What do you enjoy most in your work?
Helping a building recover after decades of relative neglect. Learning about a building and uncovering layers of history, helps one understand the issues and how to resolve them – and therefore – obtain the permissions required.
Which project are you most proud of and why?
The extension to St Saviours Church, Oxton – a Grade II* listed church – and the American Museum Café extension to the Grade I Claverton Manor both involved high levels of design detailing, with an element of re-design after the original tenders came in too high. I was able to deliver both projects successfully after negotiating the contract price to meet tight budgets. Also ‘Tykes’, a Georgian house with cottage in the rear garden in Long Melford, which was the first property I surveyed in the 1970s.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
Enjoy it. If not do something else.
Weekends are for …..
Catching up on reading
Who do you most admire and why?
Hilda Morris, a Quaker sent to a concentration camp because she spoke out against re-armament in the 1930s. She knew true value of life and what was important.