The diversity of our projects and client base has led to our involvement with a significant number of important historic buildings.
The majority of these projects have required the adaptation or extension of buildings to ensure their viability for future use and to produce building environments suitable for our own time.
Our approach is to sensitively integrate the best in contemporary architectural design with the skilful conservation of the historic building fabric.
Our experience means we have an excellent track record of creating a good rapport with English Heritage, Planning Authorities and conservation bodies in order to secure consent for changes to listed buildings. We always seek to establish a constructive dialogue, to understand alternative views and to ensure that all parties can contribute to design development.
It is important to approach work on a historic building with a sound knowledge of the building’s history and construction as well as that of its contemporaries. It is, however, vital to avoid preconceptions and remember that each building has its own special circumstances and characteristics. It may be that the original design or construction had some feature special to that locality or it may be that its current condition demands special treatment.
We have considerable experience in working with other conservation specialists, including archaeologists, structural engineers, surveyors, and stone, lead, slate and glass specialists.