Conservation architecture is about much more than protecting and prolonging the life of older buildings. It is about providing the right advice, avoiding unnecessary expense, mitigating risk and assuring quality.

LHC Design has extensive experience in obtaining Listed building and Conservation Area consents on behalf of our clients, and in bringing to each project a well informed understanding of what it is that makes the building, Conservation area or Listed parkland special and how that significance can be used to deliver distinctiveness and value.

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Two of our senior members of staff, Jill Himsworth (BArch Commendation, PGDip Architectural Conservation Distinction, RIBA), and Grant Elliott (BA Hons Arch, PGDip, RIBA, FCIArb) are Registrants on the RIBA Conservation Register, which is an accreditation scheme of architects who are qualified and experienced to work on all aspects of the development, repair and maintenance and conservation of our built heritage.

Both Jill and Grant have considerable experience in the Listed Building and conservation fields together with familiarity and experience in dealing with Conservation Officers, Historic England and other stakeholders. Grant is also admitted on the Diocese of Exeter List of Inspectors approved to carry out Quinquennial Inspections and is authorised to carry out statutory inspections of church buildings and their churchyards.

Director, John Baulch, has also spoken at Historic England conferences on the subject of Constructive Conservation, and LHC’s Rolle Estate Office, which gained consent within a Grade 1 Listed parkland setting, is used as an exemplar case study by Historic England.


Statement of Significance

LHC Design can undertake assessment and then prepare a Statement of Significance for heritage assets affected by development proposals. We can also undertake assessment of heritage assets under consideration for statutory designation, e.g. spot listing or scheduling. Plus Historic Record Centre research to underpin Statements of Significance for heritage assets.

Heritage Impact Assessments

We can assess development proposals affecting the significance and/or setting of Heritage Assets.

Assessments of Potential for re-use

LHC Design can undertake assessment on the constraints and opportunities for the re-use of Heritage Assets.

Conservation Area Character Appraisals

We can undertake appraisal to assess the character, appearance and significance of Conservation Areas affected by development proposals, and carry out appraisals of areas under consideration for designation as Conservation Areas.

Historic Building Recording

Undertake written, photographic, and drawing recording of Heritage Assets likely to be affected by development proposals.

Conservation Management Plans

Carry out Conservation Management Plans for Heritage Assets.

Applications for Listed Building Consent

Prepare and submit applications for Listed Building Consent to Planning Authority.

Ecclesiastical Architecture

Prepare and submit applications for a Faculty to Diocese.
Undertake Quinquinnial Inspections of church buildings and their churchyards.


Restoration of GWR Hotel, Taunton


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