• Heritage Statements/Assessment of Significance Surveys & Reports
  • Rapid Appraisals
  • Impact Assessments
  • Conservation Statements/Conservation Management Plans
  • Architectural Building Recording
  • Condition & Maintenance Surveys Pre 1920 Buildings
  • Historical Archive Research
  • Funding Applications /Options Appraisal for Re-use of Historic Buildings
  • Conservation Area Appraisals/Local Lists/ Gazetteers
  • Advisory Service

Heritage Statements/Assessment of Significance Surveys & Reports

Heritage Statements /Assessments of Significance are often needed to accompany planning applications for alterations or part demolition for any Listed Building or historic building in a Conservation Area.  [following Historic Englands guidelines in Conservation Principles 2008] that should include a Statement of Significance of the building/s. This is also a requirement of the NPPF 2018 Proposals affecting heritage assets Para 189, 190 ‘heritage assets assessed using appropriate expertise’

We undertake desk based assessments and surveys and related appraisals of heritage assets for the development of heritage led projects for the homeowner from minor improvements for LBC, or the acting developer/agent/architect  for major improvements and LBC. We undertake requisite research and analysis and more detailed assessments with related impact assessments.

To begin with we carry out historical research and an assessment of significance on site survey of the building/s, external and internal, to assess the historic fabric and architectural features for their significance. We then can use a traffic light grading system of what is most important to retain, its condition, and also what is having a negative impact to the fabric and building/s.

For major developments it is vital this survey  is carried out at pre app stage, before you design a scheme, so the development can be heritage led and therefore evolve around our findings, satisfying conservation policies and LPA conservation teams.

Our surveys can aid and inform you in the development of  a scheme for sympathetic redevelopment or conservation repair/adaptation.  We can then provide an Heritage Impact Assessment for the homeowner or developer, using data from our initial research and on site survey that may then involve some mitigation to regenerate and reuse an historic site complimenting what exists.

We have found this has the best planning outcomes for all, when involving sensitive listed buildings and non-designated heritage assets and buildings in conservation areas.  We can also give advice, support and can  liaise, negotiate and develop relationships with planning officers, consultees, interested organisations, third parties and fellow professionals.

Old maps can tell us a lot about how an area has changed over time and how significant a place is.
The age of the interior roof space can tell us a lot about the age of the building

As Consultants we are knowledgeable and astute and maintain a uncompromising professional integrity in a commercial environment.

For Further GUIDANCE See PDF below

RDA What Are Heritage Reports


Understanding Historic Buildings Policy and Guidance for Local Planning Authorities EH 2008

This document is referred to as suggested reference in  “Managing Significance in Decision-Taking in the Historic Environment  Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning: 2” Historic England 2015

Architectural Building Recording

Standing Building Recordings: These vary from Level 1 to 4.  We can undertake  Level 1-3 following the CIFA and Historic England Guidelines for best practise in Building Recording. We carry out the building recording survey and architectural written description with plans and high resolution photographs.The end product is in the form of a written report/booklet bound and in digital format. This is usually submitted to the LPA and all data is submitted to HER and Oasis.

Link to ADS Grey Literature Contractors Page

or One of RDAs Examples Click Link

House History : whether its for personal use, planning or funding we can provide bound and digital reports on the history of a building, architectural or/and social by using archives and research or using documents provided by the client [Old Deeds/Maps] and produce a illustrative booklet.

Old Deeds /Indentures are a valuable resource telling us about the social history of a building and its age, it’s important to hold onto these or put them into the local County Archives
A thorough Building Recording includes recording interior features of a building including door furniture

Condition and Maintenance Surveys Pre 1920 Buildings

“Condition surveys on historic buildings should be performed by competent persons with knowledge of traditional materials, construction techniques and decay processes.”
BS 7913: 2013 para 6.2 “Condition surveys and inspections”

Our survey reports are based on the things we find – they aren’t tick box – they are descriptive of the house and its history – they describe the materials used, the faults, and potential remedial measures externally and internally.

We will undertake a condition and maintenance survey with our expertise as historic building conservation consultants – but not in the standard RICS format as this does not always work for an old building.  If your property is built before about 1920 – our surveys are focused on the build technique and materials used, and the way the building would have functioned. We look at the impact that modern builders and materials may have had on the building. Our condition Survey will outline what you will have to do to bring it up to date using traditional building materials.

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Conservation Area Appraisals/Local Lists/ Gazetteers


We can produce a photographical Survey of a Conservation Area including Street Scene Views and historic details, providing an Appraisal in Bound and Digital format.


We can advise on how to create a Local Heritage List and create a Gazetteer. Why not use volunteers? Unsure on the Historic England’s criteria on significance?

We can help

A full Conservation Area Appraisal should include street scene and views that are important to the Historic Environment townscape
A gazetteer can include more detailed analysis of historic features as seen by this stone Georgian Door Pediment

Advisory Service

Advice given on:

  • Conservation Building Materials
  • Conservation Specialists and Conservators.
  • Remedial Measures
  • Legislation and Listed Building Consents.

“Cannot contact a Conservation Officer or your area lacks resources?”

“Want independent, quick, impartial advice from knowledgeable qualified Historic Building Advisors?”

“Would like impartial advice on building materials to pass onto builders and tradespeople?”


It is important to match existing lime pointing on brickwork facades with the correct materials
Weather erosion is often problematic; conserve or replace?

Conservation Management Plans

At its very simplest, a Conservation Plan is a document which states why a place is significant and what policies there are to ensure that significance is retained. It is basically an archaeological and historical assessment of a building or site which has been taken one step further, so the understanding is translated into specific policies for caring for what is important about the site. A Conservation Plan is a useful document for any historic site and could be used either to help secure funding or manage sympathetic changes to a Listed building.  Our Conservation Plans include a thorough historical background of the building/site, phasing, assessment of significance and what is important to conserve with recommendations. We include a Building Gazetteer on Levels of Significance/Condition /Conservation Management.

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Page Examples from different Rock Davidson Reports

Link to RDA Contractors Page

on ADs Archives for Report Examples

CLICK below


FRONT COVER Malvern Heritage Building Record

This Gazetteer of 262 buildings was  compiled over 9 months 2014 covering most of Malverns two Conservation Areas, Great Malvern and Trinity.The selected buildings fit English Heritage Local List criteria and have been assessed -Rarity, Aesthetic Value, Group Value, Evidential Value, Historic Value and Social and Community Value and have been categorised A-F accordingly. All chosen buildings have not lost Architectural features.

[Above]A one page example of a report discussing the decay and erosion of stone

[Above]A double page example of a Gazetteer on Shop Fronts

and an example phasing plan for an early C20 house


One page example about Regency parterres, recent UK restoration projects, for a report about a Regency Garden

Community Project

This Listed Building Gazetteer was compiled over 9 months 2014 and covers most of Malverns Two Conservation Areas, Great Malvern & Trinity

[Above]A one page example of a Listed Building Gazetteer Location Map of One Grid Square

One page example of Options Appraisal Report- Impact Criteria and Viability and Basic Description about  Conservation and Renewable Energy. A full description followed with all sources and options discussed for this building

Link to Third Party Heritage Statement & Assessment of Significance funded by the community The former Malvern Community Hospital 1911.

Link to the PDF Report

RDA Heritage Statement Old Community Hospital 2015

Architect William Henman FRIBA

This report was funded by gifts and donations in 2015. It was written by RDA on behalf of the community of Malvern and beyond as it was felt that proper assessment of the Old Malvern Community Hospital building, Malvern, its history, character and importance and significance of the asset had not been fully told. The impact and loss through the proposed demolition of this 104 year old building would have a lasting effect on the community and the Great Malvern Conservation area. Unfortunately permission was granted to demolish in 2018.


This SECOND EDITION book by Louisa Davidson of RDA explores Architecture in England chronologically using as a case study the small town of Great Malvern Worcestershire. This practical and usable guide, with handy index and walking trails, will be of interest not only to the towns residents and its visitors but also to others as a simple introduction to the building styles that on close inspection can be found around many towns in England.

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Medieval- before the Dissolution and destruction of the Monasteries 1536
Georgian House Styles 1715-1790-Palladian/Neo-Classicism
Elizabethan /Jacobean House Styles 1560-1660 included Renaissance and Dutch Styles
Regency House Styles 1790-1830 Neo-Classicism/Greek Revival/Picturesque/Gothick