The Team

initia comprises a team of design and development professionals with considerable experience in today’s multi-faceted world of development and design.

Neil Morris

Neil Morris - Director

BA(hons) Dip.Arch.(hons) RIBA Dip.TP

Neil has been a Chartered Architect for over 30 years and has great experience in all aspects of design and project management with a particular expertise in the retail, commercial and residential sectors of the construction industry. Working with many of the leading development companies of the UK and producing projects for the country’s major retailers and end-users, Neil has gained a unique insight into the requirements and concepts favoured by these commercial companies, and accumulated an immense amount of knowledge of the development, lettings and property investment arenas.

As a designer Neil has very much a ‘hands-on’ attitude and produces intuitive concept design which reflects the economic commercial realities of development today--with the flair of contempory design thinking. Neil has worked on a variety of prestigious projects, both traditional and contempory, and has award-winning schemes in his portfolio of work. With several competition wins for his regeneration and town centre projects now built, Neil has quietly built a considerable number of successful projects around the UK and Europe.

As a founder of Initia, Neil is enjoying the challenge of developing a new business and branching out into new fields and revisiting old sectors to add a new spin to his design experience.

RIBA Registration Number 051226E | ARB Membership Number 4751060

John Robinson

John Robinson - Director

John’s role at initia is as a Director with primary responsibility for initiating and developing single and multi-disciplinary partnering opportunities, and the successful delivery of high quality developments.

Key Experience
John has gained broad experience in all aspects of construction, including a particular involvement with design and build from conception to completion for clients in both the public and private sectors and during his tenure as a board member for one regional and two national has developed innovative business partnerships and solutions at board level throughout the UK and in Europe.

Professional Experience
Led development partnerships and the design build division for a major national contractor with executive responsibility for consultant and specialist teams, design and build co-ordination, contracts and finance.

Director responsible for the assembly and submission of multi-disciplinary bidding on major framework and partnering opportunities for both public and private sector clients.

Director responsible for innovation and business development in niche markets and new business for an American consultancy practice. Operating throughout the UK, in Europe and America John was instrumental in facilitating joint venture agreements with educational institutions and international companies to design, develop and operate public and private facilities whilst maintaining client relationship responsibility.

Consultant Director facilitating developments and advising developer clients on public sector PFI/PPP developments including design team assembly and engagement, co-ordination of design development, contract negotiation and relationship management.

Director of the Business Development Unit of a major contractor’s special projects division with specific responsibility for formulating and facilitating joint venture and PFI developments. The projects were mainly from the education, health and prison sectors and the role involved the assembly of consultant teams, specialist contractors and developers, co-ordination and negotiation of bids, spv formulation and overall executive responsibility from conception to completion including both internal and external relationship management.

Represented a national contractor on the board of a joint-venture company with a local authority to assist in the development of sports stadia nationwide.

Carried out the additional role of Board Director on the Haringey Heartlands SRB.

Stephen Hurrell

Stephen Hurrell - Architect

BA(hons) Dip.Arch.(hons) RIBA

Having trained and qualified at Portsmouth School of Architecture, Stephen spent some time setting up offices in York and Southampton for The Louis de Soissons Partnership, a high profile architectural practice based in Welwyn Garden City. He spent many years working on the regeneration of the Oxford Street Conservation area in Southampton. He then became equal founding partner of HPW Architecture in Southampton from 1990

Awarded a City of Southampton Civic award for the regeneration of the Oxford Street Conservation area (for the Queens College Oxford), and South Norfolk Design Award for visitors centre in Bressingham.

Founder of Hurrell Architecture (formed in 2006) and based in Alresford near Winchester, Stephen has joined Initia in a strategic alliance providing a full architectural service to Initia on projects at all stages. The practice was incorporated in 2007 and is an RIBA Chartered Practice in its own right and carries full Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Stephen was Chairman of Southampton Round Table in 1994 and helped establish the now annual charity firework display in Southampton which continues to raise money for charity.

He sits on the Southampton City Council Architects Design Panel providing voluntary advice and maintains links with Portsmouth School of Architecture with Professional Practice workshops and mock interviews for future placement students. Stephen brings to Initia a depth of ‘hands-on’ experience in projects of all sizes and a level of design quality for which his Architect’s Design Panel membership is renowned.

RIBA Registered since 1986 no. 052547B | ARB Registered no. 6010023

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