Mike is originally from Sutton Coldfield and was born in 1955. From an early age he found himself intrigued with the variety of the built environment, its social hierarchies and how regional geography helps create local character, charm and distinctiveness. He studied at Nottingham School of Architecture.
Mike first set up the Lapworth Partnership in 1988, choosing to do so in the Conservation area of Edgbaston in Birmingham and as of June 2014 he has worked as a independent consultant at Lapworth Architects.
Over the last 24 years the Practice has completed well over 3000 individual commissions, involving Conservation, Historic Building alterations, new developments in historic settings, Brownfield regeneration, Urban Design and regeneration briefs.
Mike has a very broad set of skills which have stemmed from his Conservation works on buildings including, churches, libraries, museums, cinemas, nursing homes, police stations, and schools and bespoke housing. Mike has been responsible for securing planning permission and brining to completion many significant schemes within World Heritage Sites, Conservation areas or other sensitive locations, many of which have won local, regional and national awards.
He has worked continuously for a number of clients with significant heritage assets including, working for Calthorpe Estates on their 610 hectare estate in Edgbaston Birmingham. His work for Calthorpe Estates has included working on over 100 listed Grade I, Grade II* and their Grade II assets for both residential and commercial schemes.
Mike founded our Conservation Team and has a lifetime interest in reducing the environmental impacts that arise from retaining existing buildings in use. In particular he is a strong advocate of sustainable development and his commitment is reflected in his work with re-using historic buildings and developing new sustainable uses for existing structures. He believes that the re-use of existing buildings is the most effective way of conserving our cultural and built heritage. More recently he has become increasingly concerned with the loss of knowledge, skill and materials required to preserve conservation assets.
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