Leading Heritage expert joins SLR
SLR has appointed Malcolm Cooper as Technical Director, Archaeology & Heritage. This move further strengthens SLR’s profile and experience in heritage management.
Malcolm brings over thirty years’ experience in the heritage sector, holding senior posts for the Government statutory heritage advisors English Heritage and Historic Scotland, and more recently directing his own heritage consultancy. Malcolm is tasked with expanding SLR’s heritage-management projects and activities, drawing on his detailed knowledge and experience of heritage legislation, policy and best-practice.
Malcolm has a very strong track-record of managing and releasing the potential of historic buildings, archaeological sites and historic landscapes. He has worked closely with developers, architects and design teams on major infrastructure schemes, housing development, area-based regeneration schemes and building adaptation and repair across the UK. He has also acted regularly as an expert witness at planning inquiries and hearings, and has provided expert opinion for use in judicial reviews and related legal processes.
Extensive commercial heritage and conservation expertise
Malcolm has also a broad experience of managing historic properties and visitor attractions ranging from Kenwood House and Eltham Palace in London to sites on Hadrian’s Wall in Cumbria. His historic property-related work has including site acquisitions, conservation and repair programmes, managing consents, business planning and fund-raising.
Commenting on his new role with SLR, Malcolm said “I particularly enjoy unlocking difficult cases where heritage has become a seemingly insurmountable problem. SLR has a very strong reputation in terms of its experience and problem-solving abilities and I am greatly looking forward to working in this stimulating environment.”
Malcolm regularly lectures and writes on heritage management and its history. He is a visiting fellow at the University of Edinburgh where he is shortly to complete his doctoral research on the development of the urban heritage preservation movement in Edinburgh. He is a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.
For more information please contact: Malcolm Cooper