Well done to our very own Russell Macdonald and his friend Duncan Scott who arrived on their bikes into Ullapool last Friday night after a 477km (296 mile) off-road cycle from the Central Belt. The journey, which was the realisation of a lockdown dream to escape the confinement of local authority boundaries once allowed to by COVID regulations, was undertaken carrying all that was needed for eating, sleeping and pedalling. Setting off on the Monday morning, Russell and Duncan spent almost 50 hours in the saddle to cover the distance while ascending a total of 6,560m on various paths, trails and tracks.
Duncan said “It was a great few days: a chance to catch up with an old friend while pushing ourselves harder than we’d thought possible in the wonderfully wild and remote surroundings of the Highlands. What an adventure!”
Donations were being sought to Duchenne UK, a charity committed to ending Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD): a devastating muscle-wasting disease which is the most common and severe form of Muscular Dystrophy. At the time of going to press, more than £1,200 had been donated via Duncan and Russell’s JustGiving page.
If you’d like more information about Duchenne UK, or would like to make a donation, please use the following links:
We have established a Coronavirus Contingency Planning Group to oversee and co-ordinate our preparations to deal with any disruption which could potentially arise as the situation develops. The Group is meeting regularly as the situation continues and as the health and wellbeing of our staff and community is our highest priority, as a result of the Coronavirus (Covid19) outbreak, we are applying some precautionary arrangements to safeguard all.
Our offices are open and we can be contacted as normal on 0345 062 0000 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Most of our staff are working from home but we will continue to answer your queries promptly.
We have access to all normal on-line team meeting systems, Microsoft Teams, skype etc.
Restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic have resulted in changes to the way we all need to work but also to the ambient noise climate. In working with you to establish safe procedures to complete our work, our methodology may also need to be adjusted. With public welfare paramount, RMP will employ our best professional judgement in completing your project to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.
Construction site testing and inspection will be risk assessed on a case by case basis. RMP normally require plots being tested are vacated during testing and this will more strictly enforced to achieve the best result and protect our and your staff. We will be looking to only attend site when no contact with other people can be guaranteed. We will require clients to complete a health and safety questionnaire prior to attending site.
For each project we will agree realistic deadlines with clients and keep clients up-to-date with any issues impacting delivery times.
We want to keep our clients as fully up-to-date as possible so we will continue to monitor the situation and provide as much clarity as possible, when appropriate, on any future timelines, subject to the ongoing medical advice.
The forthcoming period looks certain to challenge our society as a whole, and we understand that our clients will be facing their own challenges at this time.
The measures we have put in place are precautionary. We therefore ask for your full support with this guidance as we all have a shared responsibility to minimise the risk of exposure and protect our individual and collective health.
As of October Juliette Paris-Newton has decided to move on from RMP to a life with less TGV train noise.
We take this opportunity to thank Juliette again for her hard work and dedication to RMP over the past decade, and we wish her all the best for the future.
Juliette’s drive and motivation was a major contribution to RMP winning work and operating a branch in France, all whilst achieving the goal of delivering an excellent service to our clients. RMP’s first French project for SNCF improving the quality of life for residents near rail lines was awarded with a “Highly Commended” by the Association of Noise Consultants.
As of October Mark Irish will no longer have to fight through busy traffic in the pouring rain to get to our head office as he is returning to the warmer climes of his native Australia.
We take this opportunity to thank Mark again for his hard work and commitment to RMP over the past decade, and we wish him all the best in this new adventure.
RMP are proud to have 3 of our consultants Eleni Kontesidou, Russell Macdonald and Nicola Symington teaching Building Acoustics and Sound Insulation (BSV11147) module. This compliments RMP’s teaching responsibilities for the MSc in Architectural Technology at Edinburgh Napier University, and the Institute of Acoustics (IoA) Distance Learning Diploma.
We are pleased to welcome David Chapman to RMP as Senior Consultant managing our French team while Juliette Paris-Newton is on maternity leave.
RMP are proud to have added support to the draft development of the ANC’s Residential Design Guide.
RMP and Edinburgh Napier University were delighted to host the IOA Scottish Branch at our premises. After enjoying a Burns supper of haggis, neeps and tatties, visitors viewed a film screening of “In Pursuit of Silence”. This was followed by a Q&A.