2016 is a special year for Globe as the company celebrates its tenth anniversary in the spring.
2016 marks 10 years of trading for Globe and as the year begins I’ve been reflecting how much we have matured as a business as well as how much we’ve packed into the last ten years.
In 2016 this continues to be a great business to run and a fantastic team to work with. The team still includes some of those who were there on day one, which gives us great continuity, while more recent recruits have added knowledge and new skills. Our most recent recruit, who joined the company last summer, is now being supported through her masters degree to ensure that we also develop new talent from within the business.
Globe’s journey has been an interesting one and over the Christmas holiday I was asked by a close friend if I would do it again. The answer was a definite yes because, despite the difficult initial decision in 2006 to resign from a secure and well paid job in the public sector and then having to respond to the impact of global recession just as the business had started to grow, it’s been exciting, challenging and enjoyable.
One of our best decisions was to put Phil Scrafton at the helm as MD, in 2012. Phil has increased the company’s visibility and strengthened its relationships with clients. It also enabled Phil and I to work more effectively to our respective strengths, with the support of a well-motivated and extremely competent team.
Globe has reached ten years old after a number of changes, not least of which was the dramatic but necessary shift from being a public sector facing consultancy to becoming a private sector facing one. We now have a diversified business working with clients on wide range of projects, and are able to offer our services through approaches that range from hourly consultancy rates to full joint venture risk sharing. It’s a good place to be and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved.
To celebrate our 10th Anniversary Globe will be running a number of events throughout the year and I hope that as many of our clients, friends and associates as possible will be able to join us at these celebrations as the year unfolds.
Globe have secured a successful outcome for a document archive storage company in Washingborough, Lincolnshire. The application was previously refused by North Kesteven District Council because of concerns about its impact on the countryside. However, Globe were able to present a case in favour of the needs of this specialist company to justify the growth of its business on the outskirts of the village.
Shortly after starting at Globe, I seized upon their very generous offer to undertake a Master’s course on a part time basis. I took my place on the MSc Urban Planning Course at Sheffield Hallam University a few weeks ago, and am fast becoming immersed in academic life again. The course is fully RTPI accredited, which will allow me to progress through to RTPI chartership upon completion.
Studying while working full time seemed daunting, but so far I have found the two support each other well. Understanding the history of the planning system, and how and why it evolved into its current form, perfectly complements the practical experience I am gaining with Globe. It’s been rather enlightening to discover how different ideologies have informed our planning system and the complexities surrounding this. Equally, in seminar discussions we have found that throughout recent history, there have been many common themes underpinning the different planning stages.
Joining the world of the commuter once a week has also given me a lesson in what ‘getting up early’ actually is! I’m sure in the depths of winter the early morning trains will be an interesting (cold) experience, but the thought of being a fully trained planner in two years’ time (hopefully) will keep me going.
Planning permission has been granted for the erection of 12 log cabins at the award winning Woodhall Country Park, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire on behalf of Woodland Estates Limited. The cabins are the final phase in the expansion of this 5* rated holiday park. Globe has worked with the landowners, Natural England and specialist landscape architects to create a unique environment for camping and caravanning, which will now be able to offer holiday lodge accommodation to visitors.
Using land next to railway stations and in particular brownfield land to create housing seems an obvious move in terms of sustainability and the Hamptons article in the Times yesterday highlights the beneficial impact this could have. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/industries/construction-property/article4495677.ece
Whilst the development opportunities around Lincoln may not be able to match the housing numbers of the major cities we were once again pleased to see how close the Leafbridge planning application, for housing on the brownfield land behind North Hykeham Station, is to current Government thinking and the emerging revisions to planning guidance. Read more →
Globe welcomes Rhiannon Wilson BSc.
Rhiannon, who graduated from University of Leicester with a BSc first class honours in Geography, was appointed last month as a full time Consultant at Globe and starts work with us on Monday. She will be following in the footsteps of our Associate James Rigby MRTPI who also entered the planning profession as a geography graduate before progressing through a masters degree in planning and then chartered membership of RTPI. Rhiannon will be reporting to our other Associate Lynette Swinburne MRTPI, so between the two of them she will be well supported and introduced to many of our clients over the coming months.
James Rigby MRTPI, Globe’s Principal Consultant who has been with the company since 2004 was the automatic choice to fill our vacancy for an Associate. James already leads projects for a wide range of our clients as has been actively involved in most of our major projects for the last three years. We were pleased to offer James a very well deserved promotion within the company and he will now be working in parallel with our existing Associate Lynette Swinburne MRTPI, with both managing our consultants and project teams.
The vacancy James has filled was created when Andy Booth MRTPI, who must be one of the best known planners in the region, recently took the decision that he wanted to return to the dark side and re-joined the public sector after nearly 10 years as a consultant.
Andy left us last week to join East Lindsey District Council as their Major Projects Officer. We wish him all the best and hope to bring him some challenging applications as soon as possible.
This month we have also appointed a new consultant Rhiannon Wilson BSc who will be joining the team in July. We expect that Rhiannon, who is a geography graduate, will progress to a masters in planning and chartered RTPI membership in due course following in the footsteps of her new colleagues.
Great times ahead with a great team.
This week brought the fantastic news for Lincoln that the Cathedral’s Connected project had secured a £900,000 grant to allow the project to start. A further £11.3 million has been earmarked by HLF for the project but that will require a further application. Congratulations to the Subdean who chaired the project team and to Anne Irvine who managed, authored and nurtured the bid document to its successful outcome.
Globe was very pleased to have contributed the Cathedral Economic Impact Report to the project and subsequently to have completed the Options Appraisal and Outline Business Plan Report and a few other elements for the Cathedral Connected project application.
Our relationship with the Cathedral project team will be continuing throughout the next phase as a result of our appointment, through a formal tender process, to advise on the development of a detailed business plan. We’ve been keeping that news to ourselves for several months while the HLF grant application was being assessed but with Tuesday’s announcement work can now get underway.
I will be leading Globe’s input with support from our Business Manager Elizabeth, and for this detailed phase of work we will also be joined by John Chappelle of Insight Accounting. John has both local and international experience of business planning for tourism venues and is an ex-Duncan & Toplis Partner so we will be relying on his counting skills. We have worked with John for some time on the Countryside Business Park in Skegness and we jointly authored the private sector element of the Business Park’s successful National Growth Fund application. We were therefore delighted John agreed to be included in our tender submission and to work with us on the Lincoln Cathedral Connected Business plan.
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