sensitive conservation and restoration work including listed buildings

There are many constraints which can affect a property when it comes to considering how it might be altered and improved. We have the knowledge and skill to deal with sites located in areas of outstanding natural beauty, conservation areas and locations protected by Article 4 directions. Listed buildings require careful adaptation and we have established excellent relationships with local authority conservation officers and Historic England (formerly known as English Heritage).

People sometimes fear that it is not possible to alter or extend a listed building or one which is located in a ‘designated area’ and afforded special protection by the planning authority, but this is not true. It is important, however, to know how to approach things and how to deal with the various bodies which will necessarily be involved. Some of the very best outcomes we have achieved have been constrained by policies in this way yet we have negotiated solutions which have exceeded client expectations and fulfilled their need.

A wide knowledge of different building techniques, materials and trades enables us to table options which can overcome difficulties when dealing with period and listed properties where pastiche is frowned upon. We favour a contemporary approach and this is welcomed by authorities where it can be demonstrated that the value of the heritage asset itself has been retained.

Please contact us to arrange a preliminary meeting if you own a period or listed property and would like to discuss a project you have in mind.

Examples: gatehampton farmhouse, lees farmhouse, a house in the garden

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