The accommodation provided by older and historic buildings is often inadequate or insufficient for the proposed use of that building.
In residential buildings the requirements of 21st century living are often considerably different to those of the past and upgrading their facilities requires careful consideration and planning to ensure that the character and historic value of the building is not lost. The same can be said for redundant buildings that are being brought back into use for a different purpose.
Older and historic buildings may be listed in their own right thus imposing statutory restrictions on any alteration and adaptation works.
If the building is not individually listed it may fall within a conservation area or be regarded by the planning authority as a heritage asset, which may affect any proposed alterations or adaptations.
With our knowledge and experience, we can advise on issues and, when necessary, assist with the submission of listed building consents including preparation of drawings and the writing of design and access statements and justification statements.