We believe in understanding the past to design for the future. Our historic environment is a precious cultural resource and our aim is to is to enhance presentation and interpretation of our historic environment.
As conservation architects the basis of our approach is simple: understanding place, the people that lived there, assessing significance and collaboratively influencing design decision that promote understanding of our historic environment.
We have an excellent knowledge of historic houses, traditional buildings and heritage legislation and planning policy.
We prepare heritage statements and impact assessments for new buildings or alterations to designated and non-designated heritage assets.
Our heritage statements have been endorsed by local authorities and Historic England.
We carry out archival research at local record offices to understand the context and the people involved in a site. Understanding the social development of a site often helps date building fabric changes otherwise difficult to pin point. Our heritage statements consider significance in line with Historic England’s principles of evidential/archaeological, historic, aesthetic and communal value.
We have a growing archive on Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire local history including Chipping Norton, Middle Barton, Burford and Chipping Campden
We carry out visual assessments to accompany our heritage statements.
Being accredited in conservation, and with our excellent knowledge of traditional details, construction and architectural history we are quickly able to understand the chronology of historic houses to understand what is special.
We work in collaboration with other architects and designers to inform sensitive proposals for change, without imposing on their design.
We find ways to positively influence design decisions that promote understanding of the historic environment. We add value through our technical knowledge and providing clarity on technical matters such as construction detailing or building regulations requirements that require consent but may not have been resolved at planning stage.
What is a heritage statement?
A heritage statement is a research based report prepared to establish and demonstrate the historic development of a site or building (a heritage asset), to understand its significance.
What is an impact assessment?
An impact assessment is prepared to demonstrate the level of harm caused to a heritage asset, and any mitigating measures applied to reduce harm. Under heritage planning policy proposals the applicant must demonstrate that the proposals are not harmful and the public benefits of making the change.
Why would I need a heritage statement?
Under national planning policy, local authorities are required to ask the applicant to describe the significance of any heritage assets affected, including any contribution made by their setting. The level of detail should be proportionate to the assets’ importance and no more than is sufficient to understand the potential impact of the proposal on their significance. As a minimum the relevant historic environment record should have been consulted and the heritage assets assessed using appropriate expertise where necessary.