Steve White

Steve White



Stephen White graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2000 with a first-class honours degree in Civil Engineering. He was employed by environmental engineering practice Max Fordham from 2000 and was a Partner there from 2004 to 2007, working on projects at the Royal Festival Hall and Oxford University. He joined Skelly & Couch in 2008 and became a Director in 2017. Steve is both a member of CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) and the CIBSE Society of Digital Engineers.

His experience includes numerous examples of highly bespoke, high-quality listed buildings and environments. He is currently working with the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Elstree, on the refurbishment of the Grade II*-listed landmark Aldenham House, the historic school’s primary gateway building where the design team will lower energy consumption, improve functionality and comfort, and reduce carbon emissions.

In the past he contributed to the multi-award-winning refurbishment of the iconic, Grade II*-listed Chichester Festival Theatre. This involved the construction of new back-of-house areas and the replacement of all mechanical and electrical services in the 1,300-seat auditorium using sustainable technologies to minimise future running costs and reduce CO2 emissions. He directed MEP design at Grade-I listed Theatre Royal Drury Lane, winner of The Stage Awards 2022 Theatre Building of the Year, returning the principal public spaces to their former glory and introducing new specialist theatre services and electrical systems throughout.

Steve’s other work includes several projects for the King’s School Canterbury, some of which are in the precincts of Canterbury Cathedral, a World Heritage Site. They include a new day house; the conversion of a Victorian Malthouse into a centre for the performing arts; the complete refurbishment of the King’s School’s science teaching facilities and the construction of a new teaching block within Grade I-listed surrounds and a rich archaeological history. Steve has also completed two new-build projects for the University of Kent in Canterbury.

Steve recently completed environmental engineering work for the refurbishment of Grade II*-listed Hall for Cornwall. The £26m upgrade achieved an enhanced capacity of 1,253 seats, including 300 additional seats and improved sight lines.

He is currently refurbishing costume workshops at the Grade II*-listed National Theatre, featuring new enhancements to the Wig, Hair and Make-up departments, the Dye Shop and a Costume Props production workshop; and is spearheading an exemplary sustainable project known as The Lighthouse, where the refurbishment and expansion of Holy Trinity Church Swiss Cottage will develop a multi-use community beacon on north London’s busy Finchley Road, using an innovative natural ventilation strategy.

Steve led the low-energy design for Highgate Junior School, a 4000m2 new-build development that includes Passivhaus levels of insulation and airtightness and is demonstrating extremely low levels of energy consumption in use. It won a 2017 RIBA London Award and was an AJ100 Building of the Year 2017 finalist.

He has been leading a project at Kingston Riverside, involving the transformation of an outdated 1970s structure into an exciting leisure and retail destination, in a project phased over several years.

Following the RIBA Award-winning conversion of a 19th century Covent Garden building into rehearsal, education and office spaces for the Donmar Warehouse, Steve is working on a complete refurbishment of all M & E services at the Theatre itself.