Who we are
KMHeritage provides advice, guidance and support on all aspects of development in the historic built environment. With a background in the private and public sectors, KMHeritage understands the needs and objectives of the various parties to the development process.
Experience in private sector architecture, in local government conservation and at English Heritage allows KMHeritage to offer broad insight, knowledge of processes and an expert understanding of historic buildings and areas. KMHeritage advises owners, developers, architects and surveyors, planners, conservation and design teams, public sector heritage bodies, amenity groups, regeneration agencies and all who have a stake in the historic built environment.
The principal of KMHeritage is Kevin Murphy B.Arch MUBC RIBA IHBC. Between 1999 and 2004, Kevin was an Inspector of Historic Buildings in the London Region of English Heritage and dealt with a range of major projects involving listed buildings and conservation areas in London. Prior to this, he had been a conservation officer with the London Borough of Southwark, and led the Conservation and Design Team at the London Borough of Hackney. He trained and worked as an architect, and has a specialist qualification in urban and building conservation. He has worked in Ireland, France, Scotland and England.
Nick Collins BSc (Hons) MSc MRICS IHBC has twenty years experience in the property sector, including most recently as a Director of the Conservation Team at integrated design consultants, Alan Baxter & Associates. Nick spent nine years at English Heritage as Principal Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas where he led a team of historic building inspectors, architects and archaeologists on a wide range of heritage projects in East & South London. Previously Conservation Officer at the London Borough of Bromley, Nick began his career at international real estate consultancy, Jones Lang LaSalle as a Chartered Surveyor. This experience has given Nick an in-depth understanding of the property industry, listed building and planning process, heritage policy and guidance and funding bodies.
KMHeritage's business and office is run by Karen O'Keeffe (Dist) HNC Town & Country Planning. Karen has 30 years experience in regeneration & economic development. Karen has been a Head of Service at the London Borough of Southwark responsible for economic development and strategic regeneration partnerships in the north of the borough. Karen has extensive experience of leading complex regeneration programmes, planning and inward investment, project management, policy development, business planning and budget management. Karen began her career as a trainee planner with the Greater London Council in 1981 and has worked most recently for local authorities as an interim manager at head of service level.