2018 has flown by at DCP:
With Christmas nearly upon us (how is that possible?) we’ve taken a look at the highlights of our very busy year, which has seen us take on some 443 new commissions.
For the Colchester office a definite highlight was completion of the £8.9m Sports Arena for Essex University, opened by University Chancellor (& Speaker of the House of Commons) John Bercow and Olympic gymnast, Max Whitlock.
It’s also been very exciting to be part of the team working to restore one of the country’s oldest purpose-built cinemas – the Electric Palace Theatre in Harwich.
We’re looking to the future too, working on an innovative pilot project for a Technology Learning Pod at Writtle Junior School. Once complete, the pod will not only be an amazing resource for the school, but potentially a blueprint for similar schemes countrywide. In the meantime, the whole development process has been a fantastic learning opportunity for the current pupils, involved in every aspect of the project from day one.
Fortunately, it’s not all been about work. Unusually lovely weather, Frinton’s beautiful beach & some inspired entries made this year’s sandcastle competition the best yet!
Highlights for our Norwich team have included the very successful completion of one of their longest running projects: The re-development and extension of the historic Wells Maltings.
This striking new arts venue is already winning accolades, carrying away the People’s Choice Award in NNDC’s 2018 Graham Allen Awards earlier in the year. If it wins anymore (watch this space!) it may well give Gresham School’s Britten Building a run for its money. Although completed in 2017, the Britten building is still winning prizes; the most recent being Regional Winner at the Best Value Constructing Excellence Awards.
Other notable events have included the completion of a fifth industrial unit for Spectra Packaging at their plant in Halesworth, Suffolk and a scheme in Stalham for Victory Housing. The latter a highlight for the housing association as well, as it included their 1,000th home. Coming up, is a 115-unit scheme in Mildenhall with Clarion. Across the offices, DCP has seen the completion of around 170 affordable housing units this year.
The project highlights for London have covered:
- Education: Feasibility and scoping studies on four schools as part of the London Borough of Haringey’s school improvements project.
- Housing: Statutory compliance surveys for 850 properties belonging to the Spitalfields Housing Association.
- Commercial: Proposals for a multi-million £ mixed use commercial/residential project on part of the old Ford factory site in Dagenham.
- Retail: Refurbishment of the flagship showrooms of international; designer, Christian Liaigre.
- Local Authority: A building fabric survey on the historic Clapton Portico.
It was quite exciting to have the office completely refurbished too!
We’ve welcomed three new members of staff: Andrew Brewer to the Colchester office, Andrew Harding to London and Sean Kiernan Burnett to Norwich.
And we’ve been delighted to celebrate considerable professional success.
April saw Associate, Jason Froude, promoted to Partner.
In June, Matthew Fitzpatrick, became a Chartered Architectural Technologist.
Kayleigh Sexton passed her APC in July to become a Chartered Surveyor.
And hot off the press …. Steven Green, MRICS, has also passed his APC to become Chartered.
Congratulations to them all.
With 2018 drawing to a close, we look forward to seeing what 2019 holds for DCP.