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Achitects with designs on the future strengthens its directorial team

A Saltaire-based architects has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of a new director.

Martyn Booker takes the position at Rance Booth Smith Architects 14 years after joining the firm following the completion of his degree in architecture from Huddersfield University.

While at Rance Booth Smith he has worked on a portfolio of high-profile projects such as the pioneering Atrium at the University of Bradford, which saw the use of EFTE before it became a mainstream building material. He was also involved in the award-winning restoration of Shibden Park which included a contemporary new interpretation centre and the Scientific Support Unit for West Yorkshire Police incorporating state of the art forensic laboratories.

His main focuses in the new position will include ensuring continued client satisfaction, increasing the client database and managing the practice.

Fellow Rance Booth Smith director, Linda Hollings, explains: “Martyn has been with the company since 2003 and proven himself to be an indispensable part of the team with the experience, assurance and company insight that made his promotion to director an obvious choice.

“His ability to interpret the client’s needs has been key to the successful delivery of many projects and in exceeding the expectations of our clients.”

The company’s in-house conservation service, which offers consultation on historic building restoration and adaptations, is overseen by Martyn who also has a diploma in architecture and master’s degree.

He says: “The quality of service RBS provides has been key to the longevity of the business and the number of repeat clients we have. While our client base is in Yorkshire, their projects see us working across the country, keeping our portfolio interesting and varied.”

Martyn adds: “Challenging times for the construction industry have seen an increased amount of our work focusing on developing our existing built environment which brings great opportunities to create better spaces for people to live and work. Building Information Modelling (BIM) has also transformed how we operate since I started at RBS and has greatly improved the efficiency of projects.”

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