Did you know that in County Durham alone there are over 3,000 listed buildings? Along with the specific requirements that listed buildings bring, it can be difficult to know how to restore your building whilst keeping to listed building guidance.
Listed Buildings are buildings that have been placed on the Statutory List of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. It’s a criminal offence to alter the character of a listed building without first obtaining listed building consent. Similarly it’s also an offence to demolish an unlisted building within a Conservation area.
At William Gray Associates, we understand the importance of keeping building work to your Listed Building legal, whilst upgrading it to meet modern standards. We’ll firstly identify the features that make the building worthy of special interest. We will then consider your requirements offering you advice and guidance as to what will work best to create the perfect balance between traditional and contemporary that is likely to be acceptable to the local authority’s conservation officer. With the necessary approvals, you can alter, extend or even demolish the building.
Essential repair work is the main reason for Listed Buildings alterations. However this can sometimes be a challenge since traditional materials and building methods can be extremely costly. We can suggest alternatives that may be acceptable and will work with current guidelines enabling you to upgrade your property inside and out. We’ll aim to keep crucial traditional features untouched while bringing the 21st century to your building.
If you are looking for more information relating to alterations and restoration work to your Listed Building, please contact William Gray Associates on 01833 650316. Alternatively visit our website: www.williamgrayassociates.co.uk.