Historic Building Assessment

Identifies historic character and informs preservation decision


What is a Historic Building Assessment?

Historic Building Assessments (HBA) are usually carried out at early stages of projects to inform the design process and provide supporting evidence for planning applications. The assessment will address the standing structure to identify its historic character and significance. It should also identify any potential constraints relating to proposed material changes and determine whether there are any architectural elements of importance which should be preserved.

How is a Historic Building Assessment done?

The first stage is to conduct documentary and cartographic research, alongside a site visit by a member of our historic building team. The goal is to determine the development, historic character and significance of the building. Gathered information will be discussed within standards and criteria set by Historic England and the Local Planning Authority and submitted in a formal report.

When do you need a Historic Building Assessment?

Assessments on historic buildings are carried out on listed buildings, locally listed buildings or interest, buildings within conservation areas, or even properties which the Local Planning Authority feel require additional information. This is generally carried out at the design stage before submission of planning applications.