Simon Avery Retires after 27 years

4th November 2016

Graham Bell, Partner said today,

It is with a twinge of regret to see him leaving but also with happiness for Simon, that the staff and partners of BC LLP wish him all the best on his retirement from the practice after 27 years.

Simon joined an embryonic BCP in the early days of our business, which is now celebrating its 30th anniversary and took on the partner role of promoting and running the London workload and office.

This became a great success and we now have a permanent office presence in London thanks to the many contacts that Simon nurtured for us.

Simon’s contribution over the years both professionally and socially has been enormous and he has been a well-respected planning professional furthering the art of Town Planning and design.

We will miss his presence in the offices and his informative stories and anecdotes about almost anything you may care to mention. Thank you Simon from all of us – enjoy your retirement.

Some of Simon’s best known projects over the years have been:

Park Place, Remenham, Berkshire

Development potential of the 500 acres’ site where, without exception, the listed buildings had fallen into disrepair and were in need of significant restoration work.

A number of the buildings, including the mansion house, had been inappropriately extended and altered over the years, following their use after 1945 as a Class D1 residential school. Many of these alterations greatly detracted from the character of the listed buildings and the historically important registered parkland setting.

King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst, West Sussex

Planning permission and listed building consent for two separate schemes to refurbish and extend four 100-year-old Grade II * listed buildings and Gertrude Jekyll landscaped gardens in Wealden countryside overlooking Midhurst, within the proposed National Park.

Weedon Bec Depot, Northamptonshire

Planning permission and listed building consent for the change of use of the Napoleonic War Grade II* listed Georgian warehouses, to a mix retail, office, light industry, storage, restaurant, museums uses together with restoration and conversion works to the buildings and the canal walls, and associated hard and soft landscaping.

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