Conservation and restoration of existing buildings is a form of recycling and encompasses everything from the Listed Buildings administered by Historic England to a thirties semi in a suburban street. While many well-known conservation organisations like The National Trust tend to concentrate on caring for landmark buildings with period features or historical value, any alterations or extensions to a building can be seen as a form of restoration

While the current economic climate in the UK has decimated the new-build sector of the construction industry, it has made us look again at our existing buildings, both commercial and domestic. This climate, together with the one outside, is also making us look at the energy consumption of our buildings and this presents Architects with possibly their biggest challenge for the future. Almost 90% of the buildings we will be living and working in by 2025 have already been built so we have got our work cut out to make a significant reduction in energy use in our buildings

While the future of new building will undoubtedly concentrate on achieving high insulation values and low energy use using modern equipment and materials, the vast majority of our older buildings will have to be modified to accommodate our new lifestyles while conserving their best features and reducing their running costs. This will involve careful evaluation of the existing building fabric and services, the building users’ present and future needs and compliance with legislation. Early dialogue with conservation bodies such as Historic England and the local planning officers is essential if the building is listed, has valuable period features or is located in a Conservation Area

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”

William Morris (1834-1896)

Conversions & Extensions

We have considerable experience in the adaptation, conversion and extension of existing buildings of all ages. This includes everything from domestic extensions to schools, village halls through to a multi-million-pound conversion of a Grade II Listed Building. Current and previous Clients include Local Authorities, Housing Associations, Charitable Trusts, Museums and Commercial Property Developers as well as private individuals

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Weardale Museum
Preston Hall Museum & Park
Park Tower Apartments
The Manor House
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