A note from Nick Charlesworth / February, 2012

It’s good to report that there’s a celebratory atmosphere in the Practice currently following the news that we have once again made the Architects Journal 100 ranking. This announcement coincided with us being shortlisted in the Best Architect category at the recent Yorkshire Property Awards. These accolades are reflective of the positive contribution we are continuing to make across all sectors of the property market, particularly in the retail/leisure market, where, through creative and imaginative design we are enhancing schemes in order to increase footflow and ensure an improved return for clients. The expanding food sector continues to be a key preoccupation for us, with new projects for Aldi across all four offices. We have also been instructed to provide designs and architectural services for two new Tesco stores on behalf of two clients, together with a new Morrisons store in the Midlands. One thing of which we are all very proud is our client retention record. It’s a testament to our conscientious service levels that many of our clients have retained us for several years, a key example being the Tasis School in Surrey. Here, our Reading office has been instructed on a further phase of the school’s ambitious improvement programme, a 735 m² science block and a 120 m² business office. Other positive news comes in the form of our recently established BREEAM division. Headed up by Associate Director, Stuart Fall, who is a fully trained Commercial BREEAM Assessor, the new division will provide guidance and advice to clients about how to meet key criteria laid down by the respective authority, the aim being for all our clients’ projects to achieve “very good” or “excellent” BREEAM ratings. The fact that we have recently recruited six additional members of staff across the Practice and boosted our landscaping team by two is very encouraging. We are also seeing more projects that were put on hold during the darker days of the recession starting on site, this is great news for everyone in the development and construction field. If our growing job sheet is anything to go by, the signs are definitely there that brighter days may be just around the corner.

Best Wishes

Nick Charlesworth

Group Director