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David Woodall Area Manager - South West

BSc (Hons), MCABE

David is based in Dorset on the South Coast. He has over thirteen years Building Control experience having worked first for Bath & North East Somerset Council and then moving into the private building control sector for the last five years. David graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a First Class Honours Degree in Building Control Engineering and was also awarded the CABE prize for the top overall grade. He is a Chartered Building Engineer and deals with all types of projects for the Company.

During his building control career David has worked on a large variety of projects, both commercial and domestic which includes schools, universities, nursing homes, hotels and offices. He has also had regular involvement in work on historic properties with an understanding of the sensitive nature this work requires. .

Outside of the office David has lectured on the Building Regulations and provided one to one studio tutorials for 4th year architectural students at the University of Bath and at the City of Bath College.

David provides project management services for clients nationwide and carries out site inspection work mainly in Bath, Bristol, Somerset and Dorset.

Over 13 years' Building Control experience working on a large variety of both commercial and domestic projects.

CASE STUDY
Astley Castle

A 12th-century fortified manor which had been lying in ruins since a fire in 1978, Astley Castle had seen additions and revisions carried out in almost every century since Medieval times. Throughout its history the site has been owned by no less than three Queens of England.

The Landmark Trust boldly set out to reinstate occupancy of Astley Castle in a manner appropriate for the 21st century.  After careful recording, those parts of the building beyond pragmatic repair were taken down.  By inserting a groundbreaking modern holiday home into the shell of the ancient castle, the architects, Witherford Watson Mann, were able to both stabilise the ruin and create the next layer of the building’s history.  The results showcase how modern architecture can be unashamedly but sympathetically stitched into ancient fabric to significant effect.

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CASE STUDY
The Gainsborough Bath Spa

The Gainsborough building situated in the heart of Bath was formerly part of the City of Bath College. A Grade II listed building from the Georgian period designed by John Pinch the Elder. The conversion to a 5* luxury hotel presented many challenges. The new multi-storey Lower Borough Walls wing reflects the host building architecturally. In the heart of the hotel lies Spa Village Bath, which is quite unique insofar as it has access to the natural thermal mineral-rich waters, making it the only natural thermal spa inside a hotel in the UK.

The main stair protection was particularly challenging as enclosing it was not an option from a conservation perspective. A solution of discreetly placed fire curtains operating on the fire alarm system to provide protection was developed. There are also isolated areas with sprinkler protection to provide an alternative to passive fire protection.

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CASE STUDY
The Walronds, Cullompton

The Walronds is a Listed Grade 1 building erected in 1605. It was originally constructed as a dwelling house but has been used as a meeting house at ground floor level with a maisonette formed within the two floors immediately over the ground floor.  The building was on the English Heritage register of buildings at risk.  The proposal involved the renovation and conservation of the building which includes improvements to fire safety.

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