K R T Associates

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by K R T Associates's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from K R T Associates is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.krtassociates.co.uk

THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
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Founder and Managing Director
Kevin R Twigger
Conversion of the Towers Hospital,
Leicester – listed building
Founded in 1989, Kevin R. Twigger & Associates Ltd is
an award-winning practice based in the Midlands that
specialises in residential developments throughout the
whole of the UK. The KRT team consists of 15 members of
staff that work in partnership with other specialists in separate
disciplines, in order to provide a holistic service for clients who
have a variety of differing requirements. Founder and Managing
Director Kevin R Twigger explains that the practice displays
many years of experience, combining modern and distinctive
design with professional project management.
At Kevin R. Twigger & Associates Ltd, we are proud of our well-established, multi-
disciplined and award-winning practice. We specialise in residential developments
throughout the UK for principal plc developers, together with numerous housing
associations and medium-sized developers. We have extensive experience in
developing large-scale green and brownfield sites, and we are fully conversant
with housing association dwelling requirements, with expertise in assessing and
delivering sustainable developments.
Modern and professional values
As a proactive practice that provides an all-encompassing service, we manage
all of our project schemes, from the initial client brief, where we develop
sketch appraisals in preparation for planning applications. Once consent has
FACTS ABOUT
KRT ASSOCIATES
»Founder and Managing
Director: Kevin R Twigger
»Founded in 1989
»Based in the Midlands
»Services: Architecture
»No. of employees: 15
KRT Associates
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CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
been granted, we progress the
technical information to enable the
construction process to begin. Should
our clients wish, we can produce
tender documentation and project
manageprocurement.
Primarily, we stand out because
we have a clear understanding
of architecture, a creative and
experienced team, flexible project
settings, a wide range of services and
certified quality management. We set
ourselves high standards and work in
partnership with our many and varied
clients and associated professionals.
Our solid track record of successful
projects, competitions and awards
proves that our approach is the
winning one.
Our practice covers a wide range of
developments that include single-
project bespoke-designed houses,
large-scale residential developments
of 800-plus dwellings together with
commercial and industrial schemes.
We also have a number of diverse
design approaches, from traditional
through to contemporary, while some
of the most challenging projects we
have taken on involve the conversion
of listed buildings to either residential
or commercial use developments.
Excellence throughout our
work
Our growth and development has
largely been a result of the high-profile
projects that we have worked on. One
of our flagship projects is a first-phase
development in Upton, Northampton,
during which we worked closely with
the Prince’s Foundation. The project
proved to be a real success for the
company and it is now considered
to be a nationally recognised
exemplarscheme.
To ensure that all of our design work
is both suited to the specification
and deliverable, we have established
a practice culture that is deliberately
reinforced through our desire to recruit
quality colleagues and retain our
core experts. As new recruits begin
working with us, they are encouraged
to become immersed in this culture
until it is fully embedded in how they
approach every project.
Our philosophy ensures that we
always recruit well and consistently,
without overreacting to the ebb and
flow of the market. When recruiting,
it is important that you keep an eye
on potential change, but without
becoming too positive or negative
without basis. By keeping an eye on
the future and recruiting for the future,
we have also been able to avoid the
more difficult impacts of uncertain
market forces.
Balancing the business
As we were established in 1989, we
have experienced many recession and
boom periods as a business. We have
survived during each of these recession
periods because of our diverse client
Mixed-use scheme in
Milton Keynes
We have a
number of
diverse design
approaches,
from
traditional
through to
contemporary
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
48 | KRT ASSOCIATES
Founder and Managing Director
Kevin R Twigger
Conversion of the Towers Hospital,
Leicester – listed building
Founded in 1989, Kevin R. Twigger & Associates Ltd is
an award-winning practice based in the Midlands that
specialises in residential developments throughout the
whole of the UK. The KRT team consists of 15 members of
staff that work in partnership with other specialists in separate
disciplines, in order to provide a holistic service for clients who
have a variety of differing requirements. Founder and Managing
Director Kevin R Twigger explains that the practice displays
many years of experience, combining modern and distinctive
design with professional project management.
At Kevin R. Twigger & Associates Ltd, we are proud of our well-established, multi-
disciplined and award-winning practice. We specialise in residential developments
throughout the UK for principal plc developers, together with numerous housing
associations and medium-sized developers. We have extensive experience in
developing large-scale green and brownfield sites, and we are fully conversant
with housing association dwelling requirements, with expertise in assessing and
delivering sustainable developments.
Modern and professional values
As a proactive practice that provides an all-encompassing service, we manage
all of our project schemes, from the initial client brief, where we develop
sketch appraisals in preparation for planning applications. Once consent has
FACTS ABOUT
KRT ASSOCIATES
»Founder and Managing
Director: Kevin R Twigger
»Founded in 1989
»Based in the Midlands
»Services: Architecture
»No. of employees: 15
KRT Associates
49KRT ASSOCIATES |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
been granted, we progress the
technical information to enable the
construction process to begin. Should
our clients wish, we can produce
tender documentation and project
manageprocurement.
Primarily, we stand out because
we have a clear understanding
of architecture, a creative and
experienced team, flexible project
settings, a wide range of services and
certified quality management. We set
ourselves high standards and work in
partnership with our many and varied
clients and associated professionals.
Our solid track record of successful
projects, competitions and awards
proves that our approach is the
winning one.
Our practice covers a wide range of
developments that include single-
project bespoke-designed houses,
large-scale residential developments
of 800-plus dwellings together with
commercial and industrial schemes.
We also have a number of diverse
design approaches, from traditional
through to contemporary, while some
of the most challenging projects we
have taken on involve the conversion
of listed buildings to either residential
or commercial use developments.
Excellence throughout our
work
Our growth and development has
largely been a result of the high-profile
projects that we have worked on. One
of our flagship projects is a first-phase
development in Upton, Northampton,
during which we worked closely with
the Prince’s Foundation. The project
proved to be a real success for the
company and it is now considered
to be a nationally recognised
exemplarscheme.
To ensure that all of our design work
is both suited to the specification
and deliverable, we have established
a practice culture that is deliberately
reinforced through our desire to recruit
quality colleagues and retain our
core experts. As new recruits begin
working with us, they are encouraged
to become immersed in this culture
until it is fully embedded in how they
approach every project.
Our philosophy ensures that we
always recruit well and consistently,
without overreacting to the ebb and
flow of the market. When recruiting,
it is important that you keep an eye
on potential change, but without
becoming too positive or negative
without basis. By keeping an eye on
the future and recruiting for the future,
we have also been able to avoid the
more difficult impacts of uncertain
market forces.
Balancing the business
As we were established in 1989, we
have experienced many recession and
boom periods as a business. We have
survived during each of these recession
periods because of our diverse client
Mixed-use scheme in
Milton Keynes
We have a
number of
diverse design
approaches,
from
traditional
through to
contemporary
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base, which ranges from individuals to
prominent plc developers, and because
of our ability to work throughout
the UK. Hence, we never succumbed
to specific regional issues and have
developed astute planning skills as a
result of the wide range of experiences
our 30 years in business have
broughtabout.
New legislation, both in planning and
technical requirements, is constantly
being introduced and it is vital that
we keep up to date with the current
regulation in order to stay ahead.
We do so by working with regular
informants and running continuing
professional development seminars,
which provide both management and
our employees with the key knowledge
they need.
Car parking standards are regularly
revised by different local planning
authorities, but they are often
inconsistent and not properly tested
before becoming policy compliant,
which results in design inefficiency.
National minimum room sizes are
also causing issues with clients’
deliverability of entry-level housing
as it inherently increases costs,
especially for first-time buyers.
Planning resourcing is also an
issue, with planning officers lacking
the appropriate funds, as well as
a reduction in the continuity of
officers working on the same project.
Therefore, obtaining planning
consents also proves challenging
because of understaffing, which
results in the same schemes
being delayed and consequently
hinderingdeliverability.
The introduction of PPA agreements
has created a two-tier planning
system, in that larger developers, albeit
reluctantly, face the consequences
of smaller developers having their
applications delayed.
We have recently been approached
by consultants in Cyprus to assess
and provide technical drawings to
gain premier guarantees, which is
progressing well. The future looks set
to be a challenging but interesting
time in equal measure. We will
probably have to face some unforeseen
circumstances, but we are confident
that by maintaining our work ethic and
being proactive in our sector, we will
continue to succeed and grow steadily
and confidently.
We are
confident that
by maintaining
our work ethic
and being
proactive in
our sector, we
will continue
to succeed
and grow
steadily and
confidently
Contemporary designed
bespoke properties in
Milton Keynes
51URBAN EDGE ARCHITECTURE |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
Director Russell Gay
UEA’s redevelopment of an existing shop
terrace updates the facade, reconfigures the
DFS unit and amends the parking layout
Founded in 2007, Urban Edge Architecture specialises in UK-
based urban regeneration initiatives. Land is a finite resource,
and this is why Urban Edge focuses on redeveloping
underperforming sites to get the most value out of existing
town and city spaces. Over the past decade, it has grown from a
handful of employees to a team approaching 50 with a portfolio
of retail, specialist residential and leisure developments. In
recent years, the practice has been much sought-after by
developers and property owners looking to repurpose retail
assets, and its influence in the senior living sector has continued
to grow. Director Russell Gay tells the
Review
more.
Urban Edge Architecture has a diverse portfolio of project work across a wide range
of sectors, including residential, retail, leisure and senior living, and is recognised
as one of the UK’s out-of-town retail specialists. Of course, recent years have
proved challenging for the retail sector, but we firmly believe that change brings
opportunity, and we still find ourselves called upon to provide innovative solutions
for our retail property clients. We have seen our influence growing, particularly in
the senior living sector, with our experts invited to speak at a number of leading
conferences and contributing to several influential publications.
An inclusive and supportive working environment
Established in Stamford in 2007, Urban Edge Architecture has seen an average
growth of 16 per cent year on year since our formation and we have a strategy
and vision to continue this trend. In 2018, we expanded our workforce by a further
FACTS ABOUT
URBAN EDGE ARCHITECTURE
»Directors: Russell Gay, Julie
Gay, Tom McNamara
»Founded in 2007
»Based in Stamford,
Lincolnshire
»Services: Retail, retirement
living and landscape
architecture
»No. of employees: 50
»www.urbanedgearchitecture.
Urban Edge
Architecture

www.krtassociates.co.uk

This article was sponsored by K R T Associates. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster