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Conservation Architect & Director

Academic and Professional Qualifications

BA(Hons), DipArch, DipCons, AABC, RIBA


  • BA (Hons) Degree in Architecture: Sheffield University
  • Diploma in Architecture: Sheffield University
  • Diploma in Architectural Conservation: De Montfort University, Leicester

Professional Memberships

  • RIBA & ARB; Registered as an Architect with the Architects’ Registration Board; elected Corporate Member of the Royal
  • Institute of British Architects.
  • AABC: Joined the Register of Architects Accredited in Building Conservation. in 2006.
  • EASA: Member of the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association.
  • Approved church architect for the Dioceses of Coventry, Derby, Leicester, Litchfield, Peterborough, Sheffield, Southwell &
  • Nottingham, St. Albans and Oxford.
  • Architect member of the Derby Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches 2009 -


John Cunningham Architects, Matlock, 1997 - 2009; Acanthus Clews, Banbury, 2009 - 2016; Peter Rogan & Associates Limited, since January 2016.

Relevant Experience

Richard spent 12 years working for John Cunnington Architects, in Derbyshire. During this time Richard developed both hispractical and academic understanding of working with historic buildings, receiving his Diploma in Architectural Conservationin 2001 and successfully registering as an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation in 2006. Notable projects on which he played a central role included the restoration of Chiswick House and Marble Hill House, in London, for English Heritage; the restoration and adaptation of Abbey House, Whitby, a Grade I Listed Building which forms an integral part of Whitby Abbey, for the Youth Hostel Association; repairs and re-ordering to the Churches of St Mary the Virgin, Ingestre, Staffordshire; theMinster Church of All Saints, Rotherham and All Saints Church, Cotgrave, Nottingham. At Acanthus Clews Richard took responsibility for a range of projects including on-going major repairand conservation works to the Grade I listed Evesham Abbey Bell Tower, the restoration of the Grade II* Orangery at Wrest Park, and the restoration and conversion of a late nineteenth century town houseto provide a new museum and education facility for The Panacea Society in Bedford. Richard has alsoundertaken surveys to a wide range of significant ecclesiastical and secular historic buildings for clientsincluding English Heritage and the MOD. Surveys for English Heritage have included; DoverCastle, Richmond Castle, Brodsworth Hall, Kenilworth Castle, and Landguard Fort. At PRA Richard is the appointed architect to over 50 Anglican parishes, carrying out projects for Catholic parishes, and leading on many other heritage schemes.

Ecclesiastical appointments/experience

Ecclesiastical Experience (list not exhaustive).

Current Appointed Church Architect to the following parishes:

  • Alfreton, St. Martin of Tours, (Listed Grade II*) Diocese of Derby
  • Baslow, St. Ann (Listed Grade II*) Diocese of Derby
  • Blagreaves, St.Andrew, Diocese of Derby
  • Bradbourne,All Saints (Listed Grade I) Diocese of Derby
  • Brampton, St.Thomas (Listed Grade II) Diocese of Derby
  • Broomhill, St. Mark (Listed Grade II) Diocese of Sheffield
  • Brunsworth, St.Andrew (Unlisted) Diocese of Sheffield
  • Carlton Curlieu, St. Mary (Listed Grade II*) Diocese of Leicester
  • Catliffe St. Mary (Unlisted) Diocese of Sheffield
  • Charlesworth, St. John (Listed Grade II) Diocese of Derby
  • Eastwell, St. Michael & All Angels (Listed Grade II*) Diocese of Leicester
  • Evington, St. Denys (Listed Grade II*) Diocese of Leicester
  • Fosdyke,All Saints (Listed Grade II) Diocese of Lincoln
  • Great Glen, St. Cuthbert, (Listed Grade 1I*) Diocese of Leicester
  • Halam, St. Michael, (Listed Grade I) Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham
  • Hoby, All Saints, (Listed Grade I) Diocese of Leicester
  • Holymoorside, St. Peter, Diocese of Derby
  • Ironville, Christ Church, (Listed Grade II) Diocese of Derby
  • Kirton-in-Holland, St. Peter & St. Paul (Listed Grade I) Diocese of Lincoln
  • Kimberworth Park, St. John, (Unlisted) Diocese of Shef eld
  • Knighton, St. Mary, (Listed Grade II) Diocese of Leicester
  • Knipton,All Saints (Listed Grade II*) Diocese of Leicester
  • Leicester, St.Andrew, (Listed Grade II*) Diocese of Leicester
  • Leicester, St. Chad, (Unlisted) Diocese of Leicester
  • Leicester, St. Guthlac, (Unlisted) Diocese of Leicester
  • Leicester, St. Nicholas, (Listed Grade I) Diocese of Leicester
  • Leicester, St. Peter Highfields, (Listed Grade II*) Diocese of Leicester
  • Littleover, St. Peter (Listed Grade II) Diocese of Derby
  • Nanpanton, St. Mary, Diocese of Leicester
  • Oadby, St. Peter, (Listed Grade II*) Diocese of Leicester
  • Quorn, St. Bartholomew, (Listed Grade I) Diocese of Leicester
  • Ragdale,All Saints (Listed Grade II*) Diocese of Leicester
  • Raunds, All Saints, (Listed Grade I) Diocese of Peterborough
  • Riddings, St. James, (Listed Grade II) Diocese of Derby
  • Somercotes, St.Thomas, (Listed Grade II) Diocese of Derby
  • Spondon, St.Werburgh (Listed Grade II) Diocese of Derby
  • Stoughton, St. Mary & All Saints, (Listed Grade I) Diocese of Leicester
  • Stonesby, St. Peter, (Listed Grade II*) Diocese of Leicester
  • Stoney Stanton, St. Michael, (Listed Grade II*) Diocese of Leicester
  • Theddingworth, St. Peter, (Listed Grade I) Diocese of Leicester
  • Tinsley, St. Lawrence, (Listed Grade II) Diocese of Shef eld
  • Thornhaugh, St. Andrew, (Listed Grade I) Diocese of Peterborough
  • Thurnby Lodge, Christ Church Diocese of Leicester
  • Treeton, St. Helen, (Listed Grade I) Diocese of Shefield
  • Wansford, St. Mary, (Listed Grade I) Diocese of Peterborough
  • Welham, St. Andrew, (Listed Grade II*) Diocese of Leicester
  • Whitwick, St. John the Baptist, (Listed Grade II*) Diocese of Leicester

Quinquennial Inspections previously carried out:

  • Alkerton, St. Michael, (Listed Grade I)
  • Alvescot, St. Peter, (Listed Grade II*)
  • Ashby St. Leger, St. Leodegarious, (Listed Grade I)
  • Bamford, St. John the Baptist, (Listed Grade II*)
  • Belper, St. Peter, (Listed Grade II)
  • Belper, St. Swithun, (Unlisted)
  • Bradford, St. Nicholas, (Listed Grade I)
  • Bulkington, St James, (Listed Grade II*)
  • Burbage, St Catherine, (Listed Grade II*)
  • Didcot, All Saints, (Listed Grade II)
  • Farthinghoe, St. Michael & All Angels, (Listed Grade I)
  • Hathersage, St. Michael & All Angels, (Listed Grade I)
  • Holloway, Christ Church, (Listed Grade 1I*)
  • Hope, St. Peter, (Listed Grade I)
  • Horsley, St. Clements, (Listed Grade I)
  • Kingstanding, St. Luke, (Unlisted)
  • Kirkby-in-Ashfield, St. Thomas, (Unlisted)
  • Ladbrooke, All Saints, (Listed Grade I)
  • Leafield, St. Michael, (Listed Grade II*)
  • Leicester, St. Peter, (Unlisted)
  • Loughborough, All Saints, (Listed Grade I)
  • Newton Solney, St. Mary, (Listed Grade II*)
  • Norton, St. James, (Listed Grade II*)
  • Mixbury, All Saints, (Listed Grade II*)
  • Raunds, All Saints, (Listed Grade I)
  • Rotherham, Bridge Chapel, (Listed Grade I)
  • Shenington, Holy Trinity, (Listed Grade II*)
  • Sunningdale, All Saints, (Listed Grade II)
  • Watlington, St Leonard, (Listed Grade II*)
  • Welton, St Martin, (Listed Grade II*)
  • Ward End, St. Margaret, (Listed Grade II)
  • Wash Common, St. George, (Unlisted)

Church restoration project experience includes:

Rotherham Minster, (Listed Grade I)

Stonework repairs to Tower and south wall of Chancel, structural repairs & replacement of lead roof coverings to Chancel & Jesus Chapel. Stonework repairs to south clerestory wall of Nave and replacement lead roof covering of south Transept. Structural & stonework repairs to spire.

Ingestre, St Mary, (Listed Grade I)

Church attributed to Christopher Wren. Reinforcement of the deathwatch beetle infested roof structure. Replacement of the copper roof covering with lead, reinstating historic detail. Conservation of Wren ceilings.

Melbourne, St. Michael & St. Mary, (Listed Grade I)

Replacement of lead roof covering.

Cotgrave, All Saints, (Listed Grade I)

Repair & stabilisation of fire damaged Nave.Replacement of Nave roof.Addition of ringing platform, kitchen & toilet facilities within western tower. Re-ordering of Nave & Chancel.

Exeter Cathedral, (Listed Grade I)

Repairs to drainage of West Front of Cathedral.

Hanwell, St. Peter, (Listed Grade I)

Repairs to fabric.

Daventry, Holy Cross, (Listed Grade I)

Stonework Repairs

Coventry Cathedral, (Listed Grade I)

Repairs to the north walls of old Cathedral. Pointing repairs to Verger’s Flat. Cladding investigations Chapel of Unity

Darley Dale, St. Helen, (Listed Grade II*)

Roof Repairs. Internal redecoration of Chancel.

Handsworth, St. Mary, (Listed Grade II*)

Roof & stonework repairs. Repairs to decayed pew platforms.

Newton Solney, St. Mary, (Listed Grade II*)

Repairs to lead lined gutters (Nave and North Aisle). Re-roofing (Nave, North Aisle, N pitch S Aisle). Replacement of failed heating system.

Cromford, St. Mary, (Listed Grade II*)

Repairs to lead lined parapet gutters to Nave and Chancel.

Norton, St James, (Listed Grade II*)

Re-roofing of slated Vestry roof. Structural repairs & re-roofing of Nave, Chancel, South Aisle & Blythe Chapel Roofs. Stonework repairs.

Leafield, St. Michael, (Listed Grade II*)

Repairs to roofs, rainwater goods and below ground drainage. Spire repairs.

Long Crendon, St Mary, (Listed Grade II*)

Repairs & recovering of S Aisle & S Transept roofs, stonework & plasterwork repairs.

Shenington, Holy Trinity, (Listed Grade II*)

Repairs to stonework and glazing.

Welton, St Martin, (Listed Grade II*)

Roof Repairs

Kirtlington, St Mary, (Listed Grade II*)

Roof & Tower Repairs with internal re-ordering.

Padbury, St. Mary, (Listed Grade II*)

Roof Repairs

Theale, Holy Trinity, (Listed Grade II*)

Roof Repairs

Nechells, St. Matthew, (Listed Grade 1I*)

Repairs to Chancel parapet gutters.

Erdington, St Barnabas, (Listed Grade 1I)

Roof, gutter & stonework repairs. Internal repainting of walls.

Wessington, Christ Church, (Listed Grade 1I)

Roof repairs. 

Church development and re-ordering project experience includes:

Denby, St. Mary, (Listed Grade I)

Toilet & kitchen extension

Spondon, St. Werburgh, (Listed Grade II)

Extension to provide Parish Room/Hall, Kitchen, Toilets, Office & Choir Vestry Facilities

Horton, St. Mary, (Listed Grade I)

Extension to provide Kitchen and accessible sanitary facilities. Re-ordering of Church to improve accessibility.

Mixbury, All Saints, (Listed Grade I)

Re-ordering scheme.

Llandaff Cathedral, (Listed Grade I)

Design of timber staircase to new organ console platform.

Secular Project Experience (list not exhaustive)

Condition Surveys (including Elemental Surveys) carried out for the following clients:

English Heritage:

  • Twickenham, Marble Hill House, (Listed Grade I)
  • Brodsworth Hall, (Listed Grade I)
  • Carisbrooke Castle, (Listed Grade I & SAM)
  • Dover Castle, (Listed Grade I & SAM)
  • Felixstowe, Landguard Fort, (Listed Grade I & SAM)
  • Audley End, (Listed Grade I, II*, II & SAM)
  • Richmond Castle, (Listed Grade I & SAM)
  • Kenilworth Castle, (Listed Grade I & SAM)
  • Witley Court, (Listed Grade I & SAM)
  • Sutton Scarsdale Hall, (SAM)
  • Castle Acre Castle & Priory, (SAM)
  • Fountains Abbey, Studley Royal, (SAM)
  • South Wingfield Manor, (SAM)
  • Houghton House, Ampthill, (SAM)
  • Temple Manor, (SAM)
  • Rievaulx Abbey, (SAM)

Ministry of Defence:

  • Danesmead House, Fulford, (Listed Grade I)
  • Chapel Square, Sandhurst, (Listed Grade II*)
  • Short Row, HMNB Portsmouth, (Listed Grade II)

Local Authorities:

  • Lancaster City Museum, (Listed Grade II*)
  • Lancaster, Williamson Park, (Listed Grade I & II)

Repair Projects:

English Heritage: Twickenham, Marble Hill House, (Listed Grade I)

Repairs to leadwork of roof & gutters. Repairs of failing render and moulded detailing. Repainting. Installation of bird control measures.

Chiswick House and Gardens, (Listed Grade I)

Replacement of roof covering & gutter linings of main villa, replacement for failed render to NW elevation. Repairs/replacement of failed render to NE, SE & SW elevations. Structural repairs to central gallery floor. Repairs to roofs and elevations of Link Building & Summer Parlour. Repairs/replacement of structure & fabric of Link Building balconies. Repainting of Central, Circular, & Octagonal Galleries with historically accurate paint.

Wrest Park, Archers Pavilion, (Listed Grade I & SAM)

Repair Works (Roof & Drainage)

Wrest Park, The Orangery, (Listed Grade II*)

Repair Works (Roof & Drainage)

Whitby Abbey Lodge, (Listed Grade II)

Reinstatement of removed/missing architectural detail.

Bolsover Castle, (SAM)

Stonework repairs to ‘wall-walk’.

Bolsover, Cundy House, (SAM)

Stabilization of existing ruins and reinstatement of vaulted stone roof.

Margate, Dreamland Cinema, (Listed Grade II*)

Consultant Conservation Architect on urgent repair works to external fabric.

Barlaston Hall, (Listed Grade I)

External repairs to the fabric. Brick & stonework repairs. Repairs to external windows. External redecoration. Repairs to lead roof. Repairs to fireplaces and flues. Repairs to garden buildings.

Abbey House, Whitby, (Listed Grade I & SAM)

Repairs, restoration & adaptation to form 100+ bed 4* youth hostel.

White Lion Yard, Mansfield, (Listed Grade II)

Feasibility Study. Stabilization, restoration & conversion of two redundant & partially collapsing listed buildings and attached sandstone caves into independent restaurant & visitor & office facilities for Mansfield Town Centre Scheme.

Mansfield Viaduct, (Listed Grade II)

Specification of stonework cleaning, cosmetic brickwork repairs, lighting of railway viaduct.