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Focus On Conservation

Contemporary garden room near listed building

Focus On Conservation

Throughout the UK, there is an abundance of old, heritage and listed buildings. Achieving the alterations and extensions that you desire in old buildings and conservation areas can prove a challenge, but a careful and sympathetic approach, developing bespoke solutions and working with local conservation officers, can result in stunning spaces.
Here we explore the two approaches to working with old buildings; contemporary additions that are ‘of their time’ which contrast with the existing fabric and tell the story of the building; and the careful preservation of the original character or reinstatement of traditional features.

CONTEMPORARY SOLUTIONS

Glazing can be used to link into existing brick or stone buildings
Structural glazing can be used to extend listed fabric
Modern elements may be inserted such as a glazed staircase

TRADITIONAL SOLUTIONS

New bay window designed to match existing
New stone bay window designed to match existing
Replica design of a stone porch to enhance the character of the main entrance to this Georgian Hall
Working with experienced stone masons to achieve high quality restoration
Careful restoration; splicing of old timber with new wood
Sympathetic preservation of historic fabric
Original lath and plaster walls to be restored

ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS
For people living in existing buildings which are listed or in Green Belt, it is a challenge to achieve the additional space needed within
the planning framework. There are alternative solutions for achieving your visions.
Basements: As long as the construction does not harm the existing
fabric, a basement may be considered.

Space underground may give opportunity for light and space unavailable in the existing building.

Garden buildings: There may be an opportunity for achieving
additional space in garden buildings, where a more contemporary
approach may be appropriate.
Hayes & Partners has a proven track record of achieving planning
consent for alterations and extensions to historic and listed
buildings. Our staff have a wealth of experience of working on
conservation projects.