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JUNE 2018

Further expansion for KDPA as new Senior Project Manager arrives

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 completed in 26 weeks.

Prior to this, Angela helped Virgin Atlantic Airways in the design of a world-class innovative customer experience at the O2 Arena. The cocktail bar and restaurant was created to celebrate the Virgin Atlantic and Delta commercial partnership. Visually, it was inspired by details found in the aviation industry including a ticker board showing the timings of performances on stage, as well as a turbine bar, a jet bridge and a secret meeting room.

Angela also worked with Sainsbury’s to implement a phone shop rollout within their existing stores in 2014. Her role involved refining the design to create the best use of space and lighting for both the customer and the Sainsbury’s staff.

The appointment of Angela Smith is part of a heavy expansion period for KDPA. The firm has also recently appointed Natasha Kemp as Project Manager and Gabriela Rodriguez joins KDPA as a new Interior Designer.

Keith Paine, KDPA Managing Director, comments: “KDPA continues to expand and this is a significant period of growth for the firm. Angela’s appointment signals our intent to attract the very best talent the industry has to offer. She brings with her a wealth of experience working with some of the UK’s most well-known brands and we are delighted that she joins our award-winning team to oversee projects for some of the leading players in the hospitality industry.”

Due to growing demand, KDPA continues to expand its team and is currently recruiting a Senior Architectural Technician to be based in its Shoreham-By-Sea studio. To enquire, please visit:

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JUNE 2018

KDPA continues expansion process with two senior appointments

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 ability to manage expectations thus ensuring she provides a personal and professional project management service throughout the life-cycle of a project.

Natasha will work on the firm’s JD Wetherspoon account; a delivery team which continues to create award-winning projects for the national pub chain.

Gabriela Rodriguez joins KDPA as a new Interior Designer. She is specialised in the Management of Architectural Projects at Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya FPC in Barcelona and brings to KDPA a decade of experience in retail, interior and events design from a variety of countries including Brazil, Spain and Portugal.

Gabriela has previously worked as a Project Manager and Interior Architect during the introduction of new 2theloo stores across Spain and Portugal and carried out the Event branding in their store openings in Spain. She has experience of successfully carrying out end-to-end architectural projects from design to project management.

Keith Paine, KDPA Managing Director, comments: “We see both Natasha and Gabriela playing a significant role in the future of the firm. Both bring a forward-thinking attitude and an ethos which reflects that of KDPA along with years of industry experience which will not only benefit our current team but will also ensure our clients continue to receive the award-winning services that they are now accustomed to.”

Due to growing demand, KDPA continues to expand its team and is currently recruiting a Senior Architectural Technician to be based in its Shoreham-By-Sea studio. To enquire, please visit:

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MAY 2018

Roof of the Year

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 long since disappeared. A bold signage scheme inspired by a 1950s design and featuring large scale lettering complements the elegant lines of the curved roof and proudly announces the restored pavilion to the on-looking seaside town.

Close to 800 people descended on London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel to celebrate the great and the good of the UK roofing industry at an awards presentation ceremony and dinner, organised by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) and hosted by BBC sports and breakfast presenter, Dan Walker.

Now in its eleventh year, the UK Roofing Awards have become a firm fixture for the roofing sector to come together and celebrate outstanding standards of design workmanship and safety demonstrated throughout the year.

Keith Paine, KDPA Managing Director, comments: “We were delighted to hear that Full Metal Jacket was recognised at the UK Roofing Awards. This is well deserved. From inception to completion, the Full Metal Jacket team oversaw this element of the project with professionalism and skill along with a personable service which enabled us to ensure the Royal Victoria Pavilion in Ramsgate lived up to all the hype.”

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We’re Recruiting – Senior Project Manager

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.

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The State Cinema Grays

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 magnificent icon.  In bringing new life to a piece of urban fabric of this scale, we are keen to generate a positive impact on the wider surrounding area.

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Rose & Crown – Townscape Regeneration

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.

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Royal Victoria Pavilion – Ramsgate

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.

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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.

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The Quarter Jack, Wells – Bar and Restaurant Awards 2015 SHORTLISTED

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.

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