Nick Forrest will be laying down his design pencil after 30 years with property specialists Greenslade Taylor Hunt at the end of the month.

He began his career with the firm’s forerunner RB Taylor & Sons in Yeovil in 1988 and has worked in Yeovil, Ilminster, Chard and Taunton branches.

Prior to joining the firm he worked as a designer on projects for the hotel and pub trade in the South of England and Southern Ireland and then as a design consultant.

There have been many technological changes in the industry during Nick’s career – typewriters, then word processors and now computers. Until the early 2000s designs were put together on drawing boards.

Nick is proud that much of the firm’s work comes from recommendation.

“It’s important to keep quality and standards up – don’t cut corners,” he said.

“I am proud of the working relationships built up with long standing clients,” he added.

It is not unusual for Nick to have acted for three generations of the same family – father, son and then grandson.

Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, Charles Clark said: ““Nick Forrest has played an outstanding role in the expansion of Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Land and Development Department since the merger of Greenslade Hunt with R B Taylor and Sons in 1997. Nick has acted for an astonishingly wide range of clients across the South West in that period, always with complete professionalism and, most importantly, absolute integrity. We all know that planning can be a lengthy and at times vexatious process requiring an organised mind and an equable temperament, both of which Nick possesses in abundance. His knowledge of the planning system is extensive and this has been to the immense benefit of his many clients. He is above all else a team player, always putting the interest of his clients first and working closely with his colleagues. He is a man of other interests and whilst it could be argued that he is retiring far too young we wish him well with the next projects he has in mind. We will miss him but his many skills remain with us as many of the colleagues he leaves behind are indebted to him for his training, advice and mentoring over the years. He has been a great asset to the firm and should look on his career in Planning and Development with considerable pride.”

He is particularly proud of a project that will revitalise the Newton Road area of Yeovil. This is a development at the Old Western Counties Creamery site and will create 97 flats. This is next to the former Western Gazette building which he earlier negotiated the conversion into apartments and is now an attractive focal building.

All the councillors voted in favour of the scheme, with several commenting on how good the development would be for the area. It will provide much needed accommodation for doctors and nurses working at Yeovil District Hospital.
Good working relationships with planning officers at local authorities are also key to successful building projects.

Nick follows the maxim of “good service – good advice.”

Long before it became common practice he set up a Planning Feasibility Study service. This service helps clients understand the full potential of development on their land.

The Development Land and Planning Department has grown enormously since Nick first joined the firm. Now there are 15 members of staff based at Winchester House, Deane Gate Avenue, Taunton.

“It is a very good team we have here. I want to say how much I have enjoyed working with my colleagues. It has been a joy,” said Nick.