Our Services

Historic Area Assessment

We have extensive experience of developing an understanding of historic towns and settlements, and the contribution made by the historic environment to their present-day character.

This includes the analysis and preparation of assessments of the built and archaeological resource, including:
  • Conservation Area Appraisals 
  • Extensive Urban Survey (EUS)
  • Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC)
Our in-house archaeological, historical and building conservation expertise means that we provide expert primary and secondary documentary research into historic places and their setting, and then develop an assessment of the special interest of areas through fieldwork and consultation, including recording and evaluating the component parts, identifying character areas, and defining the contribution made by green space, individual features and setting. For designated assets, for example, Conservation Areas, we can also develop a well-evidenced review of existing boundaries and make recommendations for their amendment or retention.

Conservation Management Plans

As well as explaining the special interest of historic features and places, and drawing out the values and significance placed on them, by the communities which use them, as part of helping clients to develop an overall understanding of their asset, we also can provide Conservation Management Plans, which incorporate an 'understanding' of an asset's significance with an examination of the issues which are affecting that special interest or value, and how current or future management could impact on that - or how change could be mitigated or enhanced.

Our services include full Conservation Management Plans, as well as smaller scale work, such as audits of assets, Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis, the identification of generic issues, condition survey and the development of recommendations for management principles or 'policies' which can be adopted to address specific issues.

Townscape Heritage (TH)

In addition to having written successful Stage 1 and 2 bids for TH funding, we also have a background in THI scheme delivery (Derby THI) and in 2013 were commissioned by the Heritage Lottery Fund to evaluate 25 completed THI schemes across the UK. The findings from this work helped with the development of the relaunched 'TH' in 2013.

We have a detailed understanding of what makes successful TH application – both from the point of view of scheme development and project implementation. In developing any application, we use our substantial experience of the key elements of TH to develop deliverable applications and, through work with our trusted partners - leading heritage Activity Planners and Quantity Surveyors - to provide a 'one stop shop' for the full package of Stage 1 and 2 requirements for any TH application.

Statements of Significance & Heritage Impact Assessment

Statements of Significance help you understand and care for the heritage asset that you own or look after, and make informed decisions about any proposed changes and are an important part of the planning and listed building consent process when dealing with heritage assets.

Using our specialist archaeological and historic building expertise, we can develop clear, evidence-based statements that explain the development of your asset over time, highlighting what makes it special and in the ways in which it is 'significant'. We can advise on the suitability of alterations and help you take a conservation approach to managing change, in the context of planning or listed building consent, and prepare Heritage Impact Assessments to explain how you have considered how your proposed work will 'impact' on the asset's significance and how it can be mitigated.

Grant Applications for Heritage Projects

We have an excellent understanding of the requirements for funding for Heritage projects, having been involved in the development of a number of significant applications for grant funding including:
  • HLF - Townscape Heritage; Heritage Grants; Our Heritage & Resilient Heritage
  • MORPHE compliant project designs (for Historic England/English Heritage)
  • Esmée Fairbairn - Stages 1 & 2
In addition we have acquired over £750k of small scale funding for high profile third sector and charity clients - including the Council for British Archaeology (CBA), the Heritage Alliance and the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA).

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