Old buildings are visible links with the past and provide a historic background for life in the present day. They can be easily lost through demolition and inappropriate alteration and extension.
Buildings can be listed for their individual quality, their value as group with other historic buildings, simply as reference points of celebrated individuals or to significant events in local history.
Each listed building has a schedule with descriptive notes to identify the building. The description is not intended to include all the features which make the building worthy of listing ~ infact all the elements of the building are protected, from garden walls around the curtilage to finer interior details such as door handles.
Great care is needed with all listed building projects and they require a need to provide an enhanced level of survey and design work for even the simplest of alterations.
With the objective of preservation and enhancement, there are various generic solutions that can be adopted however, by their very nature these buildings are unique and any design work is very site specific but the results are always complimentary and often spectacular.
We are very lucky to live in a part of the world that is rich with these buildings and in the main they form the historic core of our market towns and villages. The practice recognises the contribution they make to our environment and with the assistance of Listed Building and Conservation Officers in the various Local Authorities in the region, the practice remains highly regarded in terms of its sensitive but pragmatic approach to all design work.