Rob Bramhall retires today, a friend, a colleague and a leader.
He has been fundamental part of the practice for over 30 years and an award-winning architect and Director. His innovative, yet pragmatic approach combined with his modest and calm demeanour have been a tremendous asset which will frame how LHC Design continue to build their working relationships both inside and out.
It’s been 18 years since the original founders Peter Lacey, Mike Hickie and Jim Caley handed the reins over to John Baulch, Nigel Blackman and Rob Bramhall.
Rob started as a project architect at MWT/Company of Designers before joining LHC at the company’s formation in January 1992. As well as designing the Exeter Studio. Rob has led a wide variety of projects across the Southwest, leaving a significant built legacy spanning nearly four decades.
Notable projects from just the last 10 years include the Animal Care Unit at Bicton College, Dean Clarke House, Exeter Cricket Club Student Accommodation and Pavilion, Exeter Football Club, Harlequins and a long standing, and award winning, relationship with Exeter Science Park which has seen the delivery of most of the site’s low carbon buildings.
As significant as the buildings and projects are, Rob’s legacy is within the practice itself. Rob, along with John Baulch and Nigel Blackman took on the practice together. When Nigel left in 2014, Rob and John continued to lead the practice giving opportunity, understanding and expertise to the current Directors and Shareholders.
Rob would always rise to a challenge and was heavily involved in many of our team building activities including the Devon Coast to Coast cycle route, where he managed to find the energy to cycle the extra few yards from the campsite to find a hotel for the night (Rob was NOT going to spend a night under canvas!), before re-joining the team bright eyed and bushy tailed!
He also loves walking and would often be seen undertaking a lunchtime stroll either on his own or (for those that could keep up) with colleagues around the Exeter Studio often taking in the tour of buildings designed by LHC.
Rob’s calm, considered, and compassionate management has enabled the business to weather many challenges over the years and he has been fundamental to our ethos as an ethical and supportive employer.
Having overseen the transfer of ownership to the next generation, he has ensured that the business is set up to enable long-term succession and opportunities for everyone within the practice.
Rob is looking forward to digging out the golf clubs, having time to travel and revisit his childhood upbringing in Africa and completing the remaining 250 miles of the South-West Coast path with his wife – Jo.
With an eye to the future, he will continue to support us in our carbon offsetting targets, by helping us to plant trees in collaboration with Moor Trees
We have all benefited from his insight, enthusiasm and experience and he will be greatly missed by all at LHC Design.