This year, we’ve handed over high-profile projects, started work on others, welcomed new members of staff, and launched a new brand. It’s been a busy year for the practice, and 2023 promises to be just as exciting, with plenty of major projects and new developments on the horizon.
Read on for just some of our highlights of 2022…
Perhaps our biggest news from 2022 is the launch of our new brand. Back in March, we introduced a bold logo, updated website, and new look for Roberts Limbrick. The new branding reflects how our practice has evolved and shows off the variety of technical and creative people who work here. Our competition to recreate the new logo in the most imaginative way really showed off the talent of our team!
Our staff are at the heart of everything we do, so we love to see them succeed. This year, we’ve celebrated completed apprenticeships, new qualifications, and well-deserved promotions. We’ve also welcomed many new faces to the practice, including Rob Starnes who works with clients across the South East, and Teresa Hazelwood who leads our landscape architecture department.
Our team loves a challenge, and in 2022 we cycled, ran, and climbed mountains to raise money for a range of fantastic charities. We also love to support our Gloucester and Newport communities and aim to give back wherever we can, whether that’s through sponsoring the SoGlos Gloucestershire Business Awards or working on regeneration projects in South Wales.
We use Building Information Modelling (BIM) to aid design and a range of visualisation technologies to present schemes to clients. This technology is advancing rapidly, and our team has been trying out new methods to produce 3D models. These include photogrammetry, a method of creating in depth models using drone images, and game engine software to advance our virtual reality capabilities.
Prioritising sustainability is certainly nothing new for Roberts Limbrick, but our efforts to reduce carbon emissions and our impact on the environment increase every year. Our recent projects include Cheltenham College Nursery, a design that utilises natural materials, and ProCook’s new headquarters, which has achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’. Also in the works is the new global headquarters for Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc, set to be Gloucestershire’s first ever BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ building.
Many of our clients have made the news this year, including ProCook which was awarded B Corp certification and Hartpury University and Hartpury College which achieved outstanding National Student Survey results.
A project that really hit the headlines this summer was the Sandwell Aquatics Centre. After several years of designing and delivering the competition venue, our team was able to see their project being used for a major sporting event. That wasn’t the centre’s only purpose, though, and it is now being modified into a community facility that will serve Smethwick for many years to come.
Networking was not easy in 2020 and 2021, so this year we were delighted to see a real return to in-person events. After two years away, we were pleased to welcome our contacts to our annual drinks event in our refurbished office. We’ve also had the opportunity to meet a range of new faces at leading industry events, including The Healthcare Show and Tomorrow’s Sheds and Logistics.
One of the most rewarding parts of our job is handing over a finished project and seeing a building put to use. All our sectors have seen the completion of major projects this year, including Dobbies Garden Centre near Tewkesbury, Cirencester College’s Digital Skills Centre, Carnival Hub in Wokingham, and a refurbishment project at Cheltenham General Hospital.
It’s not just finished projects that deserve our attention, and there are many schemes in progress that promise to have a huge impact on the communities they serve. Recently started on site are Hartpury University’s University Learning Hub and a new leisure centre for Canada Water as part of a wider masterplan. Planning has also been granted for a range of projects, including a shopfront enhancement scheme in Caldicot and affordable homes on the site of a former milk factory in Cardiff.
2023 will see many more projects completed and taken to site, and we look forward to sharing these stories with you. We’re also excited to share an exciting announcement in the new year. For all our latest news, make sure you sign up to our newsletter below.
Until then, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the team at Roberts Limbrick!