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Designscape Architects
Bath Brewery
Toll bridge Road
Bath
BA1 7DE

 

Designscape is a design-led architecture practice with a wide range of built projects throughout the UK and beyond. Established in 2005, our work has covered a range of sectors including residential, public and arts buildings as well as larger scale commercial and industrial buildings.

Our work includes interesting contemporary new build projects, as well as schemes that bring new life and identity to historic and listed buildings. We enjoy using new technology where this is of benefit to our buildings and users and all our projects look to minimise their environmental impact and keep running and maintenance costs low. We want our clients to find the experience of working with us and using a Designscape building, an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Whatever the task we enjoy bringing ingenuity, sensitivity and expertise to our work whatever the size and nature of the project, we are driven by desire to ensure that all are commissions are completed to the highest possible standard.

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Designscape is a design-led architecture practice with a wide range of built projects throughout the UK and beyond. Established in 2005, our work has covered a range of sectors including residential, public and arts buildings as well as larger scale commercial and industrial buildings.

Our work includes interesting contemporary new build projects, as well as schemes that bring new life and identity to historic and listed buildings. We enjoy using new technology where this is of benefit to our buildings and users and all our projects look to minimise their environmental impact and keep running and maintenance costs low. We want our clients to find the experience of working with us and using a Designscape building, an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

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Based in the World Heritage City of Bath, we regularly get enquiries from clients wishing to make alterations to a Listed building in order to make them meet the requirements of modern family living. From internal structural changes such as removing walls to open up the living space or converting the vaults to create additional living space to adding a large extension to allow reorganisation of the communal living spaces.

Listed Buildings Alteration

The way in which people occupy their homes today varies quite considerably from Georgian times. Most wish to live in a warm, dry house without damp, the past subdivision of a house into separate kitchen, dining and living room spaces is quite different to the open plan living we crave today and many wish to repurpose what would have been servants quarters into a home office or guest room to suite modern family living.

Listed Building Consent

Each of these seemingly simple building alterations require Listed Building Consent in order to transform a listed building into a modern family home and in some situations approval by the Local Authority Conservation team is resisted. Heritage England, the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate our beloved historic environment, has a useful guide to listed building consent here.

Historic England

It is a common misunderstanding that only the features included in the Listing Notice or the primary elevation are Listed. This is not the case. Be aware that it is a criminal offence to undertake works without the proper approval. Designscape have the in house expertise to help with this. Associate Alex Sykes can be found on the Riba’s list of Conservation Architects here.

Historic England give guidance on listed elements of a building as follows:

If an object is fixed to the principal building in such a way that it would be considered a fixture in the usual sense (it would be included in the sale details of a property unless expressly excluded), it would be protected by the listing.

This might even include that once fashionable avocado bathroom suite!

The good news is that once you make a Listed Building application, it is unlikely that work which took place in the C20th will be protected. However you must obtain approval to remove it. Work that affects the character of a Listed building will always require approval and will generally be resisted by the conservation team unless justified by diligent research and investigation. Interestingly, it is often much easier to justify a distinctly modern extension than obtain consent for a seemingly minor internal alteration to a Listed Building.

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Historic Building Conservation

Many conservation officers have little truck with arguments such as: ‘But this is the kind of space required for modern family living!’ and are likely to respond with variations of: ‘This historic building has functioned as a house for 200 years, if you don’t like it move.’ This stance can seem pretty unreasonable, when you have spent a vast amount of money on your Listed property and want to deal with the water pouring through the basement vault, or want to knock two small rooms into one. There is no simple answer. Every day there are instances of unapproved work taking place within Listed Buildings in Bath, which can result in prosecution.  

Work with a Qualified Architect

The responsible approach to transforming a Listed Building into a modern family home, is to seek expert advice to guide you through the process of obtaining Listed building consent. But do bear in mind that you may need to modify your ambitions. As architects, we are creative problem solvers. We create beautiful spaces and buildings of quality and longevity. As professionals we are required to act with integrity and within the confines of statutory regulation and the law. Sometimes we need to give our clients advice that they do not want in order to protect them from their aspirations, but in all cases we are looking for solutions and ways in which we can obtain Listed Building planning consent for them.

Historic Homes transformed for Modern Living

 

While the alteration of a Listed building or historic homes rarely comes without its challenges by working with a skilled architect, you can successfully transform your properties into a modern, comfortable family home best suited to contemporary living.

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Do get in touch for an informal chat or book a free consultation here.  We look forward to talking to you.

Project Information.

Based in the World Heritage City of Bath, where there are more than 5000 Listed Buildings, we regularly get enquiries from clients wishing to make alterations to their Listed property to help meet the requirements of modern family living