To protect and conserve

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To protect and conserve

July 2013

English Heritage grade 2 listed
The heritage team’s ever-expanding work is helping to safeguard England’s irreplaceable architectural legacy. The work is evenly divided between professional services and projects.
 
Services include pre-acquisition surveys for potential buyers of listed buildings, advice on potential liabilities associated with leases and commercial occupation, and identifying defects and explaining necessary repairs.
 
 “There is a strong conservation element,” says Tom Barton, associate. “You need to know where to look for problems, such as the most common places for timber frames to decay.” The heritage team is also involved in a hands-on role in architectural and project management services.
 
We are appointed to survey and produce a schedule of work that describes repairs in detail, which is then given to specialist craftsmen with heritage experience,” says Tom. “We will recommend who to appoint to do the work, draft a contract between the builder and the owner, and oversee work on site, addressing any issues that may come up.” 
 
Recent projects include re-roofing a Grade II* building (a job that took one year), working on a Grade II* Georgian terrace in Stamford, repairs on Grade I tearooms, and extensions and the refurbishment of lots of listed farm buildings. Such work can be expensive but advice on grants is also available. “These buildings are often functionally redundant so owners get little or no financial or economic value from repairing them. 
 
Despite the conditions often imposed, grants can be very useful: we have been involved in two recent successful applications to English Heritage to repair buildings that were on the At Risk Register; the Grade I Muniments Room in Melbourne and a Grade II* sawmill in Osmaston.” 
 
The firm is increasingly moving into conservation management plans, and has recently worked with the East Midlands Heritage Management hub on a picturesque garden structure in Derbyshire.
 
Tom is shortly to graduate from a postgraduate qualification in Historic Environment Management.
 
For further information contact Tom Barton on 0153001530 567469 email tom.barton@fishergerman.co.uk
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