Nicholas Whitehouse gains MBE

11th January 2010


The former chairman of Terrapin, currently employed as Business Development and Research Advisor in the School of the Built Environment Technology Research Group has been awarded an MBE in the new years honours for services to the building Industry.

Nick Whitehouse has a long and illustrious record of technical innovation and has worked with the Technology Group (ACT) of the Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development (OISD) for the past two years. His appointment came as part of a HEIF3 initiative for business enterprise.

He is a also key figure in Buildoffsite: the organisation representing off-site construction in the UK.

Nick Whitehouse joined Terrapin Limited in 1977 as a Group Architect, was appointed a Director in 1984 and became Chairman/Managing Director in 1996. Over the years he has served on various RIBA, Government and trade association committees to encourage cross sector working and move off-site manufacture into the main stream of construction.

In his role with the Technology Group at Oxford Brookes University, Nick is currently engaged in the development of testing and accreditation facilities to serve the needs of the UK offsite and cladding sectors. He is an important part of increasingly successful drive to make Brookes the preferred supplier of technical support in the area of systems engineering, structural design, building physics and sustainability across these sectors.

See our website for more about the work of the OISD Technology Group: oisd.brookes.ac.uk/technology/