Passionate about the South West’s built environment, David is a key voice in Devon and Cornwall’s Building Forum and Building Plymouth.
David has been appointed as Chairman of the Building Plymouth Steering Group to help shape its future over the next 5 years and plan the immediate post-Covid economic recovery, showcasing Construction as an industry of choice. He is regional director for our Plymouth office, managing the team, overseeing projects, looking after the financials and leading on bids.
David, what is the role of an architect?
As much as architecture is about creating an amazing environment for people to live in, it also has a role in challenging people’s perception of the built environment. It’s about so much more than buildings, and we have a role in shaping the planet for the sustainable future. This is particularly important in the future of city infrastructure – we can use the built environment to encourage cycling and public transport instead of cars. We can re-purpose our city and town centres to adapt to the changing retail market place and look at more sustainable live/work/play environments to ensure these areas become vibrant communities in the future.
What is your favourite project to date?
The Torquay Academy, a BSF Path Finder brand new school in Torquay. The project was carried out over two years and I managed it from inception to completion. It was very rewarding because we were building a brand new school for 1200 students that used to be in special measures. Since the new build it is now oversubscribed and deemed Ofsted outstanding. Overall, we had a great team that delivered a very complicated project.
Do you have a favourite building in your city?
TR2, the Theatre Royal Rehearsal Studio in Plymouth – there is nothing else like it in the city. In terms of materials and finishes, it really pushed the boundaries of its time, raising the bar for the buildings to follow. It was definitely a game changer for the architectural scene in Plymouth.
Interesting fact that nobody knows about you?
I am a qualified cricket coach. I coach youngsters, regional and country cricketers in my spare time. Teaching kids in this way for the past 15 years is similar to my role in encouraging young people into construction. I strongly believe in inspiring future generations to pursue their dreams.
What is your proudest moment?
Representing Great Britain at the UCI Gran Fondo Cycling World Championships in 2017 and 2018.
- The Association of Project Managers
- The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists
- Chairman of Building Plymouth Steering Group