About us

Robin Kent Architecture & Conservation are architects and historians with a passion for the built heritage. We aim to provide owners and others responsible for historic buildings and sites with the very best design advice based on full understanding of their heritage assets, to help conserve and enhance them and enable their sustainable economic use.

We specialise in historic and listed buildings, scheduled monuments, buildings in conservation areas and other historic structures, monuments and sites, as well new design in historic contexts. Our wide and varied workload includes the conversion and rehabilitation of redundant historic buildings to appropriate new uses, the stabilisation and presentation of ruined castles and churches, the conservation of memorials and monuments, and extensions and alterations to historic houses and other buildings. Our role often includes archival and technical research, condition surveys, building recording, historic buildings evaluations and conservation area appraisals. We also deliver training to local authorities and others.

Founded in 1981 in North Kent, we moved to Bedford in 1984 and re-established the practice in Scotland in 1997. Incorporated as Robin Kent Limited in 2003, it retains the trading style of Robin Kent Architecture & Conservation and is an RIAS Practice Member and an RIAS Chartered Practice. The two directors, Robin Kent and Dr Catherine Kent, combine specialist qualifications in architecture, historic building conservation, buildings archaeology and architectural history. Link to CVs.

As a small specialist consultancy, we provide a personal, highly qualified service. We place the highest importance on communicating with and serving our clients’ best interests and realising their ideas, bringing together tailor-made teams of experienced consultants and specialists to provide the best available advice.

Working throughout Britain, with projects as far afield as Kent and the Shetland Isles, our clients to date have included private owners and estates, national and local government and government agencies, professional and educational institutions, building preservation trusts and amenity societies, charities and churches.

Our office is based in a Georgian town house in the outstanding conservation area of Duns, a Scottish Borders town about mid way between Edinburgh and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, within easy reach of the whole of central Scotland and the North of England and only a few hours by rail from London.