Mark Price is a freelance consultant working in the planning, heritage and conservation sector.
An acknowledged expert in theatre and cinema buildings, he has over 25 years planning, architectural, urban design, conservation and regeneration experience.
Historic Theatre Experience
His experience in historic theatre buildings has come mainly for working at The Theatres Trust as its Planning and Heritage Adviser.
Theatres need to be continually updated to meet the demands of producers and advances in stage technology and, as importantly, audience expectations. He has visited and advised on the adaptation, restoration and improvement of these buildings – making them function as sustainably as possible for all users.
He has also worked on other entertainment building types, in particular, historic cinemas and imaginative reuse is a specific interest. Knowledge of ‘historic movie palaces’ has been gained through organisations such as the Cinema Theatre Association (CTA) and the Theatre Historical Society of America.
Local Planning Authority Experience
Local Planning Authority experience has been gained through working at The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the London Borough of Hillingdon, the London Borough of Hounslow, Adur District Council and the London Borough of Brent.
Although entertainment buildings are his specialism, he is passionate about all periods of architecture and will consider any project involving heritage assets and all types of historic buildings and conservation area proposals.
Qualifications and Memberships
Mark holds a degree in Estate Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Historic Building Conservation from the Architectural Association (AA). He is a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI) and a Full Member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).
Mark keeps well-informed about current conservation issues and historic buildings by serving on the Casework Committees of the Cinema Theatre Association, the Frank Matcham Society and the Victorian Society. He is also a member of the Twentieth Century Society, the Society of Theatre Research and the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.