With over 6 million traditional buildings and over 500,000 listed monuments in the UK, there is a considerable need for building professionals to understand the nature and practicalities of conservation. A building is listed when it is of special architectural or historic interest considered to be of national importance and therefore worth protecting. There are three types of listed status for buildings in England and Wales: Grade I: buildings of exceptional interest. Grade II*: particularly important buildings of more than special interest. Grade II: buildings that are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them.
A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. There are approximately 7,000 conservation areas in England.
London is rich in its collection of historic buildings,
With our in house qualified expert and general experience of working with historic buildings throughout the company we are well placed to advise on the philosophy that should be employed when dealing with such buildings.
Our skill as building surveyors is in the diagnosis of defects, understanding how the historic fabric has been constructed and adapted over the lifespan of the building. We are experts in the repair techniques needed and the specification of works for its pricing. We can implement the works with a competent contractor, who should also have the necessary training in the appropriate skills and materials.
Our philosophy for repair can be best summarised as 'Conservation, not Restoration'. Where the existing fabric is retained as far as possible, with repairs being undertaken using traditional techniques and using materials that are sympathetic to those already existing.
With building conservation services, a lower tempo of work is best, with craftsmen not 'fast tracking' work but completing tasks using traditional materials in the right time frames. Lime based materials are particularly unforgiving to being 'rushed' and will only set in their own time and will not allow large lifts of masonry to be constructed in one operation.
We provide building and condition surveys for any Grade I, Grade II* and Grade II listed buildings across London. Our historic and listed building surveys include: a building survey / full structural survey; together with specialist listed buildings advice.
For repairs and minor alterations to historic buildings we provide a design service similar to that traditionally provided by an architect. We can detail the extent of the repair, design any alterations and obtain the necessary statutory approvals. We will tender the work on your behalf and oversee work on site.