Conservation Philosophy

“By defining what is special about places, characterisation can 
help to inform decisions about how much change (and what 
type of change) a place can absorb without damaging those
things that give it value and significance.”
- English Heritage

Whilst working in the field of conservation undoubtedly requires sound technical ability and a deep understanding of principles, perhaps more so it requires people with an innate passion and unequivocal respect for historical fabric and significance.

The recognised principles of conservation have been developed over many decades and include themes such as minimum intervention, conserve as found, like-for-like repair, reversibility, honesty and the importance of recording. The skill of the conservation professional comes in identifying the most appropriate response to the unique needs of a building or site in order to deliver the most desirable results whilst also recognising the needs of the owner, occupier, developer and wider field of stakeholders.

As a Structural Engineer with a passion for working with historic building projects I have extensive experience in developing structural solutions that are compatible with historic building fabric and avoid unnecessary disturbance of sound and stable conditions. Through the completion of a Masters degree in Conservation of the Historic Environment and by obtaining membership of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation I have demonstrated a deep understanding of the theory and practice of conservation. I now seek to further expand my specialism through proactive and successful delivery of projects in line with my values of quality, creativity and my attention to detail.