08 October 2019
Stuart is a chartered Civil and Structural Engineer with over 30 years’ experience. During his eighteen years as a conservation engineer with Historic England, (the last six as Head of the Engineering Team) Stuart advised on the repair or sensitive refurbishment of over 800 historic properties.
We asked Stuart to give us a few early thoughts on his new stage in his career here at Mason Navarro Pledge: “Having held a senior position at Historic England I was seeking a new role in a company that would allow me to develop a niche in the heritage market: advising on large projects and small repairs alike; undertaking initial appraisals for repair or refurbishment works; and identifying and developing conservation-minded approaches from the outset.
Knowing MNP’s experience in historic buildings work, I met with David Mason and Stuart Pledge. After an initial two hour chat, which seemed just a few minutes, I knew that MNP was just the company I was looking to join. The company’s workload was technically interesting – including vertical extensions and basements to existing buildings as well as sensitive works to listed buildings. Long standing clients, including owners and managers of several historic estates, gave me reassurance that MNP could walk the talk. David and Stuart glowed with enthusiasm, their use of drones, laser scanning, 3D BIM modelling, and analysis software. I think in me they saw someone with a similar enthusiasm for finding neat solutions to even small problems, in using new technology for monitoring, willing to apply new products and techniques to age old problems.
A few weeks in and I’ve now met the talented engineers in MNP’s experienced heritage, infrastructure and refurbishment teams. I’ve become more familiar with MNP’s completed and on-going projects. I believe that together we can develop sensitive, conservation-minded, structural engineering solutions to deal with most problems the nation’s historic buildings can present. I know that joining MNP was the right move for me.”
David Mason said “We are delighted that Stuart has joined the conservation team at MNP. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be a great asset going forwards and his enthusiasm is infectious. We are very much looking forward to introducing him to our clients, as well as developing new work across the country from our offices in London, Hitchin and Manchester.“