• 2017, Jul 20

    Works on 36 Storeys Way, Churchill College, Cambridge

    Works are due to start in October 2017 for the construction of three new postgraduate houses. The new housing is part of an overall masterplan to consolidate a graduate ‘campus within a campus’ for the College.
    The scheme is based on a 2 stage tender process, in which, in this instance the input from the Main Contractor and his sub-contractors has proved to be invaluable in the overall design of some of the more complicated aspects of the building.
    The Architects have embraced the local area including the Arts and Crafts character of Storey’s Way and continued the theme with handmade hanging tiles on the elevation along with timber boarding, pre-cast concrete panels with a copper roof with decorative copper flashings.
    The college accommodation is split between three new houses, including 30 en-suite student rooms, 6 communal kitchens, 5 self-contained flats and associated support spaces.
    Photo-voltaics are being installed on the roof and the installation of air source heat pumps will form part of the M&E installations.
    A landscaping scheme has also been developed with the College’s gardener.

    Client: Churchill College, Cambridge
    Contractor: Barnes Construction
    Architect: Cottrell & Vermeulen
    Quantity Surveyors: Robert Lombardelli Partnership
    M&E Consultants: OR Consulting
    Structural Engineer: engineersHRW

  • 2017, May 30

    Works on Maggie’s Centres

    We are very proud to be involved with the Maggie’s Centres in respect of providing Quantity Surveying and Contract Administration services on some of the new schemes.  Maggie’s is the charity that provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends.  The centres are staffed by Cancer support specialists, Benefit Advisors, Nutritionists, therapists and Psychologists.  Maggie’s are planning to open their newest and brightest Centre on Monday 12th June 2017 at the Royal Oldham hospital. The Oldham Centre, which will be named “The Norman Stoller Building”, will allow Maggie’s team of professional staff to offer support for people of Oldham and the surrounding area.

    Maggie’s Oldham is a fabulous building, has been designed by dRMM, which is an international studio of Architects and designers, renowned for creating Architecture that is innovative, high quality and socially useful.  The building hovers over a sloping garden, supported on very slender columns. The garden offers ‘open air rooms’ framed by trees.  From a central oasis, trees grow up through the building, bringing nature into the interior.  On entering the deliberately simple timber box over a bridge, the visitor is confronted with a view of trees and unexpected views down to the garden below, up to the sky and out to the Pennine hills. The Contractor is F Parkinson’s.

    To have the project complete in June 2017, is an amazing achievement of partnering at its best, considering the discussions started with the contractor in January 2016. Throughout the project the team have supported each other and worked together for the overall success of the project. The teamwork has been from the client, to the Architect and the design team, to all of the contractor’s staff, subcontractors, suppliers and the amazingly skilled and caring tradesmen and labourers.

    The unique and unusual design of the building and the very short pre-contract period resulted in numerous difficulties and problems that were unexpected and needed to be resolved during the pre-contract and works on site.

    From the point in January 2016, when this team first met to when the works commenced on site in May 2016, substantial value engineering exercises were required to achieve the client budget, but at the same time keeping all the clients brief and expectations and the Architects vision and aspirations.

    Works commenced on site with a massive leap of faith of the whole team, with 50% of the trade packages secured and still a number of the working drawings still to be finalised. This was only possible, with the knowledge that all members of the team would work as a team. The project required a large amount of logistics that could have caused issues including transporting hardwood from America to Germany, to manufacture the CLT walls and then transport to Oldham and construct.  Every package required discussions between all parties to design and develop detailing that maintains the Architects vision and clients requirements, but at the same time being able to make the detailing buildable.

    The quality of workmanship and care of the workers on site has been amazing with all of the tradesmen on site fully aware of the detailing, the issues and what is required.

    Parkinson’s office staff and management have been patient throughout and accommodating the sometimes changing detail that is required to accommodate all the site constraints, weather conditions and non-standard detailing.

    Maggie’s Oldham has been made possible by the enormous generosity of the Stoller Charitable Trust, which has fully funded the centre.

    Architect: dRMM,  Structural Engineer: Booth King Partnership,  M&E consultant: Atelier Ten,  Cost consultant: Robert Lombardelli Partnership,  Contractor: F. Parkinson

    RLP are also involved with other centres around the country at different stages, which exceptionally talented and respected Architects:

    Maggie’s Leeds – Thomas Heatherwick Studios Architect – Targeting to commence on site Late 2017

    Maggie’s Royal Free – Studio Libeskind Architects – Early stages of the design development

    Maggie’s Northampton – Stephen Marshall Architects – Early stages of the design development

    Maggie’s Taunton – ABA – Alison Brooks Architects – Early stages of the design development

  • 2016, May 5

    New Director appointed

    We are pleased to announce that Owen Hemmings has recently been appointed as a Director of the company.
    Owen became a chartered member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2007 and joined Robert Lombardelli Partnership in 2009.
    He will be taking an important role in the future direction of the company and we all wish him well in this new appointment.

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  • 2015, Mar 12

    April 2015: New Health and Safety Regulations affect Building Sites

    On 6 April 2015 the new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 take effect.

    The HSE’s L-Series Guidance document, published on 9th January 2015 proposes several changes to the Existing CDM 2007 Regulations.

    For further details click here: The CDM Regulation 2015 Synopsis V2

  • 2014, Oct 7

    RLP candidate for RICS membership

    Robert Lombardelli Partnership has always been committed to providing the necessary support, experience and training to their staff to promote RICS accreditation.

    The APC process is the practical training of candidates, that when combined with the associated academic qualifications leads to becoming a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

    Its objective is to ensure you are competent to practise as a chartered surveyor.

    Currently RLP have one candidate, Lee Haskins BSc(Hons), due to sit his Final Assessment Interview with the RICS:  Lee joined RLP in 2004 and completed his degree in Quantity Surveying on a part time basis while working for RLP.