Ian is a dedicated and committed professional, using his many years of experience in the architectural profession to apply a finely honed understanding of the technical requirements of a project, balanced with a sound economic approach to planning and production. Ian has been involved with heritage work and listed buildings for much of his career, choosing to concentrate on this as a preference.

Until recently Ian was a partner with Purcell Miller Tritton, based in Colchester, Essex, responsible for running the Colchester office. During this time he had the privilege of working on projects at some of the country’s foremost heritage buildings and sites, including Westminster Abbey, Colchester Castle and many Crown Estate properties in London. Previously, at Cecil Denny Highton/HOK Architects, he worked on similarly important buildings such as The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Old Admiralty Building, The Palace of Westminster and the Natural History Museum.

Ian has now joined forces with Nicolas Jacob Architects, to continue his own passion for working with historic buildings and to broaden our scope and experience.

Over recent years Ian has been involved with the development of the Conservation Accreditation for the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and is himself an Accredited Member. This is a qualification recognised by English Heritage and ratified by the requirements of The Edinburgh Group as equivalent to AABC, permitting work on EH Grant projects.


Ian has considerable experience over a broad range of project types, building typologies and procurement methods, including:

  • Condition surveys on historic buildings, ecclesiastical/residential/commercial/industrial/public
  • Residential schemes for conversion, extension and one off houses and small developments
  • Church projects for repairs, reordering and extensions to churches and halls, including a new church in Colchester
  • School projects for reordering and extension
  • Repairs and adaptations to historic buildings
  • Healthcare schemes for day care centres and residential homes
  • New, rebuilding of and extension to listed hotels and wedding venues
  • Mixed use developments
  • Alterations to museums
  • Historic Impact Assessments
  • Development and options advice and feasibility studies for heritage sites and buildings
  • Alterations to improve accessibility to public buildings