Heritage projects

COLLEGE OF ARMS, QUEEN VICTORIA STREET-LONDON. The present College of Arms dates from 1670 and contains the greatest accumulation of heraldic and genealogical material in the world. The double height Record Room, built in 1842 by Robert Abraham, was at risk during the Chartist Riots and security shutters were installed to the second floor windows. Cast iron shutters rose from behind the bookcases at ground floor level, hand cranked, employing a pinion and drive rack mechanism, to protect the windows at higher level.
The installation is in need of a complete overhaul. I undertook a survey and detailed recording of the shutters and mechanism, noting failed components, in order to inform repair proposals.

The views are of components in the shutter mechanism. From the left: Cast iron pinion and drive rack, wrought iron locating channel in the mild steel decorative window casing, locating pulley rollers.

I drew an exploded isometric showing the typical construction of the existing shutters and how they operated, to dovetail with the repair specification and schedule of new components.

6 ST JOHNS WOOD ROAD- LONDON. Decimus Burton built a terrace of 6 houses in 1822 in the Greek Revival Style which are now Grade II listed and this house is the end of the terrace. Original plasterwork and joinery have been recently removed and replacement metal windows have been installed without Listed Building Consent. Westminster City Council require replica internal features be re-instated and new windows be fitted to match the originals. I was required to make a detail survey of those removed features and windows in an adjacent matching house so that the re-instatement work could be carried out. Many of the details had to be drawn at large scale to ensure historic accuracy.
The image is of an original shuttered sash window on a half landing on the principal stairs.

The window previously photographed is surveyed and recorded as a reference drawing for the larger scale details to follow.

Large scale details of the window-plan view of sash stile, window bar and middle post.

BOUNDARY WALL, BIDDENHAM- BEDFORDSHIRE. This 18th century boundary wall was in urgent need of repair. The oolitic limestone rubble filled wall was suffering from stone and mortar bed decay due to rising damp, leading to damage by frost action and salt crystallisation. Further problems were being caused by previous cement mortar repairs and the intrusive root action of ivy at the base of the wall.
I carried out a report analysing the defects and setting out repair proposals.

The drawing office is one of a number of buildings now owned by the Littoral Trust. It was most recently used by Harry Pearce ( plantsman and project manager to Thomas Mawson, renowned landscape architect ) and Kurt Schwitters ( German painter and master of collage) in the 1940's. Schwitters transformed the interior of another building on the site known as Merz Barn with wall art. The wall has since been relocated to the Hatton Gallery in Tyne and Wear. Schwitters is featured currently at the Royal Academy's exhibition on Modern British Sculpture.
The Littoral Trust wishes to rebuild the drawing office and my role was to survey the building and put forward proposals for reconstruction.

The proposed re-construction of the drawing office is shown. Photographs of the building during its last use have been examined in an effort to ensure the rebuilding is as close to the original as possible.The building comprises a single chamber of different types of construction with a heavy traditional rubble wall on the North side. Repair and consolidation of the rubble wall and chimney is necessary with lime mortar re-pointing and re-bedding as required. Reconstruction of the calcium silicate brickwork external wall with a lime render and internal dry-lining is proposed on the South side. Flooring would be stone flag flooring. The original roof construction of a single sheet of bituminous felt finish over boarding on pole rafters would be re-instated for historical authenticity.New doors and a window would be installed in reconstructed openings.

VICTORIAN DETACHED HOUSE- BEDFORD. Bedford has a wealth of Victorian avenues and many of the house have limestone/sandstone feature porches, string courses, lintols and cills. The stonework to the porch of this house has had coatings of paint applied, which over time have cracked allowing the ingress of moisture is now entrapped. Ensuing salt crystallisation and frost action has spalled the coated stonework and the fine carving is friable and/or has been lost. Meticulous cleaning by specialist masonry cleaning and repair contractors is necessary to remove the paint, while retaining as much of the original carving as possible. My role is to prepare a cleaning and stone repair specification, seek tender prices from specialist contractors and administer the contract for necessary repairs after the cleaning.

Impost mouldings that have suffered damage from salt crystallisation and frost action.


The work I have undertaken as Dunne Associates Architects, following a two year post graduate course in Building Conservation has become increasingly specialised in the field of sympathetic alteration and repair. The course focused on training heritage practitioners to understand, investigate, manage and renew the historic environment. This enables graduates to diagnose building faults and their causes and then to assess and prepare specifications of the necessary work to repair the buildings.
The services that I offer include;
-Design of buildings to incorporate alteration, conversion and extension.
-Design of new buildings.
-Interior design.
-Garden design.
-Planning Permissions.
-Conservation Area Approval.
-Listed Building Consents.
-Building Regulations Approval.
-Conservation Area Appraisal and Conservation Management Plans.
-Measured Surveys and Surveys of Condition.
-Defect Analysis and Repair Proposals.
-Preparation of Specifications and Schedules of Work.
-Tender Procedure.
-Contract Administration.

I have been registered with the Architects Registration Board since 1986 and am covered by Professional Idemnity Insurance.

I am happy to discuss any building or conservation project, no matter how small, and will advise you as to how to proceed free of charge and/or obligation.