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RPS is the Highest Earning Planning Consultancy

24 November 2014

RPS is the Highest Earning Planning Consultancy

RPS incorporating CgMs leads the fee tables and is the largest planner in London.

Results of the Planning Consultancy Survey 2014 in Planning Magazine published by Haymarket Media on 21st November 2014 once more ranks RPS as the UK’s highest earning planning consultancy by some margin. RPS is also the largest employer of planners in London.

The report says: ‘RPS Group remains the UK’s highest-earning planning consultancy by some way. It was boosted by this summer’s acquisition of CgMs, which posted a 2012/13 turnover of around £8million’.

Most planning consultancies have benefitted from a rise in demand for planning and environmental consultancy services as the demand for residential planning services has mushroomed. Housing and mixed-use development made up a quarter of RPS’ earnings from the planning sector last year.

RPS is quoted as noting the rising demand for environmental impact assessment (EIA) skills and specialist input for prior approval applications under permitted development revisions including advice on flood risk, land contamination and transport access in particular. Masterplanning is also a growth area, with the planners and environmental consultants advising on policy issues.

RPS topped the fee earning polls in six of the ten market sector fee tables, including those for Mixed-use Brownfield, Mixed-use Greenfield, Commercial and Industrial, Energy, Waste, and Leisure, Tourism and Sport. RPS came a close second in Residential, Retail Planning and Water, and third behind Atkins and Arup in Transport Planning. This marks the first year that RPS has featured in the top three for all the market sector fee tables in this annual survey.


RPS Accredited for ESOS Audit Assessments

20 November 2014

RPS Accredited for ESOS Audit Assessments

       

Thomas Vazakas of RPS' London Cornhill office is one of the first 30 people in the UK to be accredited as an ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) Lead Auditor. The ESOS regulations will have a significant impact on thousands of companies that operate in UK and many of RPS' clients will need certified ESOS Lead Assessors to deliver ESOS compliant energy audits and ensure compliance with the new regulations.

ESOS is a mandatory energy auditing scheme for large companies. The scheme is the UK's implementation of Article 8 of the European Energy Efficiency Directive and its scope is wider than current carbon schemes, such as CRC, as it covers all parts of an organisation's energy consumption – buildings, industrial processes and transport.

An organisation will fall within the scope of ESOS if it is:

1. An undertaking which has 250 or more employees in the UK;

2. An undertaking which has fewer than 250 employees, but has an annual turnover exceeding €50m and a balance sheet exceeding €43m; or

3. Is part of a corporate group which includes an undertaking which meets criteria (1) or (2) above.


Any companies that meet any of these three criteria by 31st December 2014 will have to participate in ESOS and the first ESOS report must be submitted to the Environment Agency by December 2015.

Image: RPS Transport

Dr David Lee (Divisional Managing Director) advised ”As one of the very first accredited ESOS Energy Auditors in the UK, and with his proven commercial and technical expertise, Thomas and the London Sustainability and Energy team are ideally placed to advise the many companies who will be affected by this new legislation“.


No. 1 Riverside - Winning for Rochdale

13 November 2014

No. 1 Riverside - Winning for Rochdale

UK municipal offices secure three prestigious British awards.

Rochdale’s new municipal offices are a key component of the overall regeneration of the town. Not only that but the Riverside building on the site of the main former council offices and Yelloways bus depot is also proving itself as a clear winner.

No. 1 Riverside has just been awarded the British Council for Offices’ National Award for the best UK workplace of 2014, and best UK corporate workplace. As Phase 1 of the overall regeneration, the landmark building is a strong catalyst for future investment in the region, combining several former council facilities previously located at various sites and delivering around 28,000m² of local authority office space with a brand new public library, council customer services point and a cafĂ©. The awards were presented earlier this month in London, and follow the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Building of the Year Award for 2013 received earlier this year.

RPS provided mechanical and electrical engineering design including construction monitoring, acoustics advice and BREEAM services consultancy for No. 1 Riverside.

The BREEAM Excellent building benefits from a biomass boiler, solar thermal panels, photovoltaic energy technology and mixed-mode ventilation. All these technologies compliment the strong sustainable credentials of the building. Use of more open-plan working and public spaces reduces overall energy use in the offices and public spaces as well as optimising accessibility and flexibility of use.


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