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Listed Buildings, Heritage & Conservation Areas

Experienced Architectural Designers working on Heritage, Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas

Listed Buildings, period properties and work within Conservation areas, requires a greater level of consideration, including proportion and quality of design.

This applies whether the work is for alterations, an extension, new outbuilding, conversion or repairs; experience and good design are essential to achieve a positive result.

A successful project will result in the character and charm of the Heritage Asset and its surroundings being retained, whilst improving the living environment, performance and comfort for the occupant.

We have considerable experience with Heritage projects, dealing with Local Authority Heritage Officers within the Babergh Mid Suffolk District Councils, West Suffolk Council, Colchester City Council and Braintree District Council. Not only do we produce good designs, but also understand the requirements and processes of these and other Local Authorities.

The process begins with a free, without obligation meeting at your property, assessing the existing building, its historic significance and its surroundings, your needs, and any constraints. Following that meeting we will provide a detailed proposal of our potential work and any associated costs. Costs are always explained in advance whether they are ours, or that of 3rd parties, you will always be in control of the project budget.

Once engaged we will be thorough and informative, and where relevant, we will challenge and suggest ideas, working positively to achieve your aim, within budget and in a timely manner.

Part of the work we carry out for you may include a Pre Application Enquiry with the Heritage Officer, which we will advise you of the ‘Pros’ and ‘Cons’ on an individual project basis.

We are both established and professional and will make the process as stress free as possible, whilst acting on your behalf and in your interest.

We have successfully worked on many Historic properties.

Why choose Optimum Architecture

  • Established and Professional: Trust our established and professional team to make the process as stress-free as possible, we will always act in your best interest.
  • Proven Success with Historic Properties: We have a very  successful track record, having worked on numerous historic properties.
  • Complement the surroundings: We understand the requirement that designs on these buildings also require a sensitivity to their historic settings.
Change of use of a Grade 1 Listed property from Residential to a Kitchen restaurant & Bar, Lavenham, Suffolk.
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