Chris Strike MCIAT C.Build E MCABE Chartered Architectural Technologist
Where it all started
On leaving school I joined Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole as a trainee architectural technician. I attended Cornwall College on a day release basis, gaining both ONC and HNC in Building Studies. During my time at PBWC I worked on a variety of projects ranging from £100,000 to £17million in contract value. I prepared concept drawings, detailed designs using PowerCADD software on Apple Mac. computers. I was promoted to Assistant CAD Manager which involved maintaining the smooth running of the network, printers and software.
Projects I worked on included:
The Lifeboat College and Survival Centre, Poole, Dorset – £17million residential training centre and associated facilities for the RNLI.
Centre for Automotive Engineering and Construction Excellence – £3.6million facility at Camborne Pool Redruth College.
Surfing Centre, Fistral Beach, Newquay – £2million development combining beach facilities, shops, restaurant and exhibitions.
The Kenwyn Building, Truro College – £3.8million teaching accommodation with conference suite, IT suite, photographic unit and TV studios.
The Sunrise Centre, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro – £2.86million purpose-built department providing state-of-the-art cancer treatment.
Learning Resource Centre, Cornwall College – £3.25million resource-based learning department, IT suite, teaching and ancillary accommodation.
Flag Cable Station, Skewjack – £5.29million cable terminal set in open countryside on the Land’s End peninsula. Overall winner of the CPRE/RIBA Cornwall Architecture Award 2002.
Six new houses, Porthleven – Production of drawings from sketch design to Building Regulations stage.
After leaving PBWC i joined Scott Hesketh Design LTD to gain more experience on smaller jobs and the Building Regulations. I worked on a range of different jobs ranging from small domestic extensions to new Pre-Schools and Gymnasiums. I used Vectorworks CAD software on G5 Apple Macintosh computers.