About us

From our office in Surrey, we serve all parts of the UK and can work in mainland Europe upon request.

We are fiercely independent and do not have any stakes in proprietary products. We will recommend what is best for the building and our clients with no ulterior motive.

Our goal is to use the latest technology combined with traditional surveying methods to get the answers to our clients’ most pressing questions.

Meet the team


Matthew Amis BA, MSc, MCIOB

+44(0)7394 846 663



Patrick Hughes MSc, MCIOB​

+44(0)7394 846 794


Our purpose is inspired from
John Ruskin’s, Seven Lamps of
Architecture. A 19th-century
work in which today’s guiding
principles of preservation

John Ruskin at Brantwood - 1885

Portrait of John Ruskin

Our passion for building history and pathology is rooted in years of professional and academic experience. We are determined to use our expertise to serve our clients, protect heritage at risk, and encourage sustainable building practises.

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Patrick Hughes
Building Pathologist and Material Scientist

Patrick Hughes MSc, MCIOB

After qualifying in design at degree level, Patrick undertook training in traditional wooden boat building. Having spent some time in this industry, Patrick then began working as a traditional timber-frame and conservation carpenter for companies such as McCurdy & Co and The Green Oak Carpentry Company. 

In 2021 Patrick completed his MSc in Timber Building Conservation from the University of York and the Weald & Downland Living Museum. Patrick then began working for Hutton and Rostron as a building pathologist and timber scientist where he managed and conducted highly detailed condition survey projects of buildings, particularly those of historic importance, throughout the United Kingdom. 

Patrick specialises in investigating damp and decay issues in both contemporary and historic buildings, providing bespoke remedial advice to construction design teams. His practical carpentry experience allows him to provide an additional level of detailed consultancy regarding the correct approach to the repair, restoration and conservation of the historic built environment. 

Matt Amis
Building Pathologist and Material Scientist

Matthew Amis, BA, MSc, MCIOB

Matthew pursued academic opportunities in the United States, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in History followed by a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Clemson University. Throughout his academic journey, he honed his expertise in various areas, including historic paint analysis, material condition assessment, and digital documentation of historical structures.

Transitioning into his professional career, Matthew joined Hutton and Rostron Environmental Investigations as a specialised building surveyor and pathologist. Over a span of more than five years, he collaborated with leading experts in the field on significant heritage projects across the United Kingdom. His responsibilities included conducting comprehensive investigations to assess material conditions and defects in buildings of diverse ages and architectural styles. Clients ranged from architectural and engineering firms to national and non-governmental organisations.

Drawing from his extensive experience in building investigations, Matthew is committed to delivering pertinent and dependable information to clients, facilitating informed decision-making in remedial strategy and design. His areas of expertise encompass issues such as damp, timber decay, and comprehensive risk management, reflecting his dedication to preserving the integrity of historic structures and safeguarding their cultural significance.