Historic Building Expertise
With a large proportion of our work carried out in London, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to historic buildings. Over 50% of the buildings that we are engaged to advise on are in excess of 100 years old, a high proportion will be listed and most are located in conservation areas. Our Team is passionate about historic and listed buildings and about how best to maintain and conserve their architectural heritage. Finding a balance of maintaining the old and making them accessible and relevant to modern lifestyles can be challenging and at Harris Associates we use our skill and expertise to iron out these conflicts.
When it comes to historic buildings we will always aim for the preservation of historic fabric and support the notion of repair rather than outright replacement. External renovation comprising of façade repairs, cleaning, maintenance and restoration requires careful and appropriate specification of works, execution by a skilled workforce and using techniques and materials that fit with the buildings heritage and design.
Internal alterations and refurbishment will very often require careful integration of modern services and lifestyle and layout requirements with minimal intervention of the original fabric. Specifically, satisfying modern statute (relating to fire escape, detection and alarm, building regulations and issues of accessibility) can be the toughest of conundrums to solve. We have the experience of working with local heritage officers, building inspectors and risk assessors to find a workable solution that goes someway in satisfying all parties.