Conservation management plans

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William Fawcett
william.fawcett@carltd.com
tel: 01223 460475

CAR Conservation provides advice about historic buildings and environments for owners, managers or designers.

CAR Conservation is not a design practice but it has many years of experience with analysis, advice and report writing for historic buildings and environments.

The principal format we use is the Conservation Plan.

The Conservation Plan gives a concise overview of why a heritage building or environment is significant, analyses the threats to its significance, and sets out policies to protect what is special without inhibiting all change. The approach is strongly supported by Historic England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Conservation Plans are generally prepared when listed buildings have to be altered. The Conservation Plan becomes a briefing document for the design architects.

The Conservation Plan approach can also be applied to groups of buildings, for example a university campus or conservation area.

An important function of a Conservation Plan is to establish a constructive dialogue with statutory authorities and other stakeholders, to minimise the risk of time-wasting and sometimes confrontational disputes over alterations to listed buildings.

In smaller or simpler projects a Conservation Statement or Heritage Assessment may be appropriate, for example to support an application for Listed Building Consent.

CAR Conservation’s reports are clearly written and logically organised, making them convenient and practical to use. Our tried-and-tested approach ensures that new projects can be tackled quickly and efficiently.

CAR’s Conservation Plan Projects

  • Sacrewell Watermill, near Peterborough Grade II listed vernacular watermill last extended C19
  • Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge Grade I listed C19 classical museum with 1920s gallery extensions by Smith & Brewer. The Conservation Plan was revised after a major extension to the Museum.
  • Foundling Museum, Brunswick Square, London Grade II listed 1930s neo-Georgian building with reconstructed C18 interiors
  • New Hall, University of Cambridge Women’s college with Grade II* listed modern buildings of the 1960s and later additions
  • Botanic Garden, University of Cambridge C19 ‘gardenesque’ layout with later extensions and some Grade II listed buildings
  • Usher Gallery, Lincoln Grade II* listed art museum by Sir Reginald Blomfield built in the 1920s and relatively little altered
  • Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Lincoln Grade II listed C19 militia barracks now used for a social history museum
  • University of East Anglia Grade II and II* buildings of the 1960s on an expanding university campus
  • National Maritime Museum, Greenwich C17 Queen’s House (Scheduled Monument) plus Grade I listed C19 buildings forming part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. The Conservation Plan was revised after a major extension to the Museum.
  • Boots ‘Wets’ Factory, Nottingham Grade I modernist factory of 1932 by Sir Owen Williams, still in manufacturing use
  • 11 Bedford Square Grade I listed Georgian house in use by Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Polesden Lacey Grade II* listed country house
  • Nymans, West Sussex Grade II country house re-created in the 1920s as a mediaeval fantasy house, now partly ruined; owned by the National Trust
  • Royal Observatory, Greenwich Scheduled Monument plus listed buildings at the historic ‘Prime Meridian’, forming part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site
  • Haileybury school, Hertfordshire Grade II and II* buildings from the early C19 Greek Revival to the present

CAR’s Conservation Statement Projects

  • Bromley Hall School, London Grade II listed former special school
  • Former Wembley Town Hall Grade II listed, converted for school use
  • Rushmere Hall School, Ipswich Grade II listed 'finger plan' primary school designed in 1946
  • St Catharine's College Chapel, Cambridge Grade I listed early C17 college chapel, with late C19 fittings
  • Ruskin College, Oxford Unlisted C20 buildings in central Oxford Conservation Area
  • Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge Mixture of listed and unlisted C19 villas with C20 additions, in a Conservation Area
  • Flatford Mill, Suffolk Grade I listed C18-C19 vernacular buildings strongly associated with the painter John Constable
  • Memorial Court, Clare College, Cambridge Grade II listed C20 residential court in a Conservation area
  • Belmont, Faversham, Kent Grade I listed country house of the 1790s designed by Samuel Wyatt
  • History Faculty, University of Cambridge Grade II listed academic building of 1960s by James Stirling (in association with Beacon Planning)
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