About

I started Claire Newman Architect in 2019 but prior to that I worked for 15 years in the offices of a Cornish architecture and engineering company where I was involved with a vast range of projects, from large scale commercial schemes such as crematoria, flats and housing schemes; through to a wide range of domestic projects including barn conversions, single dwellings, and extensions and alterations. My extensive heritage experience includes conservation consolidation of Engine Houses, Brick Kilns, China Stone Mills, and historic follies through to contemporary conversions to grade II listed barns, repairs and conversion works to a grade II* listed mining complex, and heritage repairs and works to a scheduled ancient monument Fort.

Under my own name, I have built up a portfolio of domestic scheme and heritage work which is growing daily and a small sample of these projects can be found on my ‘projects’ page. Having lived and worked in Cornwall for the majority of my career, I have an in-depth local knowledge of building types, suitable repair proposals and knowledge of the local planning and conservation philosophies and I have good professional working relationships with many other people working on historic properties.
I studied Architecture at the University of Plymouth, where alongside my Architecture Degree I also took a Post Graduate Diploma in Building Conservation. Following my degree I worked for a year, and then continued during my post graduate studies, for a Conservation Practice in Totnes, Devon where I worked on both private and commercial heritage projects. On completion of my Diploma, I returned to Cornwall to work, undertaking my Part 3 in Architecture and becoming fully RIBA qualified in 2006.

In 2011 I returned the University of Plymouth to complete my Conservation training by submitting a dissertation on the role of volunteers within industrial heritage, and an in-depth study into a local China Stone Mill complex and its heritage refurbishment and consolidation.

Whilst I enjoyed the diversity and opportunities whilst being part of a larger office appreciating the flexibility of pursuing a more personal scale of architecture and design.
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Curriculum Vitae

Qualifications:

School of Architecture, University of Plymouth:
  • 1998-2001 BA (Hons) Architecture (RIBA Part 1)
  • 2002-2004 Diploma in Architecture (RIBA Part 2)
  • 2002-2004 Post Graduate Diploma in Conservation
  • 2006 RIBA Part 3
  • 2015 MA (Hons) in Architectural Conservation

Employment:

  • Claire Newman Architect, 2019-present
  • pdp Green Consulting, Truro 2004-2019 Senior Conservation Architect and Associate.
  • Robert Seymour Associates, Totnes 2000-2004 Year Out and Part 2 – Assistant Conservation Architect

Selected Projects:

  • Grant funding repairs to a number of listed buildings across Cornwall under THI schemes £0.3m.
  • Conversion of redundant Grade II listed barns to residential dwellings near Helston £1m.
  • Major alterations and extensions to Grade II listed St Petroc’s Care Home, Bodmin £5.5m
  • Inspections and repair proposals to mining buildings, Caradon Hill & Repairs to mining structures, Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project (Scheduled Ancient Monuments) £4.0m
  • Camborne Crematorium, design and contract administration of new build crematoria.
  • Repairs to Former Army Staff College, RMA Sandhurst (Listed Grade II) £7.0m.
  • Quadrennial Inspections, The Royal Citadel, Plymouth (Grades I, II & II*)
  • Inspections and repair proposals to mining buildings, Taylors and Daveys shafts, near Redruth £0.23m.
  • Repair proposals to china clay mills, Tregargus Valley, St Stephen (Scheduled Ancient Monuments and Grade II listed) £0.15m.
  • Repair proposals to brick kiln, Tregonning Hill, Nr Helston, £0.1m.
  • Repairs to Engine Houses and associated mining buildings, Wheal Coates, Towanroath and Chapel Porth, St Agnes (Grade II*) £0.18m.
  • Repairs and conversion of Assay Complex and Boiler house at King Edward Mine, near Camborne to Destination Café and Interpretation Centre, and repairs to remaining mining buildings (Grade II) £1.2m.
  • Repairs to Battery Walk Arch at Caerhays Castle, Cornwall (Grade I) designed by John Nash, and repairs to Kitchen Garden walls and Dog Kennels. £0.2m.
  • Repairs and Conversion of Scheduled Monument into Amphitheatre, Command of the Heights, Fort Amherst, Chatham, Kent £2.2m.

For a selection of projects undertaken as Claire Newman Architect, please refer to my portfolio pages.