Following another exciting and active year Rapleys are delighted to see the range of clients and projects continue to grow across all property sectors nationally. It is encouraging that any doom and gloom in the media is not what we have been experiencing. Perhaps our clients are being a bit more cautious but if anything this gives us a greater opportunity to provide crucial and practical Neighbourly Matters advice to reduce levels of uncertainty for them and their investors.
From arenas to offices, hotels to fire stations, universities/student accommodation developments to strategic city centre reviews to car showrooms and high rise residential buildings; the cross section of work undertaken and our geographical spread has been wide. These projects all bring with them individual and exciting challenges, whether our client is the developer or neighbours to the development.
We’ve also had a busy year promoting the service having delivered over 50 seminars to developers, architects, solicitors and local authorities as well as speaking at industry conferences. In addition to several published articles on our specialism, we have also developed a dedicated website to collate all our Neighbourly Matters services together: www.rapleysrightstolight.com
In November we were thrilled to host our first client drinks reception in the new London office which helped demonstrate the new in-house Rights to Light and Daylight & Sunlight analysis we can run. Bringing this in-house has certainly been an aspiration fulfilled, ensuring we continue to be as responsive, competitive and agile as possible for our clients.
Peer recognition in the industry is always welcome and there were two notable achievements in the past twelve months. As you may be aware, the RICS has launched a new Rights to Light pathway to chartership status and our own Dan Tapscott was only too happy to accept the invitation to become an assessor to assist in bringing on those entering the profession. Similarly, Dan was approached to be on the panel of the Bristol Urban Design Forum to critique significant and substantial upcoming planning applications which is both rewarding and insightful.
Of course Dan would not have been able to take up such roles were it not for the wider Building Consultancy Group, especially Natasha Bray, who leads the service in our London office. Natasha has been with us just over a year and has been a fantastic addition to Rapleys. Input from the Building Surveyors has also been substantial and invaluable in the delivery of our Party Wall service.
Turning to this year, we are on an ambitious recruitment drive throughout our network of offices to keep our exemplary service deliverable. If you are or know someone who would be keen to join us, please get in contact. There are positions available across the sector so get in touch with Dan Tapscott for the Neighbourly Matters roles or Justin Tuckwell, Head of Building Consultancy Group, for the other surveyor roles.