Conservation, period properties and listed buildings

We love old buildings. And we especially love giving old buildings new life through sympathetic yet vibrant conversions, restoring and showcasing the best bits while transforming them for modern use.

Whitfield Architects works with listed buildings and scheduled monuments; and within conservation areas in villages, towns and cities, developing appropriately designed architecture that respects and reflects the history of its surroundings. This often includes using contemporary design techniques to enhance old buildings and help their quality shine through.

Our founder Mark Whitfield specialises in heritage architecture and conservation. He has worked extensively with both local authority conservation officers and Historic England, in connection with listed buildings and scheduled monuments. If you’d like to ask Mark’s advice about a potential project, please do get in touch.

Our heritage architecture services include:

  • Initial assessment of the site or building – Viewing with the owner or purchaser, providing initial advice on redevelopment, restoration and possible future uses.
  • Feasibility drawings and feasibility studies – Drawing up the site and building layouts to ascertain how much can be accommodated (for example, a historic building with lots of internal structure would not be suitable for a modern open plan office without major structural work).
  • Leading the design team – Including working directly with a Heritage Consultant, if the project demands it.
  • Local authority processes – Including development of Heritage Appraisals, Heritage Statements and Conservation Plans (alongside a Heritage Consultant where required).
  • Planning applications for period buildings – This may include Listed Building Consent or demolition within a Conservation Area; and further information may need to be submitted to Historic England, following approval.
  • Detailed drawings – Plus specifications and schedules of work.
  • Working with specialist heritage contractors – Liaising with stonemasons, decorators, steam cleaners and expert plasterers during construction.
  • Construction and completion support – As detailed as part of our commercial architecture services.

We can also provide Heritage Statements for smaller projects, as part of a Design & Access Statement to obtain planning permission.

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Why choose us?

Our founder Mark Whitfield is an RIBA chartered architect with a wealth of expertise in heritage architecture. His experience over the last decade includes:

  • A new guest annexe for a listed residential property in Burton-In-Lonsdale, in a conservation area on the Yorkshire border
  • The Courthouse on Deansgate in Manchester – which converted a government-owned grade-II-listed courthouse into a mixed-use office and leisure scheme.
  • Apartments on King Street, also in Manchester city centre – turning a vacant grade-II-listed office building into premium residential units.
  • Haig Pit in Whitehaven, Cumbria – where a scheduled monument was restored and transformed into a visitor attraction.

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