We are an RIBA Chartered Practice led by principal, John C
Goom and an associate John Middleton supported by technical
and administration staff. We can also offer services as CDM
Co-ordinators and have close relationships with Quantity
Surveyors and Structural Engineers.
John C Goom
BA, Dip.Arch, AABC, RIBA, Lethaby Scholar
has specialised in the care and conservation of historic
buildings since his student days in Bristol. A dissertation
on conservation projects in Venice was followed by the
Lethaby (SPAB) Scholarship in 1975, at the time the only
practical training in conservation.
Since completing the Scholarship he has worked in private
practices in Bedfordshire, Derbyshire and Warwickshire and
established this practice in 1994, all specialising in
conservation work. He is a chartered member of the RIBA and
an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation.
His intention in setting up the practice was to establish a
firm that would provide a personalised service to all those
who look after historic buildings of all periods.
He was a member of the SPAB (Society for the Protection of
Ancient Buildings) Main Committee (1986-2004) and
represented the SPAB in its opposition to the draft British
Standard for the Repair of Historic Buildings resulting in a
much more sympathetic final document. He was a member of the
Derby Diocesan Advisory Committee 1986-88 and now serves on
the Gloucester Diocesan Advisory Committee.
is registered on the list of architects undertaking
Quinquennial Inspections in Hereford, Gloucester, Coventry
and Lichfield Diocese. He is also appointed to look after
National Trust properties in the Wessex, West Midlands and
Thames and Solent regions. He is also a commissioned
architect for English Heritage West Midlands region through
their Joint Scheme for Churches.
John is keen to promote the practical conservation of both
buildings and landscapes through the voluntary sector and is
currently Honorary Technical Advisor to the Wychavon
Building Preservation Trust and is commissioned architect to
the Woodchester Mansion Trust and the Spon End Building
Preservation Trust in Coventry. He has also acted as a
consultant to various national amenity societies.
He is very concerned about maintaining traditional skills
and techniques. Several projects, notably Woodchester
Mansion and Spon End, have been used for training craftsmen.
He has lectured on conservation at various masonry colleges
as well as at the Architectural Association and other
conservation courses. As chairman of the Herefordshire Stone
Tile Project he helped rekindle a dwindling local industry.
He lives in the Cotswolds and his interests (apart from
ancient buildings) include music (playing cello), fell
walking and theatre.
BA (Hons), Dip Arch (Birm), RIBA, AABC
John is a qualified Chartered Architect and an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation. A graduate of Birmingham School of Architecture, he joined the practice in 1997 and has been an Associate since 2004.
Previously John worked for a practice involved with projects in the education and commercial sectors and also spent several years working with a residential developer on new build housing projects.
John particularly enjoys working with old buildings. He is fascinated by their multi-layered complexity and how they are intertwined physically and emotionally in our social historical, cultural fabric and whether it is repair, conservation, adaptive reuse, or new interventions into historic contexts. He enjoys the challenge of creating a symbiotic relationship between new and old.
Since joining the practice he has been involved many of the practice’s projects including major conservation projects such as the West Range at Woodchester Mansion in Gloucestershire, the repair of churches large and small; he was project architect for the repairs to Umberslade Baptist Chapel near Hockley Heath and large country houses including Perrycroft in Herefordshire a Grade II* listed arts and crafts house in Herefordshire designed by CFA Voysey. He has also designed a scheme for the conversion and adaptation of the Georgian Stables at Hellens Manor in Herefordshire to short stay residential accommodation, several domestic extension projects and has undertaken building condition surveys.
He is heavily involved in the conservation of several 18th century follies for the National Trust at Croome Park in Worcestershire; he was the project architect for the repair of the Park Seat, and the Panorama, he is currently developing proposals for the a second phase of repair and conservation works to the Rotunda.
He is currently project architect for the new south porch and reception facilities extension to Studley Parish church in Warwickshire.
John is a member of the RIBA and an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation. He is also registered on the Diocese approved list for architects undertaking Quinquennial Inspections in Gloucestershire and Coventry Diocese. He is a member of The Society For the Protection of Ancient Buildings and has also undertaken their Repair Course. He is continuing his studies and is part way through an MA in Intervention Architecture.