Richard Williams Regional Director - South West & Wales

FRICS, MIFIREE

Richard is a fully qualified Building control surveyor with FRICS & MIFireE accreditation and has over 30 years’ experience in Building Control working for both local authority and the private sector.

He has worked extensively within the residential, commercial, retail, education and healthcare sectors including involvement in hospitals, nursing homes / extra care / sheltered and retirement housing developments as well as education projects for the numerous private education clients and extensive experience on working with projects involving conservation and listed building features / restrictions.

Richard was made a Fellow of the RICS in April 2014 in recognition for his work on building control and specifically listed / conservation building and has experience of delivering numerous seminars and training on building control and associated matters to external clients.

Richard works with clients to project manage schemes nationally and carries out site inspection work in Bath, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire areas.

Over 30 years’ experience in Building Control working for both local authority and the private sector.

CASE STUDY
Astley Castle

A 12th-century fortified manor which had been lying in ruins since a fire in 1978, Astley Castle had seen additions and revisions carried out in almost every century since Medieval times. Throughout its history the site has been owned by no less than three Queens of England.

The Landmark Trust boldly set out to reinstate occupancy of Astley Castle in a manner appropriate for the 21st century.  After careful recording, those parts of the building beyond pragmatic repair were taken down.  By inserting a groundbreaking modern holiday home into the shell of the ancient castle, the architects, Witherford Watson Mann, were able to both stabilise the ruin and create the next layer of the building’s history.  The results showcase how modern architecture can be unashamedly but sympathetically stitched into ancient fabric to significant effect.

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CASE STUDY
Carlton Club, London

Following a fire risk assessment on the club, Oculus was brought in to find suitable solutions for fire safety works required in the significant findings of the report. With the club being a listed building any works would need to have minimal impact on the historic fabric and disruption to the guest accommodation in the Club kept to a minimum. 

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CASE STUDY
Pangbourne College

The new build Harding Communications Centre at Pangbourne College designed by Mitchell Taylor Workshop combines a music school and ICT facility together under one roof and won the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA South Regional Award 2014. The building was designed to the BREEAM Excellent Standard and uses ‘Passivhaus’ principles with a continuous line of insulation over composite construction. 

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