June 2018

KDPA has appointed a new Project Manager, Angela Smith arrives from Virgin Atlantic Airways where she held the position of Design Manager and brings 20-years’ worth of experience to the firm including work with many other high- profile brands including Starbucks, Hamley’s and Sainsbury’s. Most recently, Angela has been involved in building the new Virgin Atlantic Airways HQ – The VHQ. This £7m+ project was built to accommodate Virgin Atlantic’s 1,500 head office staff and implemented a new flexible working concept. Visually it embodied the brand’s pioneering and innovative spirit. Working closely with the contractor and suppliers the project was... Read More
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June 2018

KDPA has appointed a new Project Manager and Interior Designer to oversee its high-profile portfolio of clients including national pub chain and long-standing client, JD Wetherspoon. Natasha Kemp arrives from Opera, a London-based commercial project and development management consultancy whilst Gabriela Rodriguez joins the firm from Yes Interiors. Joining KDPA as Project Manager, Natasha has spent the past five-years overseeing a diverse range of projects and RIBA stages across various sectors including high-end retail, luxury residential, leisure industry, and restoration projects in both the UK and internationally. She brings to KDPA a resilience to coping with conflicting demands and an... Read More
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May 2018

We were delighted to hear that our roofing contractor won two awards specifically for its work on our Royal Victoria Pavilion, Ramsgate project at the recent UK Roofing Awards 2018. Full Metal Jacket won the Fully Supported Metal and the coveted Roof of the Year Award for overseeing the construction of the roof for what is JD Wetherspoon’s largest pub on Ramsgate’s Harbour Parade. Key elements of the Royal Victoria Pavilion project included replacing the signature curved zinc roof (at the time one of the largest zinc roof projects in Europe) and a succession of oval dormer windows that had... Read More
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February 2018

We’re expanding and looking for a Senior Project Manager to join our team. The right person for the job will have a sound construction background, a strong degree of planning and building regulation knowledge and experience in managing the refurbishment of pubs, restaurants and hotels. Based in our busy West Sussex studio, travelling around the UK and to the Republic of Ireland will be necessary. For further details, check out our careers page. Read More
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December 2015

Our latest challenge has presented itself as a restoration and redevelopment proposal for the former State Cinema in Grays. It is one of only eight ‘super cinemas’ in England, with its listing of grade II* reflecting its great architectural and historic importance. Opened in 1938, it is a colossal brick building whose tower in particular forms a landmark in the town centre. Its external character reflects Modernist architectural influences, enveloping an interior that includes a single auditorium accommodating 2,200 people. With proposals at an early stage, we are working on ideas to reinvigorate the building, returning the excitement to this... Read More
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November 2015

KDPA were delighted this week to receive an award for townscape regeneration from Maldon District Council for The Rose & Crown. Attending the 32nd Conservation & Design Awards it was a great moment for KDPA to enjoy recognition of a meticulously researched scheme that blended 16th Century authenticity with 21st Century styling. Read More
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October 2015

Royal Victoria Pavilion, Ramsgate is one of the UK’s most iconic seaside structures and KDPA are currently working on the transformation and revitalisation of this much loved but sadly much dilapidated local landmark. Taking inspiration from the original design by architect Stanley Davenport Adshead the ambition is to restore all of the key features that have disappeared over the years giving Ramsgate back its architectural gem with a mixed use development worthy of a 21st Century audience. Read More
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October 2015

KDPA have designed a multi layered landscaped roof garden as part of a City centre redevelopment in Exeter. The three storey roof terrace occupies redundant roof space and a plant deck, whilst a series of cuts to the existing building fabric allow for additional access and a folding glass rear elevation forges a new relationship with the terrace. On the mid-level, a ‘loggia’ space has been created, forming a carefully framed vista of one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture anywhere in the world - the nearby Exeter Cathedral. Read More
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September 2015

With entries from over 70 Countries around the world, KDPA are excited to be shortlisted in the best Pub category at this year’s Restaurant and Bar Design awards. Our development in Wells has revitalised a former 1950’s bus garage, converting it into a vibrant new pub and restaurant. We look forward to the event which is set to be one of the highlights of the design world calendar. Read More
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