SR Davis Architects has designs on strong growth after 15 years
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