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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
Wessex Water, Bath

The client, Bennetts Associates Architects and Buro Happold Consulting Engineers created the most energy efficient and sustainable building in the country with the highest BREEAM rating at that time for a commercial office building. In environmental terms the project was acclaimed by the Building Research Establishment as the ‘greenest’ commercial building in the UK. It stands as an exemplary example of energy efficiency, low embodied energy, recycling including aggregate for the concrete structure and recycled storm and grey water and enhanced biodiversity. 

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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
University of Hertfordshire

  • Refurbishment and alterations of the Hutton Building and Hutton Hall, including multi-storey new-build Hutton-Hub student zone.
  • Refurbishment and extension of Prince Edward Hall.

To the design of Vincent and Gorbing and construction by Contractor Morgan Sindall in association with Stride Treglown as executive architects , the works included an extensive refurbishment of Prince Edward Hall to form a new Learning Zone and Refreshment Space. The end result is a stylish timber lined informal study and meeting area for students adjacent to a new café and seating area. Externally the building has been granite clad.

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