Research, Library and Information Services for the Design and Construction Industries

About Della


I have worked with Architects and Engineers for many years, and I am currently librarian, information consultant and researcher (on a freelance basis) to several practices, running their library and information units, undertaking research, and setting up and maintaining their technical, reference and trade libraries.

  • I am able to maintain a reference library of technical texts, current legislation, Building Regulations, contract documentation, British Standards, and internal company reports etc., as well as “weeding-out”, organising, updating and maintaining trade literature.
  • I provide research services, from answering queries on Building Regulations, to investigating the cancer risks of mobile phone posts near schools, or producing weekly lists of OJEU tender opportunities!.
  • I also make sure that all my clients are kept up to date with changes in the construction industry on a regular basis, e.g. Building Regulations, legislation, health and safety etc. All my clients receive a regular monthly information bulletin, either during my visit, or as an extra for those with more infrequent visits.

I provide as much or as little service as is required, and currently I have one client that I visit 6 times a month, and others, once only every three months, although most visits are once a month.

I aim to support my clients by offering research and/or advice from my own offices, so that for those urgent requests, I am always available, from a quick telephone answer to more in depth research carried out in the evenings or weekends.


Library, Information & Research Consultant – (freelance), to:

2000 to date: Architects Co-Partnership, Architects, Herts

1996 to date: Austin Trueman Associates, Engineers, St Albans

1997 to date: BB Partnership, Architects, London, N1

1998 to date: David Morley Associates, Architects, London, W1

1997 to date: Michael Aukett Architects, London, SW3

1987 to date: P+R Associates, Architects, Hatfield, Herts

1991 to date: Saunders Partnership, Architects, Welwyn Garden City, Herts

1996 to date: Techniker Ltd, Engineers, London, EC1

1996 to date: The Morton Partnership, Engineers, London, N1

2002 to date: Walsh Associates, Engineers, London, SE1


Member of CILIP  – Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
Member of CIIG – Construction Industry Information Group
Contributor to Building magazine technical discussion forum
Contributor to Institution of Occupational Safety and Health discussion forum

Past Clients (some retired, some no longer practicing :)

Conran Design Group, Interior and Graphic Designers
Comprehensive Design Group, Architects
Hancock Ward, Architects
Savills Property, Property Managers
William Whitfield Architects

Welwyn Hatfield District Council, Welwyn Garden City, Herts
Professional and Technical Services (1 year part-time contract to set up technical and trade library, now concluded)

Early Employment

1980-82 Technical Information Officer,
Department of Architecture, London Borough of Islington (Architects, Surveyors, Engineers)

1978-80 Librarian
Worley Engineering Ltd, Wood Green, London (Petrochemical engineers)

1976-78 Assistant Librarian, promoted to Librarian
Rendel, Palmer & Tritton, London, SE1 (Consulting Engineers)

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