Alastair Coey Architects is a specialist conservation practice working exclusively in the historic building environment throughout Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain. Since Alastair Coey set up the practice in 1993 it has acquired an enviable reputation for delivering high-quality projects on time and within budget. We are also proud of our consistent award-winning performance which we feel reflects something of the quality of our work.
Alastair Coey is accredited by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland as a grade one Conservation Architect. All senior members of staff are experienced in general conservation skills and have specialist conservation qualifications.
We believe that all buildings need appropriate uses if they are to be preserved and continue to contribute to the built environment. In general terms we believe that as much original fabric as possible should be retained and that, except in exceptional circumstances, new work should not attempt to copy the original but, rather, should be designed in a complementary and usually contemporary style.
The practice consists of a Director Architect, two RIBA Accredited Conservation Architects, an Architect, a Senior Architectural Technologist, a Historic Environment Specialist, Conservation Assistant, Part Three Architect, Practice Management and clerical and administrative staff.
After qualifying from Queen’s University, Belfast, Alastair began his career in the office of McKinstry and Brown, at the time Ireland’s leading conservation architectural practice. He started business as a sole practitioner in 1983. For many years he acted as a consultant to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency Historic Buildings Unit. He established Alastair Coey Architects in 1993 and the Belfast-based firm now employs ten permanent staff. Alastair qualified in 1997 at University College Dublin as Master of Urban and Building Conservation (thesis subject Historic Buildings and Tourism in Ireland: Conflict or Complement?). He is accredited as a Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland Grade One Conservation Architect.
SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGIST
Adrian has worked for Alastair Coey Architects as a senior architectural technologist since 1998. Prior to this, he was, for eighteen years, a stone mason/detailer employed by the Historic Monuments Branch of the Environment and Heritage Service. Adrian has qualified in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors’ Diploma in Conservation Studies from Reading University. His dissertation subject was ‘The current state of craft skills in Northern Ireland’. Adrian has been involved with Armagh College of Further and Higher Education since 2002 delivering training and assessment for apprenticeship training in the stonemasonry industry sector. He is an approved lecturer and external assessor for National Vocational Qualifications in stonemasonry levels I-III and Heritage Traditional Skills training in conjunction with the South Regional College and the Historic Buildings Unit of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Adrian has recently been appointed as Heritage Ambassador/Mentor for the Heritage Lottery Funded Project Sustaining Traditional Building Skills in Northern Ireland organised by CITB-Construction Skills NI. Adrian has extensive experience of technical and production information and site inspection gained over many years of involvement on a range of high-profile, high-value, projects.
HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT SPECIALIST
Delia has worked for the practice as a Senior Conservation Assistant since 2007, and specialises in aspects of research, inventory survey and conservation planning. She has been involved in the Practice’s work in conservation management planning, including a Conservation Management Plan for Clones Market House for Monaghan County Council, Heritage Impact Assessment for Enniscorthy Castle and Conservation Statements for Ormiston House, Belfast, and the Turner Conservatory and Walled Garden at Colebrooke Park, Co. Fermanagh. Delia has project managed the delivery of Professional Services for Townscape Heritage Initiative schemes in Donaghadee and Carrickfergus. From 2008-2013 she had been responsible for managing the Practice’s work on the Northern Ireland Second Survey of Buildings of Special Historic or Architectural Interest, and overseeing an experienced team of recorders and researchers working across Northern Ireland. She was the Survey Editor for the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, Wexford Survey, and Project Manager for the Dublin Phase 6 Survey. Delia is an affiliate member of the Institute of Historic Buildings Conservation, and a member of the Institute of Conservator-Restorers in Ireland.
SENIOR CONSERVATION ARCHITECT
Peter Robinson has worked with Alastair Coey Architects since 2010 and is project architect for a number of the firm’s projects, including the restoration of two five-span B1 listed bridges at Shane’s Castle, a £2M phased restoration of Sir John Soane’s Grade A listed Royal Belfast Academical Institution and a £15M conversion of the Grade B+ listed former Belfast Technical College to student accommodation. Peter has completed the RSUA (Royal Society of Ulster Architects) Conservation Diploma and was admitted to the RIBA Conservation Register at Conservation Architect level in 2012. He is also a full member of the Institute of Historic Buildings Conservation and sits on the RSUA Conservation Committee.
Katherine joined the staff of Alastair Coey Architects Ltd in 2008. She has been project architect for a number of restoration projects including £170,000 works to the Grade B1 listed Andrews Memorial Hall in Comber, £1.5M remodelling and restoration of the grade A listed former Principal’s House at Union Theological College, in Queen’s Conservation Area, and the £1.9m stonework restoration of the Grade B+ Theological College. Katherine is a member of the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society and the Royal Institute of British Architects and is an affiliate member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. She completed the RSUA (Royal Society of Ulster Architects) Conservation Training Course in 2011 and is a Conservation Registrant on the Royal Institute of British Architects Conservation Register.
PART THREE ARCHITECT
Andrew studied architecture at Ulster University, achieving his Part One in 2007 and Part Two in 2011. His Masters Thesis project examined a listed Georgian terrace situated in the Mount area of East Belfast which is currently on the UAHS At-Risk register. Andrew is currently completing a PhD in architecture looking at the sociological structure of spatial experience using the 20th century development of Belfast as a case study. He is currently undertaking his professional studies.
PART THREE ARCHITECT
Blayne graduated from Queen’s University of Belfast in 2013 with Distinction. During his studies he won the Metal Technology Bursary Prize for Best Overall Academic Performance in MArch1 Studio and the Sir Charles Lanyon Memorial Prize for Best Set of Measured Drawings both in 2012.
Blayne has gained professional experience working for architectural practices in Belfast, Armagh and Bucharest, Romania. In 2010, Blayne received a ‘Special Commendation Award’ for a design competition for St Joseph’s Church in Belfast. He is currently undertaking his professional qualification studies.
Leeanne is a valued and versatile member of the Alastair Coey Architects team, and began work with the Practice in 2011 as Survey Administrator for the Northern Ireland Second Survey of Buildings of Special Architectural and Historic Interest. She has project managed elemental surveys for English Heritage properties at Fort Cumberland, Hurst Castle, Silchester Castle and Brockhurst Castle and the English Heritage K2 condition survey for Temple Manor, Rochester.
Alan is the Practice Manager, responsible for all aspects of office management. Alan has project based experience in research, finance and data control.
Kari is the Office Administrator, responsible for general office administration. Kari has extensive experience of word processing.