Consulting

Nicola Ashurst

B.Sc. (Arch.), M.Arch., M.B.Env. (Build.Cons.), ICCROM (Rome) Diploma, IHBC

Work: 9299 1072
Fax: 9299 1073
Mobile: 0411 351 181
nicola@traditionalstone.com.au

Nicola trained as an architect and did her post-graduate study at UNSW and University of Newcastle, Australia, specializing in historic building materials. She spent three years at the Heritage Council of New South Wales, during which time she began a series of technical bulletins and was instrumental in setting up the Technical Advisory Group.

In 1984 she went to Rome funded by the RAIA Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship to undertake the Building Conservation Diploma. Subsequently employed by English Heritage’s Research and Technical Advisory Service, writing the forty technical bulletins which were eventually converted into the ‘Practical Building Conservation’ series. Whilst at English Heritage, she advised on historic building fabric conservation throughout the UK, was responsible for English Heritage’s research programme and managed the Ornamental Smiths’ Workshop.

Nicola set up her own consultancy practice, Adriel Consultancy, in1989. Based in Nottingham, and later Edinburgh, the practice offered specialist technical advice regarding traditional masonry materials, i.e. the cleaning and surface repair of brickwork, stonework, renders, terracotta and ironwork.

Her clients included English Heritage, the Crown Estate, architects, local authorities, Design and Building contractors and property developers. The services provided by her practice included the assessment of external façades, their materials, conditions, deterioration mechanisms, and the preparation of contract documentation for the appropriate works, followed by overseeing the quality of the works on site.

She now has 25 years experience in the field of traditional masonry materials, their conservation and repair, much of which has been spent on construction scaffold.

Nicola now heads the Consultancy division at Traditional Stone. She has access to 5 tradespersons trained in the use of industrial rope access directly employed by TSM for inspections where alternative forms of access are either impracticable or cost prohibitive.

Upon request we are able to provide services regarding:

  • Building façade ‘Risk Mitigation’
  • Façade Condition Reports
  • Photographic façade surveys
  • Project cost and time management planning
  • Design advice

Prevoius Consultancy engagements

Former Treasury Building

  • Façade Condition Report
  • Development of construction Scope
  • Budget Forecasting and Project Planning
  • Ongoing ‘Risk Mitigation’

Queen Victoria Building

  • Façade Condition Report
  • Development of construction Scope
  • ‘Risk Mitigation’

St. Augustans Church Chippendale

  • Façade Condition Report
  • Development of construction Scope
  • Budget Forecasting and Project Planning
  • Ongoing ‘Risk Mitigation’

Former Bank of NSW – 142 Pitt Street Sydney

  • Façade Condition Report
  • Development of construction Scope
  • Budget Forecasting and Project Planning
  • 'Risk Mitigation’

Former AMP Building – Wellington NZ

  • Façade Condition Report
  • Budget Forecasting and Project Planning
  • ‘Risk Mitigation’

Gowings Building

  • Façade Condition Repor
  • Budget Forecasting and Project Plannin
  • ‘Risk Mitigation
  • Development of construction Scope to satisfy the requirements of the City of Sydney