We are experienced in working with Historic & listed properties refurbishments in the UK and abroad.
The right approach – historic buildings have their own individuality and soul, and when refurbishing such properties, we redesign them sympathetically.
Planning and listed building laws are of course key, but apart from these legal obligations, we strongly believe that you need to adapt your design approach to the building itself, rather than completely destroy its unique scale and sense of history.
In the United Kingdom, there is a special kind of planning permission required. We can help you achieve this permission. You can then be legally allowed to alter historically relevant properties – inside and outside. In Europe, similar rules exist, but they vary from country to country, from area to area. It is important to consult a professional before you decide to refurbish or even purchase a historical property. A listed building may not be demolished, extended, or altered without special permission. We can help you in getting one from the local planning authority. The council typically consults the relevant central government agency, particularly for significant alterations to the more notable listed buildings. In England and Wales, a national amenity society must be notified of any work to a listed building which involves any element of demolition.
Historic & listed properties refurbishments
During a refurbishment it is important to keep your eyes open. You might discover and retain a piece of history.
It pays to be careful to retain original plaster features, like this lovely corner feature in the main entrance :
While refurbishing roof spaces, the existing structure needs to be carefully examined and its state determined :