What is this report for?
This report is usually required by owners, architects, planners, and applicants who wish to modify a heritage listed building in any way, shape or form. H21 has a wealth of architectural, planning, legal, structural and services background and experience in order to provide such applicants with crucial heritage advice before decisions are made relating to the listed building or a contributory building in a heritage conservation area.
What is in this report?
An analysis of the heritage listing associated with the building and or an understanding of both the key characteristics in a heritage conservation area as well as its delimitation. It also includes an understanding of the key architectural heritage elements in the subject building such that H21 can comprehensively advise its clients about demolition, proposed changes, extensions, additions or subdivision.
Why do I need this report?
This report is needed by all applicants who wish to make changes in and around a heritage item and/or a contributory building in a heritage conservation area. The advantage of commissioning such a report is to avoid errors being made in decision relating to proposed changes to such buildings. The benefit of such a report is to avoid having to rework designs after they have either been refused or conditioned by the pertinent consent authority.
When do I need this report?
At the planning stage before any decisions are made about modifying, extending, adding, changing or subdividing a heritage property and certainly prior to designing, planning and lodging. H21 strongly recommends that these reports are commissioned at an early stage in order to get the most informed advice avoid errors, reworking and redesign.
If not done properly, the results appear heavy handed and crass. Working exclusively in the field, Heritage 21 has had more than thirty years experience in the adaptive re-use of heritage buildings and places. It is able to offer its clients the most up to date advice on how such buildings can be transformed and therefore increases the chances of approval by authorities having jurisdiction over the works. Setting, scale, bulk, height, curtilage, relationship of new to old and interiors are all factors that need to be taken into account especially with respect to streetscape context and architectural styles.