Recognition for heritage projects

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Richard Thomas, one of RTP Surveyors’ managing directors, lead the design of and project management of the refurbishment of 5-6 High Cross, Truro, which has been shortlisted for Heritage Project of the Year in the Michelmores/Western Morning News Commercial Property Awards. Numbers 5 and 6 High Cross were originally separate properties, but were combined into one for previous occupants. During 2009, RTP Surveyors designed and administered the contract for refurbishing both premises, after leading the 2008 reinstatement of separation of the two properties.The design of the new layout for the property sought to recapture the original principles of access, with a Georgian style new entrance door to No. 6, with canopy and pilasters in keeping with likely previous styles. The refitting of the sweet shop at No. 5 provided a further opportunity to recapture past styles, whilst also improving the utility of the shop unit.The client was thrilled with the outcome: “Without your design contribution and attention to detail, I am sure that the project would not have been able to satisfy both our business needs as long term property investors and the conservation requirements controlling the Listed premises in such a prominent position opposite Truro Cathedral.”RTP Surveyors proud that one of their projects has also received recognition, but this time under the Cornish Buildings Group Awards. Following extensive flood damage, the sensitive restoration of the National Trust’s Pilchards Café in Boscastle has managed to provide a pleasant environment for the new use, whilst also improving the technical performance of this historic building. RTP Surveyors were the designers, specifiers and contract administrators of the project.

“Overall we feel that the proposed alterations enhance the existing building and go a long way to improve the character and structure. In returning the building someway to its original format, care has been taken to favour traditional local materials and styles of the same type as exist in the vicinity. All of this has been achieved whilst allowing for access and usability for all.”