Conservation Management Plans

Helping you with conservation management

The Conservation Management Plan is a comprehensive document used as a guide to control future changes to heritage buildings and places. Producing these plans isn’t easy, and requires the expertise and experience of specialists in the conservation of cultural heritage. Heritage 21 has that experience in heritage conservation, and drawing up comprehensive and accurate cultural heritage management plans is one of our most frequently requested services from our clients.

What is a conservation management plan?

At the centre of any conservation of cultural heritage strategy is a statement of cultural significance, derived from a thorough physical, historical and comparative analysis of the place. It is the statement of cultural significance that guides the formulation of conservation policies in perpetuity. The Conservation Management Plan (CMP) makes use of comparative analysis in order to survey the regional extent and number of similar buildings and places so that the relative rarity of such places can be collectively measured.

Why is rarity important?

Rarity underpins the evaluation of a heritage place. If there are many other similar places, it cannot be rare. However, if there are only very few, its rarity factor will lead to policies calling for greater protection and more restricted changes. Understanding the role that rarity plays in conservation management, and being able to adequately assess the rarity of a building, is important in making sure that the building will be properly cared for and governed by an adequate level of requirements.

With that in mind, attached to most CMPs is a schedule of works calling for specific repairs and conservation works and in other cases long term maintenance schedules too. Depending on the state of the building, these repairs and maintenance schedules might be a costly additional burden on the property owner, so it’s important that the expert that looks at your building is fair and balanced in drawing up the heritage building conservation plan so as to not burden you beyond what is necessary for the preservation of the building.

 Heritage 21’s expertise in conservation management plans in Sydney properties

The CMP is a fundamental document for all state-listed buildings. It forms the basis of controlling future changes to important heritage buildings and places. But it also acts as a useful guide for owners and managers in terms of regular maintenance and appropriate decision making in relation to the fabric of such places. Heritage 21 has undertaken more than 50 Conservation Management Plans across Sydney since starting its consultancy in 1994, and its team is therefore well placed to assist you with all your heritage documentation needs.



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