Richard joined Bryden Wood in 2012 following his Masters of Architecture course at the University of Edinburgh. After researching Disruptive Technology and the emerging advancements of the digital and socio-political realms within the construction industry, Richard nurtured his interest in innovative construction methods, detailing and modular design. During his time at Bryden Wood, he has predominantly worked on significant infrastructure and residential projects including Gatwick’s South Terminal, Crossrail’s tunnel cladding system and the expansive Sugar House Island residential units in London.
Richard was responsible for the internal architecture and services coordination within the £50million, 22000sq.m Gatwick Pier 1 & Baggage facility that opened in 2015. This increased his knowledge of construction detailing and coordination within a complex and multifaceted project, and worked closely with the Contractor Vinci, sub-contractors and the client.
Richard went on to project manage Bryden Wood’s specialist team of Solidwork’s modellers, working as sub-contractor’s designers for the innovative and technically demanding cladding and structural framing system for three of the five Crossrail stations. This consisted of delivering complex model geometry for almost 22000 GRC panels at Liverpool Street, Tottenham Court Road and Whitechapel stations, across multiple digital platforms, to provided full 1:1 scale models that were used directly by the fabricators and installers at the stations.
The 12 man team provided cutting edge project delivery and collaboration and pioneered a design service for which Bryden Wood is becoming renowned. Richard liaised closely with client GRCUK, Explore and main contractor Laing O’Rourke, as well as the project architects and other sub-contractors to develop and coordinate prototypes and resolve the complex geometries within the tight constraints of Crossrail’s tunnels and specifications. This was assisted by the effective and collaborative use of the NEC3 contracts to review and manage progress and risks.
Richard is currently one of the lead architects within a large multi-disciplinary Bryden Wood team, developing the construction information for the 10000 hectare Sugar House Island development, providing 1200 residential units for client Vastint.