We are experienced in undertaking listed building renovation and restoration.
Listed properties are graded according to their importance, with only buildings of ‘exceptional interest’ listed as a Grade I. Grade II buildings are ‘of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them‘, while Grade II buildings are ‘particularly important buildings of more than special interest’.
More than 90% of the listed buildings in the UK are either Grade I or II
Careful restoration plays a key role in the continuing enjoyment of these properties.
We have a great deal of experience in the practices that originally built these houses so that a restoration or restorative building project is just that. Using the correct materials such as lime mortar and plaster ensure that the final project is in harmony with the existing character. It can also help prevent secondary problems associated the unsympathetic use of modern materials.
You will need consent from local authorities to work on any kind of listed building, though it will naturally be more difficult to gain approval for work on a Grade 1 property.
Please be aware that the listing of a building applies to the inside of a property as well as the outside, so internal changes require permission in exactly the same way as superficial alterations. Outbuildings and associated lands are also usually listed along with the property.
The installation of doors and windows, alteration of fireplaces and removal of surfaces are all examples of internal work which will require prior consent. You’ll even need permission for common installations such as burglar alarms and television aerials.
It often takes more than a couple of months for councils to consider and decide on planning applications, so it can be tempting to proceed without permission – especially in the case of smaller renovation tasks. However, undertaking unauthorised work on a listed building is a criminal offence, and at best you’ll be made to undo all your work. It may not seem like it, but waiting patiently for the necessary permissions can actually save you time and money in the long run.
We are currently involved in extensive Listed Building works around the region and can offer professional and helpful advice to ensure correct procedures are followed.