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Aspire Housing appoints RLB to provide fire consultancy services

Staffordshire-based housing association, Aspire Housing, has appointed independent construction, property and management consultant Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) to provide fire consultancy services for its development schemes covering new build and refurbishment projects. Aspire Housing owns and manages more than 9,000 homes across Staffordshire and Cheshire.  RLB has been appointed on

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RLB makes tracks with Midlands Very Light Rail Programme

RLB UK continues to make tracks in the Midlands by commencing this week on the third phase of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council’s innovative Very Light Rail (VLR) project, having value engineered a £3m cost saving to the client. RLB UK has also played a key role in Coventry City Council’s

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RLB RESTRUCTURES HEALTHCARE SECTOR WITH FOCUS ON THREE KEY WORKSTREAMS

Leading independent construction, property and management consultancy, Rider Levett Bucknall UK has announced a restructure of its healthcare sector headed up by Partner, Stewart Binns as National Lead. Taking the role alongside his existing position as head of Project Management in Yorkshire and Humber, Binns will lead the sector that

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RLB APPOINTS HEAD OF PEOPLE AND CULTURE

Leading independent construction, property and management consultancy, Rider Levett Bucknall UK (RLB UK) announces the appointment of Sarah Draper as the firm’s new Head of People & Culture with immediate effect. Sarah joins RLB UK’s Senior Leadership Board to head up the firm’s people strategy and the delivery of its

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RLB PARTNERS WATERAID PROVIDING PRO BONO SUPPORT FOR NEW HQ

Leading independent construction, property and management consultancy, Rider Levett Bucknall UK (RLB UK) is providing its support to international charity WaterAid, by providing its cost consultancy services pro bono for its relocated UK office in Canary Wharf. WaterAid’s mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people

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RLB BRINGS IN 2020 WITH APPOINTMENT OF FIRST CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER

Leading independent construction, property and management consultancy, Rider Levett Bucknall UK (RLB UK) has announced the appointment of Matt Sharp as the firm’s first Chief Digital Officer with immediate effect. Matt will lead RLB UK’s digital transformation strategy as part of the company’s ambitious ten-year growth plans outlined in November

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RLB UK ANNOUNCES NEW STRUCTURE TO BE FUTURE FIT FOR CHANGING INDUSTRY

Leading independent construction, property and management consultancy, Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB UK), has announced changes to its UK board including the appointment of Andrew Reynolds as Chief Executive and Dean Sheehy as Operations Director as it sets out its ambitious long-term growth plans following on from another successful year where

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SENIOR APPOINTMENT SIGNALS INFRASTRUCTURE EXPANSION FOR RLB

Leading independent construction, property and management consultancy, Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB UK) announces the appointment of industry heavyweight, Andrew Stamps, as National Head of Infrastructure with immediate effect.  This announcement is the latest in a series from RLB UK, marking the firm’s continuing growth as it heads into a new

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Liverpool cost management consultancy join RLB as part of growth strategy

Leading independent construction, property and management consultancy, Rider Levett Bucknall UK (RLB UK) has announced today Liverpool based cost management consultants, Todd & Ledson will join RLB as part of its UK growth strategy. Consolidating RLB’s presence in Liverpool and strengthening its expertise in the North where it already has

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BDC 317 : Jun 2024

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Aspire Housing appoints RLB to provide fire consultancy services

Staffordshire-based housing association, Aspire Housing, has appointed independent construction, property and management consultant Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) to provide fire consultancy services for its development schemes covering new build and refurbishment projects. Aspire Housing owns and manages more than 9,000 homes across Staffordshire and Cheshire.  RLB has been appointed on a three-year contract to support Aspire Housing with putting in place best in class fire safety practices and preparing for the ongoing regulations arising from the Building Safety Act. Tim Sims, RLB Partner and Building Safety Lead for the Midlands, said: “Ensuring the ‘golden thread’ from design to construction to handover is an essential part of fire safety, we are really proud to have been appointed by Aspire Housing to support them with this vital work. It demonstrates the commitment of Aspire to instil best practice building safety measures into the core of its operations and being prepared for any new future regulations.” Farmeda Kosar, Director of Development and Regeneration at Aspire Housing, comments: “We have ambitious growth plans at Aspire Housing and providing the best, safest homes to our customers is at the very heart of this.  The expertise that the RLB team bring with them in fire consultancy services is exemplary and we are really looking forward to working with them on our development schemes.” 

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RLB SCOOPS COMPLETE SET ON THE GUINNESS PARTNERSHIP EMPLOYER’S AGENT SERVICES FRAMEWORK

Leading construction, property and management consultancy, Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB UK Ltd) has been awarded a place on The Guinness Partnership’s new Employer’s Agent Services Framework.  RLB will offer Employer’s Agent services and Clerk of Works across the framework’s three regional lots: North; South, London and South East; South West.  A strategic partner of both Homes England and the Greater London Authority, The Guinness Partnership provides social housing within 125 local authorities across England. The new Employer’s Agent Services Framework, is set to run for four years and will support the delivery of a significant programme of new build schemes.  Commenting on RLB’s appointment, Kat Hurworth for The Guinness Partnership said: “We look forward to working with RLB, alongside our other newly appointed consultants.” Richard Quarry, Framework Lead and Partner – Head of Affordable Housing – at RLB UK said: “Supporting The Guinness Partnership and its progressive build programme through this new framework is a brilliant appointment for the RLB team.  Being awarded a place on each regional lot demonstrates our expertise in affordable housing across our UK network of offices. We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with this fantastic housing association which has its customers at the heart of building safe, high quality and well-designed homes.”

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RLB makes tracks with Midlands Very Light Rail Programme

RLB UK continues to make tracks in the Midlands by commencing this week on the third phase of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council’s innovative Very Light Rail (VLR) project, having value engineered a £3m cost saving to the client. RLB UK has also played a key role in Coventry City Council’s recently securing almost £1.8m from the Getting Building Fund through Coventry and Warwickshire LEP. Appointed by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and Coventry City Council respectively, the RLB UK team is responsible for providing cost management and employer’s agent solutions on both projects, as well as supporting both councils in gaining funding for the pioneering transport technologies and associated transport schemes. Following commencement in September 2019, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council has so far seen the successful completion of phase one – site preparation works, followed by the start of phase two – construction of Test Track 1 (TT1) which will complete in January 2021. The 2.2km single test track will be fundamental to the evaluation of VLR technology. Phase three of the project will deliver the new national innovation centre, overseen by the recently formed Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO). The objective is to create a new Very Light Rail industry, supporting the manufacture and uptake of lower cost VLR solutions across the UK. With Coventry City Council’s VLR demonstrator vehicle currently under assembly and expected to be delivered to Dudley early 2021, urban Very Light Rail systems takes a step closer to being implemented on the streets of towns and cities across the UK. Innovation partner Ingerop and Warwick Manufacturing Group have been appointed to design a revolutionary track system to reduce the track form depth of this light rail system, which in turn reduces costs. RLB has been working with Coventry City Council and their design partners to ensure these objectives are met.   Andy Stamps, Head of Infrastructure for RLB UK comments, “The Very Light Rail programme is far more than just a way of connecting people. What this technological advancement does, is allow us across the UK to build transportation systems that deliver far greater value, without the traditional impact on the environment they occupy. This will bring accessibility and encourage social mobility to areas where the cost of other solutions prohibits investment. We are delighted to be involved in such innovative projects and ones that will surely shape the way we provide sustainable transportation solutions – not only in the UK but worldwide.” Councillor Patrick Harley, leader of Dudley Council said: “The Very Light Rail test track and national innovation centre is a key project for our borough. The new facility will develop innovative ways to reduce the weight and cost of railcars and track for a more affordable alternative to traditional rail and Metro transport. “The world’s eyes will be on Dudley as we work with partners to develop very light rail projects, which will revolutionise light rail technology globally. I’m looking forward to this project moving quickly through to delivery.” Nick Mallinson, Chief Executive of the BCIMO continues “this initiative is about developing a new form of low-cost rail based transport which will be manufactured and installed by UK companies and in particular supported by manufacturing companies in Dudley and the wider Black Country. We are pleased to be working closely with RLB who are demonstrating great vision and foresight in their involvement in the project.” Nicola Small, VLR Programme Manager at Coventry City Council comments “We opted to appoint RLB for our quantity surveying requirements due to their breadth of experience in the VLR field, their innovative approach, and their favourable and competitive rates. We have been delighted with their input into the VLR programme – it’s refreshing to work alongside innovative thinkers with a desire to solve complex problems by thinking laterally.”

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RLB RESTRUCTURES HEALTHCARE SECTOR WITH FOCUS ON THREE KEY WORKSTREAMS

Leading independent construction, property and management consultancy, Rider Levett Bucknall UK has announced a restructure of its healthcare sector headed up by Partner, Stewart Binns as National Lead. Taking the role alongside his existing position as head of Project Management in Yorkshire and Humber, Binns will lead the sector that has been realigned into three key workstreams, with new leads appointed from within the business to manage each workstream: Capital programmes – James Costello Estate strategy and masterplanning – Adam Hurst Six Facet Surveys – Brook Smith The workstreams align with core healthcare sub-sectors Acute, Primary and Mental Health and are central to RLB’s national healthcare plan and strategy. Binns, who joined RLB in 2018 after heading up the health division at Turner and Townsend, commented, “Healthcare is a sector that has shown strong growth at RLB.  It has therefore made sense to pause at this point and realign our structure and teams to ensure that we have the right expertise in the right place to be able to service our clients now and in the future.”   “Healthcare continues to be one of our central areas of growth as a business,” continues Andrew Reynolds, Chief Executive of RLB UK. “If the last few months have shown us anything it is how crucial healthcare provision is to all our lives and ensuring that we have healthcare estates that are maintained, adapted and agile will continue to be of national importance. We believe our new structure will support the drive for best practice and to deliver the best outcomes within the sector.”

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RLB APPOINTS HEAD OF PEOPLE AND CULTURE

Leading independent construction, property and management consultancy, Rider Levett Bucknall UK (RLB UK) announces the appointment of Sarah Draper as the firm’s new Head of People & Culture with immediate effect. Sarah joins RLB UK’s Senior Leadership Board to head up the firm’s people strategy and the delivery of its best in class approach to people and culture in the UK. Sarah takes over the role from Hilary Richardson who is retiring from RLB UK having been with the business for 30 years. Sarah’s appointment as Head of People & Culture completes the restructure which RLB UK outlined in November 2019. This announced Andrew Reynolds as Chief Executive and the intention to introduce two new senior roles to the Senior Leadership Board to lead work on people & culture and digital transformation. Sarah’s appointment follows Matt Sharp joining in January 2020 as the company’s first Chief Digital Officer.     With over 20 years of experience gained in senior HR roles across corporate and professional services, Sarah has extensive expertise leading successful people, diversity and inclusion and cultural change programmes in the built environment. Most recently she was HR Director at Gerald Eve LLP.  Sarah is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and is currently shortlisted for HR Champion at the British Diversity Awards 2020.   Andrew Reynolds, Chief Executive at RLB UK said: “As an employee owned business, people and culture is at the very core of our success.  I am very pleased to welcome Sarah Draper who joins the team to lead in this fundamental area. Sarah’s breadth of knowledge and experience will be a truly valuable asset as we drive the business forward during these unprecedented times.  I would also like to thank Hilary Richardson who has been instrumental in embedding our people & culture ethos as we have grown our business.” Sarah Draper, Head of People & Culture, RLB UK added: “People and culture is so important in any organisation, but more so now than ever before. It’s great to be able to join a company that already fosters a best in class approach to their people and be part of their growth and success story.” 

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RLB PARTNERS WATERAID PROVIDING PRO BONO SUPPORT FOR NEW HQ

Leading independent construction, property and management consultancy, Rider Levett Bucknall UK (RLB UK) is providing its support to international charity WaterAid, by providing its cost consultancy services pro bono for its relocated UK office in Canary Wharf. WaterAid’s mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. RLB is proud to have been involved in a project that will bring WaterAid a future direct cost saving and consequently allow more resource to be dedicated to delivering its vision for the future. WaterAid’s office move from Vauxhall to Canary Wharf will not only enable them to achieve value for money over the duration of their tenancy, but will also help them create a globally-connected, inspiring environment where staff, volunteers and partners can work together to achieve their ambitious and exciting mission. The charity sought an office space in a location that would retain existing staff and be accessible to partners and key stakeholders whilst balancing the need of affordability. They are designing the space to meet five key design principles around employee wellbeing, sustainability, flexibility, digital technology and global connection. During the design process, RLB has been offering cost consultancy services and strategic advice with regards to creating this new hub. RLB’s London fit-out team looks to work with a number of not-for-profit partners as part of its corporate and social responsibility strategy and is currently involved in delivering approximately 3.4 million sq ft in the capital city and in line with the firm’s social value ethos. Andy Fettes-Brown, Head of Cost Consultancy for London, RLB UK comments: “As part of our international, national and regional strategy, we believe that it is important to give back our experience, skill set and experience within the industry we service.  Partnering with WaterAid to support them in their new London office was a project where we felt we could offer this expertise in a way that could truly benefit them.” Fiona Lavery, Head of UK People Management at WaterAid says: “Our mission is to change normal and make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene part of normal life for everyone, everywhere by 2030.  The environment and workplace culture we create and work within has a huge impact on our ability to achieve this mission.   We are extremely grateful to RLB for providing its costs consultancy services pro bono to support us on this journey. We want to create a workplace that enables our staff to do their best work; a place where we bring people together from across the countries where WaterAid works and a connecting hub for our partners and supporters.”  RLB UK is working on WaterAid’s relocation alongside Project Managers, Blackburn & Co, and Morgan Lovell as main contractors on the project.

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RLB BRINGS IN 2020 WITH APPOINTMENT OF FIRST CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER

Leading independent construction, property and management consultancy, Rider Levett Bucknall UK (RLB UK) has announced the appointment of Matt Sharp as the firm’s first Chief Digital Officer with immediate effect. Matt will lead RLB UK’s digital transformation strategy as part of the company’s ambitious ten-year growth plans outlined in November 2019.  He joins with a wealth of digital expertise gained in a number of high-profile roles where he has led major digital transformation teams with organisations including – Marks and Spencer, Westfield, AECOM and Sovereign Housing Association. Matt is an active contributor to cross industry groups and in 2017 became the first member of the British Computing Society to represent IT professionals on the Construction Industry Council. Andrew Reynolds, Chief Executive at RLB UK said: “A key priority for RLB UK is the focused development of our digital capability and transformation to provide better outcomes for our clients and industry as we build for the future.  I am delighted to welcome Matt Sharp to the team as our first Chief Digital Officer. The combination of Matt’s digital capabilities and his industry relationships and insight will be an enormous asset as we drive the delivery of our digital strategy.” Matt Sharp, Chief Digital Officer, RLB UK added: “Joining RLB UK as its first Chief Digital Officer at such an interesting time in the industry’s technical transformation is very exciting.  I am really looking forward to working with the team to further develop our digital capabilities and optimising technical solutions for our clients as well as contributing to wider industry collaboration and debate in this fast moving and vital area.” In November 2019, RLB UK announced the appointment of Andrew Reynolds as its Chief Executive as part of structural changes to the business and ambitious targets for the next ten years including growing its turnover to £150m (2019 £80m) and achieving sustainable profit margins whilst remaining an independent employee-owned organisation.

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RLB UK ANNOUNCES NEW STRUCTURE TO BE FUTURE FIT FOR CHANGING INDUSTRY

Leading independent construction, property and management consultancy, Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB UK), has announced changes to its UK board including the appointment of Andrew Reynolds as Chief Executive and Dean Sheehy as Operations Director as it sets out its ambitious long-term growth plans following on from another successful year where it has seen gross turnover increase by 40% from 2017/18 to 2018/19. The new structure reflects the changing shape of the industry and ensures the longevity of RLB’s leading and sustainable position within it. Andrew Reynolds, Chief Executive of RLB UK and Global Board Director, said: “RLB UK today is a completely different size and scale to where we were five years ago, and we continue to evolve to remain future fit. We have always prided ourselves on being an independent, employee-owned business– offering independent advice to our clients and at the same time offering an opportunity for every member of our staff to become an owner in our company.  We believe it is this autonomous structure that has underpinned our success combined with a passion to deliver the best outcomes for our clients and a commitment to driving best practice in everything we do.” Dean Sheehy, Operations Director, added: “With the amazing talent we have nurtured and attracted at RLB, over the last five years we have grown our turnover from £42m to £80m, increased our profit fivefold and doubled our team in the UK to 675. I am extremely proud of what our business has achieved.  Our industry is ever-evolving and we have made changes to our structure to ensure we will make the most of the opportunities the next decade brings, setting ourselves ambitious targets to secure the longevity of our business.” Over the next ten years RLB UK’s targets include growing turnover to £150m (2019 £80m) and achieving sustainable profit margins whilst remaining an independent employee owned organisation. Andrew Reynolds added: “Building a business for the future is one thing.  However, growing a business that is focussed on delivering success for clients in a shifting industry whilst upholding our cultural ethos, of devolved ownership for staff and opportunity for people to thrive in tomorrow’s industry, is something quite different.  Being independent has enabled us to build a ten year plan to achieve this ambition.” As part of the changes, RLB UK has announced the following appointments to its main board: Andrew Reynolds, Chief Executive; Dean Sheehy, Operations Director; Mark Weaver, Commercial and Technical Director; Stuart Stables, Finance Director; Ann Bentley, Non-Executive Director. These changes will come into place with immediate effect.

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SENIOR APPOINTMENT SIGNALS INFRASTRUCTURE EXPANSION FOR RLB

Leading independent construction, property and management consultancy, Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB UK) announces the appointment of industry heavyweight, Andrew Stamps, as National Head of Infrastructure with immediate effect.  This announcement is the latest in a series from RLB UK, marking the firm’s continuing growth as it heads into a new financial year. Stamps, who previously worked as a Director at Turner & Townsend, has over 30 years’ worth of experience of commercial leadership in the delivery of major infrastructure projects and frameworks including projects with Scottish Water, Sellafield Ltd, URENCO, Anglian Water, Eon, Severn Trent Water, Network Rail, Highways England, Birmingham Airport and Transport for Greater Manchester. RLB UK already works on significant infrastructure projects both globally and nationally with the sector equating to 10% of its UK turnover in 2018/19. The firm estimates that by 2030 this will grow to 20%. Mark Weaver, RLB UK Board Director, comments, “Although we have been working in the Infrastructure sector for many years, bringing Andrew in to head up this area reinforces the importance of this market to us.  Underpinning our growth strategy, we are committed to having first rate talent in our business to be able to provide the best services to our clients and Andrew’s experience is second to none.” Andrew Stamps, Partner and National Head of Infrastructure at RLB UK, comments, “It is an exciting time at RLB. It is a company that is rapidly growing across the services it offers and the sectors it provides those services in. I am looking forward to working with the existing team and clients to help build this area of the business and be part of the senior management team that can deliver on our growth aspirations.”

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Liverpool cost management consultancy join RLB as part of growth strategy

Leading independent construction, property and management consultancy, Rider Levett Bucknall UK (RLB UK) has announced today Liverpool based cost management consultants, Todd & Ledson will join RLB as part of its UK growth strategy. Consolidating RLB’s presence in Liverpool and strengthening its expertise in the North where it already has offices in Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, Cumbria and Warrington, the Liverpool company, led by Partners Phil Waring, Stuart Wands and Chris Balshaw, will join forces with RLB from 1 May 2019. A well established cost consultancy, Todd & Ledson has operated in Liverpool for over 60 years with a long-standing customer base, across a range of sectors aligned with those that RLB operates in, and has a strong track record in both healthcare and education specifically.  The existing team of 25 will be joined by RLB Liverpool colleagues and work out of Todd & Ledson’s Princes Dock offices in the heart of the Liverpool business district. Russell Bolton, Managing Partner responsible for the region, “We are delighted to be joined by the fantastic team at Todd & Ledson. This is a company that shares the same business values, culture and professional standards as us at RLB. The RLB | Todd & Ledson venture in Liverpool creates a destination consultancy for those looking for innovative solutions within the built environment by offering them the full portfolio of professional services as well as a wealth of expertise and experience.” Stuart Wands from Todd & Ledson continues, “The integration of our two organisations made perfect sense as it expands the services we offer locally but also broadens the opportunities for us to offer our services to clients on a regional and national basis.” Todd & Ledson will officially join forces with RLB from 1 May 2019 with the Liverpool office trading as RLB |Todd & Ledson until May 2020.

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