Mark Skelly

Mark Skelly

BEng (Hons) PhD RAEng VTF

Founding Director

Mark Skelly received a BEng (Hons) from the University of Bath in Building Environmental Engineering in 1996 and a PhD in Architecture and Engineering in 2002. He joined Max Fordham Consulting Engineers in 1996 and became a Partner in 2003, and was eventually responsible for all of the practice’s education projects. Mark and fellow Partner, Tristan Couch, left Max Fordham in 2007 to set up Skelly & Couch and over the past 14 years they have grown the firm to become a thriving business employing 31 people working on a wide range of high-profile, award-winning projects.

Mark has considerable experience of research and infrastructure projects and led the extension and refurbishment of some of the buildings on the BRE (Building Research Establishment) campus in Hertfordshire while working on a review of the overall infrastructure masterplan. He also worked on an outstanding new sustainable building in Bethnal Green, east London, for the Ethical Property Company, designed to provide office, meeting and shared space for social businesses, charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Among Mark’s other projects is the Hilltop Building at RHS Garden, Wisley, the first-ever dedicated UK centre of scientific excellence in horticultural and environmental science. The new global knowledge bank located on an impressive campus includes a range of tightly environmentally controlled public and private spaces, research laboratories, exhibition and gallery space and science libraries. He was also responsible for environmental design work on the new Science and Industry Museum Special Exhibitions Gallery, Manchester; and contributed to the restoration and redevelopment of the Grade I-listed British Academy.

Mark made a vital contribution to the construction of a universal and multi-functional headquarters building for British furniture manufacturer, Vitsœ, in Royal Leamington Spa and was in charge of environmental building services on the redevelopment of the Grade II-listed Farmiloe Building in central London.

Mark has specialist expertise in environmental design for various education projects. He is involved in new-build projects for New College, Oxford and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and is working on the new graduate accommodation and centre for English Legal History at Clare Hall, Cambridge. He has been leading a £12 million riverside extension and redevelopment at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, which includes 59 student rooms and conference spaces. Additionally, Mark is contributing to the extension and refurbishment of the Grade II*-listed heritage site, Rhodes House, in Oxford; he completed a major project at City of London Freemen’s School, comprising a competition grade 5 lane, 25m swimming pool and the refurbishment and remodelling of the Grade II* listed main house; as well as Cambridge House, a flagship second campus for the globally-recognised public research university, Birkbeck, on London’s Euston Road.

Mark was a technical adviser to Hackney Council for their Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, and advised the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and Havering Council on their Academies Programmes.

Dr Mark Skelly was awarded the 2015 Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Construction and Building Services Division Prize. He is a Built and Natural Environment Expert-Associate for Design Council, within a network of leading specialists in architecture, urban design, engineering and community engagement. He teaches in the Architecture Department at the University of Bath as Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Teaching Fellow in Engineering Design.