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Norman Hayden poses the questions to David Holford Wright


David Holford Wright


North Lincolnshire Shopping Park


Why did you become an architect?


I always loved sketching and drawing as a child, tinkered with old car engines at weekends and could be found often taking things like radios and old gadgets to bits. Lego was my favourite toy by far. I also had a love of maps, science fiction and real science and technology that continues to this day. I wanted a job that would challenge me continuously, where I could draw and design things. Architecture was, therefore, an obvious career for me.


What do you like about it most?


The job allows me to continue to do what I enjoyed doing the most – understanding new concepts and creat- ing new things. Each project also brings its own unique challenges to meet, so it’s a job that is not your standard 9-to-5. I love learning new things and, with ever-changing legislation and technolog- ical and material science improvements being made, there’s always more to grasp.


What is your proudest achievement and why?


I’ve been fortunate to work on many different project types and sectors –from healthcare, MoD, retail, office and commercial and leisure projects. But my proudest achievement has to be in the education field with one of the first primary school projects. The look of wonder, surprise and delight on the faces of the children and staff when they left their old cold, damp and tired CLASP building to experience the bright, airy and exciting new school was something I will never forget.


What’s your biggest challenge currently?


The continuing challenge is to create wonderful, hopefully surprising but always delightful, spaces, while facing the reality of pre-determined client ideas and sometimes limiting cost constraints. Specific challenges at the moment are promoting the business, building relations and seeking opportunities in sectors, especially education, that are new


to the Simons Group. At the same time, there is the need to support projects, such as the turnkey project for us at the North Lincolnshire Shopping Park, involving Simons Design, Developments and Construction, shortlisted for two RICS Awards. I assist our Construction Team, with tender bids for a number of discount foodstores and production information for the new Odeon Cinema and Retail Units at LXB Stafford. I’m also helping the Design Team get to grips with the technical requirements of the Principal Designer role brought about by the CDM Regulations which came into force last year.


What single change/ innovation would make an architect’s job simpler?


A better method of obtaining new opportunities. The current long-winded and time consuming approach to completing RFQ’s Quotations)


(Request and PQQ’s for (Pre-


Qualification Questionnaires) could be improved upon by a standard form for


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