When it comes to building work, historic homes need special treatment. Many old buildings cost more to upkeep and renovate than new properties and keeping a period home true to its origins requires detailed research.
What is a listing?
Listing is a process of identifying and protecting our heritage. The Secretary of State has a statutory duty to maintain a list of all our buildings of special architectural or historic interest. The lists were started in 1953, they are supervised by English Heritage.
Details about all the 450,000 listed buildings in this country are at Local Authority offices and are open to public scrutiny. Listed buildings are divided into Grade I, Grade II* and Grade II.
Tips for alterations to listed buildings
Informal discussion with your local planning department at the early stage of any project
Beware – If unauthorised works have been carried out on a listed building, the local planning authority can prosecute you and serve a listed building enforcement notice, even if the works were done by a previous owner, although you do have the right of appeal
There is no fee attached to a Listed Building Consent Application and they typically take eight weeks to process. Once granted, consent is usually valid for 5 years
This is separate from planning permission, so this may also need to be applied for
It’s wise to employ a specialist builder for listed building work, they understand historical architecture, will renovate to a high standard and will identify potential problems
Building work can often cost 30-50% more than in contemporary buildings, due to the materials and skilled labour involved.
Amongst the services offered:
- Excellent skilled craftsmen who specialise in restoration
- House and period feature restoration
- Fire and flood damage restoration
- Historic and listed building restoration
G k building take great pride and pleasure in the detailed and precise tasks involved in restoring period properties and features.
We have experience in restoring complex period features in fine properties we also have extensive knowledge of restoring and maintaining listed buildings.