Although we do have a base, using coworking hub spaces, be it hot desks, communal or shared offices, and break-out spaces has its benefits - socially and mentally. Its also good for business, meetings people from other professions and collaborating. skills trading .. even meeting new clients when they find out what you do. We have tried two hubs so far .... The article below is a useful guide to what's on offer in Brighton.
So we made the papers twice in one week - once in Northern Ireland and now in Sussex. The later spelt my name wrong ...... but it doesn't change the outcome. An existing Doctor's Surgery facing closure now has a new home in a vacant public house. Thumbs up for a positive decision for a new community use.
Our website will not be fully functioning for a little while .... we are in a process of change and a refresh! Horizons are changing as are our expectations and staffing requirements.
Being mobile is one of the benefits of working for Murphy Associates. We are experimenting with working from two bases - Hove and Newry. Today one of our employees is working out of 'The Hub Newry'. So far so good .. a short walk from our Newry home and in the City's Business Improvement District. Great space with cafe on the ground floor and a roof top terrace.
In the space of 1 month and life gets back to some form of normality .. which is rare, we have lodged 6 applications across the country; done the school sports day, caught up with friends; attended my graduation ceremony (10 months after hand in) having studied the MSc Historic Buildings course originally led by Eddie. Now in the process of merging the records of The Conservation Studio, hoping to continue the work of Chezel Bird and Eddie Booth. A hard act to follow! Hopefully we will do them justice!
Nothing since January? Unusually quiet? But that means we have been very very busy ..
But we have been working as well! Over the past few months we have been engaged in some major project work, submitted various planning and listed building applications across Kent, East and West Sussex as well as Hampshire, prepared supporting heritage statements, design guides and guidance etc. Now as the summer approaches, the pace is picking up. As our circumstance change .. do we re-brand? Change our image? Redo the website? Pondering ..
Despite a Christmas of colds we are back at work. For our first full week we received approval for a two-storey extension with garage and home/office to a detached house in Midhurst and approval for works to a listed Norman Shaw building with a new bespoke garage store in the gardens designed by E.W Cooke. A pre-app meeting with a local East Sussex LPA was very positive for a development on a site where the urban grain of the conservation area is very tight.
Other projects and applications are in process and a bit to early but we remain hopeful and positively engaged.
This past fortnight saw Murphy Associates work on heritage reports for a site in Lewes, East Sussex and a fire damaged listed building in Crockerhill, West Sussex; the receipt of the last of a set of three listed buildings consents for a sensitive building plus a rather surprising case involving a modern extension to a listed building which threw up unanticipated issues. We also attended Helm training in West Dean and the RTPI SE Awards (maybe one year we will see one of our collaborations). Next week we are working on an appeal for clients with much needed space to meet personal family requirements and another listed building in East Hampshire. And we await a response to the housing scheme lodged for pre-app .....
Working across three specialisms is a challenge at the best of times but brings plenty of variety to the workload and with that travel - up and down the country, across East and West Sussex, the South Downs National Park to Hampshire. Having a background in Development Management and planning law has probably been my saving 'grace' whatever the subject matter, area of property. This past few weeks we have been contending with reports relating to a fire damaged listed building now beyond repair, salvage etc; assessing significance of designated and non-designated heritage assets, writing conservation area character appraisals, lodging and negotiating on planning applications and applications to discharge conditions ... and appealing appeals! But to end the day there is nothing like trying to understand the logic of some ...
Rising out of the ground. It has taken a number of concepts and iterations to get to this stage. Murphy Associates and Stewart Nicholson Architecture are preparing for a pre-app submission over the coming weeks ... YesEngineering provided advice to unlock the potential for the top site.