PH Partnership specialises in Inclusive Design and is one of only a handful of practices in the country that are led by a Director that is both an access consultant, registered with the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC), and a RIBA Chartered Architect. The practice carries out a number of access assessments and improvements on educational and commercial buildings, but also designs and project manages the implementations of access adaptations to the homes of individual disabled clients. One of PH Partnership’s Directors is also heavily involved in the Access Association, a national network of professionals who are passionate about access and inclusive design. He often gets involved in providing responses to formal consultations on access legislation and standards.
The Bespoke Access competition presented an opportunity of applying PH Partnership’s combined architectural and inclusive design skills to an exciting, yet relatively new to the practice, building type: hotels. The team that prepared the submission was led by Fausto Pereira, one of the Directors, with full assistant by James Primmer, a talented Part 1 Architectural Graduate undergoing his practical training at the practice. James’s input into the design and submission become invaluable and contributed to the success achieved in the competition under the Product Category, which resulted in a £5,000.00 cash prize.
In order to reward James’s efforts and to assist him with the increasing cost of a 7 year long architectural course, the practice awarded him a bursary and the cash prize from the competition was added to other practice funds to provide him with financial support. James is now undertaking the second part of the architectural degree at Northumbria University and next year we are looking forward to welcoming him back into the practice for his Part 2 practical training, which will lead towards his full qualification as a Registered Architect with the Architects Registration Board (ARB).
The practice are extremely pleased that success in the Bespoke Access Competition has enabled it to provide support for the future generation of architects who are more likely to champion Inclusive Design