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A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by West Waddy ADP'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 West Waddy ADP is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

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THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
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Managing Partner Philip Waddy
Oxford Brookes University
Originally founded in 1885, West Waddy are an
interdisciplinary practice of architects, urban designers
and town planners operating out of attractive riverside
offices in Oxfordshire and working throughout southern
England. Their individual housing projects range from individual,
one-off properties to large-scale development schemes.
Managing Partner Philip Waddy tells
The Parliamentary Review
more about how West Waddy have diversified.
We have a team of 20, including three partners. We believe strongly in
“placemaking through design” and have built an enviable reputation for ou r broad
range of project experience, including housing, education and heritage projects.
Our three partners – including myself – each take responsibility for one of the key
areas of the business.
How West Waddy are managed
Our housing projects range from individual one-off houses through to large-
scale development schemes. The government’s push for a significant increase in
housebuilding in past years has seen us diversify into areas of work we had previously
ignored. By combining town planning consultancy, masterplanning and architecture
into one seamless offer, we have been able to take advantage of the growth in
housebuilding which now represents a good proportion of our output as a practice.
Currently, the firm’s masterplanning and urban design departments are headed
up by Planning Partner Andrew Bateson; they are presently focused on significant
urban extension and new settlement schemes, which together total in excess of
FACTS ABOUT
WEST WADDY ADP
»Managing Partner:
Philip Waddy
»Established in 1885
»Based in Oxfordshire
»Services: Architecture, town
planning, urban design
»No. of employees: 20
»Attractive Thameside offices
West Waddy ADP
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CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
30,000 new homes in central and
southern England. It’s a major element
of what we do, and our ability to
identify development opportunities
has proved of great benefit to our
clients, especially those seeking to take
advantage of the Oxfordshire Growth
Deal and the Oxford-Cambridge Arc.
Involvement with the
RIBA and planning as an
occupation
I have always had a particular interest
in town planning; I am an architect by
profession and a trustee of the Royal
Institute of British Architects. I also chair
the RIBA’s Expert Planning Advisory
Group, a role in which I help to shape
the Institute’s policy on matters
relating to planning anddesign.
I regularly represent RIBA and address
conferences on planning and design
matters and am presently developing
regional planning groups that will allow
architects and planners to collaborate
more closely together on a local level.
There is no doubt in my mind that
the professions of planning and
architecture must work more closely
together if we are to improve the
quality of the built environment. At
West Waddy, we use the fact that
we have all these skills in-house as
something of a USP. Our architects
understand the importance of good
planning, and our planners appreciate
the quality that good design brings to
a place.
Strong links with education
Educational projects for schools,
colleges and universities also feature in
our output of the practice, something
which has been a part of our heritage
since our founding in the late 1880s.
The original founder of the firm, JGT
West, was responsible for designing
some of the earliest buildings at
Abingdon School, and we still retain
the original pen and ink drawings and
specifications created for the chapel
and gymnasium at the school.
That link with Abingdon has been
maintained to this day; we have
projects on both the main campus
and at Abingdon Preparatory School,
where Partner Stephen Simkins is
engaged in delivering an ambitious
expansion plan.
Our close proximity to Oxford also
permits us access to the university
sector. A few years ago, we were
engaged to masterplan the Oxford
Brookes campus, which resulted in
a major reorientation of the college
for which we won an RTPI Award for
Planning Excellence. This in turn led to
commissions at Gloucester University
and Lord Wandsworth College in
Hampshire, where we developed a
masterplan for the campus and are
currently working on the design of a
flagship science building.
Heritage projects are another area
we specialise in. I am an accredited
conservation architect, and Partner
Stephen Simkins also has significant
experience in the sector. Stephen is
currently delivering a project supported
by the National Lottery Heritage Fund
at Winterbourne Barn in Gloucester
on behalf of South Gloucestershire
Council, and he has also successfully
New garden village,
Oxfordshire
Our housing
projects range
from
individual one-
off houses
through to
large-scale
development
schemes
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
18 | WEST WADDY ADP
Managing Partner Philip Waddy
Oxford Brookes University
Originally founded in 1885, West Waddy are an
interdisciplinary practice of architects, urban designers
and town planners operating out of attractive riverside
offices in Oxfordshire and working throughout southern
England. Their individual housing projects range from individual,
one-off properties to large-scale development schemes.
Managing Partner Philip Waddy tells
The Parliamentary Review
more about how West Waddy have diversified.
We have a team of 20, including three partners. We believe strongly in
“placemaking through design” and have built an enviable reputation for ou r broad
range of project experience, including housing, education and heritage projects.
Our three partners – including myself – each take responsibility for one of the key
areas of the business.
How West Waddy are managed
Our housing projects range from individual one-off houses through to large-
scale development schemes. The government’s push for a significant increase in
housebuilding in past years has seen us diversify into areas of work we had previously
ignored. By combining town planning consultancy, masterplanning and architecture
into one seamless offer, we have been able to take advantage of the growth in
housebuilding which now represents a good proportion of our output as a practice.
Currently, the firm’s masterplanning and urban design departments are headed
up by Planning Partner Andrew Bateson; they are presently focused on significant
urban extension and new settlement schemes, which together total in excess of
FACTS ABOUT
WEST WADDY ADP
»Managing Partner:
Philip Waddy
»Established in 1885
»Based in Oxfordshire
»Services: Architecture, town
planning, urban design
»No. of employees: 20
»Attractive Thameside offices
West Waddy ADP
19WEST WADDY ADP |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
30,000 new homes in central and
southern England. It’s a major element
of what we do, and our ability to
identify development opportunities
has proved of great benefit to our
clients, especially those seeking to take
advantage of the Oxfordshire Growth
Deal and the Oxford-Cambridge Arc.
Involvement with the
RIBA and planning as an
occupation
I have always had a particular interest
in town planning; I am an architect by
profession and a trustee of the Royal
Institute of British Architects. I also chair
the RIBA’s Expert Planning Advisory
Group, a role in which I help to shape
the Institute’s policy on matters
relating to planning anddesign.
I regularly represent RIBA and address
conferences on planning and design
matters and am presently developing
regional planning groups that will allow
architects and planners to collaborate
more closely together on a local level.
There is no doubt in my mind that
the professions of planning and
architecture must work more closely
together if we are to improve the
quality of the built environment. At
West Waddy, we use the fact that
we have all these skills in-house as
something of a USP. Our architects
understand the importance of good
planning, and our planners appreciate
the quality that good design brings to
a place.
Strong links with education
Educational projects for schools,
colleges and universities also feature in
our output of the practice, something
which has been a part of our heritage
since our founding in the late 1880s.
The original founder of the firm, JGT
West, was responsible for designing
some of the earliest buildings at
Abingdon School, and we still retain
the original pen and ink drawings and
specifications created for the chapel
and gymnasium at the school.
That link with Abingdon has been
maintained to this day; we have
projects on both the main campus
and at Abingdon Preparatory School,
where Partner Stephen Simkins is
engaged in delivering an ambitious
expansion plan.
Our close proximity to Oxford also
permits us access to the university
sector. A few years ago, we were
engaged to masterplan the Oxford
Brookes campus, which resulted in
a major reorientation of the college
for which we won an RTPI Award for
Planning Excellence. This in turn led to
commissions at Gloucester University
and Lord Wandsworth College in
Hampshire, where we developed a
masterplan for the campus and are
currently working on the design of a
flagship science building.
Heritage projects are another area
we specialise in. I am an accredited
conservation architect, and Partner
Stephen Simkins also has significant
experience in the sector. Stephen is
currently delivering a project supported
by the National Lottery Heritage Fund
at Winterbourne Barn in Gloucester
on behalf of South Gloucestershire
Council, and he has also successfully
New garden village,
Oxfordshire
Our housing
projects range
from
individual one-
off houses
through to
large-scale
development
schemes
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delivered another similar project at
Manor Farm, Ruislip for the London
Borough of Hillingdon.
Meanwhile in Oxford, we are presently
engaged with specialist stone
restoration works at the Grade I listed
All Souls College.
Things are changing
There is no doubt that the business
of creating the built environment is
changing rapidly. The terrible fire at
Grenfell Tower and the construction
failures in Scottish schools have
thrown into sharp relief the quality
of the building control system. In
addition, we see the negative impact
of an increasing use of design and
build contracts where there is often
inadequate inspection of construction
works by independent professionals.
At West Waddy, the majority of our
commissions are traditionally procured,
and we value the opportunity of
getting on site to check compliance
and inspect the quality of the works
undertaken. It’s essential for us to
have that knowledge and feedback so
that we can learn from what we see
happening on site and thus ensure
our next project is designed to be not
only attractive but also economic and
practical to build.
There is no doubt that Brexit has
caused problems for our industry.
Given that much of what is
constructed in the UK is built using
borrowed money and with such
uncertainty over future interest
rates, it’s little wonder that major
investments are being put on hold.
Once we have a clear solution to the
Brexit conundrum, we expect the
construction industry will take off
again, spurred on by major government
investment in the Oxford-Cambridge
Arc and other infrastructure in our
region. In the meantime, our unique
blend of planning and design skills
is continuing to deliver a steady run
of new commissions in the sectors in
which we renowned; this has especially
been the case with repeat clients who
value the quality of what we do.
There is no
doubt in my
mind that the
professions of
planning and
architecture
must work
more closely
together if we
are to improve
the quality of
the built
environment
Science Building, Lord
Wandsworth College
21STEPHEN LANGER ARCHITECTS |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
Managing Director
StephenLanger
A new country house
Good architecture is not only the design of places in
which to work and live, but a source of happiness too.
This is one of the guiding principles of Stephen Langer
Architects, who have over 30 years’ worth of experience and
expertise in all forms of traditional building. Their work includes
new country houses, flats and housing schemes, conservation
and extension of listed buildings, conversion of old industrial
structures, farm and land regeneration, and alternative uses
for rural buildings. In writing for
The Parliamentary Review
,
Managing Director Stephen Langer provides four examples of
their diverse and eclectic work, while also illustrating some of
the frustrations and challenges that obstruct best practice.
Hever Castle Military Museum for the East Kent Yeomanry is one of a series of
projects at Hever. The original museum was situated on the top floor of the
medieval castle, so a more accessible building was required. Employing “non-
architecture”, we designed a pair of canvas-clad and camouflaged structures set off
by an armoured car and 25-pound gun.
While the design is intended to exhibit parts of our military heritage, there is also
on top of this a sense of fun. This was perhaps not shared by the local planners,
who, despite recognising the value of a Grade I national asset with circa 300,000
tourists per annum, initially resisted the design on the grounds that it would have
an adverse impact on “the openness of the green belt”. What exactly was meant
by that is unclear, especially given that the museum is camouflaged. Planners have
their own language, which makes little or no sense to the rest of us.
FACTS ABOUT
STEPHEN LANGER ARCHITECTS
»Managing Director:
StephenLanger
»Established in 1982
»Based in Tunbridge Wells,
Kent
»Services: Chartered architects
»No. of employees: 12
»Members of the Institute of
Historic Building Conservation
and Traditional Architecture
Group
»www.stephenlanger.co.uk
Stephen Langer
Architects

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This article was sponsored by West Waddy ADP. 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