After leaving Shrewsbury School, Rob gained a BA Hons Degree in Architectural Studies from Oxford Polytechnic. He has forty years’ experience in the construction industry and has been with Arrol Architects for some thirty years.
He has gained expertise in all aspects of the conservation of historic buildings including major country houses such as Cholmondeley Castle, Cound Hall, Combermere Abbey, Longford Hall, along with many other important churches and Listed buildings. He has been involved with repair and conservation of several Listed timber framed buildings in Shrewsbury and was project leader for the repair of the north aisle roof at St. Mary’s Church, Westbury, which received an RIBA Conservation Commendation.
He has also been involved in many other projects involving heritage sites.
Rob has been working at Lincoln Castle for nearly ten years. “Lincoln Castle Revealed” was a £22M County Council and Heritage Lottery Funded project which repaired the entire castle and created a visitor attraction around the Victorian Prison, a new exhibition space for Magna Carta and a the Heritage Skills Centre: a new contemporary building built within the grounds of the Castle to teach traditional building skills, the first new building in the Castle for 150 years. Since the completion in 2015, he has been retained to carry out a series of follow-on projects.
He has also been involved in many residential projects – both conversion and new build and is particularly interested in contemporary structures in the historic environment.
Whilst in Lincoln, he was invited to lecture and tutor at the School of Architecture at the University. He was also involved in organising local arts and music events.
His interests include art, music, travelling, cooking and sport.