AHR SERVICES
BUILDING CONSULTANCY

CONSERVATION & HERITAGE

WE HAVE A SPECIALIST CONSERVATION TEAM PROVIDING SERVICES RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENT AND CONSERVATION OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS AND SENSITIVE DESIGN WITHIN THE HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT. WITH MANY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE GAINED ON A WIDE RANGE OF HISTORIC BUILDING PROJECTS, OUR CONSERVATION AND HERITAGE TEAM INCLUDES AABC ACCREDITED CONSERVATION ARCHITECTS, AND ARCHITECT MEMBERS OF THE INSTITUTE OF HISTORIC BUILDING CONSERVATION.
CONTACT
Andrew France
  • Significance and Understanding
    Gaining a complete understanding of the historic environment is key to its sustainable management. Before any works are considered, we carry out research, audits and assessments to make sure we fully understand the building and to inform decisions about its future. This includes the creation of Conservation Statements, Conservation Management Plans and Conservation Area Assessments.
     
    Survey and Analysis

    We have a wealth of knowledge and experience of historic buildings, their construction, context and issues which affect them. With the technical expertise and equipment to carry out detailed survey and investigation works, we are well equipped to carry out the survey and analysis of historic buildings. Our services include historic building surveys, recording and analysis, measured building surveys, and photometrics, condition surveys and quinquennial inspections.

    Repair and Maintenance
    AHR has a specialist team dealing with historic building works. This allows repairs within the historic environment to be carried out by specialists knowledgeable in building conservation, supported by a large multinational, multidisciplinary practice. Our team has experience in the repair of simple and complex buildings of many ages. Repair methods are suited to the long-term consideration of heritage and the simplification of building services to ease maintenance in the future.

    Development and Regeneration

    AHR is able to advise on the development potential of protected buildings and sites in historically sensitive areas. We are skilled in managing change in historic areas and in interpreting clients’ requirements to enable continuing or new uses for historic buildings. This includes pre-purchase conservation, planning, development and design advice, together with Listed Building and Conservation Area Applications, and negotiating with Local Authorities on proposals affecting heritage assets.

    Grants and Funding
    With experience and a track record of sourcing and administering grants for repair and conservation projects, we can assisted clients in obtaining grants and funding from Local Government, Historic England, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and other sources.

    Legislation
    We offer planning and development advice relating to the historic environment including Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas. We have specialist experience in dealing with faculty jurisdiction and the separate planning laws governing church buildings. Our services include Planning and Listed Building Applications, discharging planning and Listed Building conditions, planning appeals negotiations regarding enforcement notices, specialist advice on churches including ecclesiastical exemptions, and advice on delisting and Certificates of Immunity. We also advise Local Authorities, acting on their behalf or providing specialist advice to augment their own services.

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