We are pleased to confirm the appointment of three new equity owning Partners to the practice’s board. Jon Moore, Alistair Brown and David Sercombe are familiar to many of our clients having been key members of the management team for the last few years. They join Andrew Foster and Andrew Haines in managing the practice with plans to strengthen commercial, residential and education teams.
In a related change to the company’s ownership, Nick James has stepped down as a director, taking up the role of consultant and advisor to the board. Having worked for Robothams for 28 years, Nick has generated an enviable reputation in the commercial and residential sectors with strong design skills and expertise in planning. His new role will allow him to focus on business development and design leadership which will feed into the business’ wider strategy to attract more privately funded projects.
With a broad portfolio of projects in design or starting on site, 2017 looks like an exciting year for the practice.
The baking of cakes has become a Robothams way of life.
We didn’t need much of an excuse to turn the BBC’s Great British Bake Off into a light hearted baking ‘competition’ in the office. Each week a member of staff baked as their selected competitor left the show, leaving this year’s winner Nadiya to give final victory to colleague, Tom Higginson. Throughout the duration of the competition we enjoyed yummy delights every week from our ‘bakers’ concluding in Tom’s nutty cookies.
We are looking forward to next year already.
A selection of the bakes we enjoyed during the competition
Working with BIM experts Digitial Node we are well on the way to be able to deliver the majority of the practice’s work using BIM in 2016. Since 2012 the practice have been investing in software and training for our architectural staff, developing in-house skills and standards to allow us to manage the increasing number of commissions requiring a BIM approach.
Our innovation team are steering the BIM revolution with Rebecca from Digital Node’s help identifying best practice and standards to support adoption. One of our BIM Champions Andrea Obremski says, ‘we are seeing lots of benefits to the practice’s work flow with improved co-ordination and productivity improving our offer to clients’.
Current projects include a school in Erdington and a performing arts centre in the Cotswolds, as well as schemes we are currently bidding on in Abingdon and Coventry.
We are really pleased to announce that from the 1st November we have restructured our team. This has led to well-deserved promotions for a number of staff. In adapting to improving market conditions and growth in enquiries we have promoted Justin Metcalfe and Ravi Sambhi to Associates, Stephen Jackson, Chris Ballantine, Dawn Spicer and Alistair Brown to Associate Directors and Jon Moore and David Sercombe to Salaried Partners.
The restructure will allow continued career paths within the practice for this strong team and also create opportunities for all our staff to progress and develop at Robothams.
The practice were represented on Saturday 4th October at Deeley Group’s charity five-a-side tournament in Coventry. A strong team performance unfortunately did not get us beyond the group stage however the afternoon was enjoyed by all those played and their supporters. The team’s captain Steve Jackson is currently planning their next fixture.
Ravi Sambhi, a familiar face to many of our clients, has been successful in her application for full membership of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. Her accreditation as MCIAT reflects her extensive experience and high levels of technical competence.
Joining Robothams in 2006 she has worked on our projects at City College Coventry, Sidney Stringer Academy, Diglis Water, Homewood Care Home and Abingdon & Witney College to name a few.
Above, images of a few projects Ravi has worked on whilst with Robothams.
To reflect an increasing work load and commissions on a number of exciting new projects, we are currently seeking candidates to join us in the following roles:
- A qualified Architect with a minimum of 2 years post part 3 experience to work on a range of projects for prestigious education and residential clients.
- A Part 1 ‘Year Out’ Architectural Assistant to work on a range of further and higher education projects.
CVs should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org including examples of recent work for the attention of Andrew Foster.
Robothams Architects are an equal opportunities employer.
Strictly no agencies please.
Robothams have made further key appointments for the practice’s future.
Andrea Obremski joins us having completed a degree in Architectural Technology at Sheffield Hallam University this summer, she has recently gained associate membership of the CIAT with a view to achieving full membership by 2015.
Adam Wattrus brings additional skills to the practice having graduated from the University of the West of England in 2012 with a degree in Architecture and Environmental Engineering, with both in-depth knowledge of sustainable building technology and topographical surveying.
The appointments represent a focus on providing growth for the business, whilst retaining Robothams’ reputation for technical rigour and the ability to deliver complex schemes.
Our team are celebrating the RIBA award received for our work on the Sidney Stringer Academy with Kier and Sheppard Robson. We are all really proud of the project and the team in our office who worked on the project led by associate, Steve Jackson. We are currently working with the Academy to extend the school, for a which a planning submission was submitted in July.
The work force at the practice has grown with the addition of two new members of staff to provide additional resources on major projects. Paul Jones joins the practice from Morgan Sindall Professional Services in Stratford, to support our work for Coventry University. Our team led by Associate Director, Jon Moore will be undertaking designs for major refurbishments at the Jaguar Building and within the former Start-up Cafe, in addition to strategic projects for the University’s accommodation team.
Mario Monaco joins the residential team to contribute to the detailed design of a significant independent living scheme for Deeleys and Orbit in Leamington Spa. Both additions demonstrate our commitment to steady growth and reflects an increasing number of new enquiries in 2013.