Richard Perry

Position: Director

Management Team

Richard joined the practice in 2006 was promoted to Director in 2013.

His project portfolio of schemes includes delivery of a wide range of education, civic, residential, arts, and workplace new-builds, refurbishments and masterplans and this broad knowledge helps to inform his approach. By looking at both the macro and micro scale in tandem, he ensures that individual sites within the overall strategic design provide viable, developable plots. His understanding of both public and private sectors ensures that a robust, flexible strategic solutions are developed.

Richard leads the practice’s schools projects and participation on education frameworks, directing our involvement with initiatives such as Coventry Increasing Pupil Places, Birmingham BSF and Stoke BSF programmes, the Constructing West Midlands Framework and the Department for Education’s Framework for medium sized projects. His work spans all project stages, from feasibility studies to delivery, and involves working within live school environments

His work has earned plaudits from the RIBA, Civic Trust and others, including being shortlisted for the prestigious Architect’s Journal Building of the Year in 2021 for the School of Architecture and the Built Environment and the transformation of the derelict Springfield Brewery in Wolverhampton.

Richard also has expertise of working within the context of existing buildings, including those with statutorily listings,  and with a former practice he designed contemporary, contextual award-winning additions to two scheduled ancient monuments.

As Director in charge of Health and Safety, he is responsible for ensuring the effective leadership of Health and Safety within the practice, ensuring all employees receive competent Health and Safety advice to fulfil their role.

Current and Recent Projects

School of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton: The listed, former brewery has been sensitively converted into an 85,000sq.ft teaching and learning building providing space for 1,200 students

Newhall Square, Birmingham: Winner of Insider Property Awards Apartment Complex of the Year, Newhall Square comprises three residential buildings with retail and a new public square, incorporating Grade II listed buildings

Curzon Wharf, Birmingham: Four-block complex in Birmingham’s Learning Quarter featuring apartments, student accommodation, roof gardens, an integrated public square and office/leisure/retail unit – the only net-zero carbon, mixed-use, residential-led scheme in the city

Tyndall Street, Cardiff: 24-storey tower consisting of 307 studio, one and two-bedroomed apartments with ground floor retail and a residents’ skylounge clubhouse-style space, £57m

University of Birmingham School, Birmingham: Feasibility, design and delivery for a first of its kind 10,000sq.m new build school incorporating teacher education facilities

Chelveston Road School, Northamptonshire: Feasibility, design and delivery of a new build secondary school for pupils with special educational needs

Heath Primary, Chesterfield: Feasibility, design and delivery of a masterplan and project to extend the primary school’s facilities to provide an additional 500sq.m of space incorporating a main hall, classrooms, and toilets, carefully designed to complement the existing 1904 character building that is of local historic significance

Parklands Educating Together Primary, Weston-Super-Mare: Feasibility, design and delivery for a new build, two-form entry school for 420 pupils as part of a wider comprehensive masterplan by St Modwen/North Somerset Council to redevelop a former RAF base, £8.8m

University of Birmingham School UTC Birmingham

Lapworth Museum of Geology, University of Birmingham: Shortlisted for Museum of the Year, the Grade II* listed original building’s fabric was restored and rejuvenated with modern M&E installed to allow the region’s finest collection of 250,000 artefacts to be displayed in full

Southwater One, Telford: 5,000sq.m new build mixed-use building including library, council services, restaurants, public realm, and an MSCP for Telford and Wrekin Council, a flagship building for the AA-designed Southwater masterplan and winner of three RIBA Awards

Curzon Street Station, Birmingham: Fit out of Grade I listed station building into offices, exhibition space and café as part of the new HS2 Station in central Birmingham

Southwater one telford