England has a rich concentration of historical buildings and it is widely recognised as one of the country's most valuable assets.
English Heritage states there are nearly 373,000 listed buildings and just over 9000 conservation areas covering country pubs to the grandeur of stately homes, castles and world heritage sites.
The heritage market is so diverse that it requires a specialist engineer to appreciate the beauty, construction and issues relating to listed buildings and structures.
At Scott White and Hookins, we have nearly 50 years of experience working on listed buildings. The work is challenging yet rewarding.
The refurbishment of historic buildings poses quite different problems to those of new buildings. Many older buildings contain common inherent defects which will need to be identified and resolved.
It is also not unusual for a series of successive alterations to have been carried out during the life of a building, often without proper design or control. The cumulative effect of these deficiencies leads to a considerable weakening of the building's overall structural integrity.
Any refurbishment scheme must not only deal with existing defects, but also comply with current design standards, as well as satisfying the constraints laid down by Planning Authorities and National Conservation Groups.
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We have considerable experience in the refurbishment of existing buildings. Our work normally involves:
- Inspection of existing building
- Review of record drawings
- Assessment of defects and limitations of existing structure
- Appraisal of structure in comparison to proposed future use.
- Specification of testing for timber decay, infestation, corrosion, dampness etc.
- Design of detailing of structural alterations and remedial measures
- Liaison with statutory authorities