Jeremy Foster
"Successful conservation has to be about the management of change. It's important to find a balance and try to give a building a sustainable future, in all senses of the word."

Jeremy Foster

BEng CEng MIStructE
Project Director
E-mail: jeremy.foster@ramboll.co.uk
Phone: +44 (0)20 7631 5291
Fax: +44 (0)20 7323 4645

Curriculum vitae

Jeremy Foster joined the company as Associate in 2007 and became an Associate Director in 2010.

Jeremy is a structural engineer with twenty years' experience in the design and delivery of projects in the built environment, including new build and masterplanning. He is a specialist in the conservation and refurbishment of heritage buildings of all types — from the vernacular to the grand — and focused on the value of historic structures to communities and the part engineers can play in ensuring their future.

Whether a project is new-build, refurbishment for re-use, or conservation of existing structure, Jeremy's approach to the engineering design is founded on consideration of its wider contexts: physical, functional and in relation to sustainability. His work often involves close examination of whether a building should be refurbished or demolished and replaced, and believes strongly that while heritage value should be respected, each building needs to justify its place in a sustainable future.

Where the heritage aspects are at the forefront of a project, he is interested in the meaning of a building to its users and community in the widest sense: how it fits into its surroundings physically and culturally. He promotes close dialogue with stake holders — conservation officers, local authorities and user groups, for example — in the early stages of projects. He also relishes the problem-solving involved in reconciling sometimes-conflicting concerns, such as thermal performance aspects with heritage best-practice.

Jeremy supports the idea that engineers can learn from historic structures and apply this knowledge to contemporary construction. He sees vernacular buildings as a good examples of form and function aligning perfectly, fit-for-purpose in engineering terms and underlining the value of continuity.

He runs in-housing training on aspects of heritage-context refurbishment for Ramboll UK's staff, and chairs our heritage task group. He is a member of the Institution of Structural Engineers' history study group. Outside engineering, his interests lie in film — he runs a film production company, has had success as a screenwriter and is a member of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain.