Matt Groves

AKSWard Ltd

Conservation Engineering – Traditionally Modern

About Matt Groves

Matt Groves is a chartered structural engineer who has worked on heritage building projects for seventeen years.
He achieved a degree in Civil and Structural Engineering from the University of Bath and worked for Mann Williams as a graduate engineer on buildings like the Guildhall, Chard and St David’s Cathedral, Pembrokeshire.
Matt moved to Wright Consulting Engineers where he worked for many prestigious Clients including Trinity College Cambridge (Angel ‘C’ stair, Bridge Street, Jesus Lane) and St John’s College (Cripps Building).
Matt relocated to the West Midlands and worked for Hancock Wheeldon and Ascough where he became an Associate. He undertook many new building projects and civils works, but retained an interest in heritage work on projects at St Barnabas Church, Calke Abbey, Kedleston Hall and on the Cadbury’s Estates.
To concentrate on conservation, Matt joined AKS Ward as a Technical Director. He now works extensively on heritage structures including masonry bridges, private houses and commercial buildings including Clients such as Woodhall Estates and the United Grand Lodge of England. He is currently the chief advisor on the terracotta and masonry repairs for the Royal Albert Hall in preparation for its 150th Anniversary in 2019.

The talk will briefly summarise general causes of damage and decay in heritage buildings and how to recognise them. Aspirations of repairs will be covered and the pitfalls associated with poorly designed repairs. The roles and responsibilities of consultants will be discussed and will include guidance on who to contact, how to determine their relevant knowledge and experience and how to maximise their efficiency. This talk will significantly benefit Home Owners or Estate Managers who wish to better understand how to look after heritage structures.

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