Historic buildings require special expertise. Some are of special importance and are ‘listed’. Listing means that it is on a register of buildings and structures considered to form part of the national cultural heritage.
Currently their listed status can be Grade I (highest), Grade II* or Grade II, although the grading system is under review and may change in the near future. Their listed status protects them from unauthorised alteration, and can include the contents.
Contrary to popular belief, the whole of the building is listed. There is no such thing as just a listed facade or interior, and no distinction between grades. All features may not be equally significant. The list description is intended primarily for identification purposes. It does not provide a comprehensive or exclusive record of all the features of importance. Any object or structure fixed to a listed building or included within the curtilage of the building which, although not fixed to the building, forms part of the land and has done so since before 1 July 1948, is included in the listing. Therefore, any and all alterations, even the colour of paint, has to be granted listed building consent by English Heritage.
As Chartered Building Surveyors we are specifically trained in historical building techniques. We have been surveying and supervising works to historic buildings for over 30 years.