I was having lunch yesterday with the lovely Peter Mathias of Holder Mathias, the refreshingly down-to-earth principal of that well known architectural practice, based in Cardiff and London.
Over the last couple of years, Peter has formed a radical alliance with the great Piers Gough and I'm thrilled to report that they are back on the scene in various northern city centre schemes, notably Barnsley.
"Oh", says Peter to me (because he's bossy), "why don't you (BURA) offer an understanding of surveying for non-surveyors (this, to match our ever-popular Planning for Non-Planners courses).
Well, I was pleased to say that we were already doing this (ha ha) in the shape of our Supporting Regeneration Delivery course being held on 16 July 2010 in central London (hosted by our mates at McGrigors LLP).
We have been billing it as "the perfect introduction for public sector employees who need to engage with the development industry including those who work in regeneration, housing, planning, property, inward investment, city/area development, economic development, policy and strategy" (this is really because we're very preoccupied with public sector-private sector partnerships).