Our most important asset as a company is our Team of professionals who are dedicated to providing excellent standards of service to our clients.
We endeavor to provide our clients with a full range of services dealing with the historic environment by bringing to each project the following essential qualities through a dedicated project team of highly qualified and experienced professionals:
a comprehensive curiosity about the nature of buildings and places
an analytical approach to problems, ensuring no relevant facts are left out of consideration
a concern for factual precision in describing and recording
a determination to find solutions which satisfy both conservation and economic imperatives
The following professionals are involved within the practice either directly or as associates.
David established the practice in 2000 following an overseas career in the UK and Australia. He has over 30 years experience in both public service and private practice in Ireland, the UK and Australia. David spent 8 years working as a Senior Professional Officer with English Heritage.
He is a Chartered Building Surveyor, Chartered Building Engineer, Chartered Project Manager, and Chartered Landscape Architect/Manager.
Richard Davies - Conservation Architect
Dip.Arch.(Hons.), RIBA, ARB, AABC, FRSA
Richard has been involved with the care and development of the built environment throughout his 30 year architectural career, both in private practice and as Principal Conservation Architect and Regional Director in English Heritage. He has extensive experience in the refurbishment and redevelopment of culturally sensitive sites and buildings to meet today’s and future requirements upgrading to current working, living and environmental standards.
Richard is an associate of ACP since 2001 and has worked on conservation projects such as Paddington Station in London and on projects in South Africa and China.
He is currently Director of COTAC, UK representative on Council of Europe committees on Heritage and Crafts, and Training Reform and of the D.E.T.R. Building Regulations Advisory Committee. He is a member of ICOMOS (UK), the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association, the advisory committee for the ICCROM international course on Urban Conservation Management in Rome.
Nancy has over 5 years experience in the refurbishment and adaptation of historic buildings gained in both Ireland and Australia. She manages projects through all stages including inception, design, planning, tendering and procurement of works on site. Her particular area of interest is in the conservation of historic timber and its use as a construction material in historic roofs.
Dolores qualified as an Architect (Interior) and has over eight years post qualification experience working in Conservation Architecture in Ireland and Australia. She has worked on all stages of conservation restoration and refurbishment projects, ranging from medieval buildings through to 18th /19th /20th century buildings. Dolores specialises in the preparation of Conservation and Management Plans for historic properties.
Seamus Humphreys - Conservation Engineer
Seamus qualified as a Civil/Structural Engineer from the University of Limerick. He has extensive experience in surveying and specifying structural repairs to historic buildings. Seamus has worked both in Ireland and the UK. His particular interest is in the conservation of early 20th Century materials such as concrete and steel which changed the structural dynamics of historic buildings.
Denis O'Malley - Conservation Engineer
B.E., Eur.Ing., C.Eng., M.I.E.I
Denis is a senior consultant with over 25 years experience in both public service and private practice in Ireland. Denis is a Chartered member of the Institute of Engineers in Ireland. He specializes in conservation engineering, procurement of works and sustainable development. Denis is particularly interested in energy efficiency in historic buildings.
Simon Collins - Historic Metalwork Consultant
Simon has over five years post qualification experience as an engineer, in the conservation of historic buildings. He has extensive experience in specifying repairs to historic buildings using traditional materials and craftsmanship. Simon has undertaken specialist training in the UK on conserving historic metal/ironwork and he manages ACP’s historic metal/ironwork consultancy service.
His particular interest is in the research and development of traditional craft skills associated with historic buildings.
Martin English - Historic Building Fabric Consultant
BSc (Hons) Building Surveying, BSc Management Craft, ICIOB
Martin has over ten years experience in the construction industry and has been working with ACP for over three years as a specialist in energy conservation and historic building fabric consultancy. He is a qualified stonemason and building surveyor and brings a combination of practical experience and technical expertise to his consultancy role.
Martin advises ACP clients on sustainable building services and the conservation and repair to historic building fabric, providing advice to maximize the economic, social and environmental sustainability of all projects.
Sheena Ryan - Historic Interior Consultant
Sheena qualified in Fine Art at the Limerick School of Art and Design. She has extensive experience in researching, recording, surveying and specifying works to historic interiors. Sheena also manages ACP’s historic paint research and analysis service. She has over 3 years post qualification experience in this very interesting area and she has a particular interest in the use of modern technologies in recording historic buildings.
Mike Dawson - Historic Interior Decoration Consultant
H.Dip Product Design
Mike has recently retired as a lecturer in the Ceramics Department of the Limerick School Of Art & Design after 37 years in education of design through product development.
He brings an expertise to ACP from a background of both lecturing & product development in ceramics and materials. He has undertaken a number of specialist commissions requiring highly expert skills and knowledge to specify the necessary repairs to conserve historic ceilings, decorative tiles, cornices, terracotta and other historic interior and exterior decorative features.
Deirdre Humphreys - Interiors and Artefacts Consultant
Nat Dip Design (NCEA)
Deirdre trained as a products design specialist in the Limerick College of Art and now heads up our interiors and artefacts section.
Mike Henley - Specialist Conservation Surveyor
Mike has over twenty five years of experience in the Construction Industry, in Ireland, the U.K. and Australia. He has worked as both a builders QS and a Professional QS Consultant on the client side. He has experience both in new build and refurbishment/conservation of existing buildings including Listed Buildings, Protected Structures and National Monuments.
John Bradley - Planning Consultant and Project Manager
BA, MSc T&RP
John has extensive project management and planning experience at senior management level both in Ireland and South Africa. John recently held the post of Mid West Regional Planning Guidance Officer.
Whilst in Clare County Council he was responsible for all aspects of Conservation of the built and natural environments.
Don O'Malley - Office Manager and Planning Consultant
Don trained in business administration and has over 10 years experience working in private practice. He has a special interest in managing the planning permission process of projects.
Ted McNamara - Historical Research
M.A. (NUI), H Dip Ed.
Ted is a senior consultant whose primary degree is in Irish history. He has over 30 years experience both as a researcher and teacher.
Clair McDonald - Historic Landscape Consultant
BSc Landscape Design, BA Heritage Studies, MA Historic House Studies
Clair is a historic landscape consultant with over ten years experience. She has a diverse portfolio having worked as a landscape architect in both the public and private sectors. Clair holds a BSc in Landscape Design, a BA in Heritage Studies and an MA in Historic House Studies. She specialises in historic landscape interpretation, conservation, management and restoration and is currently conducting PhD research focussed on the historic landed estate.
Frank Coyne - Aegis Archaeology (Associate)
BA, H. Dip in Ed., MIAI
Frank Coyne, a native of Athenry, County Galway, and a licensed archaeologist, has over twenty years experience in archaeology. Frank formed ÆGIS ARCHAEOLOGY LIMITED in 1998 with Tracy Collins. He is the chairperson of the company and an executive director, overseeing all of the firm’s projects. He has excavated in a number of countries, including England, Wales and in the Middle East. Frank ran the southern field office of the South-West Kerry Archaeological Survey, for a number of years, based in Kenmare, County Kerry.
ACP has worked with Frank Coyne and Tracy Collins of Aegis Archaeology since 2006.
BSocSci (Hons), MA (Econ), Dip Sc. (Field Ecology)
Ruth Minogue has been working in the environmental sector since 1999 and in that time has developed a range of technical skills. Ruth’s particular expertise lies in sustainable tourism and recreational studies, strategy development and landscape character assessment. In many projects, stakeholder consultation and the facilitation of workshops and working groups have been important elements and Ruth has gained valuable experience in facilitating group discussions and undertaking extensive public consultation whether through media campaigns or smaller interview sessions. She has worked on a wide range of environmental studies for both public and private sector clients based in Ireland and elsewhere in the EU.