Insights and Expertise at St Paul’s Cathedral

We had a fantastic day at St Paul’s on 17th November for our 5th seminar, with a wide range of interesting talks on specific projects, all focused on different aspects of the Specifying, Tendering and Procurement process.

The day opened with Matt Boultwood and Katrina Redman of Hall Conservation covering the finer detail of what goes into Specification documents and Tenders, which they illustrated with a selection of recent conservation projects.

Paul Latham of The Regeneration Practice began by looking at the real meaning of the word ‘value’ and applied this wider concept to a fascinating array of case studies, ranging from the SS Great Britain to the Concrete House in Dulwich. You can download Paul’s presentation here: 'Technical Aspects of Procurement', Paul Latham, The Regeneration Practice (.ppt)

He was followed by Andrew Harris of Martin Ashley Architects, who has a great deal of hands-on experience of the Tijou Gates at Hampton Court Palace, and was able to take us through various aspects of the restoration work carried out on them in intricate detail.

Prior to our tour of the Cathedral, Mark Hammond of Caroe Architecture, the practice which oversees works at St Paul’s, took us through some of the recent building upgrades that aim to make it accessible to all.  Guided tours were followed by our final presentation from Francis Maude of Donald Insall Associates on the impressive restoration works to Kew Gardens’ Temperate House, offering fascinating insights on a challenging but rewarding project.  You can find out more here:  Kew Temperate House Restoration, Francis Maude, Donald Insall Associates (.pdf)

There were some incisive questions from the audience throughout, who fully engaged with the subject in hand and were able to offer insights from their own varied experience too.  Our thanks to the speakers for sharing their expertise and to the delegates who made it such an inspiring day.

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