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The consultancy was started in May 2014, following 15 years in local government, and 12 years as an architect in private practice; using my experience as an historian, investigator, designer and assessor to provide a local freelance heritage service to support owners, developers, architects, planners, private individuals and groups; and anyone else with an interest in the historic environment.


Corrie Newell BA Arch Hons RIBA IHBC.

email corrienewell@cnhistoric.co.uk 

As a Chartered Architect, I have worked with numerous high profile historic buildings including the old British Library, Cleeve Abbey, Berry Pomeroy Castle, many churches and private houses.  My clients included English Heritage, the Landmark Trust, the National Trust, the Calvert Trust and Dartmoor National Park.

I worked as Historic Buildings Adviser within Essex County Council’s Historic Buildings Section, and then led the Historic Buildings Team at South Cambridgeshire District Council.  My recent projects include Warley Hospital (now The Galleries), Brentwood School, Great Shelford Old School site, Bayer site Hauxton and Girton College Cambridge. 

Some of my projects have won local and national awards for design, heritage and conservation, and have been featured in architectural publications. 


I studied Architecture at Kingston University, Architecture & Town Planning at Greenwich University and Building Conservation at Plymouth University; and have been External Examiner for Anglia Ruskin University.
Currently on the Listed Buildings Committee for the United Reformed Church (Eastern Region), I have also been a Diocesan Approved Architect for the Church of England, authorised to carry out quinquennial surveys and other church works. Each Diocese and each demonination has its own list of Approved Architects, so please contact me if you want church work carried out and find I am not yet on your local list.

My specialist heritage interests are wide and practical.  They include Georgian buildings, decorative plasterwork and vernacular building materials.  I was involved in the re-emergence of interest in earth building, organising and managing a cob building repair project jointly with Plymouth University and The Devon Historic Buildings Trust, and subsequently leading specialist and practical courses on the subject.


Author of publications including:

Context – Typical Details for Historic Buildings and Conservation Areas (ISBN 9781841940922.  Published by EDI Essex County Council as a companion book for the Essex Design Guide 2009).  This is a practical guide on details that are characteristic of vernacular buildings, showing how these details can be convincingly created in compliance with modern construction and Building Regulations standards.  Although based on Essex buildings and their detailing, many of the drawings and details can be successfully used similarly elsewhere. The internet link above will take you to an electronic version of the book. 

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Co-author of monthly technical articles on conservation, materials and construction for the Period House Magazine 2003-2006.

Building studies examples:

20 High Street, Maldon (published by the Vernacular Architecture Group).  Record drawings  of C14  and C16  timber framed  shop.

133-137 High Street Brentwood (for Essex County Council & Brentwood Borough Council). Report and drawings  of  early C19 and C20 buildings, including their significance to inform a road widening scheme.

101-103 High Street, Brentwood (published by the Essex Historic Buildings Group 2009). Report and drawings of 2 units dating from 1615; having discovered them within a mid C20 shop being proposed for demolition in the Conservation Area.  The units were in too poor a condition to put forward for listing, but were unique survivals of a building type found only in record.

Conservation Area Appraisals examples:

Blackmore (for Essex County Council & Brentwood Borough Council).

Heybridge Basin (for Essex County Council & Maldon District Council).

Rayleigh (for Essex County Council & Rochford District Council).

Blackmore CAARayleigh CAASouth Benfleet CAA

All illustrations are copyright.
The following are copyright and used with thanks:
Girton College Cambridge by Allies & Morrison Architects
Portrait by Ian Merton ianmert@hotmail.com


Falcon Square painting1

Falcon Square painting 2

Warley Hospital refurbishment and change of use

Girton College extension

Hill Farm cob repair and house conversion

Portico repair


Building Studies

Conservation Area
Appraisals and
Management Plans






Maldon 3D frame survey

Heybridge Basin CAA

South Benfleet CAA image1

South Benfleet church sketch

South Benfleet image 2

Website and content copyright Corrie Newell 2014.
This site was constructed using guidance from www.thesitewizard.com

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