Nairita Chakraborty appointed to Historic England's Advisory Committee

30 Oct 18

Iceni Projects has today (30 October 2018) confirmed the appointment of Heritage Associate, Nairita Chakraborty, as an expert on Historic England’s Advisory Committee (HEAC).


Iceni Projects has today (30 October 2018) confirmed the appointment of Heritage Associate, Nairita Chakraborty, as an expert on Historic England’s Advisory Committee (HEAC).

HEAC experts offer advice to staff and the Commission on Historic England’s functions under the National Heritage Act 1983 and other relevant legislation in particular on policy matters and casework where it is novel, contentious or sets a precedent.

Nairita is a historic buildings specialist, with RTPI and IHBC accreditation. She has a contemporary approach towards conservation, encouraging modern designs and construction solutions to achieve compatible uses of heritage assets and support sustainable development.

Nairita joined Iceni Projects Heritage and Townscape team earlier this year, having previously has worked in various local authorities for over 12 years including Hillingdon and Haringey in London.

Her experience ranges from adaptation and conversion of large and complex listed buildings, providing detailed advice on works to their historic fabric, to heritage-led regeneration schemes, master planning and strategic housing and infrastructure projects within sensitive historic landscapes. She has also worked on town centre improvement schemes, public realm designs, borough-wide characterisation studies, townscape analysis, and conservation area appraisals & management plans.

Nairita Chakraborty, Associate, Iceni Projects, said:

“Being appointed to Historic England’s Advisory Committee alongside such esteemed industry experts is a real honour and privilege.

“I’m really enjoying the challenge of my first private sector role with Iceni Projects, using my experience of delivering sustainable architectural and urban design solutions to the team’s comprehensive range of projects.”

Laurie Handcock, Heritage Director, added:

“Iceni Heritage are delighted to have added someone of Nairita’s experience and expertise. She brings an eye for good design, a strong understanding of large-scale urban regeneration, alongside an understanding of public sector decision-making.

“Nairita has enhanced the growing stature of our very strong Heritage and Townscape team and we are really pleased to see her appointment to Historic England’s Advisory Committee.”

Nairita Chakraborty’s previous experience includes:

Alexandra Palace (Grade II): Nairita worked with FCB Studios, Wilmot Dixon and Historic England to achieve the listed building consents and details for the refurbishment of the building including the redundant Victorian theatre, due to re-open to the public in December 2018.

Hornsey Town Hall (II*): With Make architects, Nairita advised on the re-adaptation of the Town Hall into an events venue and boutique hotel along with enabling housing development. Works were given consent in December 2017.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and High Road West: As part of a wider housing led regeneration scheme, Nairita advised on the Masterplan as well as the design of the new Spurs Stadium, along with the adjacent listed terrace with grade II* and grade II listed buildings.

Characterisation Study and Appraisals: Nairita has co-authored Haringey’s Urban Characterisation Study as an evidence base for the Local Plan. She has also prepared several conservation area appraisals and management plans assessing scope and opportunities for enhancement.

Town Centre improvement bids: Nairita was involved in successful bids for town centre improvements including HLF and Mayoral funds. She has advised on the design of shop fronts, public realm and street furniture for their delivery.