Out and About in August

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Summer is drawing to a close already. It flew by, despite not quite being the hot season we were all looking forward to. Instead of sunshine and beach days, we were greeted by grey clouds and plenty of rain. Although it didn’t make Cornwall an ideal summer holiday for some, it certainly didn’t make a quiet month for the RTP team. Here are some of the things they got up to during August.

Sue Wilton has been busy again this month helping Clients and Principal Designers implement the new CDM Regulations in the health, education, commercial and domestic sectors. Following on from last month’s Association of Project Safety course, Sue has passed the examination for the Management of Pre-Construction Information and has been applying this to a wide range of projects throughout the county and into Devon.

Alistair Strachan has been working on several schedule of works and Building Regulations applications, as well as drawing up plans for a proposed car parking space to a busy one-way street in Falmouth. In addition, he assisted in applying for retrospective Planning Permission for a house in Flushing, and worked with Richard Collett in overseeing refurbishment works of a retail unit in Falmouth.

Andrew Miller has been kept occupied with summer projects that centre on redecoration and maintenance management, as well as overseeing several sites at which extensions and alterations are taking place. In the office, he prepared and submitted a number of Planning and Building Regulations applications with feasibility considerations, all of which have provided him with a varied August workload. His September diary is already booking up and is looking like defects inspections will be a feature of September!

John Darbyshire has been managing refurbishment works to a Grade II Listed building in Truro, in preparation for two new tenants. The works are nearing completion and have transformed the internal space to provide desirable office accommodation, whilst retaining the historic character of the building. The building had partly stood empty for many years and will now attract a rental income for the landlord. John is also preparing for the works to start the construction of The Gate Lodge holiday home at Budock Vean Hotel, which are about to begin. John is currently working with our client to finalise the finer details of the specification and contract documentation. We hope to complete the build in time for Easter 2016. RTP are appointed as the Principle Designer and Contract Administrator and will manage the build through to completion.

Richard Thomas has been working closely with The National Trust during the course of last month on the survey of two major farms in North Cornwall, to identify costings for repair and upgrade. He reports that there has been an increase in the number of people asking for pre-sale surveys. This has the benefit of being able to pass on to the purchaser a realistic appraisal of the condition and levels of maintenance that will be required in the short to medium term. The report also provides useful information on general matters relating to the running of the property and needs for servicing. If you would like advice from Richard on a similar matter, or the help of any of the team, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01326 318599.