UNLOCK THE POTENTIAL OF OUR HERITAGE
We offer our clients the opportunity to revitalise and maximise the potential of heritage and historic assets, by applying our extensive expertise and experience in the management, restoration and conversion of historic and heritage buildings and places.
We share our passion for improving the economic and cultural value of historic assets by working with you to investigate options for alternative building use and adaptation, offering advice and knowledge sharing on building and energy management Our breadth of skills and depth of experience from both commercial practice and academic research enable us to advise and assist owners and managers with the challenges they face in the maintenance, utilisation and adaptation of their historic buildings.
Services The ways in which the Centre for Heritage and Conservation (CHC) can benefit you are numerous. If you can not see the particular challenge that you are faced with in the case studies below, we would still be keen to hear from you, as we have a broad range of experience and expertise. As a university we are highly experienced in the researching of unusual problems and providing innovative solutions.
Historic Building Option Appraisal and Heritage Advice
Architectural Design Reviews for Heritage Sites
We assess practical and viable options to unlock hidden opportunities in older buildings and identify optimum solutions for moving heritage projects forward by working with client-based briefs and respecting heritage, planning and user needs.
Many older and heritage buildings and places of significance present particular challenges to owners, neighbours and local communities. We can advise on architecture and design, and how best to deliver appropriate development and restoration. We also provide expert witnesses on development proposals for planning inquiries and other investigations. The CHC team provides clients with site-specific appraisals by combining the expertise of our wide range of architecture, planning, building surveying, construction and engineering specialists.
Who would benefit? • Local authority and public sector owners • Commercial building owners and managers • Property developers and consultants • Historic building trusts and amenity groups
Conservation Area Appraisals, Public Realm Assessments and Placeshaping Studies Our holistic approach to the built environment recognises the value of listed buildings and buildings with group value or significance. We understand the vital importance of place and spaces, the public realm and natural environment surrounding such buildings. Our appraisals comply with English Heritage best practice and the latest legislative framework including the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. Who would benefit? • Local authorities including Parish Councils • Amenity and special interest groups • Building owners and consultants
Who would benefit? • Local authorities including Parish Councils • Building owners • Planning consultants • Historic building trusts and amenity groups
Energy Efficient Building Management and Energy Cost Reduction Our consultancy projects and energy efficiency studies assist clients to reduce energy use, carbon footprint and the wider management costs of their heritage buildings. We specialise in appraising historic fabric, ventilation, and building management systems to improve facilities management, including user-comfort and heritage value. This enables owners and managers to optimise building use, the enjoyment of users and visitors and the conservation of built heritage. Who would benefit? • Commercial building owners and managers • Private heritage building owners • Local authorities and other public sector owners
In Focus: Shire Hall, Chelmsford The future for Shire Hall
Overview Shire Hall is an iconic Grade II listed Georgian building, built in 1791, in the heart of Chelmsford, providing a landmark at the head of the High Street. Owned by Essex County Council, it is a public and community asset, and housed the Magistrates Court from its origin until 2012 when Her Majesty’s Court moved out of the building. It is a much loved but complex building with city centre opportunities but with inadequate disabled access and major maintenance and upkeep costs. The building presents massive opportunities for commercial, civic and community uses. The Essex Chronicle published an article in May 2012 entitled ‘What should be done with Shire Hall?’. Community consultations are continuing in 2014 on how this major public asset can meet the expectations of a discerning city without becoming a heritage burden.
What were the challenges? The Grade II building was on the verge of becoming a ‘Building at Risk’, and was struggling to secure the necessary long term sustainable plan for the future. The custodians needed our help to explore the value of the building as perceived by a wide range of different user groups.
In response, our team provided an architectural focus group, comprising surveyors and designers, to assess the building’s true potential. The 18th century neoclassical building was remodelled with Victorian side-wings at the turn of the century and further art-deco modernisation in 1935. This is a reminder that no heritage asset should necessarily be preserved in aspic – but should be allowed to adapt to community values as it matures. In the 21st century, the building presents massive challenges on aspects like equality of access and economy of energy use.
The custodian needed to consider a spectrum of building uses to identify ways to generate income alongside community benefit; allowing the building to secure its long term sustainable future while overcoming remodelling, maintenance and ongoing operating costs.
How did we help? Our team delivered an extensive feasibility study in 2011 and 2012 with proposals focusing on the hidden opportunities at Shire Hall, following three conceptual routes: - a social ‘Community-Hub’ - commercial opportunities including mixed retail and offices - a hybrid use facilitating community needs such as civil ceremonies and major events, public meeting rooms and commercial office spaces. For example, the ‘Community Hub’ scheme featured a café and Tourist Information Centre, one of the criminal courts was retained for lectures and talks, and the scheme also featured an Internet hub, gallery and presentation spaces with further rooms for public meetings. The potential for Shire Hall to re-house the Post Office was also identified, reintroducing Post Office counters to the city centre. Our work was covered by the local media and encouraged wider public input, a key element in identifying the best future uses for publicly owned historic buildings.
What did the client think of our contribution? The Essex County Council Head of Asset Management and Heritage Environment highly regarded the work that the Heritage and Conservation team contributed to their design reviews, appreciated the ouputs, and the opportunity to work alongside the buzz that they created, working shoulder to shoulder on this iconic building.
Training and Education Anglia Ruskin University is nationally recognised as a provider of building conservation and built environment courses. We offer a selection of conservation and built environment short courses.
Our Expert Team
Our innovative and highly respected three year part-time MSc Conservation of Buildings course is recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. We have the knowledge and teaching expertise to provide bespoke training courses for our clients in a range of heritage and conservation-related areas such as facilities and energy management.
Dr Alan Coday Nationally recognised specialist on building conservation and heritage materials.
Dr Carlos Jimenez-Bescos Chartered building services engineer and Certified European Passivhaus Designer with expertise in energy efficiency, energy management and renewable technology.
Andrew Claiborne Chartered architect specialising in heritage buildings and building adaptation.
Ann Hockey Chartered Town Planner experienced in planning policy, legislation and place making.
Dr Richard Moore Building sustainability and project management specialist.
Richard Longstaff Chartered Architectural Technologist specialising in building modification and statutory compliance.
Contact We would welcome your enquiry. For further information or to register your interest, please contact: Sarah Paveley, Commercial Manager Call: 01245 683849 Email: email@example.com