CARE registration success

Article posted on: 10th June 2021

Earlier this month Divisional Director, Chris Lewis, received the superb news that he has been approved on the Conservation Accreditation Register of Engineers (CARE).

Established by the ICE and IStructE, CARE identifies civil and structural engineers skilled in the conservation of historic structures and sites across the UK. Its main aims are to help clients select a suitable engineer with proven conservation experience and promote sympathetic and best practice in engineering conservation.

Based in Clancy’s Newcastle office, Chris is currently the only Chartered Structural Engineer in the North-East region to become a Conservation Accredited Engineer. This exceptional recognition demonstrates that he is fully conversant with conservation philosophy and maintaining the structural integrity of historic buildings.

Part of the submission process was a focus on heritage related project case studies, two of which included Chris’s involvement at Pendower Hall in Newcastle, a Grade II Listed former bankers mansion situated on a site underlain by Hadrian’s Wall, plus a structural appraisal at the stunning Sun Pavilion in Harrogate.

Chris commented “Following a rigorous approval process I’m thrilled to be in receipt of the formal letter confirming my new status. My understanding of the complex issues when dealing with historic buildings allows me to advise clients on structural recommendations for the least invasive investigations to locate any defects and provide appropriate and sensitive solutions for their future use.”

Most engineers are trained to design modern buildings using modern materials. By contrast, Conservation Accredited Engineers have a broadened experience to include an extensive knowledge of the use, behaviour and, most importantly, the degradation of the materials used in historic buildings, covering timber, metals, concrete and masonry.

Chris continued “I’m keen to extend my portfolio in the conservation of timber frame buildings over the forthcoming year in particular, however I also believe that the preservation of concrete buildings is very often overlooked in the UK. Supported by my new registered CARE Engineer status, I am pleased to be able to extend this service offering to potential clients across the UK and am always interested to hear about historic buildings needing structural appraisals for their long-term protection.”

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