Saturday, January 22, 2022

Double promotions at Sheffield-based Race Cottam Associates

Healthcare architectural practice, Race Cottam Associates (RCA), has promoted two team members following a farewell to the firm’s longstanding health sector lead.

After an 18-year career at RCA spanning the delivery of more than 60 healthcare schemes, Tim Robinson retires. Paul Foster, associate director becomes RCA’s new health sector lead and will oversee the healthcare team, including the newly promoted architect, Jacob Peplow.

RCA’s Managing Director, David Speddings, said: “There has obviously been an extensive handover process in the healthcare team since Tim announced his retirement, part of which involved the restructuring of roles for Paul and Jacob.

“RCA enjoys a strong reputation in the healthcare sector, and we’re under no illusion that Tim’s expertise has been invaluable in creating this; he’s delivered outstanding facilities in East & South Yorkshire, the East Midlands and North West. It’s now time for the next generation to build on this success and we’re confident that with Paul and Jacob at the forefront, we will continue designing exceptional and essential healthcare provisions for many years to come.”

With almost two decades combined experience at RCA, Paul and Jacob are well-known to the practice’s client base, which includes ten NHS Trusts. Paul is a skilled designer, who is equally confident devising refurbishments, retrofits and re-configurations as well as new build projects. Jacob shares this passion for delivering futureproof and energy efficient buildings as BREEAM lead.

Paul said: “Healthcare services are always vital, but now more than ever. We’re keen to continue growing our work in this sector; transforming sites that are unfit for purpose, upgrading existing facilities with state-of-the-art treatment and patient services, and designing high quality, sustainable buildings that will serve new communities. I’m excited to take this next step in my career and build this team of talented architects.”

RCA’s current health sector schemes include the £10.5m health hub in Bakewell, Derbyshire; £8m health centre in Belper, Derbyshire; £2m medical centre at the new Olive Lane development in Rotherham; and £12m new main entrance and paediatrics reconfiguration at Hull Royal Infirmary.

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