Heritage / Historic buildings
Lea Hough Chartered Surveyors are able to advise owners or tenants of historic buildings in relation to building maintenance, improvement or restoration works.
Bringing historical buildings back to their former glory can become a labour of love, and maintaining them to modern standards can also be an ongoing challenge.
Maintaining buildings of a historical or heritage nature can often be complex and may sometimes involve meeting an additional layer of regulation. Our team have the experience, expertise and knowledge to be able to provide advice that not only means the completion of work within specified guidelines, but also provides a viable solution to achieve best value.
Our team are able to advise on making alterations to buildings within Conservation Areas, as well as Listed buildings.
Buildings that are protected under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 dictates that any work on a Listed building must involve seeking consent prior to commencement. This includes both internal and external changes, and can even extend to redecorating!
Although less stringent for properties within Conservation Areas, there is still a process of application to be followed, that can be difficult to navigate for those without experience.
Whilst heritage buildings are not necessarily subject to strict regulations in terms of the materials used, there is usually a strong desire to maintain the building’s features and integrity. Ecclesiastical buildings such as Church of England churches must be inspected by an architect or Chartered Building Surveyor every five years. Although some funding is available, making best use of this requires professional advice. Our Chartered Surveyors have a track record of working with dioceses to provide ongoing advice in relation to both planned expenditure and emergency repairs, with our timely advice helping to ensure that funds are used effectively.
Our team are able to advise in relation to one-off projects being undertaken on properties, or alternatively, can work alongside the property owners or proprietors to provide expertise on an ongoing basis.
For more information or to speak to a member of our team with specialist knowledge on working with historical or ecclesiastical buildings, please get in touch.