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’s projects at Skelly & Couch include 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 is presently using this specialist theatre knowledge in the extension refurbishment at Grade I-listed Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Steve’s other current 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 with 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 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.

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 currently working on a complete refurbishment of all M & E services at the Theatre itself.

Steve led a project at Kingston Riverside, involving the transformation of an outdated 1970s structure into an exciting leisure and retail destination, to which a residential element will be added; carried out regular work for the Royal Academy of Arts; and completed a new cultural centre for the Carnival Village Trust in Notting Hill.