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rob gregory

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  • Comment on: AHMM’s ‘monolithic’ Bristol student housing approved

    rob gregory's comment 21 October, 2019 9:33 am

    The AJ should illustrate this news story with plans that show how this building will set new standards in mid-rise student residential accommodation, with its clustered bedrooms, dual aspect kitchens, day-lit corridors, gym, private dining room, multipurpose hall, communal social/collaborative and quiet study spaces, and the level 9 hub and garden - but AJ spliced this together from public documents before we had time to respond...

  • Comment on: Purcell wins Milford Haven Quay Stores regeneration job

    rob gregory's comment 17 April, 2019 4:41 pm

    I'm very proud of this win, which is the swansong of my time with Purcell.

    I was lucky to lead the design component of the bid which was led by Niall Phillips. In this role I acted as design lead, alongside the very talented emerging architects Ellie Garrard and Ross Hartland.

    This project played perfectly to our collective strengths within Purcell, which combine an ability to breathe new life into the derelict Quay Stores structure and unrivalled experience of working with clients to design and deliver completely new and popular cultural venues in remote reaches of our region.

    Drawing on experience in places like Cardigan Castle, St Fagans, YrYsgwyn, and the Wordsworth Museum Purcell are well placed to take this project forward, working with the Port Authority to create a new cultural focus for Milford Haven’s residents, workers and tourists alike.

    Part of me wishes I was still involved, but pastures new are calling. I hope the client can share the images soon.

  • Comment on: Dow Jones finally gets go-ahead to extend nursery in listed church hall

    rob gregory's comment 5 February, 2019 1:40 pm

    Of course, if you're happy to pay a bigger planning fee, you may benefit from more attentive service under a planning performance agreement. But these seem more relevant to major applications.

    I wonder if this subject warrants an AJ roundtable event, bringing together architects, local authorities and leaders of new initiatives such as PublicPractice.org.uk

  • Comment on: Dow Jones finally gets go-ahead to extend nursery in listed church hall

    rob gregory's comment 4 February, 2019 5:04 pm

    Hi John.

    Yes. This really is a big problem, and I am not sure what can be done.

    In my capacity as a Bristol Urban Design Forum member, I effectively work alongside the Council and know that within the department there are many highly committed officers, urban designers and heritage experts.

    There does, however, seem to be a big issue with resource and capacity within Development Management. I wish I knew how to help.

    That said, literally within the last ten minutes I just got approval through to extend my house (18/06042/H), 10 minutes before the Council’s determination deadline.

    To achieve this I was careful to monitor progress at each key stage, emailing to ensure prompt validation; emailing after the neighbour consultation period; emailing to check on late request for a site visit; emailing to explain why knee jerk requests for additional information was not needed... generally making a nuisance of myself and countering all potential delay tactics. This seemed to work.

    (p.s. glad you like the scheme)

  • Comment on: The Coach: ‘How can I become a developer?’

    rob gregory's comment 24 September, 2018 11:35 am

    Certainly not by using old £1 coins, that's for free.

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