Things You Need to Know When Renovating a Listed Building

The format in which people buy houses in recent times has changed to a model where more and more people are aiming to buy properties with a view to renovating them. Due to the emergence of home design and renovation television programmes in the last two decades you’ll see countless instances of property renovation projects across the country. What happens though, if the property that you wish to purchase and renovate is a listed building? Here, we have put together all the information you need.

Before you go any further you must understand consent. You might already understand that in order to renovate a listed building you’ll be required to seek permission from the local authority in some form, but there are two different kinds of permissions to look out for. If you are only planning to undertake renovation to the interior of the property you’ll require listed building consent through an application to the council. For any external work, however, you’ll be required to apply for planning permission. If there are any protected status issued for buildings and trees around the exterior of your property this could complicate matters. Always ask as many questions as possible about the property before committing to anything.

The second consideration is to understand that you will require a lot more time to get things right during a listed building renovation project than you would when refurbishing a modern property. The materials used within the original construction of historic buildings may include lime mortars and plaster, requiring specialist attention and a longer time to build. It could also become apparent that cement, asbestos and other more modern materials may have been used at a later date, with removal of these required before the work commences. In terms of asbestos, specialist licensed removal is a legal requirement.

The time factor is crucial, as most modern day development and refurbishment contracts are worked out by the shortest turnaround times and budgets awarded accordingly. Understand that there is likely to be delays, and that there is plenty more work in this type of renovation than with a modern property refurbishment. Specialist techniques will be required to imitate certain aspects of the design of a listed building, and the timescales will stretch with every task such as this that is required.

When putting together a budget, speak to different contractors and services that you’ll require assistance from during the project, and put together a fund of an extra 30%+ to cover any delays and unforeseen hiccups along the way.

Always speak to experts in every field you’ll need help with when it comes to renovating historic, listed buildings. From architects with experience in working with historic buildings, to specialist asbestos removal services, to refurbishment contractors. The greater the expertise by your side, the more chance of the renovation being a complete success that ticks all the regulatory boxes.

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