Jack Hanson

Associate Director (Heritage)

Jack is a heritage professional with particular interests in integrating modern methods of place-making with established practices of managing the historic environment. A specialist in historic landscapes and townscapes, his areas of expertise include appraising the setting of heritage assets, production of heritage statements, visual impact assessments, and historic area assessments.

Jack studied for both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Birmingham University, and is proud to call the city home over a decade later. Following a short spell in research, Jack spent three happy years in local planning authority heritage teams prior to moving into the private sector in 2015.

What is your favourite building?

I can’t look any further than the Newman Brothers Coffin Works, a late 19th century coffin furniture factory in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Restored and managed by the Birmingham Conservation Trust, it is a textbook example of the benefits of bringing historic buildings back to life. Most know its quirky museum (well worth a visit!), but few see the thriving business community nestled within. I can claim no credit for its restoration but am proud to be play a small role in its future as a Trustee.

What is your favourite city?

Birmingham, of course! But aside from my adopted homeland, just one comes to mind. Pursuing a growing interest in mid-century urban design, a visit to Rotterdam ticked every box. A city rebuilt from wartime devastation, the ambition of its architects was matched only by the quality of its delivery. It remains a true exemplar.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Cycling and the garden allotment have been the focus of late, and I’m generally happiest at home with my two beloveds, Luna and Rigby, resident felines and commanders-in-chief at Castle Hanson.