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We are an RIBA Chartered Practice led by principal, John C Goom. 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

John GoomJohn 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.

 Unusual projects lead to some
unusual working environments!John 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.


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