by Robert Nemeth
The 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 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 1980 in Croydon and moved to Hove in 1998 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. First I discovered the various tunnels around town – from the efficient Victorian sewers to the passages within and under the Royal Pavilion. The stunning Regency squares and crescents came next. The list goes on.
I bought my first property as a student and transformed the run-down building into a liveable home and now own a modest business specialising in the purchase and retention of historic buildings in need of sensitive restoration. I served on the committee of the Regency Society for seven years and have worked as a planning consultant to the owners of Brighton Aquarium in attempting to rejuvenate that iconic seafront structure.
Following several years working for a surveying firm in Brighton, my interest in the built environment drew me towards politics. I ran Nicholas Boles’ 2005 Hove election campaign and then went on to work for Michael Gove MP for the next five years. During that period, I spent time in the offices of both Hillary Clinton and Rudolph Giuliani in New York, along with a brief spell in the New York City Planning Department. I now run the office of Mike Weatherley, Member of Parliament for Hove, in the House of Commons.
I have stood for council three times in Brighton, but have not yet been elected for public office.
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