Client feedback is critical to our continued delivery of excellent service so we are always delighted to hear from clients on existing and completed projects.

Rapleys Building Consultancy Group are pleased to share the following feedback:


Keith Hurford, Project Director, Millbrook Park 
‘Rapleys are engaged by Inglis Consortium as Lead Consultant/ Development Project Manager assisting me as Project Director in all matters relating to the development of Millbrook Park, a development of 2240 units. This work has included planning, cost consultancy, infrastructure strategy, infrastructure procurement, delivery, sales and marketing, land disposals and liaison with residential phase developers.

Rapleys have a keen eye for driving value through the design process and driving performance from a multi discipline consultant team. Their team led by Jason Mound is pragmatic, determined and particularly good at problem solving when they arise.

Rapleys have provided an excellent service and are a valuable member of the overall delivery team. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend their involvement in similar developments.’

The case study can be viewed here. 


Nathan Ross, Project Manager, WH White
‘Rapleys are providing development PM support to WH White Limited for the development of up to 800 homes and associated development at Bearwood in North Poole. Jason has significant experience in the management and delivery of large residential developments similar to Canford Park and has brought this experience and wealth of knowledge to WH White to enhance the development asset at Canford Park.

We found Rapleys and Jason to be knowledgeable and efficient in the process and design of the development and would certainly use them again on future projects. We are currently assembling a team for a larger development in the area through the next local plan process and will be seeking support from Rapleys for the project.’

The case study can be viewed here.


 

Marcus joined Rapleys in August 2019 as a surveyor in the Corporate & Investor Management department.

Prior to Rapleys, Marcus worked for NHS Property Services in the Asset Management department, managing a portfolio of health centres and surgeries in northwest London. Alongside handling day to day management issues, Marcus also was involved in development projects and leasing initiatives geared to optimising the substantial NHS Property portfolio.  Marcus’ career started at Savills, where he worked in the Capital Allowances team providing tax advice on a range of property asset classes to high net worth individuals and institutional investors such as Legal & General.

As a result of dealing with a variety of property across the UK, Marcus has established good contacts with occupiers and landlords and his highly forensic approach will help  clients unlock maximum benefit from their portfolio.

Rapleys’ property and planning consultancy continues to show the ongoing growth of its business by announcing this week that the Cambridge team will relocate to larger premises, and therefore increase their profile, just nine months after opening in the city.

Remaining in the CB1 business district was of upmost importance to Rapleys and its new and existing client base. The practice has taken a private office at 50-60 Station Road; a modern, high quality environment, next to the station.

The new office will house, amongst other teams, the practices’ Town Planning, Development, Building Consultancy, Business Space and Automotive & Roadside departments.

Stuart Harris, Head of Cambridge Office comments: “Whilst Rapleys’ arrival in Cambridge was far from any ‘cold start’ with our long standing presence in the county, we have been delighted by the traction gained in our opening months in the city. This has necessitated a fairly rapid expansion of both the size and quality of space available to us.”

Robert Clarke, Senior Partner, adds: “I am very pleased with the new office at Station Road and look forward to welcoming our clients to the innovative space. Our move is a direct response to client needs. We are excited by the future prospects in Cambridge and the wider region.”


Full contact details for the Rapleys Cambridge office:

50/60 Station Road, Cambridge CB1 2FB
0370 777 6292 |  info@rapleys.com


Featured in Commercial News.

 

‘Lookers car dealership boasts flat above – a one-off or a new mixed-use template, asks Nick Hughes’ – Property Week.

‘Standing three storeys tall beneath a block of modern apartments, Lookers in Battersea, south London, is not your average car dealership – on two counts. Not only is it the largest Volkswagen showroom in Europe, it is also part of what is thought to be the first UK mixed-use scheme to include a dealership.

The development has been the best part of a decade in the making and involves three key players: Lookers, developer Linden Homes and agent Rapleys, which brought the other two parties together.’

Angus Irvine, Head of Development Services, brought Lookers and Linden Homes together to achieve a balanced and innovative scheme in this desirable London postcode. Stretching back for several decades a dealership has occupied this site but Lookers Chief Executive, Andy Bruce, could see the dealership ‘being dwarfed by the rise of surrounding developments’ over the last few years. With no intention to sell the freehold of their site they turned to Rapleys to unlock the value in the land and in this area, the value was in upward development.

The result was a tower development scheme with 173 apartments and ‘a full-blown dealership with servicing. That’s why this is unique’ says Angus. To overcome the challenges the multi discipline Rapleys team, led by Angus, brought together experts from across the firm’s DevelopmentPlanningInvestment and Building Consultancy practices to work with Lookers to maximise the significant land value of the site.

For the full article follow this link to Property Week or for direct advice on how Rapleys can help unlock the land potential on your site speak to Angus Irvine.

 

Property and planning consultancy Rapleys announces the launch of a new office in Cambridge. The new office is Rapleys’ second in Cambridgeshire, with the firm being founded in Huntingdon and maintaining a strong presence and heritage in region since 1951.

The Cambridge office consists of both professional advisory and transactional teams from across Rapleys’ service lines, delivering a joined-up, multi-disciplinary offering to clients in the region. Each team consists of professionals who live and work in the city, with strong established relationships across Cambridge’s range of complementary consultancy services.

Stuart Harris has been appointed Head of the Cambridge office, and joins Rapleys with more than 30 years’ experience working in the industry and region, including roles with Strutt & Parker and Carter Jonas.

Stuart, alongside the existing partnership, will be responsible for promoting and coordinating the delivery of the firm’s core property consultancy and town planning services in the city, including: Town Planning, Building Consultancy, Development, Affordable Housing & Viability, Commercial Agency, Landlord & Tenant and Investment.

Robert Clarke, Senior Partner at Rapleys, commented: “Our new Cambridge office, alongside the appointment of Stuart, represents a key further stage in Rapleys’ evolution, which builds on our long-established heritage, presence and reputation in the region going back to the founding of the firm in Huntingdon in 1951. We saw a real opportunity in Cambridge, which is undergoing substantial growth, and a market opening where we can bring in services – such as Affordable Housing and Viability, Strategic Land, Building Consultancy and Town Planning – which are currently underrepresented in the region or are subject to increasing demand. At the same time, our expanded footprint and capacity in the region further complements our national expansion programme – providing clients access to partner-led teams with both local expertise and UK-wide reach.”

Stuart Harris, Head of the Cambridge Office at Rapleys, added: “Principally I am delighted to join Rapleys at this exciting juncture. There are significant opportunities in Cambridge, which is rapidly increasing in commercial importance and is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK. This looks set to continue – not least driven by the wider strategic plan for the region including the Cambridge-Oxford arc and expressway – and we are seeing an increasing demand particularly for planning and consulting services from businesses seeking to capitalise on this growth. I look forward to working with the wider Rapleys team to help clients seize these opportunities.”

Rapleys’ Cambridge team can be contacted at 20 Station Road, Cambridge CB1 2JD / 0370 777 6292.

Case Study 

Rapleys acquired a site, of circa 2.4 acres, for a new build dealership to be fully compliant to Ford’s corporate identity. The site includes a 6 car showroom, 10 bay workshop, parts store and a fully surfaced site for used car display and new car storage.The client needed the project delivered in 12 months due to relocation.

The client’s previous site was sold by their landlord and therefore they had to relocate relatively quickly. Rapleys were appointed to acquire the site, successfully finding somewhere suitable for redevelopment and terms were agreed on a subject to planning basis. Once planning was approved, Rapleys acted as Lead Consultant, procuring other consultants services, and Project Managing the delivery of the new dealership.

Successfully managed the project team, delivered the brief on time and on budget to the clients satisfaction.

Justin is a Chartered Building Surveyor and Chartered Environmental Surveyor with 20 years experience in both the commercial and residential building surveying market sectors.

He started his career in London working in the ‘high end’ residential market providing all services from acquisition and defect diagnosis advice, through to supporting the lead partner on Expert Witness work in association with contractor default, negligent construction works and personal injury claims linked to defective workmanship.

Justin specialises in the residential, healthcare, automotive and retail sectors. His specialisms include defect diagnosis, design and project co-ordination of construction works (principally in respect of refurbishment) including maintenance and alteration works to existing buildings.

Justin is Rapleys’ in-house expert in determining party wall and dilapidation disputes which has involved defending and also prosecuting significant claims working alongside clients’ legal advisors, specialists and Counsel on behalf of both landlords and tenants.

He provides expert advice to his clients in connection with building defects, boundary disputes, dilapidations, party wall and building contractual issues.

Justin is Head of the Building Consultancy team nationally, dealing with all aspects of building surveying matters for Rapleys’ corporate occupier and landlord clients.

He joined Rapleys in 2001 and was elected as partner in 2008.