If you require an historic building assessment of a building, its attached outbuildings, and even the fixtures and finishes we can help you determine the character, age and significance of the structure.  


  • This considers the structure as a whole, including its construction, plan form, and the dating of the fabric.  
  • We look at what is an historical structure with all the possible changes and alterations that can occur over time and the use of what are now generally considered as archaic building methods and styles
  • Develop a chronology to show when it was built and how the building has changed over time  
  • Demonstrate how much historic character and fabric remains and how this may be altered by a proposal
  • This is required as part of any planning applications involving listed buildings.
  • We attempt to distinguish the various stages of construction and where changes and alterations have been made.  These are considered and discussed in a written report that usually contains a set of building plans annotated to show the broad phasing of the building’s history.
  • This can be prepared when first considering changes or alterations to an historic building or heritage asset so that the designers can fully understand what they are working with and so take account of this within their proposals.  
  • As recommended by guidelines that form part of the Government’s planning policy to ensure that damage to our built heritage is limited.


Each assessment is written in a narrative form to show clearly what we have looked at and explain what we have seen in as plain non technical English as possible with any necessary technical terms clarified.  


Our expertise in dealing with old buildings allows us to consider each part of the structure as an individual element that makes up the whole - rather in the way that it would have been built.