Sustainability and Heritage
The demands of conservation and sustainability are often seen in conflict but this doesn’t need to be the case. The treatment of traditional buildings requires a different set of skills and material solutions to modern construction, and we believe a holistic approach generates results that harmoniously balance these demands.
We give heritage assets the best chance of survival by championing a retrofit approach, working closely with clients and design teams to optimise potential. This allows us to reduce operational energy while improving liveability and making positive contributions to social and economic sustainability.
Whether working on historic buildings or weaving into historic surroundings our work is sensitive to its context. We work closely with carefully selected conservation, ecological, planning and landscape consultants to help us navigate the design process and maximise the potential of a project.
Projects within conservation areas or within the curtilage of historic structures need to carefully respond to their surroundings and enhance the sense of place that makes these sites unique. These considerations are as relevant within an urban setting as within the rolling landscapes of national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and our approach adapts and responds to the context of each project.
With offices in Henley-on-Thames and Bristol, we collaborate with local conservation officers and national bodies, including Historic England and The National Trust, to negotiate a path through planning, listed building and legal frameworks.