A listed building is one which has been placed on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.
There are some half a million buildings in the UK with this status, and in boroughs like Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster, many of these are private residences.
Listed building residential architects London
If you own a “listed” property, you must obtain special permission from the local planning authority before you may demolish, extend or even alter it. As experienced conservation architects, we help you to do this.
Local planners generally need to consult the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (the Government department with responsibility) to sanction your application to modify such a building. The rules governing what is and is not permitted are both rigorous and, unfortunately, a little arbitrary. Over time, they have become more complicated and restrictive. Simply because the owners of an identical listed building a few doors along obtained permission to excavate a basement a few years ago does not mean that you will necessarily be allowed to do the same today.
Listed buildings experience
Being specialist residential architects used to operating in conservation areas and designing schemes for listed buildings, Buro Architects have renovated around 80 listed buildings in West London. This is in no small part the result of our long client association with Cadogan Estates, the second largest of London’s aristocratic freehold estates. Some 50% of the properties on which we work are listed.
Buro Architects are in an excellent position to advise owners of Grade I or Grade II listed buildings on what changes are likely or unlikely to be approved by the Planning authorities.
Our residential architects are often able to resolve planning issues that may at first glance seem insurmountable. We enjoy a good track record for obtaining planning permission for work on listed buildings.