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Matthew Terrell – AABC Registration

Castria would like to congratulate and announce Matt Terrell’s addition during 2020 to the AABC Register.

The AABC: The Register of Architects Accredited in Building Conservation, is an independent accreditation body that was established in 1999 for and by skilled conservation architects. The primary purpose of the AABC Register is to protect the historic built environment from damaging interventions by those not skilled in building conservation and adaptation. It does so by publishing a register of architects whose work and skills in building conservation have been established by peer assessment.

Following completion of his RIBA Part 2 studies at the University of Portsmouth, Matt has been a member of our team since July 2003, and quickly developed an interest and specialism in the heritage sector. Matt was initially engaged in local conservation projects, including repair and alterations to three Grade II listed buildings located in Helston and Hayle. Matt’s architectural role included managing grant support through the EU-funded Townscape Heritage Initiatives.

Matt was promoted to Associate in 2007 and successfully completed his RIBA Part 3 studies in 2008. With experience came larger conservation projects at various MoD sites including BRNC Dartmouth and HMNB Portsmouth. During 2009-13, Matt was the lead project architect for major repair works to the Former Army Staff College at RMA Sandhurst, a substantial Grade II listed building. Castria was delighted that this project won the MoD Sanctuary Awards 2013 for Architectural Conservation.

Success in that project led Castria being appointed as Lead Designer for major external repairs proposed at Old College, an even larger and significant Grade II listed building at Sandhurst. With Matt adopting a similar role, the Old College project was shortlisted for the RICS Conservation Award 2017 (South Region).

Other notable conservation projects for Matt include the repair of the Earl’s Chamber at Chepstow Castle (Scheduled Ancient Monument/Grade I) during 2014-19, a Heritage Lottery Fund supported project at St Pol de Leon Church nr Penzance (Grade I) completed in 2019, and urgent enveloping repairs to Long Row at HMNB Portsmouth (Grade II*). Long Row is an early exponent of the Georgian terraced row, which prior to commencement of repair works was on Historic England’s ‘Heritage at Risk Register’. 

Having undertaken Quadrennial and Quinquennial Inspections and Conservation Management Plans, Matt also has significant experience in conservation reporting.