A director at consulting engineering firm, Patrick Parsons, has become the first in the North East to be awarded with a nationally recognised conservation accreditation.
Bruce Horsburgh is one of only 57 people in the UK, and the first in the North East, to be listed on the Conservation Accreditation Register for Engineers (CARE), which identifies civil and structural engineers with advanced skills in the conservation of historic structures and sites.
Bruce, who is Structures Regional Director for the North at Patrick Parsons’ headquarters in Newcastle, has over 40 years’ experience in the industry and specialises in the refurbishment of listed buildings. He has worked on some of the most renowned heritage projects in the UK including Durham Cathedral, The Black Gate and Alnwick Castle.
To gain a place on the CARE, which is run by Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), applicants are required to follow a rigorous approval procedure, demonstrating that they understand conservation philosophy and methods applied to heritage projects. The accreditation is recognised by Historic England and works in partnership with professional bodies including the Royal Institution of British Architects Conservation Register (RIBA) and The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Conservation Forum.
Bruce commented on his achievement: “Becoming an accredited engineer in conservation is a goal I have been passionate about for many years, as it allows me to play a part in securing the protection of built heritage for future generations. Accreditation schemes such as CARE are very important in promoting best-practice conservation and raising awareness in the engineering profession.”
Mark Turner, director at Patrick Parsons, said: “Bruce has an extensive portfolio of heritage projects and is a very skilled conservation engineer. This accreditation is the result of many years of hard work and we are thrilled that his knowledge and experience in this area of engineering has been recognised.”