Historic Environments

We regard conservation as a specialized and constructive process of managing change. All buildings and sites change in response to the demands made of them – by their owners, by their users, by evolving social and regulatory requirements, by wear and tear and the environment.

This is achieved through a collaborative process of investigation and research that involves a wide community of building users and stakeholders. We believe that when properly undertaken, conservation can both enhance historic authenticity and achieve transformation ensuring a sustainable future for our built heritage.


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“The object is not just conservation, but sustainable conservation – that is an outcome that optimises the usefulness of the building for the future as an asset, as well as a ‘heritage asset’.”

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