Retiring partner sparks Whitworth rebrand
Long-running Bury St Edmunds architects and surveyors Whitworth Co-Partnership is rebranding following the retirement of one of its partners after 37 years at the company.
Tony Redman joined the firm, then known as Whitworth and Hall, back in 1979 as a assistant surveyor, becoming a partner in 1985.
His job has allowed him to travel all over Europe, including inspecting historic architecture in Rome, Milan Genoa, Lisbon and Genoa.
As an Anglican minister he has a special love of churches and has made more than 1,000 inspection in his career, mainly in Suffolk but as far away as Moscow and Transylvania.
However, Tony says there were some barriers for him to overcome to be allowed to inspect churches.
He was one of three surveyors who encouraged the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors to bring in conversation accreditation which is now required by anyone working on a historic building through the UK,
This year he also completed his 25th year as Surveyor of the Fabric to St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
Thinking back over the many highlights of his career. Tony said he was fortunate to have worked on some worthwhile projects over the years, including a number of hospices and palliative care buildings across Europe and the UK.
“It was great getting involved in hospice building in Romania and the first St Nicholas Hospice building when it was on Westgate Street,” he said.
“However, the exhausting climb to the very top of St Mary’s in Newmarket has to be a low light.
“The main highlight was being part of a very happy office.”
Tony says he is looking forward to putting his feet up.
“I am looking to do more sketching and painting,” he said. “The plan is to do less, better.”
Ed Thuell, 28, from Wortham, is becoming a new partner at the firm having started at the practice as a work experience student.
From April 1, the company was renamed Whitworth.