Updating Listed Buildings
The UK is home to many listed buildings. These are buildings that are on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Being placed on the list grants particular rights and protections. For example, the building may not be demolished or altered without first gaining permission from the local planning authority.
History of the list
The list as it exists today was created in 1882, but was only commonly used after the Second World War due to the devastation caused by bombing, leading to the loss of many historically and culturally significant buildings. Some of the first buildings placed on the list were given protection from demolition in the event that they suffered from bomb damage.
There have been a number of resurveys in order to readdress any buildings that may not have been included on the list previously.
There are currently three grades for listed buildings:
- Grade I buildings are of exceptional interest. Grade I buildings account for just 2.5% of the current list.
- Grade II* buildings are particularly important and make up 5.5% of the current list.
- Grade II – are of special interest and account for 92% of listed buildings in the UK.
Altering a Listed Building
Owners of listed buildings are required to maintain them, and can face criminal proceedings if they allow them to fall into disrepair. However, this often means that alterations are essential, something that may require special permission from the local planning authority, in particular where an alteration is considered to affect the special character of the building.
Examples of alterations to listed buildings
It is essential that some listed buildings are updated in order to keep up with current legislation. One example of such alterations is that of Durham Cathedral which is a Grade I listed building. The Cathedral underwent work to install a lift in order to allow access for those with mobility issues. This lift was required to conform with the design of the building in order to avoid detracting from the historic beauty of the building. The project resulted in a glass lift being installed in the Cathedral so as to allow for the architecture to remain the prominent feature of the building.
Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
--Nathan Massey 15:31, 28 Nov 2016 (BST)
The NI Branch, alongside the School’s main sponsors, Heritage Collective, have offered their collective thanks to all concerned for ‘Shared heritage in action’!
Mountain monasteries in South Korea, a Saudi oasis and Mumbai's art deco buildings are among a number of sites to make it on to Unesco's World Heritage List, reports the BBC.
The APPG, formed to ensure housing issues are prioritised, will be provided with secretariat services from the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE).
A Planning appeal inquiry review was announced by England’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) on 22 June 2018.
Contractor Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions fined £500K with costs of £195K for exposing workers to HAVS over a 9 year period and failing to report cases.
Communities across the UK are being urged to back their local high streets by entering them into the Great British High Street Awards 2018.