Conservation

Every historic building is unique, and it is often this individual character that invites clients to buy their properties. However, listed buildings come with many restrictions and pitfalls when obtaining Listed Building Consent and it is our pleasure to guide clients through these, whilst exploring the new opportunities presented.

Listed Building Consent is not easy to achieve without a full understanding of the building’s significance – our applications are supplemented by detailed historic building reports. Our ethos is to help conserve, restore and enhance where required in each case.

There is a wealth of conservation knowledge and experience inherent within our practice – our designs are informed by our study of traditional buildings, their methods and skill of construction, and their place within our history. Therefore, we can highlight historic features to their best advantage, working with the building, whilst delivering the client’s brief and gaining consent.

Many years of heritage projects including conservation work have given us expertise in a wide range of historic buildings; we have a speciality in oak-framed structures and their detailing. Our designs are always based on the research of local vernaculars and architectural styles.

We have many years of experience in historic buildings. This year we were awarded our seventh Civic Society Award for outstanding work on historic buildings.

Listed buildings are protected by law and permission is required to carry out alterations. Listed Building Consent must be achieved, alongside planning permission; a scheme will have to satisfy both the Council’s Conservation and Planning Officers.

With our experience and expertise, we can advise owners of historic properties on renovations but more often the question of what can be altered. This helps our clients to understand the scope of what can be done to a listed building, and importantly, what will get Listed Building Consent. Our experience brings inventive and original solutions, to what may at first may feel like restrictions.

Our knowledge is intrinsic in negotiations with Conservation Officers during the planning process to achieve permission.