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What alterations can I make to a listed building without planning permission?


The UK is home to around 400,000 listed buildings and many of these buildings are privately owned. However, owning a listed building doesn’t mean that you can automatically do what you wish to it. While a listing identifies and celebrates the building’s special historical and architectural interest, it also falls under the planning system. However,… Read More

What You Can Do to Make Your Building Restoration Project More Sustainable


The UK is home to around 600,000 listed buildings and nearly 6 million homes built before 1919. Inevitably, there comes a time when these buildings require some degree of restoration. Building restoration is arguably the most sustainable construction process. Restoration and refurbishment extend a building’s life by giving it a new purpose, reducing material waste,… Read More

How to Clean and Restore Limestone


Stone buildings are built to last, and for many centuries, limestone has been a popular exterior stone for buildings in the UK. Restoring limestone is easier as it is softer than other stones such as granite, but at the same time incredibly tough and durable. You only have to look at the stone churches and… Read More

The Most Popular Types of Stone Used in Construction in the UK


Various types of stone have been used in construction for thousands of years. Its remarkable versatility and availability in various sizes, colours, shapes and textures have made stone the most widely used building material in the UK. Its incredible durability, low maintenance and superior artistic quality have seen stone used for anything from roofs, floors,… Read More

Five Examples Of Historic And Modern Architecture Meeting In Harmony


Successfully combining historical and modern architecture doesn’t happen that often. Marrying different, and often contrasting, architectural styles and ensuring the contemporary addition doesn’t outshine the historic building, or new doesn’t jar against old, can be particularly tricky. However, when done thoughtfully, the results can be incredible. Modern renovations can successfully preserve the original while also… Read More

Why You Shouldn’t Use A Pressure Washer On Your Stone Or Masonry


Cleaning stone or masonry is important in improving a building’s appearance, removing anything that could damage its structure, and restoring the natural stonework. However, certain cleaning methods can do more harm than good. Pressure washing is often considered a quick and easy way to clean most outdoor surfaces and remove paint from stone or brickwork…. Read More

The Importance Of Preserving Historic Buildings


The UK is fortunate to have an abundance of historic buildings. These wonderful, beautiful, old structures reflect the time in which they were built. Each historic building is a physical form of history that characterises many UK cities. Preserving these historic buildings is of national importance. However, many have fallen into disrepair from neglect, a… Read More

Rope Access Restoration for Historic Buildings


When you own or are responsible for a historic building, you have to be very careful to look after it properly. The regulations around historic and listed buildings are complex and when restoration or maintenance is needed, you simply can’t afford to avoid it or leave it too long. Caring for a building with historic… Read More

Three Interesting Listed Buildings In London You Should Visit


A listed building is a building that has an architectural or historic interest, it should be more than 30 years old. As soon as a building is listed planning laws protect it from unnecessary alterations. It means if you want to make any decorative or structural changes you must apply for permission. Listed buildings have… Read More

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