What does a man who has been involved in the delivery of some of Europe's most prestigious sporting stadia, including many of the venues for London 2012, do next? Well, writes Mark Simmons he gets on the back of a punt and goes floating down the Cam with Estates Gazette, of course! This is no random boat trip though; surveyor Richard Arnold is in Cambridge to talk through his plans for Wrenbridge Sport, a new venture he is heading up.
You can read more about Wrenbridge Sport's ambitions (and whether Richard stayed on the back of the punt or ended up in the drink) in this week's East of England Regional features.
It's clear that Cambridgeshire-based developer Wrenbridge is setting a lot of store on Richard's CV and hoping that his unique experience will unlock development opportunities around the country. We're not talking just about glitzy Premier Division palaces though, but the humble grounds of a variety of British sports clubs and local authority-owned leisure centres. The work is admittedly lucrative (Wrenbridge could net £10m a year) but, for Richard, a life-long sports fan, there is also real satisfaction in providing new sporting venues that have the potential to be used as community facilities on a daily basis.
margin-left:0cm;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace: none">Click below to listen to Richard talk about his aspirations for Wrenbridge Sport and his experiences project managing Olympic sporting venues for London 2012.