Heritage advice for commercial and residential clients

“Mary’s inputs and focus were of very considerable assistance to both ourselves and our clients and she was integral in allowing the project to progress.”

Understanding your perspective: Maximise the financial return of your site

Using our experience and responsiveness, we help you to avoid delays at key points within the project. Redevelopment in historic places contributes to the value of your site, and will enable you to promote what is unique about it. We work to solve complex problems, because we deliver efficient results in a fast-paced property market so fixing these properties is important and contractors like the resin floor company are essential for this purpose. We unlock the potential of tricky sites in an imaginative way. We bring a broad range of additional skills to support your project team.

“Mary’s research was evident in her clear assessment of the area development plans, the Conservation Area Management plan, and the building’s historic development in the way she identified constraints and the building’s immediate context, curtilage, and setting.”

How we can help: avoid costly delays through our phased approach

As heritage planning consultants for commercial and residential development, we provide pragmatic and robust heritage advice in a commercial context, resolving issues efficiently to keep your project moving forward. We provide advice through architectural design, reports for planning applications and risk assessment for property development near historic buildings and places.

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“Mary proved herself adept at assessing the potential impacts of proposed changes, identifying ways to avoid or mitigate detrimental effects and exploring alternative approaches to reduce or offset any harmful impacts.”

Our support and promise to deliver – our advice and deliverables

Drawing on experience, we provide timely and appropriate advice using compliant strategies to maximise your financial returns to ensure the successful completion of work.

Deliverables to maximise financial returns

Using our technical expertise, we can provide you with advice and negotiate on your behalf to gain planning consent.

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“Ms Neale’s command of relevant legislation, policies, and guidance relating to protected heritage assets enabled her to advise us about the impacts of the proposals … Her justifications for the necessity of the works and the public benefit they would provide were clear and convincing.”

Case studies of previous projects

Why choose us? – Capability to guide your project

With a proven track record navigating the system, we act as your advocate to get consent while building positive relationships with councils. We focus on solutions, unlocking your site’s potential within budget and timeline constraints.

Turning limitations into opportunities

Whether adapting listed buildings or developing in conservation areas, we bring an ambitious vision grounded in practical delivery. By doing so we empower developers, architects, and planners through our heritage services.

“Ms Neale’s engagement with statutory consultees like Historic England and the Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings highlighted her commitment … She supported us with ongoing advice as part of her service, extending the benefit of her input.”

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

1. What are the legal and regulatory requirements for adaptive reuse projects?

Adaptive reuse of historic buildings is subject to a robust regulatory framework, including the need to obtain planning permissions, listed building consents, and approvals that align with local heritage and conservation policies. We are here to help developers to carefully navigate this process to ensure compliance whilst supporting the progress of your proposals. The processes and principles are similar within each political boundary on this island, though the controls affecting the protection of the historic environment differ in the following regions:


2. How can the historic significance and character of a building be preserved during the adaptive reuse process?

Preserving the historic character and significance of a building during adaptive reuse is critical. This requires a sensitive design approach that integrates modern functionality and accessibility while respecting original architectural features and construction methods through the use of appropriate materials and techniques. Balancing the preservation of character while integrating environmental sustainability is another key consideration and online tools are helpful: https://www.oxford.gov.uk/conservation/heritage-energy-efficiency-tool-heet. Archway Heritage have signed up to to https://heritagedeclares.org/ to show our commitment to this process.

3. What are the potential financial incentives or funding sources available for adaptive reuse projects?

With the exception of regeneration projects, there are limited financial incentives and funding sources available to support adaptive reuse of historic buildings, including grants, tax credits, and other schemes specifically targeted at heritage conservation and redevelopment. We can research these options for you to understand the potential cost benefits and unlock funding.

4. How can the local community be engaged and involved in an adaptive reuse project?

Engaging the local community is essential for the success of adaptive reuse projects. We explain the social and cultural significance of the historic building(s) in our reports and explore ways the redevelopment can enhance its legacy and provide benefits to the surrounding area through thoughtful programming and placemaking.

5. What are the key technical and structural challenges of adapting historic buildings for new uses?

Adapting historic buildings for new uses presents a range of technical and structural challenges, such as addressing outdated building services, accessibility issues, and deterioration of historic fabric. Overcoming these challenges requires specialised expertise and a thorough understanding of conservation principles.

6. Are there any examples of successful adaptive reuse projects that could provide inspiration or lessons learned?

Studying precedents of successful adaptive reuse projects can provide valuable insights and inspiration. These case studies can offer lessons on balancing stakeholder interests, implementing effective strategies, and delivering high-quality outcomes that preserve historic character while meeting modern needs.

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7. What are the key economic benefits of redeveloping heritage buildings in the UK?

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