October 2020

2020 continues to be a very unusual year and TeamSMR continues to respond enthusiastically to the challenges this year is creating. A key aspect of this has been an ongoing, successful recruitment period.  In total, we have had 12 new starters, this growth brings with it a wealth of new skills and personality traits to further develop and enhance how SMR operates. We have all enjoyed supporting our new starters as they settle into their new roles:

Gary fills a new Associate role within SMR, an experienced Architect, he leads our last mile hubs workload. Gary joins this very busy team from BAM Design and we are looking forward to seeing how Gary integrates his skillset into this role.

Lee, a senior technologist, joins us from PureGym and we are eagerly watching Lee impart his client side experiences into the direct developer and monitoring projects he leads.

Derry has a keen eye for everything BIM led and is assisting the last mile team as an experienced Technologist.

George is an enthusiastic graduate Technologist. We can see how he attained a First in his degree, as he is already making a great start towards his Architectural Technologist progression within our Retail team.

Jacob is SMR’s first ever Apprentice, this youngster is now remotely undertaking his second year at York College and is generally assisting across the whole company to learn about all aspects of our work.

We’re also delighted some of our current alumni of returning students to Leeds Beckett are to stay with us on a part-time basis, whilst they finish their studies.

As SMR undertakes our next phase in dealing with the ramifications of Covid-19, we have commenced a rotation system allowing all staff to have office based periods. SMR are collaborators and love open, fluid communication, allowing everyone periods in the office facilitates this and appears to be a welcomed break to the Groundhog period we’ve all experienced in since March. The full Leadership team is office based to ensure the smooth running of the practice and everyone else returns as teams. These office rotations are also giving all our new starters ‘socially distant’ face-to-face time with their new work mates.

To enable SMR to undertake this partial opening, we regularly perform Covid safe workplace risk-assessments and we have reconfigured the office layout to give everyone more workspace, alongside altering many office based systems to follow best practice ideas. MS Teams and other conference call software remains a key part of SMRs operation and probably always will do now, but nothing can beat face-to-face time or office banter. We are also now doing site visits and external meetings, assuming Covid security can be confirmed, this means we’re keen to chat to clients new and old.