02.02.2022

Peter Spence Heads up Our Rights of Light Service

Peter Spence Heads up Our Rights of Light Service

Peter joined calfordseaden as an Associate in October 2018 and has recently taken over the management of our Rights of Light team. Peter has worked on a number of schemes delivering specialist rights of light and daylight/sunlight advice. One of his key achievements within the team has been utilising digital technologies to change the way we present reports to clients.

Before specialising in rights of light and daylight/sunlight advice, I worked as an Architectural Technician for 15 years, where I mostly completed working drawings and was introduced to 3D CAD Modelling. My entry into construction was completely accidental. When I was younger, I was interested in working with computers, so I started a CAD training scheme. I had a placement in an Architectural practice, working four days a week and attended college one day a week studying architectural technology.

After my placement, I worked as an architectural technician before moving into surveying, doing 3D modelling for a Rights of Light Consultancy. After some time, I began to move into report writing and eventually became more client facing.

I joined calfordseaden in October 2018 as an Associate. One of the key factors that attracted me to the role was that I would have the opportunity to take on more responsibility and take ownership of my role, shaping the service that we are offering clients. Since joining, one of my key exercises has been better utilising digital technologies to change the way that reports are presented to give clients a clearer idea of daylight, sunlight and rights of light issues and the risks associated with them.

I am excited to be taking on the challenge of becoming the new Head of Rights of Light at calfordseaden and look forward to taking the service to the next level. The transition has been smooth, as I had always supported my predecessor with managing jobs. I am thoroughly enjoying being involved in the team management and maintaining client relationships etc. I bring a new set of skills and knowledge, developed over 15 years of experience working within different well-established surveying companies on some high-profile and large-scale projects. Having previously worked as a technician in an Architectural practice, I have a strong understanding of the design process which helps to inform my decisions on projects.

One of the most rewarding aspects of my role is my involvement in estate regeneration for local authorities and helping architects and clients to make new massing work within the current spaces, from complete demolition to building onto existing buildings. Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to work on numerous regeneration projects, including the Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal Football Club. This scheme challenged me to look at how the stadium works in relation to the various residential, commercial and community spaces surrounding it.

The success of our team depends largely on collaborative working and utilising digital technologies. As a multi-disciplinary consultancy, we work closely with various other teams across the business as well as external clients, particularly our Architects to assist with the design. We often use 3D laser scans to build a 3D model with point cloud surveys. This is something I would always recommend for clients to budget for as it really provides much better accuracy. We can get involved at the start of the design to assist in the design process through to during the construction where we can write daylight/sunlight reports for planning applications and rights of light reports to help clients understand any risk involved.

My plans for the future of the department are to grow the service and continue learning and being at the forefront of updates and developments. I look forward to overseeing the Group’s growth and continuing to work on some amazing projects along the way.