1st Edition

An Introduction to Architectural Conservation
Philosophy, Legislation and Practice

ISBN 9781859465295
Published July 9, 2015 by RIBA Publishing
126 Pages

USD $62.95

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Book Description

There are over half a million listed buildings in Britain, conservation areas can be found in every borough, and a large proportion of our housing stock pre-dates 1914. So, whether in extending a listed house, reordering a local church, or converting an historic warehouse, most architects will work with historic buildings at some point in their career – even if they are not a specialist conservation architect.

An Introduction to Architectural Conservation introduces non-specialist architects to the principles behind legislation concerning historic buildings. It will help them understand the practicalities of this legislation, the aims and objectives of Conservation Offices, Statutory Amenity Societies and other guardians of our heritage. With these skills, readers can advise clients more accurately, make successful listed building applications, and ensure their interventions are sensitive, appropriate and effective.

An Introduction to Architectural Conservation is also a practical guide to good working practice: taking readers through the process of preparing a listed building application, preparing a suitable tender package and administering the contract.


Table of Contents

1. The Role of the Architect  2. The Underlying Principles of Conservation  3. Reasons Why Historic Buildings May Need to Change  4. Government Policy for Heritage Assets  5. Designation Systems and Legislative Framework  6. Assessing a Building’s Significance  7. Applying for Consent  8. Reconciling Matters From Fees to Site Inspections  9. Practical Matters 

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Nick Lee-Evans is the Managing Partner of the Lee Evans Partnership. He champions the concept of local distinctiveness, the innovative use of sustainable local materials, and the imaginative reuse of historic buildings. He has worked on numerous listed buildings, including barns, Napoleonic forts, and stately homes.