Andrew Arrol has life-long experience of historic building repair and conservation work and has been involved with many demanding projects with Grade I, Grade II* and Scheduled Monument Status. He has worked on buildings of many different periods, styles and construction methods and is particularly conversant with the conservation of medieval masonry structures. Andrew is Surveyor to the Fabric for York Minster where he is currently undertaking a £20 million project involving large-scale repair of the Minster’s east end and a major reorganisation of visitor and worshipper facilities. As Cathedral Architect at Chester, he has designed and built a large new extension to the cathedral, constructed above medieval cloisters to form a Song School and music library for the cathedral.

Andrew is thoroughly familiar with archaeological principles, procedures and with recording and surveying processes including in-depth quinquennial inspections and reports and the preparation of conservation plans. He is an active member of many of the professional associations and amenity societies that concern themselves with the philosophy and developing technology of good repair and practice.


James Wade attended St. John’s College Cambridge, graduating in 1984. After an initial spell with Arrol & Snell, he joined Nicholas Hare Architects in London, becoming a Senior Architect and Team Leader with responsibility for a series of new-build education and office projects.  These included four staff houses and a new boarding house for 80 pupils at Leighton Park School, Reading and two sixth-form boarding houses at Benenden School, Kent.  He re-joined Arrol & Snell in 1996 and brings exceptional design skills and presentational abilities. James is on the Register of Architects Accredited in Building Conservation.

Current projects include a contemporary kitchen wing and internal alterations at the Old Rectory, Smethcott (1837); work at St. Laurence’s Church, Ludlow (Grade I) including roof and masonry repairs and proposals for future reordering works; proposals for repair and alterations at Brogyntyn Hall (Grade II*, original design by Francis Smith of Warwick); reordering works at All Saint’s Church, Claverley (Grade I).

His recent projects include work on: repairs at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Moreton Corbet (Grade I); a new timber framed drawing room and internal alterations at Ivington Park, Herefordshire (Grade II); a sustainable head quarters building for the Severn Gorge Countryside Trust; A large new country house near Oswestry (still under construction); the Trinity Centre, a new church hall and cloister adjacent to a fine Victorian church at Meole Brace, Shrewsbury; and repairs and alterations at St Alkmund’s Church, Shrewsbury (Grade II*) including repairs to a series of Georgian Gothic cast iron windows.

Past projects include: a new residential crescent adjacent to St Mary’s Water Lane, Shrewsbury; a new church hall on a difficult site adjacent to St Bartholomew’s Church, Penn; provision of disabled access to St Peter’s Church, Worfield, Shropshire; roof carpentry and other repairs at the Old Market Hall in Shrewsbury (16th Century, Listed Grade I, Scheduled Monument); designs for a new wing to Patshull Hall, Staffordshire (original design by James Gibbs); and many others.


After leaving Shrewsbury School Robert gained a BA Hons. in Architectural Studies from Oxford Polytechnic and is currently working towards his Dip. Arch. at Birmingham University.   He has been with the practice since 1988.

He has gained expertise in all aspects of the conservation of historic buildings including major country houses such as Cholmondeley Castle, Cound Hall, Combermere Abbey, Longford Hall along with many other important churches and listed buildings. He has been involved with repair and conservation of several listed timber-framed buildings in Shrewsbury and was project leader for the repair of the north aisle roof at St Mary’s, Westbury, which received an RIBA Conservation Commendation.

Rob’s major project at present is Lincoln Castle which has involved him in the design of masonry repair and access proposals.  Also he has recently completed the Heritage Skills Centre, A training centre for stonemasonry, stained glass and other traditional building skills.  It is the first building to be built in Lincoln Castle for 150 years.

He has also been involved in many projects involving heritage sites, including five phases of work to Chester Castle repairing the wall walk, curtain wall and associated masonry structures for English Heritage. He was also involved in repair work at Beeston Castle and providing new visitor centre with a shop and exhibition area and improving disabled access, again for English Heritage.

Another recently completed project was the conversion to 72 apartments of Tean Hall Mills, Upper Tean – a series of listed buildings dating from the early seventeenth century through to the late nineteenth century, including a large, iron-framed weaving mill.  Derelict for many years, this development was to act as a key catalyst in the regeneration of the centre of Upper Tean.