Historic Building Recording

Every building has a story that is waiting to be told…
We have two decades of experience in historic building investigation and recording. Our passion is manifest in the scrutiny that each project is given, with something new to discover from a structures fabric and historic documents. Every building is unique, and we pride ourselves on offering a bespoke service tailored to meet the needs of the building and the proposals.

Building investigations are best carried out early on, forming the basis for the design of acceptable schemes that will meet planning requirements. Investigations may be required to support applications for Listed Building Consent (LBC) or Scheduled Monument Consent (SMC), planning (for non-designated assets), or funding for repair or conservation.

Recording may be requested before and/or during development to mitigate impacts on the historic fabric.Our reports are illustrated with a selection of photographs, phased plans and evidence from historical material. They are structured to ensure the findings are clearly understandable and directly related to the aims and objectives of the project.

The range of buildings we have investigated include (deserted medieval) timber-framed houses, manors, churches, farm buildings, schools, glasshouses, public houses, town houses, cottages, industrial and defence buildings.

Our reports conform to current guidelines set-out by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and Historic England:

  • Standard and Guidance for historic environment desk-based assessment (CIfA 2014)
  • Standard and Guidance for the archaeological investigation and recording of standing buildings or structures (CIfA 2014)
  • Understanding Historic Buildings – A guide to good recording practice (Historic England 2016)
  • Conservation Principles Policy and Guidance for the Sustainable management of the historic environment (English Heritage 2008)
  • The Setting of Heritage Assets, Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning Note 3 (Historic England 2015).

For more information on the types of historic building work please click on the links below:

Heritage Statements
Desk-based Assessments