Contact Jackie Heath
T: +44 20 7631 5291
“"I relish getting to know a historic building, its history, construction, materials and problems. It is a privilege to play a part in securing a future for some of Britain’s best loved historic structures."”
Jackie Heath is a conservation engineer within the Structures Group of Ramboll in the UK. She joined consulting engineers Gifford (now Ramboll) in 1993.
Jackie has a wide range of experience including the inspection, appraisal, maintenance and design of repair solutions for historic structures. She is currently a Project Associate with a portfolio of projects including Chiswick House & Garden Restoration, Hastings Pier, The Iron Bridge, Shropshire, Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster, Horse Guards Parade, the conversion of a former fire station in Marylebone to The Firehouse hotel, and the conservation of the Secret Wartime Tunnels at Dover Castle.
Jackie has been working predominantly in the historic environment since 1997 combining good conservation practice and major structural refurbishments of significant buildings and infrastructure. In 2004 she completed an MSc in Building Conservation at Bath University. She is Honorary Secretary of the Association for Studies in the Conservation of Historic Buildings and a Conservation Accredited Engineer.
Her role is to enable the repair, strengthening or adaptation of buildings or infrastructure with minimum intervention into their historic fabric. This is always informed by combining an understanding of heritage significance and engineering behaviour. For each project she leads a small team of specialists who share a passion for historic engineering, bringing a bespoke service supported from within a larger multidisciplinary consultancy.
TfL Structures and Tunnels Investment Portfolio (STIP)
The London 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games was Britain's largest peacetime logistical exercise and a major challenge for Transport for London (TfL). London's road network had suffered decades of under-investment preceding TfL’s ownership, and the highest priority structures had to be in a state of good repair before the Games began.
Hastings Pier survey and evaluation
Our engineers undertook a full structural inspection of Hastings Pier in parallel with a heritage evaluation by our archaeologist, to provide guidance on repair options.
Palace of Westminster settlement remediation
Westminster Hall in the Palace of Westminster was founded in 1097, though only sections of masonry remain from this date. Its spectacular hammer beam roof — which dates from 1402 — is thought to be the best example in Europe, and the whole building is Grade 1 listed and part of the Westminster UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Hall's grand southern steps and some areas of floor had suffered from considerable ongoing settlement and our specialists were appointed to investigate the causes, consider repair options and recommend remedial measures.
Working closely with the Parliamentary Works Directorate, the Palace's conservation architect and English Heritage to ensure that all work followed best conservation practice, we took the role of lead consultant. Non-destructive surveys, inc ...
Chiswick House Gardens bridge restoration
The gardens of Chiswick House were designed by William Kent and are hailed as the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement. In a £12m, two-year project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Grade I listed landscape was restored and key focal points returned to their mid-18th century appearance. Our structural and conservation engineers worked with architect on a comprehensive programme to restore and repair the structures in the gardens, including the 18th century Classic Bridge attributed to James Wyatt.
Built for the 5th Duke of Devonshire as part of the extensive remodelling of Kent’s villa and gardens in 1774, the bridge was in poor condition after long exposure to weather and pollution and a lack of maintenance. The Grade I listed bridge consists of a single Por ...