy Ward has been managing at least ten planning applications at a time, converting land and buildings associated with public houses and clubs to much needed housing in many areas. Andy says: “It is a sign of the times that many pubs are no longer viable, but converting the planning consents to housing makes good use of valuable buildings and land, especially with today’s housing shortage.” HOUSING LUNCHEON

With the Chartered Institute of Housing relocating its conference and exhibition from Harrogate to Manchester this year, rg+p was happy to declare its continuing support for its clients in this sector and decided to host a gathering right in the heart of the city. The centrally located and highly acclaimed Manchester Restaurant Bar and Grill was the venue for a select gathering of over twenty housing and construction professionals, who lunched and networked, exchanging frank and interesting views about the current state of play and enjoyed a laugh or Bill Smedley (standing) welcomes guests to the Manchester Restaurant Bar & Grill two with colleagues. rg+p director James Badley said: clients and developers, many of whom beat a face to face chat for building long “It was a great event. It gave us the had not met each other before. term, business relationships.” opportunity to relax with colleagues, Technology is brilliant, but you can’t

NEWS in brief

Maureen Carberry with the Best Venue Award

Reasons to be cheerful As you may know, rg+p is a proud sponsor of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. This year we are doubly proud of its success because The Little Theatre won the festival’s “Best Venue Award” beating Curve and DeMontfort Hall. Our Practice Manager, Maureen Carberry, spends most of her spare time at the theatre; working backstage and for their Marketing Committee. Maureen said: “We are so pleased to be recognised among all the superb venues that Leicester has to offer and we will continue to work hard to make next year even better.”

Architects of the Future In addition to the three new members of staff, we have invited four architectural students from University of Nottingham and De Montfort University to spend three months with us over the Summer, to help them achieve the in-practice requirements as part of their degree courses. We also welcome several school students on Summer work experience. Bill Smedley commented: “Having eager young learners in the practice is a breath of fresh air and it is rewarding for rg+p to be able to nuture the architects of the future.”

On the high street rg+p is underway with preparing a planning submission for a mixed use scheme of 134 units with developer Keepmoat as part of the HCA’s Delivery Partner Panel initiative. The site in Wellingborough is currently used as a public car park and the new development will bring much needed housing to the area, whilst maintaining parking levels in the town centre by building a new multi storey car park as part of the redevelopment. James Badley, director, rg+p said: “This is a great project to be involved in and we’ve been able to bring both our housing and commercial experience into play to help with shaping the proposals.” It is anticipated that a detailed planning application will be made in July 2012.

(L-R) Steve Dellar & James Badley.




Going as planned! Architectural director Rob Woolston and his team continue to work in partnership with Leicestershirebased Westleigh Developments on a number of schemes throughout the Midlands and beyond. With projects at various stages, East Street, Dinnington is due to start on site in the near future. Rob said: “We’re delighted to have gained planning consent for 75 houses including properties for people with disabilities, in Dinnington near Rotherham. This is an important urban, town centre site on behalf of Westleigh Developments and Arches HA and we look forward to working with the team to deliver the project. “We’re particularly pleased with this one due to the extremely tight timescale – commenced project early January, submitted application late January, consent achieved mid-March – this must be a record!”

The rg+p team listen closely during the Risk Assessment seminar.

Rob Woolston

Spotlight on... Project Management Division The Project Management Division is fast growing into one of the most successful divisions of the practice. A free-standing, independent department, under the guidance of director Mitch Dale, the division is continuing to build its client base and add to its substantial list of professional services. With its roots in traditional Quantity Surveying and highly-skilled Project Management the division, which was established ten years ago, now incorporates employer’s agent, construction,design and management co-ordination (cdmc) and clerk of works (including bank monitoring and valuation) functions, together with the full range of quantity surveying services. Mitch’s team includes Andy Moulding, quantity surveyor; Kwarmina Woode and Craig Cumberland, both assistant quantity surveyors and Danielle Newton, administration. “It’s my intention for the division to continue to develop its reputation for exemplary work, in whichever area our services are required,” said Mitch. “We provide our range of services for the wide variety of clients and projects the practice handles as a whole, but are also honing our skills as an independent source of services and advice for clients who want to commission aspects of our work on a ‘standalone’ basis.

“This gives us greater flexibility, meaning we can respond quickly and effectively to clients’requirements, handling specific elements of a scheme on a ‘pay as you go’ basis.” When required, Mitch and his team can also call upon the input and support of colleagues Rob Woolston, architectural director specialising in master planning, sustainable design and modern methods of construction, together with senior architectural technician, Peter Traynor who has extensive experience in ‘Clerk of Works’. “We are pleased to be continuing to expand our work

rg+p has recently held a number of in-house seminars on Risk Assessment, Building for Life Assessments and Housing Quality Indicators. Bill Smedley, who lectures part time at the school of architecture at De Montfort University, is a great believer in the exchange of knowledge. “Companies don’t often know what skills they have in-house until someone tells them. At rg+p we encourage members of staff to become practice champions in their area of expertise.” He said, “We adopt an open policy of knowledge exchange, which is why we host in-house seminars on any subject connected to the business. These are free and open to anyone who wishes to attend.” If any readers would like to exchange views or request an appropriate seminar subject, please email Bill Smedley: in the areas of social and affordable housing, student accommodation and a range of unusual and interesting commercial developments,” said Mitch. “And our reputation as the ‘go to’ practice for health and public sector projects is something of which I, personally, am very proud.”

(L-R) Craig Cumberland; Kwame Woode; Mitch Dale & Andrew Moulding

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rg+p Aspect Issue 04 - Summer 2012  

rg+p Aspect Issue 04 - Summer 2012