The month of August took us to visit properties over the county, with stops in Polzeath, Falmouth, Wadebridge, Bodmin, Newquay, Tintagel, Porthleven, Port Isaac, Marazion, Portmellon, Penryn, Truro and St Ives. Some of these are among the most beautiful places to be in the sunshine months, and the most busy!
Sue Wilton has been working hard on the CDM (Construction (Design and Management)) aspect of the business, for which August has certainly been a very busy month. She says, “I would not have got through this month without the great support given by our APC candidates – budding Graduate Building Surveyors Harriet and Alistair. Together we have worked towards giving them the opportunity to run their own private and public sector CDM jobs, with my regular support. Between us we have won new projects, prepared Pre-Construction Information, reviewed Health and Safety Plans and developed Health and Safety Files, and attended LOTS of meetings! Liaison is the key, so we are busy e-mailing, phoning and meeting up with design teams, clients and contractors all of the time.”
Grenville Tresidder has been kept busy during the summer working on a broad variety of projects, including designing a sketch scheme for the potential conversion of some industrial units in Camborne, considering the best way to convert existing offices to residential space in Truro, the preparation of a specification for remedial works at a property on the Roseland, and a steady stream of Building Regulation applications and drawings ticking along in the background.
Alistair has been overseeing the refurbishment of a fire damaged property in St Columb Road, as well as working through the Planning and Building Regulations process for a garage conversion in Penryn. He has been very happy working on both these projects as he feels they are providing him with great experience in working towards his RICS APC (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Assessment of Professional Competence).
John Darbyshire has been working hard to complete phase one of a project that sees new holiday lodges being constructed at the Budock Vean Hotel, which is due to be complete mid-September. He also has been overseeing the management and completion of some dry rot remedial and refurbishment works at an apartment complex in West Looe, which has been a logistically challenging project!
Richard Collett spent August closing out the rebuilding of a property in Port Navas following a fire. Work he is monitoring at a commercial property here in Falmouth were also brought to a position where they are nearly complete. He submitted Planning and Building Regulation applications for the conversion of the space above a Falmouth shop into two flats, as well as meeting several potential new clients, two of which have signed up for RTP to proceed with the works; one for a loft conversion; the other for the conversion of a garage and study into bedroom accommodation.
Lastly, Richard Thomas was also kept busy obtaining the Planning Permission required for the Amphitheatre at Trebah to allow them to have their opening night on the Friday 29th August 2014. The opening play was the Tempest performed by Miracle Theatre. Of the project Richard says, “All went well and was performed to a full house. We hope the amphitheatre will provide an important and welcome additional facility to Trebah Gardens.” He has also been working on obtaining Listed Building Consent for the provision of apartments to the upper floors of 3 properties in Victoria Square, Truro, in what he describes as, “An encouraging use of vacant accommodation over shop premises to enhance and encourage inner city occupation”.
As we head into the end of the summer, all at RTP are looking forward to seeing what interesting projects the autumn and winter will bring us, whilst hoping we do not see a repeat episode of the chaotic storms that found the County last year.