Heritage

We understand how our built environment has been created; its social and cultural values underline everything we’ve done in practice.

Bringing buildings to life

We seek to understand that the heritage value of historic buildings and places is different for each project. Our team has a passion for the conservation of buildings and their character. Our design proposals are informed within the context of the heritage settings that surround it and balanced with the commercial needs of the brief.

We place high value in learning from the past, whether this is from understanding the evolving patterns of use in a building or area, or from analysing historic construction materials and techniques.

Understanding complexity

The services we offer are extensive – from the evaluation and assessment of historic buildings and their setting, the management of planning processes, through to design, procurement and implementation of heritage works.

Design management

Because of our proven experience, we often act as lead design consultants and guide clients through the technical and functional elements of a project.

Our team has managed projects on several hundred historic buildings, a multitude of conservation areas, ancient monuments, historic landscapes and World Heritage Sites. Our conservation and regeneration projects have included castles and palaces, theatres and cinemas, MOD and educational establishments, historic factories, seaside piers, cathedrals and churches.

We offer:

  1. Expert witness in appeals and heritage planning advocacy
  2. Conservation area character reviews and impact assessments
  3. Listing reviews and certificates of immunity from listing applications
  4. Compliant listed building application submissions
  5. Heritage lottery applications

We work with private clients, public sector and trusts who own extensive properties and estates, offering a bespoke conservation service.

“We believe that heritage is an opportunity to create value. There is a subtle art in balancing the protection of built heritage with shaping the places of the future.”

Robert Locke, Partner