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Gladstone's Land Lecture Series - The Restoration & Conservation of the Chinese Pagoda in Kew Gardens (London)

This lecture will focus on David’s time working on the Chinese Pagoda in Kew Gardens, looking at the conservation approach used in the restoration of the Chinese Pagoda. Apart from the meticulous research that went into the methods of repair, this project introduced Historic Royal Palaces to the innovation of 3D printing, and the design and installation of a number of dragon sculptures onto the listed structure that once adorned the Pagoda when constructed in 1762. Join us for a unique look at conservation and restoration practices in the modern world. 

Following a childhood in the Caribbean, David graduated from Edinburgh University in 1983 and immediately became involved in working with existing buildings and new builds. Conservation sustainability was always a constant in David’s work, which has resulted in him now being Head of Conservation for the UK practice of Austin-Smith:Lord architects. David joined the practice in 2005, following a period of time as Deputy Head of Buildings at the National Trust for Scotland, and has assisted the five UK-wide Austin-Smith:Lord studios in the delivery of technical conservation over a very wide range of projects. He is conservation accredited on the RIAS, RIBA and AABC Conservation Registers in the UK.
David recently completed the restoration and conservation works to the Chinese Pagoda at Kew Gardens, London for Historic Royal Palaces and is currently advising Historic Royal Palaces on the potential upgrade of the entrance facility and visitor flow at the Tower of London. He was also project director on the restoration of the Gaiety Theatre auditorium in Ayr and masonry repairs to the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, and is currently assisting North Ayrshire Council on strategic objectives for ten rural town centres where regeneration is needed to safeguard the future of the historic building stock.