Listed Buildings Architects
When you visit England, it's difficult not to notice that we are immensely proud of our history and culture. Our rich heritage is most prominently displayed by our architecture, notably historic castles and listed buildings up and down the country. Although most of these are public buildings such as libraries and churches, it is possible to find listed buildings which are used for residential dwelling and commercial purposes.
For many architects, working with listed buildings is a challenge as they are under strict planning regulations due to their listed status. There are currently 3 tiers of grades and they are as follows:
Grade I - Sites of exceptional interest
(e.g. York Minster, Blackpool Tower)
Grade II* - Particularly important buildings with more than special interest
(e.g. Battersea Power Station, Leeds Library)
Grade II - Sites of special interest that are worth the effort to preserve them
(e.g. Whitby Railway Station, Broughton Castle)
As you may expect, each grade comes with its own set of planning restrictions which define what can and cannot be altered in terms of the internal and external fabric and features, even as part of restoration projects.
If you have purchased, or are considering buying a listed building, it's important to investigate the planning flexibility. Consulting an architect is highly recommended because they have the knowledge and experience to liaise with the planning officers and produce a design which adheres to the strict guidelines.
William Bates Architect have a wealth of experience in working with listed buildings for all purposes, including converting or renovating for residential dwelling purposes. Our proposals are highly sympathetic of the original features and materials used, all while incorporating an innovative and practical design solution.
From the inital consultation, we will establish your expectations and aspirations for the building. Whether you are looking to convert a commercial building into a set of residential apartments, or renovate a 16th thatched cottage into your dream home, you can count on William Bates Architect to provide a tailored solution. We will be more than happy to help you take a project to the planning decision stage, including developing a complete planning application.
If you would like to arrange your initial consultation to discuss your project in more detail, please don't hesitate to get in touch via 01435 812973 and speak with a member of our knowledgeable team.