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.
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.
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, the historic demesne at Boom Hall, Londonderry and St Eunan's College, Letterkenny. Peter has completed the RSUA (Royal Society of Ulster Architects) Conservation Diploma and was admitted to the RIBA Conservation Register at Specialist Conservation Architect level in 2015. He is also a full member of the Institute of Historic Buildings Conservation and sits on the RSUA Conservation Committee, and until 2019 was an assessor on the RIBA Register of Conservation Architects.
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.
Ashley joined the practice in 2018, following graduation from the University of Dundee in 2017. Prior to joining Alastair Coey Architects, he worked in the Scottish Highlands as an architectural assistant on a wide range of projects on historic Scottish estates. Ashley is project architect on a number of projects including, historic glasshouses at Florence Court, the repair and remodelling of the former Good Shepard Convent in Belfast and ongoing works to the medieval Ardee Castle. Ashley is also an associate member the Institute of Historic Building Conservation
HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT SPECIALIST
Delia worked for the practice as a Senior Conservation Assistant since 2007, specialising 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
BUILT HERITAGE SPECIALIST
Samantha Pace joined Alastair Coey Architects as a Built Heritage Consultant in August 2019. Samantha has wide ranging experience in the historic built environment including heritage management, building conservation, and planning policy. After reading history at the University of Chichester, Samantha worked closely with the Ministry of Defence and National Museum of the Royal Navy developing the cultural and built heritage offer at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard before joining English Heritage, managing a number of historic properties across the South East of England.
In 2013, Samantha joined The Osborne Group, managing the successful regeneration project at Oxford Castle. During her time in Oxford, Samantha gained her post-graduate degree in Historic Conservation and Architectural History with Oxford Brookes and the University of Oxford. In 2016 she began a new role as Heritage and Development Coordinator within the group, working on a number of regeneration projects in areas across the UK including Buxton, Shrewsbury, Bath and Northern Ireland. Here Samantha gained extensive experience in delivering high-quality projects funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England, and the Prince’s Regeneration Trust.
BUILT HERITAGE ASSISTANT
Matt graduated from The University of London with a first-class degree in Modern Languages before working abroad for several years. Prior to joining Alastair Coey Architects in 2019, he undertook the MSc in Architectural Conservation at The University of Edinburgh and completed his dissertation entitled 'Piecing Together the Peninsula: a study of the reconstruction of Franco's 'pueblos adoptados' following the Spanish Civil War'.
Since joining the Practice he has assisted on several projects including works to St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny, ad-hoc surveys for the Historic Environment Division and Phase 14 of the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage in south Dublin.
Matt has a keen interest in the adaptive reuse of historic structures and holds affiliate membership for the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and membership for the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society.
Andrew graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a Master’s in Architecture in 2019 and is currently working towards his profession qualifications and registration as an architect. Prior to joining Alastair Coey Architects, he worked as an architectural assistant on a range of conservation and heritage led projects including the Hillsborough Castle and Gardens redevelopment, as well as works to The University of Edinburgh’s historic campus buildings. Since joining, he has assisted on a number of projects including the renovation and restoration of Govanhill Baths, Glasgow and St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny. Andrew is an associate member of the RIBA and the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.
Alan is the Practice Manager, responsible for all aspects of office management. Alan has project based experience in research, finance and data control.
Michele is the Administrator, responsible for general office administration and management.