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On this site in Suffolk, we were commissioned to complete a Measured Building Survey .   In addition we completed a Timber Frame Survey and Heritage Statement too. We then supported the land agent with their planning application on behalf of the client, to proceed with a barn conversion on a historic and Grade 2 Listed Heritage Asset Barn.

The existing barn dates back to late 17th century in places, and has been redundant for over a decade.  With a history spanning over 300 years, the owner of this listed barn building and heritage asset in rural Suffolk, wanted to explore it’s potential to successfully achieve planning for a large single detached barn conversion with a stunning architectural design.  Our comprehensive Frame Survey and Heritage Statement concluded that the buildings were suitable for conversion.  Also they importantly demonstrated that the buildings could be converted without significant rebuilding and extensions.

Here, our land survey expert conducted a full Laser Scan to produce the evidence for the Timber Frame Survey and additional floorplan and elevation plans.  These clearly defined the different materials incorporated into the fabric of the barn and it’s surrounding vegetation.  These surveys informed the architects to guide their decision making in preparation for the drawings for this conversion.

This full historic timber frame survey, provided an important part of the evidence base.  It added justification for the project, when it was submitted in the planning application’s proposal. It also resulted in a historic building record being created for this building.

It also advised our Heritage Consultants on the age and condition of the timbers – to assist with their recommendations.  eg: the recommended positioning of dormer windows etc.

The architect then took great care to retain as much as possible of the historic fabric, especially the historic timber frame.  The proposal was been developed in consultation with Parker Planning Services (Heritage, Design and Archaeology). The design put forward was considered to maximise enhancement and minimise harm to the significance of the heritage asset in accordance with guidance set out by Historic England, in the National Planning Policy Framework as well as Part 4 of the British Standard 7913:2013 Guide to the Conservation of Historic Buildings.

Why use us for historic buildings? Our experienced Land Surveying team also have Archaeologist qualifications and expertise.  So we have an excellent understanding of working with older properties, and an ability to clearly identify historic materials.

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