Robert NémethThe idea for the Building Opinions column in Latest Homes came about during a chance meeting with one of the magazine’s owners, Angi Mariani, at a Deep Purple concert at the Brighton Centre early in 2005.

The exciting Brighton-based publication has proved to be a perfect outlet for my thoughts on conservation and development around Brighton & Hove. A different building is studied each week so that the mistakes and triumphs of our built environment will not be forgotten.

I was born in Croydon and moved to Hove to study Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the University of Sussex. Like many visitors before me, the area’s charm was irresistible so I stayed on and began exploring.

Following several years working for a surveying firm in Brighton, I have worked for the Members of Parliament Nicholas Boles, Michael Gove and Mike Weatherley. I now serve as the Conservative member for Wish Ward on Brighton & Hove City Council and sit on the King Alfred Project Board which oversees Hove’s largest ever single-site development.

I bought my first property as a student back when property was actually affordable. The venture has steadily grown into a modest business specialising in the purchase and retention of historic buildings in need of sensitive restoration. The most exciting project to date was acting as planning consultant to the owners of Brighton Aquarium during the building’s rejuvenation.

I am a member of a number of local amenity societies including the Regency Society, Hove Civic Society, the Montpelier & Clifton Hill Association, the Friends of Stoneham Park, the Friends of St Michael’s, and the Secret Garden Group. I also keep bees.