Our national heritage is one of our most valuable assets, so we take a sensitive approach to the preservation and regeneration of our built environment.
Our experience extends to every type and scale of conservation work (and all listed grades) and ranges from the grandest castle to the humblest greenhouse, from church spires to Victorian public toilets.
We are experienced in preparing designs for new buildings in sensitive and historic environments and our designs always complement and respect the historic context. Our conservation surveyors, who also appreciate the aesthetic qualities of historic buildings, are highly skilled in conducting historic building surveys and in specifying and managing appropriate repair work contracts and maintenance programmes.
Alteration and Extension
We have extensive experience in the sensitive alteration and extension of many types of historic building, from a humble greenhouse to the grandest castle and from a Victorian lavatory to church spires. The alteration or extension of a listed building requires detailed negotiations with many bodies such as English Heritage, the National Amenity Societies, Local Planning Authorities and Diocesan Advisory Committees. Our objective is always to arrive at sensitive and appropriate solutions that meet our client’s needs without compromising the historic integrity of the original building.
For new buildings in the historic environment we tend to favour sympathetic, high-quality contemporary design in-line with established conservation philosophy for which the quality of our work has won many distinguished industry awards. We have been responsible for a number of new build projects including visitor centres, museums, art galleries, archives, residential, educational and commercial buildings with clients ranging from the National Trust, to Councils, to commercial developers to private clients. We do not have a ‘house style’ as such – we prefer to enable each design to develop individually, based on the client’s brief and our careful analysis of the particular site and the constraints of budget, programme and any imposed design and legislative parameters.
We are frequently asked by clients to undertake a feasibility study at the start of a project. We consider the client’s initial brief and prepare a range of design solutions for the client to see the possible options for their project. We often provide sketches and 3D visualisations of our proposals as well as plans so that the proposals can be easily understood by everyone, even if they are unfamiliar with technical drawings. The study can be developed to include a cost appraisal which will enable the client to consider the financial implications of the various options. We would recommend appointing a Quantity Surveyor who is suitably experienced in conservation projects.
A major part of our work involves building surveys and the production of reports and maintenance plans. These range from:
- Building Condition Surveys
- Historic Building Assessments/Statements of Significance
- Impact Assessments
- Conservation Management Plans
- Conservation Area Appraisals and National Parks assessments
- Recording of Assets, including Investigation
The practice has considerable experience in projects funded by;
- Heritage Lottery Fund
- BIG Lottery Fund
- European Regional Development Fund
- Arts Council
- The Wolfson Foundation
- Clore Duffield, and,
- many other smaller funding bodies
One of our strengths is the range of specialist skill sets we can bring to multi-disciplinary teams. This includes our own in-house town planners who are well versed in the intricacies of historic building conservation and in particular;
- have a wide knowledge of planning and heritage practice
- formulate planning strategies
- prepare and negotiate planning/LBC applications
- handle planning appeals by all procedures, and,
- have experience of Local Planning Authorities nationwide