THE FUTURE OF OLD
specialises in the conservation of old, listed
and historic buildings through...
consultancy based upon 25 years' professional practice in building
Advising owners, building professionals, developers and others on
practical historic/old building issues
Explaining conservation preferences
encountered in the planning system or likely to benefit old buildings
Offering lateral-thinking in cases of
apparent conflicts between owners' wishes and official requirements
design and project advice - to guide clients through the building process
written reports required by planning or grant-awarding bodies
in connection with project development and planning
PRESERVATION & REPAIR
We can bring an
understanding of traditional building, twentieth century repairs and
Analysing building failures or maintenance needs
Condition Reports with guidelines for appropriate conservation repairs
Highlighting where 'conventional' modern repair/decoration materials
could conflict with
the original fabric
Helping to prepare specifications for repairs and
adaptations using traditional building methods
Advising on conservative repair,
for example in accordance
with SPAB principles
Using our long
experience with the modern building industry to understand former (C20th)
ADAPTATION, NEW BUILD &
We can offer general advice
and interpret current options for...
Re-tuning an old buildings'
sustainability using modern sustainable technologies
Assessing the balance between insulation,
breathability and moisture control
Incorporation of current technology
and services minimising visual and physical intrusion
Adaptations to provide equal access
and improve user comfort and safety
Extensions and alterations in
sympathy with the style and period of the original building
Contemporary designs respecting the
scale and materials of the original
New-build using traditional and
and new sustainable materials
We use our past professional and practical experience to help those
with live projects...
Consultancy commissions include work for developers
of housing, commercial office and regeneration projects. We have
successfully provided 'plug-in' business-to-business conservation services for fellow
professionals such as commercial architects whose wider projects have
included an historic building.
CDAC's consultancy work is based upon knowledge
gained from our own past projects which include a variety of works
for The National Trust, ecclesiastical work carried out in association with English Heritage,
domestic work for private individuals and works for charity
organisations in connection with public grants.
Our present consultancy
is also informed by a range of past conservative repair projects
and hands-on conservation work carried out to the standards required for
professional conservation accreditation.
Old buildings used different
technology and served different ways of life, their adaptation to modern
use can often be more satisfactorily achieved through understanding
rather than overwhelming them.
Their antiquity may also give them enhanced value: age and
character translating into financial worth -
despite some limitations in performance - making it logical to
understand and preserve true character.
The directors of CDAC have been actively involved in
national and local conservation issues during their careers, serving on
committees of professional bodies and conservation organisations.
have written extensively - books, magazines and websites - to share lessons
learnt from building conservation and to
highlight its relevance to the modern pursuit of sustainability.
are keen to make this information
more widely available and understood through work in architectural and
general education, talks and lectures, and by contributing to broadcasts and websites
- please see
www.oldhouse.info for more.