Welcome to Earl Kendrick Heritage

Earl Kendrick have a proven track record looking after Listed buildings with expert care.

Welcome to Earl Kendrick Heritage

Earl Kendrick have a proven track record looking after Listed buildings with expert care.

Welcome to Earl Kendrick Heritage

Earl Kendrick have a proven track record looking after Listed buildings with expert care.

Overview

Listing marks a building's special architectural and historic interest, with the aim of protecting it for posterity. This does not mean the owner is not allowed to do anything to the building at all, or even to demolish it, but that it is brought under the remit of the planning system so that any proposed alterations are considered in the context of its special interest.

At Earl Kendrick, we have a demonstrable track record of managing maintenance and refurbishment works on Listed buildings, and the expertise to deal with statutory requirements and liaise with planning authorities to ensure works are completed efficiently and economically while preserving the unique heritage of the building itself.

We are also expert in dealing with leaseholder alterations and licence to alter matters on behalf of both leaseholders and landlords, including for Listed buildings.

Key Heritage Services

  • Listed Building Applications
  • Planned Maintenance
  • Management of Major Works Projects
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Window repair and Replacement Projects
  • Licence to Alter
Heritage Flat Conversions

Earl Kendrick are the only company to specialise in dealing with Listed buildings that have been converted into blocks of flats. We bring together knowledge of the challenges that are unique to blocks of flats with extensive experience of dealing with listed buildings. Above all, we use our expertise to ensure converted buildings both serve the needs of their residents and remain true to the vision of their original architects.

Obtaining Listed Building Consent: an Overview

In the first instance, the local authority’s Planning Department will confirm whether consent is required for the proposed work and indicate what might be acceptable or how the proposals could be adapted to make them more likely to succeed. Once an application has been submitted, in the case of relatively small-scale projects, the Planning Department should be able to come to a decision to within eight weeks, but major proposals can take up to 13 weeks. This includes a statutory 21 day consultation period. In particularly important or complicated cases, the Planning Department will contact English Heritage for expert advice.

If consent is refused the applicant has six months in which to appeal to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, or they can amend their plans, based on the written advice provided, and re-apply. A Planning Authority can insist that any and all work carried out without consent is reversed. Moreover, an owner will have a great deal of trouble selling a property which has not been granted Listed Building Consent for work undertaken. Earl Kendrick can help get the process right from the very beginning, ensuring proper consent is in place and the heritage of the building is properly protected.

Windows in Listed buildings

A windows repair or replacement project is far from straightforward in the best of circumstances. As with almost every other element of building maintenance and major works, it will benefit from detailed planning and objective decision making. But this is especially so in the case of Listed Buildings. In the context of residential blocks, the key legal question is who is responsible for maintenance and replacement of the windows themselves. In some cases it is unclear where ownership of the windows lies and legal interpretation is required. Things are complicated further by the fact that the Landlord is responsible for scaffolding and windows in communal areas even when the Leaseholder has responsibility for the windows themselves. Earl Kendrick are experts in all the legal as well as technical aspects of repairing or replacing windows in Listed buildings and can manage the whole process from obtaining consent to the replacement itself.

We understand the need to take into account the requirements of Landlords, Leaseholders, contractors, planning and CDM, or Construction (Design and Management) regulations. We calculate a lifecycle cost for the project, balancing initial prices with long-term maintenance along with the secondary considerations, including the effect of the project on the rest of the property. In the case of replacing windows, we ensure the new windows are both functional and attractive and do justice to the heritage of the building itself.

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