Champion of the Week
Clare Plant- Director, Nineteen47
Nineteen47 is a planning, urban design and visualisation consultancy working with property and development clients from our offices in the Midlands, South Yorkshire and North Yorkshire. We provide advice on residential and commercial development projects and we enjoy helping our clients to shape their vision for sites.
We pride ourselves on taking an innovative approach to the opportunities and challenges presented by the urban and rural environment and like to support the delivery of projects that we feel proud to point out that we have been involved in.
What was the greatest achievement for your business over the past year?
The pandemic has presented unparalleled challenges to the operations of all businesses. We are extremely proud of our team’s resilience and efforts to work collaboratively with each other and with our clients to support the business throughout 2020. Amazingly, despite the challenges, it has been our most successful year to date and culminated in the opening of a new office in Sheffield in January 2021.
How would you describe Chesterfield and North Derbyshire, using only three words?
Well-positioned with under-realised potential.
How is your business becoming more sustainable?
We build sustainable principles into projects wherever we can. Our role in the creation of new areas of the built environment offers an unparalleled opportunity to support sustainable principles for the lifetime of new buildings, as well as in the conversion of older and historic building projects that we are also involved in and we love trying out new technology to achieve sustainability objectives.
How are your team members developing their skills?
The ability to work successfully remotely has been key during the pandemic. Using technology successfully is crucial as the pandemic presents particular challenges in the design process, as the sharing of ideas and collaboration on design evolution was traditionally a process heavily reliant on face-to-face discussions.
How are you supporting young people in your business through apprenticeships, traineeships or work experience and how are young people contributing to the success of your business?
We have continued to support the development of the junior members of our team through daily collaboration on projects. We encourage the whole team to participate in online professional development training and we work hard to encourage the transfer of knowledge gained into our day-to-day work. We have also worked with a number of universities to support virtual work experience opportunities for students and graduates who have struggled to gain placements due to the pandemic.
How are you, your business or your team supporting local people?
As a team, we always seek to recruit locally where possible and to support local businesses through the projects that we undertake. This includes helping our clients to offer local construction jobs.
Which local business would you recommend and why?
Nineteen47 has supported Evolution Homes to deliver a number of housing schemes in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire. We find their approach to creating bespoke properties of a high quality and appearance, in keeping with the surrounding area, to produce a sense of pride amongst the team in the final product.
What support or advice has your business received recently and how has it benefited your business?
Becoming a Chesterfield Champion as part of Destination Chesterfield has provided access to business support and has enabled us to broaden our network of collaborators for future projects. The property sector has generally remained buoyant during the pandemic so far, nevertheless we are always seeking to build on our network of contacts within Chesterfield to support other sectors through the challenges ahead and become stronger together.
Which upcoming development do you think will have the greatest impact on the town and why?
The Chesterfield Waterside project will regenerate a strategically important area of the town, bringing sustainable and attractive mixed use development to a previously developed site, and also supporting the wider objectives of the future HS2 proposals. The Peak Resorts scheme is also crucial from a leisure perspective and will raise the profile of the town nationally.
What is your vision for Chesterfield and North Derbyshire in 2030? What do you think the town needs to achieve this?
To be a vibrant town recognised as an attractive destination and a pivotal gateway between the Midland to the south, South Yorkshire to the north and Peak District to the west.