Matthew Williams

Senior Conservation Surveyor (Manchester)


Matthew is a Chartered Building Surveyor with 12 years’ experience working on historic buildings in a wide range of capacities. Since moving to Heritage Architecture’s Manchester office in 2015, he has worked on the first phase of the Manchester Town Hall Surveys project including responsibility for the survey of the Albert Memorial. Other projects for major clients in Manchester have included in-depth condition surveys of the Grade II listed Oddfellows Hall for Manchester University, a specific defects investigation into basement water ingress at the Grade II listed Ormond Building for Manchester Metropolitan University, and building surveys and heritage assessments of rural listed buildings for Manchester Airports Group.

Matthew also recently oversaw the final stage of the reinstatement of the Grade II listed Memorial Cross in St Peter’s Square, part of the Second City Crossing Metrolink project for Transport for Greater Manchester. He has developed extensive involvement in the NOMA joint venture between the Co-Operative and Hermes Real Estate, providing conservation and building surveying advice to the various project teams addressing the repair and refurbishment requirements of the former Co-Operative campus.

Matthew was previously Church Buildings Advisor to the Diocese of London, and as such he had extensive involvement with the management of the quinquennial inspection system for surveying and maintaining church buildings. He subsequently qualified as a Chartered Building Surveyor working for a specialist practice in the City of London working on some of London’s most high profile Grade I listed church buildings including St Clement Eastcheap, St Botolph Aldersgate and St Olave Hart Street.

At the start of his career Matthew took a job working for a conservation building contractor taking direct responsibility for conservation projects on site working on a range of vernacular buildings in Hertfordshire and Essex, getting to grips with traditional skills such as mixing and applying lime mortars and renders and sourcing traditional materials such as hand made bricks and pammett tiles. He subsequently worked as a standing buildings archaeologist recording and researching listed farmhouses, inns and country houses of the 17th and 18th centuries and earlier.

Matthew’s research has been published in the Journals of the Georgian Group and the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, and he is Assistant Editor of Transactions, the Journal of the Association for Studies in the Conservation of Historic Buildings.

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