Contemporary Conservation

Our country has a rich history and building heritage with many properties being within conservation areas or listed. Older buildings have survived because of their adaptability. Evolving needs of successive generations have left their mark and added to history. Carrying on this tradition to preserve, enhance and be fit for the future is essential to help keep our varied and exciting history alive. Whilst respecting the past we can make our current mark and add to the history of an evolving property.

My approach to these projects is the same as with any residential schemes. Every project is an opportunity to do something better than just the minimum acceptable. Preserving and enhancing the nature of conservation areas, understanding building construction methods, being able to read historic changes, individual site constraints, budget limitations, access requirements, long term aspirations etc. need to be considered from the outset. Balancing the additional constraints on these buildings is a challenge I relish.

My philosophy with older properties and conservation areas is to seek solutions that enable the buildings to adapt for the future and to enhance the area. This does not preclude innovative contemporary design and I believe that old and new can complement each other to achieve higher standards of design. 

Being in a conservation area or being a listed property rightly requires a greater level of scrutiny under the planning system. Understanding the design process and the needs of Local Authority Conservation Officers etc. is essential for overall success.

Over recent years I have built up an extensive portfolio of successful projects in conservation areas across the Vale of Belvoir and increasingly work on listed properties further afield. The key is understanding what will preserve or enhance the nature of the location and has led to some very innovative design approaches to achieve success.

Having had a keen interest and involvement with conservation issues for many years I am continuing to undertake advanced training towards Conservation Architect status and currently accredited as a Conservation Registrant under the Royal Institute of Architects Conservation registration scheme. 

Our buildings need to adapt as much as we do to meet changes in technology and lifestyles. To achieve this and preserve our environment and history is a challenge worth rising to, but sadly all too often not taken.