SR Davis Ar­chi­tects has de­signs on strong growth af­ter 15 years

Birmingham Post - - SPONSORED FEATURE -

THE Birm­ing­ham-based prac­tice of SR Davis Ar­chi­tects cel­e­brates its 15th an­niver­sary this month.

Since its for­ma­tion by Stephen Davis in 2002 it has, as for so many con­sul­tants in the build­ing in­dus­try, been a roller­coaster ride.

The first five years saw an amaz­ing growth as the prac­tice won many de­sign-led projects across the Mid­lands.

Bel­grade Plaza in Coven­try city cen­tre with Dee­ley Prop­er­ties was the big­gest, con­sist­ing of a £70 mil­lion mixed use de­vel­op­ment.

Two of the four phases were com­pleted which amounted to £40 mil­lion, in­clud­ing the re­designed Bel­grade Square.

Rede­vel­op­ments of Rugby and Shirley town cen­tres, both an­chored by Asda Food­stores were com­pli­cated – but suc­cess­ful – ar­chi­tec­tural and ur­ban de­sign schemes.

These in­cor­po­rated re­tail, res­i­den­tial and ex­ten­sive ar­eas of pub­lic realm cre­at­ing im­proved en­vi­ron­ments and spa­ces for peo­ple to en­joy.

In par­al­lel, ma­jor food­store de­vel­op­ments for Mor­risons su­per­mar­ket kept the prac­tice busy over a 10-year pe­riod, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the worst of the re­ces­sion.

These were both di­rect ap­point­ments and de­vel­oper-led schemes re­quir­ing large plots on the edge of town cen­tres.

These multi-mil­lion pound schemes de­manded great com­mit­ment to re­solve the plan­ning stages, sus­tain­able leg­is­la­tion, op­er­a­tional tar­gets and fast-track con­struc­tion to set open­ing dates.

“Through the re­ces­sion we seemed busier than ever and the speed of de­liv­ery de­manded the to­tal com­mit­ment of our team,” said Stephen Davis.

In ex­cess of £200 mil­lion of con­struc­tion was de­liv­ered be­tween 2007 and 2013, just from this sec­tion of the mar­ket alone.

The last five years has seen a fo­cus on di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion.

There have al­ways been a wide va­ri­ety of projects in the prac­tice, in­clud­ing more spe­cial­ist res­i­den­tial ac­com­mo­da­tion and, with de­mand grow­ing, SR Davis Ar­chi­tects have been suc­cess­ful in win­ning some in­ter­est­ing schemes.

These in­clude 149 apart­ments on the A40 in Ac­ton, Lon­don, for Clearview Homes.

The pur­chase of a site ad­ja­cent to the Soho Loop, off Birm­ing­ham’s Dud­ley Road, by Ap­s­ley House Cap­i­tal for up to 1,000 res­i­den­tial units is the lat­est tar­get for a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion early in the New Year. There are nu­mer­ous other sites across the coun­try which S R Davis Ar­chi­tects are able to ser­vice for their clients.

Most of these re­quire a de­mand­ing ur­ban and ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign so­lu­tion to cre­ate value, qual­ity and re­lease them with a plan­ning con­sent.

As well as di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion, SR Davis Ar­chi­tects have in­vested some spec­u­la­tive time in some amaz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties which are now look­ing very promis­ing. There are two very large mixed use schemes cur­rently un­der wraps, but will be sub­mit­ted for plan­ning ap­proval in 2018 with de­liv­ery ex­pected over the next three or four years. Dud­ley town cen­tre is the next large scheme to be un­veiled and will see a huge re­gen­er­a­tion of one of the coun­try’s most ne­glected town cen­tres.

More im­me­di­ately, SR Davis Ar­chi­tects are still in­volved in the re­tail mar­ket and there are sub­stan­tial schemes in Truro, Eve­sham, Birm­ing­ham and Lich­field for their reg­u­lar clients, in­clud­ing Hel­i­cal Re­tail, Hor­ton Es­tates, Chase Com­mer­cial and Calthorpe Es­tates.

Mr Davis said: “SR Davis Ar­chi­tects have worked with just a hand­ful of clients over the years and it is a credit to the strong re­la­tion­ship with them that re­peat busi­ness con­tin­ues to feed the prac­tice”.

The next five years will be de­mand­ing and in­ter­est­ing, and with a com­mit­ted work­load, the prac­tice wel­comes the de­vel­op­ment of the next chap­ter of its life.

Va­can­cies are cur­rently avail­able in the prac­tice for ar­chi­tects and tech­nol­o­gists to help de­liver these ex­cit­ing schemes.

“We have a strong and ex­pe­ri­enced core of staff, who are able to de­liver from in­cep­tion to com­ple­tion and this con­tin­ues to serve the Prac­tice well,” added Mr Davis.

> The pro­posed Dud­ley town cen­tre scheme > Mor­risons, at Five Ways, in Edg­bas­ton > The Soho Loop plans > Bel­grade Plaza

> The Ac­ton de­vel­op­ment

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