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RHS Library

Through an invited competition, Carmody Groarke has been selected to work with the Royal Horticultural Society to renovate their Grade II listed headquarters at Vincent Square, London. The Society’s re-development will include a new purpose-built exhibition space for displaying Lindley Library’s permanent collection. A new conservation workshop will be provided where archivists can maintain the Library’s collection and visitors can learn archival and conservation techniques. Wider access to the collection will form a key element of the visitor experience. At the heart of the masterplan will be an improved lending library and reading room, which will preserve the current collections and services whilst offering updated resource facilities. In addition, Lindley Hall will be refurbished to upgrade the events venue, including an improved entrance and hospitality functions.

CLIENT

Royal Horticultural Society

LOCATION

Westminster, London

PHOTOGRAPHY

Richard Davies (model)

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy explains how and why we collect your personal information and how it is used when you visit our website www.carmodygroarke.com. This statement will only cover this website and not the websites that may be linked to from this website. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that they may have their own privacy policies and we do not accept responsibility or liability for these policies.

  1. Your personal data
  2. Cookies
  3. Changes to this policy
  4. Legal disclaimer
  5. Intellectual property rights

Your personal data

We may collect your personal data when you request information about Carmody Groarke or any of our services or projects. We may ask you to submit information about yourself in order to receive or use services on our website. Any information you provide through this website will only be used by us, our agents and service providers and will not be disclosed unless we are obliged or permitted by law to do so. Third party suppliers may process this personal data on our behalf, but they will use your data for administration purposes only.

Under the Data Protection Act 1988 (“the Act”), we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. We use leading technologies to safeguard your data, and keep strict security standards to prevent any unauthorised access to it.

Cookies

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. Cookies cannot be used to identify you personally and can’t harm your computer. These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example: enabling a service to recognise your device so you aren’t given the same information several times and measuring how many people are accessing which pages so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure the pages are delivered quickly.

We will not use cookies to collect or store personally identifiable information about you, but you may wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our website, or indeed any other website, and you can do this through your browser settings. Please visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this and also information on how to delete cookies as well as more information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality our website.

Changes to this policy

If our privacy policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page. Regularly reviewing the page ensures you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we will share it with other parties.

Legal disclaimer

We endeavour to ensure that all the material on our website is accurate and up-to-date. However errors and omissions can happen, so the content is provided without any warranty, or liability. We do not warrant that use of the website will not infringe third party rights. We do not warrant that use of this website or materials downloaded from it will not cause computer virus infection or other damage to property. It is a condition of use of the website and the materials in it that use is at the user’s own risk. Neither we nor any of the website’s editors or contributors shall be liable for any loss or damages suffered as a result of any use of the website, including but not limited to direct loss, consequential loss and loss of profits (but not including death or personal injury).

Intellectual property rights

Unless otherwise indicated, we are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights in our website, and in the material published on it. Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.

Job Applicant Privacy Notice

The Company is aware of its obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and is committed to processing your data securely and transparently. This privacy notice sets out, in line with GDPR, the types of data that we collect and hold on you as a job applicant. It also sets out how we use that information, how long we keep it for and other relevant information about your data.

  1. Data controller details
  2. Data protection principles
  3. Special categories of data
  4. Types of data we process
  5. How we collect your data
  6. Why we process your data
  7. Criminal conviction data
  8. If you do not provide your data to us
  9. Sharing your data
  10. Protecting your data
  11. How long we keep your data for
  12. Automated decision making
  13. Your rights in relation to your data
  14. Making a complaint
  15. Data protection compliance

Data controller details

The Company is a data controller, meaning that it determines the processes to be used when using your personal data. Our contact details are as follows:

Carmody Groarke
62–70 Shorts Gardens
London WC2H 9AH
+44 (0)20 7386 2333

Data protection principles

In relation to your personal data, we will:

  • process it fairly, lawfully and in a clear, transparent way
  • collect your data only for reasons that we find proper for the course of your employment in ways that have been explained to you
  • only use it in the way that we have told you about
  • ensure it is correct and up to date
  • keep your data for only as long as we need it
  • process it in a way that ensures it will not be used for anything that you are not aware of or have consented to (as appropriate), lost or destroyed

Special categories of data

Special categories of data are data relating to your:

  • health
  • sexual orientation
  • race
  • ethnic origin
  • trade union membership and
  • genetic and biometric data.

We must process special categories of data in accordance with more stringent guidelines. Most commonly, we will process special categories of data when the following applies:

  • you have given explicit consent to the processing
  • we must process the data in order to carry out our legal obligations
  • we must process data for reasons of substantial public interest
  • you have already made the data public.

We will use your special category data:

  • for the purposes of equal opportunities monitoring

We do not need your consent if we use special categories of personal data in order to carry out our legal obligations or exercise specific rights under employment law. However, we may ask for your consent to allow us to process certain particularly sensitive data. If this occurs, you will be made fully aware of the reasons for the processing. As with all cases of seeking consent from you, you will have full control over your decision to give or withhold consent and there will be no consequences where consent is withheld. Consent, once given, may be withdrawn at any time. There will be no consequences where consent is withdrawn.

Types of data we process

We hold many types of data about you, including

  • your personal details including your name, address, date of birth, email address, phone numbers
  • your photograph – if supplied
  • gender
  • whether or not you have a disability
  • information included on your CV including references, education history and employment history
  • documentation relating to your right to work in the UK
  • driving licence – if supplied

How we collect your data

We collect data about you in a variety of ways including the information you would normally include in a CV or a job application cover letter, or notes made by our recruiting officers during a recruitment interview. Further information will be collected directly from you when you complete forms at the start of your employment, for example, your bank and next of kin details. Other details may be collected directly from you in the form of official documentation such as your driving licence, passport or other right to work evidence.

In some cases, we will collect data about you from third parties, such as employment agencies, former employers when gathering references or credit reference agencies.

Personal data is kept in personnel files within the Company’s HR and IT systems.

Why we process your data

The law on data protection allows us to process your data for certain reasons only:

  • in order to perform the employment contract that we are party to
  • in order to carry out legally required duties
  • in order for us to carry out our legitimate interests
  • to protect your interests and
  • where something is done in the public interest.

All of the processing carried out by us falls into one of the permitted reasons. Generally, we will rely on the first three reasons set out above to process your data.

We need to collect your data to ensure we are complying with legal requirements such as:

  • carrying out checks in relation to your right to work in the UK and
  • making reasonable adjustments for disabled employees.

We also collect data so that we can carry out activities which are in the legitimate interests of the Company. We have set these out below:

  • making decisions about who to offer employment to
  • making decisions about salary and other benefits
  • assessing training needs
  • dealing with legal claims made against us

If you are unsuccessful in obtaining employment, we will seek your consent to retaining your data in case other suitable job vacancies arise in the Company for which we think you may wish to apply. You are free to withhold your consent to this and there will be no consequences for withholding consent.

Criminal conviction data

We will only collect criminal conviction data where it is appropriate given the nature of your role and where the law permits us. This data will usually be collected at the recruitment stage, however, may also be collected during your employment should you be successful in obtaining employment.

If you do not provide your data to us

One of the reasons for processing your data is to allow us to carry out an effective recruitment process. Whilst you are under no obligation to provide us with your data, we may not able to process, or continue with (as appropriate), your application.

Sharing your data

Your data will be shared with colleagues within the Company where it is necessary for them to undertake their duties with regard to recruitment. This includes, for example, the HR department, those in the department where the vacancy is who responsible for screening your application and interviewing you, the IT department where you require access to our systems to undertake any assessments requiring IT equipment.

In some cases, we will collect data about you from third parties, such as employment agencies.

Your data will be shared with third parties if you are successful in your job application. In these circumstances, we will share your data in order to obtain references as part of the recruitment process/obtain a criminal records check etc.

We do not share your data with bodies outside of the European Economic Area.

Protecting your data

We are aware of the requirement to ensure your data is protected against accidental loss or disclosure, destruction and abuse. We have implemented processes to guard against such.

Where we share your data with third parties, we provide written instructions to them to ensure that your data are held securely and in line with GDPR requirements. Third parties must implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure the security of your data.

How long we keep your data for

In line with data protection principles, we only keep your data for as long as we need it for and this will depend on whether or not you are successful in obtaining employment with us.

If your application is not successful and we have not sought consent or you have not provided consent upon our request to keep your data for the purpose of future suitable job vacancies, we will keep your data for 6 months once the recruitment exercise ends.

If we have sought your consent to keep your data on file for future job vacancies, and you have provided consent, we will keep your data for six months once the recruitment exercise ends. At the end of this period, we will delete or destroy your data, unless you have already withdrawn your consent to our processing of your data in which case it will be deleted or destroyed upon your withdrawal of consent.

If your application is successful, your data will be kept and transferred to the systems we administer for employees. We have a separate privacy notice for employees, which will be provided to you.

Automated decision making

No decision will be made about you solely on the basis of automated decision making (where a decision is taken about you using an electronic system without human involvement) which has a significant impact on you.

Your rights in relation to your data

The law on data protection gives you certain rights in relation to the data we hold on you. These are:

  • the right to be informed. This means that we must tell you how we use your data, and this is the purpose of this privacy notice
  • the right of access. You have the right to access the data that we hold on you. To do so, you should make a subject access request
  • the right for any inaccuracies to be corrected. If any data that we hold about you is incomplete or inaccurate, you are able to require us to correct it
  • the right to have information deleted. If you would like us to stop processing your data, you have the right to ask us to delete it from our systems where you believe there is no reason for us to continue processing it
  • the right to restrict the processing of the data. For example, if you believe the data we hold is incorrect, we will stop processing the data (whilst still holding it) until we have ensured that the data is correct
  • the right to portability. You may transfer the data that we hold on you for your own purposes
  • the right to object to the inclusion of any information. You have the right to object to the way we use your data where we are using it for our legitimate interests
  • the right to regulate any automated decision-making and profiling of personal data. You have a right not to be subject to automated decision making in way that adversely affects your legal rights.

Where you have provided consent to our use of your data, you also have the unrestricted right to withdraw that consent at any time. Withdrawing your consent means that we will stop processing the data that you had previously given us consent to use. There will be no consequences for withdrawing your consent. However, in some cases, we may continue to use the data where so permitted by having a legitimate reason for doing so.

If you wish to exercise any of the rights explained above, please contact the Studio Director.

Making a complaint

The supervisory authority in the UK for data protection matters is the Information Commissioner (ICO). If you think your data protection rights have been breached in any way by us, you are able to make a complaint to the ICO.

Data protection compliance

The Studio Director, is the Company’s appointed compliance officer in respect of its data protection activities. They can be contacted at studio@carmodygroarke.com.