Conservation Planning

Built Heritage Conservation Planning:

An Edifice Consultancy Built Heritage Conservation Plan is simply a document that helps you to understand why your heritage is valued and by whom. It helps you take an overall view, and it sets out a framework of policies that will help you make decisions about how to look after your heritage whilst ensuring it continues to be used, enjoyed and made accessible. In conjunction with the Pathology Report a detailed schedule of remediation works can be created.

At its most basic, a Conservation Plan describes:

  • your built heritage;
  • why it matters and to whom;
  • what is happening to it; and
  • what are the key issues you need to be aware of to look after it.

A Conservation Plan should help you to:

  • design new work;
  • plan conservation and restoration works;
  • improve public access;
  • or plan activities to help people engage with your site.

A Built Heritage Conservation Plan should include information about all of the different kinds of heritage on your site, and why they are important. Most historic places include more than one kind of heritage – such as archaeology, landscape, structures, signs or buildings. And each of these might be important in its own right. Having one single integrated plan ensures the issues are considered collectively and can also help you to anticipate and avoid potential conflicts in looking after different kinds of heritage.

Identify project costs:

It is not easy to anticipate heritage costs with any degree of certainty, but if you understand the heritage and its issues before your project begins, you have a better chance of predicting the financial need. The information in your Pathology and Conservation Plan/Report should help you to anticipate any heritage issues and allow for them in your timetable and costs.