Building survey

Our Team

Rupert Hilton

Director

Rupert spent much of his youth playing in the shadow of Clitheroe Castle, Lancashire, which proved to be the catalyst for a lifelong interest in the historic built environment.

He graduated with a first-class degree in Design, Development & Regeneration from Nottingham Trent University in 2006, before working at Atkins Global in both Leeds and London, where he quickly moved from general surveying and project management to the company’s heritage division. At the same time, he completed his master’s degree in Conservation of the Historic Environment from the University of Reading.

Having worked for some of the most well-respected conservation companies in the UK, Rupert quickly established himself as one of the most versatile and qualified and capable conservation practitioners in the country, before starting Janus Conservation in January 2020.

Rupert is one of the few practitioners to be conservation accredited with both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) as well as being an associate member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).

Past and current clients include, The Royal Household, National Trust and Historic England.

Virginia Polignano

Senior Architect

Virginia joined Janus Conservation in February 2021 as Senior Architect.
She studied and completed her architectural training at the Polytechnic of Bari, Italy, before completing her training in the UK to become a RIBA chartered Architect.

Prior to joining Janus, Virginia gained a broad range of experience across residential and commercial sectors, working with both private homeowners and developer clients in London and the South East.

Through this more mainstream work, she developed a passion for conservation and finding design-led creative solutions that breathe new life into heritage assets, respecting and enhancing their significance.

Virginia is currently completing an MA in Conservation of Historic Environment at Birmingham City University and is working towards becoming an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC) as well as a full member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).

Oliver Sharpin

Historic Building Surveyor

Oliver has had an interest in history from a young age. He graduated with a degree in history from the University of Portsmouth before returning to study for an MSc in Historic Building Conservation where he graduated in 2018.

Following this, he worked for a prominent surveying and historic building repair company in the north of England where he was exposed to a range of construction types including industrial buildings, churches & residential properties.

Oliver joined Janus in September 2020 and is currently building on his previous experience with the intention of becoming a full member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.

Katie Dickson

Senior Heritage Consultant

Katie holds an undergraduate degree in History and Archaeology, a post graduate certificate in Urban Design and a Master’s in Historic Conservation. After finishing her studies in 2004, she began her career as a Conservation Officer working within three different London Boroughs, working on a wide range of projects from assessing applications affecting the historic environment and writing conservation area appraisals, to supporting restorative, regeneration schemes. After a decade, Katie moved into private practice.

At Janus, Katie has a pivotal role in assessing the significance of listed buildings and heritage assets, defining aspects which should be preserved as well as where there is scope for sympathetic alteration, extension or improvements. This understanding informs and guides the project design team within the design process.

Katie also utilises her detailed knowledge of the planning system and its processes to advise on the form and content of an application prior to submission and will engage and negotiate with the local authorities and relevant parties to secure a positive outcome for our clients.

Esme Humphries

Practice Manager

Esme joined Janus Conservation in September 2020 as Practice Manager. She attended Oxford Brookes University where she studied for her BA Hons degree in Business and Management and subsequently worked in commercial business positions – predominantly within the purchasing and supply chain fields, in the automotive and IT sectors.

Being highly organised and an effective leader, Esme undertakes all aspects of managing the practice, working closely with Rupert and the rest of the team at Janus to ensure the smooth running of the practice.

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