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.
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.
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.
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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– Sutton Coldfield