A CONSERVATION architects business has appointed a new chairman for its Chester office.

Tony Barton, who has been with the practice for 19 years, has been appointed chairman at Donald Insall Associates.

Tony will split his time between London and Chester and brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the role.

Tony, who lives in Hoole with his wife and four children, is also a Chester Civic Trust council member, sits on the Chester Cathedral Fabric Advisory Board and the Chester Diocesan Advisory Committee.

He said: “This is a very exciting time for me and for the practice and we will build on the solid foundation laid by my predecessors, Nicholas Thompson and Sir Donald Insall.

“That the chairmanship has moved out of London to Chester is a testament to the commitment of my marvellous team in the North West.”

Donald Insall Associates is a specialist firm of architects with a reputation for the conservation of historic buildings and places.

Locally, it recently completed repairs and new works on Chester City Walls and designed the pavilions on the Little Roodee and Chester Racecourse.