Filling in the short form below will instantly give you a set of contact details for Surveyors, Engineers and Architects, who can provide specialized consultancy relating to Historic Buildings. You will be provided with their full contact details, all within less than a second, and you will then be able to contact them directly to discuss your requirement in more detail. Should you wish to place an order you would deal with them directly. There is no middle man.
A building is listed because of its age, historical interest or architectural features. The listings are graded I,II or II*. If you own a listed building you have on-going responsibility for appropriate repairs including continuing with any that were started by a previous owner. The Surveyor will be able to provide you with detailed drawings and elevations of your building as well as look at traditional construction methods and original materials. This will give you an idea of any expenses you are likely to occur and the correct methods for necessary maintenance. Altering or extending listed buildings is possible but you may need to obtain Listed Building Consent and other permissions. The Historic Building Surveyor will be able to advise you about what is involved.
If you are thinking of buying a building that is listed then it is advisable seek advice from a surveyor who specialises in historic buildings so you can understand the responsibilities you would be taking on, the correct techniques to use for repairs and the associated costs. The survey will also show if any alterations or repairs were carried out without Listed Building Consent.
If you own a building or are thinking of buying a building which is very old but is not listed, then similarly a Historic Building Surveyor will be able to give you advice.
A Historic Building Surveyor can project manage any repairs and alterations and will liaise with the local Conservation Officer at your Local Authority as appropriate.
This section of English Heritage’s website gives some useful guidance on what to look out for in older buildings.
The Surveyor you appoint should have suitable qualifications and experience. You will need to find out what they are and check the Surveyor has appropriate insurance. Anyone calling themselves a Chartered Building Surveyor must be a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) http://www.rics.org/uk/ and will have the letters MRICS or FRICS after their name. RICS is the world’s largest regulatory body for surveyors and other property professionals. To become a member the candidate must meet strict criteria in qualifications, experience and professionalism.
Some properties may have wider archaeological interest. So you could need more specialist advice. For example the site might need to be excavated before you start making any changes. Wessex Archaeology is one of the largest archaeological practices in the country. They were set up as a trust in 1979 and they provide a wide range of services across the whole of the UK. Not only do they carry out building surveys on historic properties but they also cover excavations, underwater archaeology, coastal studies, human remains analysis, production of academic publications and specialist illustration and computer modelling.For more information,please see their website, www.wessexarch.co.uk
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