Race Cottam Associates Announce Directors’ Promotions

The board of directors at award-winning architectural practice, Race Cottam Associates (RCA) has been reorganised to lead the next phase of growth as the firm celebrates its 30th anniversary.


Paul Foster has been promoted from associate director to director while Laurie Cottam has become the practice’s MD after its current incumbent, David Speddings stepped into a senior design lead role. Pauline Lake’s role as director responsible for business development and David Cottam’s role as chairman both remain unchanged.


“This reorganisation of our Board has been carefully planned to implement our vision for growth but more importantly, to ensure business continuity,” explains Laurie Cottam. “David Speddings has been a familiar face for RCA clients for almost 30 years and will continue to act as our design quality champion, mentoring the next generation with his expertise in the advanced manufacturing, industrial and energy sectors.


“Similarly, as our work in healthcare has significantly accelerated, it was right to recognise and reward Paul’s substantial contribution with this promotion. A popular and proactive ambassador for the sector, Paul is best placed to lead this growth and ensure we remain a leading authority on design for health.


“Together with Pauline continuing to lead our education work and drive our sustainability credentials and business development, we’re confident we’ve orchestrated the best possible team to take RCA into its next 30 years,” concluded Laurie.


The directors’ revised roles follow a period of success for RCA. In healthcare, the recently completed new main entrance and paediatrics department at Hull Royal Infirmary won the Award for Design Excellence at the national Planning Awards 2023.


In education, RCA has secured a position on the University of Nottingham’s design consultancy framework, whilst both St Anne’s SEN School in Hessle and CAPA College in Wakefield are both shortlisted in the forthcoming Education Estates Awards.


The practice’s work on industrial and new infrastructure also continues to thrive, with planning permission recently gained for Smith + Nephew’s flagship manufacturing and R&D facility, and a fifth phase is nearing completion at AESSEAL’s precision engineering factory in Rotherham.


Laurie adds: “To record such a series of successes is a testament to the talent and creativity of our team. I am proud to be the custodian of the RCA brand and our recent Board changes ensure sustainable growth for future generations.”