Historic Expertise

We are passionate about historic buildings and how best to maintain, restore and conserve their architectural heritage and beauty.

We offer a number of Service Lines including but not limited to:

Surveys and Building Pathology

For any building type of any age, it is paramount that the make-up and construction detail is known and understood. Understanding how a building has been constructed, the known common and / or likely problems with a particular older building and the do’s and dont’s of effecting any repairs are paramount.

Repairs and Restoration Objectives
For historic buildings, a conservative approach is fundamental to any good restoration work. In order to achieve this objective we advise:

  • Retain as much of the significant historic fabric as possible
  • Understand how the building works
  • Understand nature and condition of the buildings materials
  • Understand the causes / processes of decay
  • Keep changes to a minimum

Repairs and Restoration Approaches
When renovating historic buildings, we very often adopt a more holistic approach. The headline factors and considerations below provide a guide to this:

  • Only classic techniques and materials proven to be appropriate to the fabric should be considered.
  • Where a material or product is no longer available or appropriate, any alternative must have compatible properties to the original material, both technically and aesthetically.
  • Details of all works should be adequately recorded for future reference.
  • Interventions should contribute to or at least not compromise the sustainability of future management and maintenance of the building in question.

Scheduling

Scheduling and recording existing conditions before restoration works are carried out is very important, recording defects, highlighting of specific architectural details and / or the recording for future historic referencing purposes.

In the context of historic buildings, it is imperative that the detail and accuracy of the scheduling is carried out to exacting standards. Having the knowledge and experience and ability to record with a high degree of accuracy is a must, but this needs to be matched with high quality presentation and reporting output.

Alterations and Statutory Consents

Internal alterations and refurbishment will very often require careful integration of modern services and lifestyle with minimal intervention of the original fabric. Specifically, satisfying modern statute (relating to fire stopping, fire detection and alarm, building regulations and issues of accessibility) can be the toughest of conundrums to solve.

Where alterations are more significant, for example; external in nature and / or where buildings are of relative significant historic interest (in addition to compliance with Building Regulations) the works will require one or all of the following:

  • Listed Building Consent
  • Conservation Area Consent
  • Planning Consent

 Project Management

Project Management and Contract Administration of major renovation projects or even small scale repairs requires putting the right people in the best positions to deliver success. The execution of these works require a detailed approach to contract (and contractor) choice and procurement delivery. For example, there is a marked difference between a painting and decorating firm and a specialist renovation contractor and likewise the choice of surveyor will be critical to ensuring that the correct approach and advice is adopted, and their knowledge, experience and expertise marry up with the requirements of the historic building in question.