Conservation is the management of change. Understanding the significance of a building, structure or landscape, is the key to good conservation. Based on this understanding, we are always keen to explore options for a building, even if it is protected by being listed or scheduled.
Conservation advice can range from a quick conversation over the phone to a complete Conservation Plan, which formally sets out in a document historical analysis, heritage significance and conservation policies for development as a basis for future works. Simpson & Brown is unique as we have in-house teams of archaeologists and architectural historians who add further depth to our understanding and approach.
Our extensive expertise in conservation encompasses both practical and academic. We have developed an in-depth understanding of traditional building styles, methods of construction and the qualities of materials. We know their strengths, potential defects and remedies. We also work closely with specialist tradesmen and craftsmen to perfect drawn details and written specifications, as well as writing policies and papers on good conservation practice.
James Simpson, our founding partner, is the author of the British Standard 'Guide to the Principles of the Conservation of Historic Buildings' and his clear explanations of the definitions of its principles resound through the office.