Nicholas joined Simpson & Brown in 2009. He has considerable experience researching, writing and producing conservation plans and heritage documents of all kinds for buildings and designed-landscape sites across Britain. He was made an Associate in 2016 and leads the Heritage Consultancy Team.
Nicholas has delivered over 50 conservation plans for a variety of sites and buildings, ranging from country houses to industrial sites. He has also delivered many heritage statements which have successfully secured consent for changes to historic environment sites. He is experienced in primary and secondary research, surveying and assessing historic sites, assessing cultural significance, strategic planning, assessing impacts and planning mitigation. He has experience in assessing historic interiors and collections.
He has also contributed cultural heritage work to planning appeals and EIAs, contributed written evidence supporting colleagues at Planning Inquiry, and has appeared himself as Expert Witness for historic environment at Planning Hearing.
In Scotland, his recent projects include the buildings and landscapes of country houses like Kinross House, Gosford House, Mavisbank House, Drummore House and Loudoun Castle. Also the University of Glasgow estate, Perth City Hall, New Lanark World Heritage Site, Prestongrange Industrial Museum, the Scottish National Galleries (Edinburgh), Gladstone’s Land and the Georgian House (both for the National Trust for Scotland). Recent planning work includes heritage statements for the National Galleries of Scotland, and residential development in East Lothian.
Projects in England include major conservation plans for the National Trust’s estates at Seaton Delaval, Wallington, Gibside, Rievaulx Terrace and Souter & the Leas. In addition, The Canons, Windlestone Hall, Mount Oswald, Mulgrave Castle estate, Prudhoe Hospital, Ford Colliery, and Sunderland High School. Recent planning work includes heritage statements for a student-residence developer, and for the Mulgrave Estate.
For sites overseas, he has researched the history and significance of the Victoria Memorial Hall, Duff College and William Roxburgh House, in Kolkata.
In 2020 he led an interdisciplinary team producing a research report responding to Recommendation 26 in the Mendoza Review: an independent review of museums in England. This research concerned all museums with listed buildings or structures across England, and was steered by a partnership of Historic England, Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and the DCMS.
Nicholas’ key research interest lies in architecture, applied arts and interiors from the seventeenth to early nineteenth centuries. Prior to joining Simpson & Brown, Nicholas’s postgraduate MSc. research dissertation was based on detailed examination of 1750s inventories, the culture of collecting, visual and material culture, and the discovery and reconstruction of building plans. His undergraduate dissertation was one of two highly commended papers in the Association of Art Historians’ Undergraduate Dissertation Prize. It was awarded the 2008 Dissertation in Architecture Prize by the University of Edinburgh.