Ben is Managing Director of David Narro Associates and a Chartered Structural Engineer. He joined David Narro Associates from University in 1998. Ben is the project lead engineer for many of our complex projects and is an expert in the refurbishment and remedial works of existing buildings, including temporary works design. Ben promotes the early involvement of engineers in the design process as through his experience this ensures added value and optimum solutions. He is a Fellow of both the Institution of Structural Engineers and Institution of Civil Engineers and is an Approved Certifier of design under the SER Structural Certification scheme, as well as one of our Conservation Accredited Engineers.
A passion for learning about the history of existing buildings has helped Ben develop an understanding of, conservation engineering best practice, for the refurbishment and re-use of historic buildings. Additionally he has a keen interest in sustainable design and construction methods, including research into solid timber construction, off site construction methods and the innovative use of materials such as straw bales and limecrete floors.
National Museum of Scotland - Master Plan - Category A listed National Museum in Edinburgh, one of the finest examples of a purpose-built Victorian museum in Britain. Phase 2 Works - refurbishment of Grade A listed museum - value £28m. Phase 3 Works - £12m refurbishment of remaining galleries. Engineering director of design for both refurbishment work and associated £7m exhibitions.
The Burrell Museum - Major refurbishment of an existing Category A listed and internationally recognised building - value £26m.
Ardnahoe Distillery, Islay - The project is for the provision of a new distillery at Ardnahoe in Islay, the 9th distillery on the island - value £4.3m.
Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre - This development is the largest construction scheme ever undertaken for the National Trust for Scotland, creating new visitor facilities including conference facilities, cafe, restaurant, shop and staff accommodation - value £7.5m.
The Tennent's Story - The goal of this project was to transform the visitor experience at the famous Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow. Increased capacity, an immersive tour, and expanded museum and exhibition space were the result - value £800k.
White House, Isle of Coll - The building of a new private residence in and around the ruins of the 'White House'. The spectacular cleft ruin was consolidated and only partly occupied - value £650k.