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Nathalie Richardson

Position: Senior Associate

Management Team

Nathalie joined the practice in 2009, qualified as an Architect in 2012, was promoted to Associate in 2016 and Senior Associate in 2021.

As a key member of Director Richard Perry’s team, Nathalie is an expert in school and college design. Her involvement in delivering schools through the various regional Department for Education schemes was paramount to designing and delivering innovative and cost-effective learning environments (Coventry Increasing Pupil Places, Birmingham BSF and Stoke BSF programmes).

Key achievements include the delivery of the £26m King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy new build and the West Midlands Construction University Technical College, the conversion of a Grade II listed building with new build element on the former Springfield Brewery site in the centre of Wolverhampton.

She has recently completed the £8m Rockwood Academy extension and refurbishment for Birmingham City Council through Acivico and the Constructing West Midlands Framework and is currently leading a £10m extension to Thomas Telford School in Wolverhampton.

In addition to her education expertise, she has experience in the residential sector including work for Housing Associations and private developers, as well as on high-end private residential projects.

Current and Recent Projects

Chelveston Road School, Northamptonshire: Feasibility, design and delivery for a new build secondary school for pupils with special educational needs

King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy, Birmingham: New build academy for 1,350 pupils aged 11-18 designed to BREEAM Excellent standards, £26m

King’s School Masterplan, Gloucester: A masterplanning exercise including an analysis of leaseholds, planning and Listed Building considerations, space utilisation, and an audit of the school’s present and projected spatial needs, in addition to the design and delivery of the Ivor Gurney Hall

Rockwood Academy, Birmingham: New facilities to enable the academy’s capacity to increase from 648 to 1,050 students, £8m

Solihull Alternative Provision Academy, Solihull: Conversion of a low rise 1990s office development into an alternative provision facility for 14-19-year-olds with additional emotional and behavioural needs

Starbank All-Through School, Birmingham: New build primary and senior school to accommodate 1,320 pupils, £17m

Thomas Telford School, Wolverhampton: New facilities to increase school’s capacity from 600 to 1,000, including refurbishment, a new build three storey teaching block and a new build sports and leisure block, £10m

West Midlands Construction UTC, Wolverhampton
600-student construction-focussed college incorporating new build and a listed building for the University of Wolverhampton, £10m

Old Union Mill, Birmingham: Conversion of a listed mill into luxury apartments, five office units and two new residential blocks flanking the existing building designed to compliment the historic context, £4m

Aston University EBRI Building, Birmingham: Comprehensive redevelopment of a former cinema into a bioenergy research centre, £6m

Birmingham City University Parkside Building, Birmingham: RIBA Award winning 18,300sq.m faculty building containing TV studios, technical workshops and media production spaces for the university’s Institute of Art and Design and the Faculty of Performance, Media and English, £43m

University of Warwick Summer Works 2019/2020/2021, Coventry: A programme of works completed to a tight schedule to refurbish bedroom and bathroom facilities across several halls