Retirement of health sector lead paves the way for a new generation
Jacob Peplow, architect; and Paul Foster, associate director and healthcare lead, have both been promoted at Race Cottam Associates
Healthcare architectural practice, Race Cottam Associates (RCA), has announced the promotion of two team members following a farewell to the firm’s longstanding health sector lead.
After an 18-year career at RCA, spanning the delivery of more than 60 healthcare schemes, Tim Robinson has announced his retirement.
Paul Foster, associate director, becomes RCA’s new health sector lead and will oversee the healthcare team, including newly-promoted architect, Jacob Peplow.
RCA’s managing director, David Speddings, said: “There has obviously been an extensive handover process in the healthcare team since Tim announced his retirement, part of which involved the restructuring of roles for Paul and Jacob.
RCA enjoys a strong reputation in the healthcare sector, and we’re under no illusion that Tim’s expertise has been invaluable in creating this.
“He has delivered outstanding facilities in East & South Yorkshire, the East Midlands, and the North West and it’s now time for the next generation to build on this success and we’re confident that with Paul and Jacob at the forefront, we will continue designing exceptional and essential healthcare provisions for many years to come.”
With almost two decades combined experience at RCA, Foster and Peplow are well known to the practice’s client base, which includes 10 NHS trusts.
Foster is a skilled designer, who is equally confident devising refurbishments, retrofits, and re-configurations as well as new-build projects; while Peplow shares this passion for delivering futureproof and energy-efficient buildings as the firm’s BREEAM lead.
Foster said: “Healthcare services are always vital, but now more than ever.
“We’re keen to continue growing our work in this sector; transforming sites that are unfit for purpose, upgrading existing facilities with state-of-the-art treatment and patient services, and designing high-quality, sustainable buildings that will serve new communities.”
RCA’s current health sector schemes include the £10.5m health hub in Bakewell, Derbyshire; an £8m health centre in Belper, Derbyshire; a £2m medical centre at the new Olive Lane development in Rotherham; and a £12m new main entrance and paediatrics reconfiguration scheme at Hull Royal Infirmary.