What does a conservation architect do?

Thanks to its industrial wealth, Birmingham and the West Midlands have some of the finest examples of 18th- and 19th-century architecture in the country, and preserving this heritage has been key to our success since the outset in 1989. 

Given that the main architectural stock of these areas tends to date from the late 18th and the whole of the 19th centuries, we have accumulated expertise on the differing styles and uses of historical buildings across the region. Our refurbishment designs pay close attention to the strict requirements of these kinds of projects, 

Listed buildings and green belt developments are particularly tricky to design and plan, given that the local authority places an absolute premium on preserving period styles in architectural projects, and demands adherence to concepts like ‘openness’ in developing the green belt. These stringent guidelines also often involve neighbours and community involvement.

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Regent's Green, Leamington Spa
Courtyard Gardens, Haseley Manor

What kind of conservation projects have you done?

Given the historic nature of these projects, a large part of our skill is knowing what the conservation officer is going to want to see to preserve their unique characteristics, and here is the value of the full architects service. From refurbishing listed manor houses to infill developments in AONBs, extensions in conservation areas and complex building alterations – we have dedicated experts that work closely with English Heritage and conservation teams in council planning departments.

In addition to our conservation and listed building work, we have plenty of experience in projects in the West Midlands green belt. Schemes like the Roundelay collection near close to Stratford upon Avon in collaboration with Spitfire Homes are proof of our sensitivity in designing homes in collaboration with the local council and addressing residents’ concerns about increased traffic, loss of openness or architectural merit.

In addition to our broad range of design projects, we have plenty of experience in the varying stages and requirements architecture and planning projects have. The majority of our clients come to us for both full architecture and planning services or advise you at different stages, depending on what resources you already have under your belt.

conservation listed building
Haseley Manor
grade ii listed
Evenlode House

Why Lapworth Architects?

Our reputation as conservation architects at Lapworth is second-to-none, and hinges on our technical knowledge, planning expertise and client service. Our reviews on Google and Houzz and repeat clients are proof of how good we are at our job – and our conservation work on listed buildings is placed front-and-centre.

We have also worked on numerous occasions with Calthorpe Estates, one of the city’s premier property development companies covering the conservation areas of Edgbaston and Harborne on dozens of conversions, refurbishments and new-builds. 

Beyond our work with Calthorpe Estates, we have drawn up proposals for redeveloping heritage assets like Great Barr Hall, designed elegant homes in the Warwickshire green belt, renovated manor houses for contemporary residents and refurbished Michelin-starred restaurants in the suburbs of Birmingham.

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Norfolk Road, Edgbaston
our projects
Simpsons Restaurant

Embarking on a project like this is daunting, especially if you’re a homeowner, and this is where our services can help you. Our decade-long experience in specialising in these types of projects means that our work is carefully designed, considerately planned and precisely executed – any other way just involves unnecessary headaches.

Come to Lapworth Architects with your conservation or listed building project, and see how we can help you move forward and maintain our fantastic architectural heritage!

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We are award-winning architects working across the entire West Midlands to help you at every step of the process, whether you’re needing an extension, developing land or designing a new build house.

– Birmingham
– Bromsgrove
– Edgbaston
– Leamington
– Solihull

– Stratford-on-Avon
– Sutton Coldfield
– Walsall
– Warwick
– Wolverhampton

10:56 23 May 20
I contacted lapworth to carry out a site survey for a self build. I got great advice and a very fast turn around of my... report. We will definitely be using lapworth again for our designs.read more
nibha hegde
nibha hegde
19:51 20 Apr 20
I am extremely pleased with Lapworth architects. I just told them in my amateur way what I imagined or wanted in my... bungalow and they drew lovely accurate plans. Michael patiently took on board my multiple requests to make changes as new ideas came to me and he always incorporated them with even further development which shows his expertise. Michael provided monthly supervision service which I think is priceless and is the best part of hiring him!. He visited the site regularly, liaised with various other professionals involved like building control people, engineers, etc, did trouble shooting promptly, ensured costing is kept to minimum, and made sure the work is being carried out to the highest standards in a timely manner. The contractors and builders have also found this service very useful because of helpful professional advise and on-site discussions. I have noted from his late night/weekend emails/calls that Michael has worked very hard on my project- which was a total makeover of a rather dilapidated-closed- space building with poor lighting and access- and made it into a well lit, open spaced bright modern bungalow. He has always kept me well informed. Lastly, I have to say, because of his dedication, the project has carried on with practically no stress or worries imparted to me! He is well connected and tendered my project to a very good builder- for which `I am grateful. I sometimes hear other friends' stories of 'nightmare building projects' and I secretly thank my stars that I gave this project to Lapworth. I wish Michael and his team well. If I were lucky enough to acquire another property, I will promptly give the project to Lapworth again! 🙂read more
Hugh Humphreys
Hugh Humphreys
23:23 19 Feb 20
Did a very competent job with good value for money, understood my needs and produced the drawings for a complex... extension quickly. Made the small changes requested and continued to provide support on detail on request. I would use them again on further projectsread more
Kay Bedi
Kay Bedi
16:54 01 Feb 20
I used Lapworth after using two different architects who were unable to secure planning permission due to lack of... knowledge in relation to green belt policy and lack of expertise in relation to producing reports alongside planning applications. Ultimately these were the two things that were required to get out planning application approved and we were impressed with the knowledge, expertise and professionalism of everyone we had interactions with at the firm. The firm is better value for money than others we have used as they provide better quality of service at the same price. I would definitely use them again and would recommend them. The staff have a great attitude and work hard to get you the outcome you want. We finally got our application approved and if we had come to Lapworth to start with we would not have wasted two years and a considerable amount of money trying to get planning approved. Thanks to all at Lapworth, particularly Tristan and Tumi for working so hard and providing a great customer service and quality work also thank you to Mike for the great service he has provided. Kayread more
Colin Andrews
Colin Andrews
16:25 15 Jan 20
I can honestly say I don't give reviews, but on this occasion I felt I must. Michael Singh of Lapworth Architects spoke... on behalf of my Company's planning application at Walsall Planning committee for an Adventure Golf Course situated in the Green Belt. The application was submitted in February 2018 and at last came before committee with over 40 objections from residents. Michael Singh spoke on my behalf and obviously new his stuff. He showed he cared about this application. His passion caused others to be convinced not just because of his force of reasoning, but also because he was visibly enjoying the beliefs he wanted the committee to accept. Michael Singh won over the committee members through his professional manner. Accurate, competent, credible, intelligent, knowledgeable, likeable, and believable. The committee voted in favour and gave planning approval. I highly recommend Lapworth Architect's. I definitely will use them again. Thank you so much Michael you were just BRILLIANT Regards Colin Andrews Directorread more
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