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Before joining the erstwhile Newcastle Polytechnic, Christopher worked for a private practice in Liverpool followed by the Leeds and Newcastle offices of the Property Services Agency (PSA), the former agency responsible for all government buildings. The private practice experience was largely residential, including defect identification on a 16th Century manor house, refurbishment of Victorian terrace housing and residential structural surveys. In contrast, experience with the PSA was almost entirely with commercial and military buildings, with responsibility for building and public health installation defect identification on a mixture of complicated, historic and specialist buildings and structures.

Christopher joined Newcastle Polytechnic to be part of the team responsible for setting up the Building Surveying degree and seen the degree grow to maturity while the Polytechnic became Northumbria University. His areas of expertise are the history of buildings, defect identification, including flood damage to buildings and fire safety engineering, and historic building conservation. His current research theme is issues with effective conservation of functional buildings from the Industrial Revolution, using railway signal boxes as an exemplar.

Outside of work, Christopher is a member of Friends of the National Railway Museum, goes mountain climbing and plays the flute.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Architecture, PhD, Conservation of Functional Heritage Railway Buildings as an Archetype for the Conservation of Functional Heritage Buildings, Northumbria University

Award Date: 1 Mar 2022

Civil Engineering, MSc, Sustainable Management of the Water Environment, Newcastle University

Award Date: 29 Sept 2000

Educational Development, PGDip, Educational Development, Newcastle Polytechnic (CNAA)

Award Date: 17 Jul 1992

Building Surveying, BSc (Hons), Building Surveying, Liverpool Polytechnic

Award Date: 5 Jul 1985


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