7th February 2023

I am delighted to announce that Thaxted Guildhall has agreed to my using the building for training days.

I am presently organising dates and topics.  These training days are to start in April and topics presently being prepared are: 

Vernacular Buildings

Surveying Traditional Brick Buildings

Surveying Timber Framed Buildings

Report Writing for Traditional Buildings

Drawing and Sketching for professionals


1st February 2023 (No. 2)

Save The Date: 22nd and 23rd September 2023

Together with colleagues Marianne Suhr and Duncan Philips, we are planning a two-day conference looking at the future of historic windows.  With the spotlight rightly on improving thermal performance of buildings, there is increased pressure on windows and how best to upgrade them.  The conference will bring together experts and will feature c. 30 presentations and a topic relevant trade show.  Information can be found here:

1st February 2023

I have now added a subscription sign-up that can be found at the bottom of each page of this website.  I do not intend to flood subscribers with emails, but will send out a newsletter as and when new events are arranged and when there is news to impart.  Please sign-up if you wish to be kept informed of things I am involved with, but also information about building conservation that I think subscribers may be interested to hear about.

31st January 2023

In January I delivered a training day for a corporate client looking at the survey of timber framed buildings.  I am delighted that it was well received.  A series of training days have been arranged and these will take place in Lavenham.  All but one day is sold out.  Tickets for the remaining places are here:

12th October 2022

I can announce that there is to be an Extra Day to the Summer School next year.  It will be on Friday 23rd June 2023.  Details are being sorted out, but it will be an interesting and diverse mix of speakers.  The day is intended for past delegates (our Alumni group) and anyone else who might be interested.  I will post details when available.

9th October 2022

Following the recent publication of the Joint Position Statement – Investigation of moisture and its effects on traditional buildings, I thought it about time to tell my story of how I became known as the surveyor who does not believe in rising damp.

Here is a link to the article that appeared on LinkedIn.  My article regarding the myth of rising damp statement

Here is the Joint Position Statement.  RICS download page for Joint Position Statement

2nd October 2022

Further updates to website with added pages, including this one, a page with archive articles and a page of links I hope prove useful.  Preparation for recording a series of YouTube videos.

28th September 2022

Discussions regarding the Summer School 2023 with Marianne Suhr and Duncan Philips about a revised and improved programme and possibly additional ‘special’ day. 

Discussions commence about a separate conference – further details in due course. 

Duncan and Stephen continue to explore a follow-on to the Summer School.

12th September 2022

BE Conservation website launched.

I am delighted that my website is now live.  Please explore the website and contact me if you feel I could assist you or your organisation.

30th August 2022

I have had a YouTube channel for some time, but recently added an introduction video.  I am in the process of planning a series of short videos on various topics.  Please subscribe to the channel and let me know if you have suggestions for future content.