Conservation & Restoration Architecture

Conserving, restoring and preserving buildings of architectural merit is highly skilled, requiring an intimate knowledge of traditional construction, planning constraints and the client’s brief whilst respectfully ensuring a building’s long-term and sustainable future.

Conservation & Restoration Architecture

The terms conservation and restoration are not the same. Restoration involves reinstating a building to its original glory together with its original details. Conservation, however, is concerned with preserving a building from this moment in time, including any alterations which may have occurred throughout the life of the building.

In both cases our role remains the same, to ultimately save a building from demolition, to make it more sustainable and to conserve it for use by future generations. To successfully enhance the longevity of a building often requires a balance between preserving character and detail whilst making respectful alterations, where permitted, to suit modern living. We will help you with your project to establish the key design and cost objectives, to assess the condition of your property and to summarise any likely planning constraints before agreeing a working brief and delivery strategy.

Conservation & Restoration Case Study

Here is an example of a recent restoration project in Central London.

The Design Process

Architectural Services Design Stage One

Design Stage One

Project Strategy, Brief, Concept Design

Following initial discussions with the client we will prepare a project strategy and a brief. This will consider the client’s requirements, key objectives, the project budget, programme and design aspirations.

Next we will arrange a measured survey and gather site information before preparing a feasibility study based on the brief. During this stage we will outline all project constraints and opportunities, applicable statutory requirements and likely input required from other consultants. Depending on the scale and complexity of the project it may be necessary to appoint a Quantity Surveyor from this point forward to advise on project cost.

After discussing the results of the feasibility study with the client we will prepare a concept design focusing not only on form, function and aesthetic, but early consideration of structure and building services. We will also consider materials, method of construction, site logistics and the project budget. The concept design often comprises of multiple options to be discussed and reviewed with the client. We typically use CAD drawings and 3D visuals at this stage to present our work.

Architectural Services Design Stage Two

Design Stage Two

Developed Design & Planning

Once the concept design has been agreed we will liaise with the local planning authority and any other statutory consultees. We will then prepare and submit the relevant planning applications, supporting drawings, assessments and statements, and manage each application through to determination. RBD Architecture & Interiors have extensive knowledge of local authority planning policy and the planning process and have considerable experience working with listed buildings, conservation areas and greenbelt development. We pride ourselves on maintaining an approval success rate of over 95% including applications of various degrees of scale and complexity.

Architectural Services Design Stage Three

Design Stage Three

Technical Design & Tender

Once planning consent has been granted we will prepare the technical design – a construction package of detailed drawings, schedules, product information and health & safety information for pricing. We usually recommend seeking tenders from a minimum of three principal contractors.

The development of the technical design is a continuation of the design process requiring careful coordination of our design with information provided by the other appointed consultants. Our preferred approach is to work closely with our clients during the preparation of this information to make all key design decisions before work commences on site. This will help ensure that the construction cost and programme is kept to a minimum.

The technical design will include important information such as setting out, construction details, mechanical and electrical specifications and Building Regulations notes. All tendering contractors will also be provided with a summary of the proposed Building Contract particulars.

Architectural Services Design Stage Four

Design Stage Four

Contract Administration, Construction, Handover

Once a principal contractor has been chosen we will act as Contract Administrator, assisting with the preparation of an appropriate Building Contract. The client and the principal contractor will formally agree terms relating to the proposed works, the construction programme and the contract value.

During construction, RBD will administer the terms of the building contract, carry out regular site inspections, respond to any contractor queries, monitor progress, and continue to manage and coordinate the design.

On completion of the works we will prepare all relevant documentation for handover and review the final account.

Start your project

If you are thinking of buying a period property or considering restoring or enhancing your home, we can help you access its condition and potential, research its planning history and advise on any limitations. We prepare and submit applications for planning applications, freehold or estate management consents to various estates such as Grosvenor & Cadogan.

Get in touch today to discuss your project.

Client Testimonials

View Phone Numbers [email protected] Newsletter Sign Up