Here are some examples of Archway Heritage’s work, illustrating the wide range of projects we have worked on:

Wetheringsett House, Suffolk: Historic Built Environment Assessment

Archway Heritage Ltd was commissioned to assess the effects of the construction of two dwellings on the setting of the conservation area and the Grade II listed building of Wetheringsett Manor adjacent to our client’s site in Suffolk. We worked closely with Colony Architects and tailor our work to:

  • gather sufficient details to provide a proportionate level of evidence on which to assess impacts and effects
  • consult with local planning authority consultees and work to deliver benefits
  • produce a photographic record of the site and setting of nearby heritage assets
  • assess the likely effects on the settings of the conservation area and advise on mitigation measures, agreed with our clients and included in the reports.

Outcome: permission granted

High Street, Meldreth, Cambridgeshire: Heritage Statement

Archway Heritage Ltd was commissioned to provide proportionate assessments to submit to the local planning authority on effects of the construction of 18 dwellings within Meldreth conservation area on land to the rear of 79 High Street, a listed building in Cambridgeshire. We tailored our work to:

  • undertake proportionate research of historical and archaeological records
  • negotiate with local authority officers on our client’s behalf
  • assess the likely effects on the settings of the conservation area and multiple heritage assets and present that evidence within local policy context, in addition to the NPPF.

Outcome: permission granted

Historic Area Assessment (HAA), Reading: Assessment Report

Through collective collaboration Archway Heritage Ltd was one of a team of consultancies commissioned assess the historical development within the heart of Reading to identify historic character areas and specific heritage assets for designation. We tailored our work to:

  • produce a rapid building survey, recording that information in a specially built software platform
  • identify historic character areas to aid architectural design in keeping with that historic environment
  • report on the significance, strengths, weaknesses and opportunities within those character areas and provide data of the records produced to add to the Historic Environment Record.

Outcome: report completed

David Hearn Garage Motor Engineers, Shinfield, Reading: Heritage statement

It was a pleasure to work with Colony Architects on this project. Archway Heritage Ltd was commissioned to assess the heritage constraints and opportunities and inform a planning application for 5 dwellings on the site. We tailored our work to:

  • record a series of viewpoints to illustrate the visual effects of the proposals
  • assess the current setting, the heritage values associated with nearby designated heritage assets and the way these would change as a result of the proposals
  • inform decision makers by placing this assessment within the local and national policy context.

Outcome: permission granted

Harley House, Lower Basildon, Berkshire: Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HEAP)

Archway Heritage Ltd prepared a heritage settings appraisal for Donfield Homes Ltd to aid initial design for proposals on the site within the historic setting of Lower Basildon, in line with the guidance provided in HELAA – Assessment of sites. We tailored our work to:

  • assess the character of the current setting
  • outline the design considerations including orientation and massing to allow permeability and proportions and elevational treatments, to reflect historic buildings and the topographical context that influence options
  • summarise the design constraints and opportunities from a heritage perspective.

Outcome: report completed

Brindley Drive, Birmingham: Heritage inputs into an EIA

Archway Heritage Ltd has been working as part of a design and construction team for Court Collaboration Limited to provide specialist heritage input into proposals to build a tall building in the centre of Birmingham. We tailored our work to:

  • compare previous and proposed impacts
  • demonstrate appreciation of operational and planning requirements
  • assess the effects of a tall structure and cumulative impacts on the settings of designated heritage assets
  • liaise with consultees to scale the requirements proportionately based on researched evidence
  • assess settings of heritage assets in a proportionate response.

Outcome: awaiting scoping opinion

Watlington House, Reading: Historic Building Recording

Archway Heritage Ltd provided a Level 3 survey to assist with the understanding and continued management of this Grade II* building in Reading to establish a baseline from which to compile a maintenance plan. We tailored our work to:

  • record of the historic fabric and features of the building requiring practical knowledge of conservation and structural issues
  • create a photographic record as work progressed and
  • produce detailed drawings and research for the report.

Outcome: detailed building recording completed

Halton House, Buckinghamshire: Assessment and advice on repair of historic features

Archway Heritage Ltd was commissioned to produce a report to submit with the planning application to seek listed building consent for maintenance within two parts of this Grade II* listed building, the main building and the West Wing.

We tailored our work to:

  • advise on the details needed to undertake the repair and replacement for those areas where permission was required, including the repair of rooflights, internal downpipes, string courses and gutters and the installation of four replacement roof ladders, and a safety rail and gate
  • provide methodology and guidance for carrying out those works
  • research and consult with Historic England about repair of the internal downpipes, describing the agreed methodology, assessing the contribution those features make to the significance of the house and placing the assessment within policy context and legal framework.

Outcome: permission granted

Waltham Hall, Essex: Heritage Statement and Expert Witness

Our clients decided to appeal against the decision to refuse permission to redevelop site into a bus depot for Stansted Airport beside the curtilage of a historic farmyard and the setting of listed barns. We tailored our work to:

  • quickly assess the likely change in impacts on the setting based on changes of use that had occurred between the planning decision and appeal hearing date by undertaking a pre-hearing appeal site visit
  • ensure the most time-efficient way of dealing with this unavoidable complication
  • identify issues to highlight during an accompanied post-hearing site visit by the inspector
  • respond to the Planning Officer’s and the Parish Council’s comments and questions during the hearing and provide the inspector with the details he required to assist him in making his decision.

Outcome: appeal granted in our clients’ favour

Brunswick Hill, Reading: Historic Building Recording

Permission was granted for the demolition of the garage at 39 Brunswick Hill once building recording was completed. Archway Heritage Ltd produced a Level 1 Building Recording Report, submitted to enable the discharge of that condition. We tailored our work to:

  • research historic development and heritage interest of the building and the house
  • produce a photographic and written record of the external and internal characteristics and features
  • verify that the assessment of significance confirmed that the heritage interest associated with the building was limited and it made a limited contribution to the setting
  • confirm that the impact of the demolition was assessed as justifiable in policy terms.

Outcome: planning conditions were discharged

133 Heston Road, London: Impact Assessment

Our clients requested Archway Heritage Ltd to produce an impact assessment to augment the preliminary heritage statement produced by another consultancy. We tailored our work to:

  • assess the surviving historic fabric of the walls, openings and roofscape to be altered and take photos to assess settings aspects
  • use expert understanding of the building’s significance to provide an assessment of the impacts of the overall scheme
  • work with the architectural team to advise during revisions of the architectural drawings
  • provide detailed heritage-based justification for the works proportionate to the requirements of the listing and consultations with building regulations and conservation officer in relation to roof repairs and insulation and wall insulation in various areas of higher and lower heritage significance, conservation rooflights and the renovation of windows and doors and doorways to bring the historic part of the building back into good repair by undoing some of the previous inappropriate alterations.

Outcome: planning conditions were discharged

S&K Site, Birmingham: Heritage Statement

Archway Heritage Ltd was commissioned by Court Collaboration Limited to assess the impacts of the proposed development, 505 apartments within 6- to 9-storey blocks, on the settings of designated heritage assets. We tailored our work to:

  • assess the visual rendering of the way the proposals would appear and advise on ways to improve integration between the proposed new build and retained historic elevation
  • demonstrate how the siting and location of the proposals relate to the surrounding historic environment and the constantly changing modern buildings
  • explain how the form and appearance relates to nearby historic buildings and the conservation area, identifying adverse and beneficial effects
  • address the concerns raised by Historic England during early consultation.

Outcome: permission granted

210-211 Broad Street, Birmingham: Heritage Statement

Redevelopment required the demolition of an existing non-designated historic building. For this to be permissible, an understanding of the building formed part of the assessment. The detail provided was greater than normally required but considered essential under the circumstances. We tailored our work for Court Collaboration Limited to:

  • research to uncover the drawings of previous works on the building
  • establish the sequence of phases to understand the current form of the building
  • assist with understanding the level of significance the building should attract and its contribution to a setting in a constantly changing part of the city
  • support our clients when the neighbouring development raised points of critique.

Outcome: permission granted

Drews, Reading: Representing the local community

Archway Heritage Ltd researched and submitted a successful local listing application for a former malthouse and associated buildings at Drew’s in Caversham Road, Reading. Demolition of the malthouse and retention of the associated buildings were proposed by a developer. We tailored our work to:

  • submit informed objections through the planning portal website
  • provide additional evidence through consultation with a national expert, Amber Patrick, who supported the campaign to save the malthouse
  • submit written representations and appear in an online hearing to answer the inspector’s questions.

Outcome: planning appeal decision upheld

Stoneyard (former Bullring Trading Estate) Birmingham: Heritage Statement for proposed tall buildings

Court Collaboration Limited, with whom it is always a pleasure to work, requested heritage assessments relating to their proposals for 7 blocks ranging in height from 10 to 30 storeys. We tailored our work to:

  • assess the significance of the cityscape, conservation areas and listed buildings, and whether impacts on the cityscape, within the context of formal master planning and forthcoming development, were found to contribute to regeneration
  • confirm that the conservation areas were assessed as having the capacity for change on their boundaries without causing harm to their significance, due to the strength of their character
  • assess the impacts and effects on listed buildings.  These were acknowledged and overall the beneficial effects outweighed adverse effects, with the outcome being beneficial.

Outcome: permission granted

Land by Black Cat Roundabout, Bedfordshire: Heritage Statement

Archway Heritage Ltd was asked to produce a heritage statement to assess the effects of the construction of a plant sales yard on settings of heritage assets. We tailored our work to:

  • assess the attributes of setting, which had changed considerably due to former ground works within the site, the main road and extraction activities nearby
  • identify that the impacts on the settings of the listed buildings and buried heritage assets would equate to ‘less than substantial harm’
  • compare the effects and public benefits within policy context
  • recommend mitigation measures and enhancements, to be introduced to tip the balance in the favour of the public benefits of the scheme.

Outcome: permission granted

9 Bath Road, Reading: Heritage Statement

Archway Heritage Ltd was commissioned to inform a planning application to extend the facilities at this site to form of a single-storey pavilion, providing a purpose-built meditation room and associated internal alterations to the building. We tailored our work to:

  • assess the building’s contribution to the conservation area and the significance of the setting
  • assess the impacts of enabling wheelchair access and wheelchair accessible facilities, associated with both positive and negative effects
  • verify that this was offset against the high quality of the design by Colony Architects, which respects the scale and grain of this suburban environment and values the setting
  • advise on the weighting of impacts and effects against the benefits of delivering a peaceful meditation space with ease of access to an existing centre that has been in occupation for over 15 years, maintaining the building in good condition.

Outcome: permission granted

Royal Meteorological Society Offices, Reading: Heritage Statement

Archway Heritage Ltd was instructed to inform an application for planning permission and listed building consent for the proposed installation of air conditioning units (heating and cooling) within this Grade II listed building. We tailored our work to:

  • present all possible options for renewing or replacing the boiler system prior to our clients’ decision to seek permission to install the air-conditioning units
  • ensure that our clients made this decision having been informed about the ‘whole house’ approach in accordance with Historic England guidance and the option of commissioning a level III SQA qualified ‘energy efficiency and retrofit of traditional buildings’ contractor
  • assess the effect on the building, in its current condition, and balancing that with conservation priorities is the focus of this assessment in line with Good Practice Advice in Planning 2: Managing significance in Decision-Taking in the Historic Environment.

Outcome: permission granted

66 Harborne Road, Birmingham: Heritage Statement

Archway Heritage Ltd was instructed to inform two planning applications to seek permission for an extension and renovations to create two additional apartments within the main property and extension of and renovations to the Coach House and outbuilding to create a new residential property. We tailored our work to:

  • assess the significance of heritage assets and their settings within the study area, the contribution made by that setting and the sensitivity of the setting to further change
  • assess the level of effect of the proposed development on those heritage assets to a level of detail that is proportionate to the changes proposed
  • advise, where appropriate, on the integration of impact avoidance, minimisation measures, conservation methods and enhancement measures.

Outcome: permission granted

Cemex Manor, Surrey: Heritage Partnership Agreement (HPA) & Conservation Management Plan (CMP)

Archway Heritage Ltd was instructed to produce a Heritage Partnership Agreement [HPA] and Conservation Management Plan [CMP] in response to planning condition on permission to alter and change the use of the listed buildings within the site to form 56 extra care apartments and communal facilities, and erection of 23 extra care apartments (79 in total) together with access and parking provisions to form a continuing care retirement community. We tailored our work to:

  • assess the current understanding relating to the historical development of the site
  • assess its heritage value (i.e. ‘significance’) and compile policies designed to sustain, reveal and reinforce the heritage values that make the site unique.

Outcome: ongoing.