Armsons

QS for school sports

Bondholder Armsons is providing quantity surveying services for the redevelopment of Repton School’s sports facilities.

Armsons has a long-standing partnership with Repton School and has worked with them on various projects over the past 15 years, including the award-winning conversion of the 400 Hall into a state-of-the-art theatre.

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Now the firm is working with the school on a £6m project to improve the school’s sports facilities. Phase one created a new 13,535 ft2 multi-purpose sports hall, with two squash courts and strength and conditioning suite.

Phase two, which is due to be completed in August 2019, is now underway and will see the refurbishment and extension of the existing Pavilion changing and hospitality facilities.

This will include the creation of a new entrance and changing rooms with recovery and physiotherapy facilities, a video analysis and team meeting room, an external viewing platform and a ground floor reception area complete with a café. There will also be an extension to the car park.

Commenting on the project, Sally Walters, director at Armsons said “We are delighted to continue working with Repton School as part of the multi-disciplinary design team. We will be providing the quantity surveying on this project as we have done for a number of regeneration projects within the school grounds over the years."

 

Lofty living in the city

Bondholder Armsons has been appointed cost consultants on a scheme to create new luxury student accommodation on Lodge Lane in Derby.

The scheme, which will be known as Urban Lofts, is being developed by Urban Sister, which has been working on residential and buy to let refurbishments predominately in the SE and SW areas of London but have now expanded into the Midlands.

They specialise in bringing buildings in urban areas back to life through beautiful design and have expanded their portfolio to incorporate the commercial conversion of the former Majority House on Lodge Lane into luxury student accommodation.

Planning permission was granted in August 2018 for the scheme, which will see the conversion of the previously empty office block in the heart of Derby’s student district into three apartments, each with six en-suite bedrooms.

Work on the scheme has now started on site with completion scheduled for mid-August 2019.

Commenting on the scheme, Sally Walters, Director at Armsons, said “Armsons are excited to have been appointed to work on this project for Urban Sister as they expand their residential and buy to let business in the region."

“The new student accommodation is a great opportunity to make use of the empty office block and create more high-quality accommodation for Derby university students.”

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Supporting Young Talent

Bondholder Armsons are supporting the development of young talent with the appointment of Reece Kersey as trainee quantity surveyor.

Completing the Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Professional Construction alongside his work at Armsons will enable Reece to apply his learning in a practical setting. In his new role, Reece will gain experience in all aspects of the business, from administration to the production of cost reports and client liaison. He will also shadow the three directors who work on a diverse range of projects.

Commenting on Reece’s appointment, Steve Fernie, director of Armsons, said: “We’re very happy to welcome Reece to the team and support him with his studies. It’s great to see young people who are interested in the industry. Reece is doing well and shows real promise. We look forward to help him achieve his ambition of becoming a qualified chartered surveyor.”

After obtaining his Level 4 Certificate, Reece hopes to study for a Level 6 Higher National Diploma at Stephenson’s College or follow an RICS accredited university course in quantity surveying and commercial management.

Changes to the Management and Leadership Team at Armsons

Bondholder Armsons - cost consultants, project managers and building surveyors - has made some key changes to its management and leadership team in what is proving to be one of the busiest years in its 45 year history.

Michael Armson, who founded the business in 1972, has retired from his post as managing director and taken up a consultancy position with the company.

Director Ian Cooper has also stepped down and will now act as a part-time consultant for the business, which delivers its services to a diverse client base across a broad spectrum of sectors - including commercial, industrial, civil engineering, residential, healthcare, retail, sports and leisure, education and heritage.

Two new directors have been appointed; Sally Walters who joined Armsons in 2016 to head- up the company’s building surveying services team and Jonathan Heath, who has been at the company since 2014.

Sally and Jonathan will join Stephen Fernie, who remains a director after spending more than 20 years with the Darley Abbey-based firm.

Commenting on the new appointments, director Stephen Fernie, said: “Over the past 45 years, Armsons has established a reputation for recruiting people with extensive experience in their respective areas, who come together to share their skills and knowledge, which adds value to our service offering.

“Jonathan and Sally are highly regarded in their particular fields and I am delighted to welcome them as fellow directors at Armsons.

“Our team-based approach is one of our strengths and enables us to provide clients with a consistently first-class service and achieve the most cost-effective delivery of their project objectives.”

Armsons was established by Michael Armson in 1972 to offer specialist quantity surveying expertise to private and public sector clients across the region.

Over the past five decades, the business has expanded its service offering considerably in keeping with the changing face of the construction industry.

The firm has been involved in a series of award-winning schemes, including the transformation of the historic Roundhouse on Pride Park into a £51m engineering, technology and construction campus for Derby College, Glasshouse College – Ruskin Mill Trust, a College for young people with special learning needs, housed in the former Royal Doulton glass- factory in Stourbridge's Glass Quarter and the 400 Hall, a state of the art flexible performance theatre for Repton Hall School.

Armsons Celebrates its 45th Anniversary

Bondholder specialist quantity surveying experts, Armsons, have celebrated their 45th anniversary.

Over the past five decades, the business has expanded its service offering considerably in keeping with the changing requirements of both clients and the construction industry.

Over the years, the firm has been involved in a series of award-winning schemes, including the transformation of the historic Roundhouse on Pride Park into a £51m engineering, technology and construction campus for Derby College; Glasshouse College – Ruskin Mill Trust, an FE College for young people with special learning needs, housed in the former Royal Doulton glass-factory in Stourbridg's Glass Quarter and the 400 Hall, a state of the art flexible performance theatre for Repton Hall School.

Speaking of the company’s 45th anniversary, Michael Armson said: “Looking back over the years, it’s clear that the company owes it longevity and continued growth to our team-based approach and commitment to our clients.

“As well as recruitment and retention of the highest calibre of staff, we work hard to establish a long-term relationship with clients.

“We employ people with extensive experience in their respective areas, who come together to share their skills and knowledge, which adds value to our service offering.

“We’ve always been committed to the continuing professional development of all staff, enabling them to reach their full potential. This enables us to provide all our clients with a consistently first-class service and achieve the most cost-effective delivery of their project objectives.”

Armsons now deliver a range of core services, including project management, construction cost management and building surveying, to a diverse client base across a broad spectrum of sectors - including commercial, industrial, civil engineering, residential, healthcare, retail, sports and leisure, education and heritage.

Armsons hires new associate director

Bondholder Armsons is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Chartered Building Surveyor, Sally Lewis who joins the team as an Associate Director providing building surveying services, including asset management advice, condition surveys and reports, defects analysis, statutory compliance, feasibility studies, design and specification, contract administration and Landlord and Tenant services.

Sally has over 13 years working for a large multi-national consultancy and brings with her to Armsons a wealth of experience in both the private and public sectors. On joining Armsons Sally commented: “I am very pleased and excited to be joining a well-established local consultancy with a great reputation for the professional services that they provide both locally and nationally”.

Sally was RICS Matrics UK Chairman and RICS Governing Council member for 2014 – 2015 and has been active at a local and national level for over ten years. She has also acted as an RICS Awards judge for the East Midlands region ‘residential category’ in 2014 and 2016.

On a personal level Sally is a keen cyclist, having become a member of Derby Mercury Riding Club, partaking in the local Derby Cycle Sportives, completing the infamous Sa Calobra climb in Mallorca and is now cycling on the track at Derby Arena, with her next challenge being to complete the ‘Prudential London 100’ sportive at the end of July.

Triple victory for Bondholder architect

Architects, interior designers and landscape designers at Bondholder Maber are celebrating following a wave of victories for a number of awards.

The expansion into the West Midlands has been an exciting time for Maber. It has added another layer to our unique position within the education sector
— Steve Basran, Associate Director at Maber

First up, Steve Basran and Lee Smith collected the coveted Practice of the Year Award at the Insider West Midlands Property Awards 2015. Insider's Editor Kurt Jacobs praised all finalists saying the property market was 'back with a vengeance'. Maber has worked on some of the most important new educational projects in the region and this award recognises both the quality and quantity for these projects.

Maber's Andrew Purvis and Simon Graham also took home the BIM Project of 2015 runners up award from the Construction Computing Awards ceremony held in London. This award was presented for the collaborative work which saw the replacement of three large secondary schools as part of the Education Funding Agency school rebuilding programme.

Earlier this month, Maber also attended the ProCon Awards where the architecture and landscape design of a new £9.1 million college became a finalist for the Large Non-Residential Scheme of the Year Award. Maber's David Brooks, Joe Boyce and Ben Slipper attended the awards with Steve Fernie, from fellow Bondholder company Armsons, of whom has been involved in the scheme since the beginning.