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Expert Profile

Stuart Holdsworth

Stuart Holdsworth

Technical Expert

BEng(Hons) Civil and Structural Engineering
Institution of Civil Engineers
Institution of Structural Engineers
Oil & Gas
Asia Pacific
Middle East
United Kingdom


  • Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer
  • Over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry
  • Extensive experience in most forms of structure and materials
  • Worldwide experience
  • Specialist in the design and construction of tensile structures, sculptures, temporary works


Stuart has extensive practical grounding in construction engineering through nine years working with contractors and consultants before setting up his own specialist engineering consultancy – Cameron Holdsworth. As director or principal for the past twenty five years he has gained experience of: all types of concrete (prestressed (which includes pre and post-tensioned concrete), reinforced and mass concrete); building cladding; steel design, including façades; steel fabrication; piling, including specification and design; façade retentions; temporary works; masonry; renovation and demolition of derelict structures; refurbishment; drainage; contract management and administration; site management and supervision; risk analysis; structural timber; geotechnical design; and ground investigation.

In addition to this traditional design experience, Stuart has become a specialist in providing advice on the design and design review of more unusual structures such as moveable structures, telecommunication network infrastructure, bridges, sports stadia and tented membrane structures. He is also interested in vibration attenuation and has played a major role in the design of the raised, removable equestrian arenas for the 2012 Olympics in Greenwich Park.

Throughout his career he has gained experience of litigation work including the investigation of causes of building and structural defects and the evaluation of contractual claims. More recently, he has been specialising in forensic investigation and providing expert evidence, working on large civil and criminal litigation cases.

He has also provided Norwich Union with technical advice on the merits of claims involving defects in and damage to houses, including cases involving damp-proofing.

His attributes include the ability to think laterally and evolve cost-effective and innovative solutions through detailed analysis of the challenges presented by a case or project.

This expert has the following cross-examination experience:

  • The Technology and Construction Court
  • International Arbitration
  • Domestic Arbitration
  • Adjudication/Mediation

This expert has recently been instructed by:

  • Birketts LLP
  • Government solicitors
  • Joseph Hannah
  • Simmons and Simmons

WWL says: 

“Stuart Holdsworth is a well-established expert with a wealth of experience in a range of construction matters and is highly sought after for his expertise in structural defects and contractual claims.”

Stuart is recognised by Who’s Who Legal as a Global Leader in Construction Expert Witnesses 2023, and in Consulting Experts – Construction – Quantum Delay & Technical 2023.