David Richards

Managing Director

  • Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) since 1993
  • Honours Degree in Surveying – BSc (Hons) 2:1
  • Certified Member of the Association for Project Safety (CMaPS)
  • Member of the Society of Building Engineers (MBEng)

David started his own Building Surveying, Project Management and Architectural practice in 1993. After nine successful years, he sold the practice to Ellis Belk Associates. He then worked in Canada and New Zealand for seven years before returning to the UK to specialise in the public sector. He was the Chief Operating Officer for a number of Public Private Partnerships in the UK, working with the NHS for Community Solutions. After a short spell working for a local surveying firm, during which he directed a significant increase in turnover, David re-launched his own firm, DRPL (formerly David Richards Practice Limited), in 2013.



  • Professionally qualified Senior Project Manager / Surveyor with 30 years’ experience in the Construction Industry
  • Business owner (DRPL) running a successful Project Management / Architectural and Surveying Company
  • Lead Consultant in many new-build and refurbishment projects, ranging from £10,000 – £15 million. Responsible for appointing and managing multi-disciplinary teams
  • Significant roles as the Main Contractors’ Project Manager / Contract Administrator including the oversight of a new hotel, housing schemes and refurbishment projects worth up to £12 million each
  • Responsible to clients for all aspects of construction projects from inception through to completion
  • Chief Operating Officer for Local Improvement Finance Trusts (LIFT) companies (West Sussex Community Solutions, Solent Community Solutions, Hampshire LIFTCo and Camden and Islington Community Solutions)
  • Project Development Manager for health developments under LIFT and Private Finance Initiatives (PFI) type contracts for projects ranging from £5 million – £35 million
  • Leading capital works programme on NHS estate (£12 million pa from 2012 – 2014)
  • Strategic planner for Public Sector clients to ensure optimisation and rationalisation of  services and estate
  • Leading on bringing NHS estate up to standard to meet statutory compliance
  • Director responsible for capital works programme at Southampton International Airport in 2013.



  • Strategic advice for public sector organisations
  • Brings experience particularly in the early stages of projects
  • Specialist health care knowledge
  • Highly self-motivated and enthusiastic
  • Excellent communication and team management skills
  • Able to strategize and plan ahead to find creative solutions to potential problems


“David is a conscientious professional, fully focused and works efficiently to obtain results.”  Steve Butler, Spectrum Housing