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Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire & Humber


1 July 2015

Smalley Marsey Rispin Architects is proud to be associated with the Tesco Rotherham scheme shortlisted as ‘Project of the Year’ in the Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire & Humber Awards 2015 (#CEYHawards).

TCN Developments procured and redeveloped the former council site, providing a new modern retail facility in the heart of the town. However, this project was more than just a new Tesco Extra store; in addition to generating new jobs and guaranteeing roles for all existing staff who relocated from the former site, it also successfully supported Rotherham’s renaissance, as the town has transformed at pace through significant investment in road infrastructure and public spaces, resulting a major shopping and business destination.

The brief was to provide a high-quality store which integrates with the surrounding built environment and enhances the character of the area and acts as a ‘gateway’ location to the primary shopping zone. Material choices, complex detailing and an attention to detail throughout the design and construction phase helped deliver the vision. Architecturally, the building boasts striking features and through community engagement local history is recognised within artistic ‘fret work’.

Mark Green, divisional operations director for ISG, said

“Tesco is a long-standing ISG customer and over the past nine years I have worked closely with the Directors of SMR Architects on many occasions, from the pre-development stage to post project completion. Working with them has always been a pleasure, their professionalism, knowledge and understanding of the Tesco ethos is second to none. We have delivered various schemes together nationwide including Refresh ranging from £100k -£500k through to New Build schemes circa £10 million. Information is always available, on time and well-presented, and SMR Architects’ assistance throughout the planning stages, the build and post completion sign off is always first class.

Simon Rispin, Principal Architect for SMR Architects, said

“ISG’s proactive and engaging style makes working on this scale of project a truly collaborative project. We’re delighted, and it’s a real honour, to have one of our projects shortlisted for Project of the Year at the CEYH Awards.” 

The project attained a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM environmental rating, leaving a strong sustainable legacy with minimal environmental impact and a good basis for future environmental performance. The design and construction teams adopted a collaborative approach to the project programme, health and safety and engagement of the community, all leading to project success and industry accolades.

Submitted by ISG, main contractor for shell & core and subsequent fit-out works, the awards ceremony is a prestigious black tie event at York’s National Railway Museum. ISG is an international construction services company delivering fit out, construction, engineering services and a range of specialist solutions. As a retail focused practice, SMR Architects has synergy with ISG, and have worked collaboratively with them on a number of projects.

SMR Achieves Investors in People Bronze Award

01 May 2015

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We are all extremely thrilled to have received the Bronze award for Investors in People on our first assessment. Going beyond the basic standard, SMR joins the likes of The Home Office with a Bronze certification, after having completed an additional 36 evidence requirements in areas such as management strategy, communication of core values and staff recognition.

We are very proud to have gained this achievement within the first six months of trading as SMR Architects, and the award is a real testament to the commitment of everybody in our team and to the collaborative nature of our business.

The IIP accreditation is a national quality standard designed to help companies improve their business performance through their people. In achieving the Bronze standard SMR have demonstrated their continued commitment to empowering their employees, supporting a company-wide culture of learning and creating a high-performance environment that delivers a high standard of work to its clients.

Says Sara Moody, Office Manager, who co-ordinated the application,

‘Great people make a great business and SMR should feel proud that it has both. I would like to thank everybody for a great team effort!’

Steve Burrows, Managing Director of Investors in People North of England says

“I would like to congratulate the whole team at SMR Architects on their fantastic achievement. We believe that good people make a great business and as a proven organisational development framework, Investors in People is designed to help organisations and their people to realise potential, enhance performance and meet goals. With their Bronze accreditation, SMR is certainly working to realise their people potential.”