SERVICES

  • Heritage Statements/Assessment of Significance Surveys & Reports
  • Rapid Appraisals
  • Impact Assessments
  • Conservation Statements/Conservation Management Plans
  • Architectural Building Recording
  • 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 includes a Statement of Significance of the building/s.

We undertake desk based assessments and related appraisals of heritage assets for the development of heritage led projects. 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 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. 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 redevelopment or restoration and we can then provide an impact assessment and heritage statement, using data from our initial research and on site survey that may then involve some mitigation to regenerate and reuse an historic site.

 

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

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 any Level 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.

One of RDAs Examples Click Link

https://public.worcestershire.gov.uk/sites/archaeology/Reports/SWR24456.pdf

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

Funding Applications /Options Appraisal Re-use of Historic Buildings

Need help with Funding Forms and Applications for Heritage Lottery Grants or Grants/Loans from other Funding Bodies?

Do you have a Historic Building in need of re-use? Are you a registered Charity? Do you want to set up a Building Preservation Trust?

We can undertake an Options Appraisal, write Conservation Management Plans for funding bids, advise on Funding Sources and provide an Architects Brief for your project that can be used for a possible successful HLF bid.

Church Interiors can be adapted or re-ordered to make the most of these historic buildings for worship and/or the community; this may often mean removal of pews and the use of pods
A full Options Appraisal means that all Options are considered when re-using a redundant Historic Building, with the most cost effective and adaptive Option being highlighted

Conservation Area Appraisals/Local Lists/ Gazetteers

CONSERVATION AREAS

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.

LOCAL LISTS

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?”

CONTACT US NOW BY EMAIL info@historicbuildingheritageconsultants.co.uk

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

DUE TO CLIENT CONFIDENTIALITY ONLY COMMUNITY PROJECTS ARE SHOWN

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

FRONT COVER  Listed Buildings Gazetteer Malvern
Worcestershire

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

FRONT COVER [Below]Third Party Heritage Statement & Assessment of Significance The former Malvern Community Hospital 1911.

Architect William Henman FRIBA

This report was funded by gifts and donations. 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

Publications

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.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Architectural-Guidebook-Great-Malvern-Worcestershire/dp/1540604721/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1480936716&sr=1-1&keywords=louisa+davidson

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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