Historic Building Surveys

Architectural ConservationAs a team of independent building pathology experts, H+R specialise in the production of historic building surveys. If you are looking for an in-depth report into the condition of a listed or heritage building, our team has the expert knowledge you need. Based in Surrey with satellite offices in the north-west and north-east of England, we have worked across the UK and overseas for clients ranging from charities and national organisations to private homeowners.

Do you need a historic building survey?

Whether you are the owner of a listed property or a building manager for a heritage organisation, our surveys help you to get a full understanding of the condition and structure of your building. Our involvement can be hugely valuable whether you are undertaking refurbishments or just need as much information on the property as possible for planning future works.

At H+R we have the expertise to carry out surveys on buildings of all types, ages and sizes, so we will be able to help you no matter what kind of project you are working on.

How we work

We offer expert and impartial advice on the condition of your property, working with you at every step in the process. If you want us to carry out a historic building survey we will first hold discussions with you in order to establish the needs and requirements of the survey – it helps us to understand what you are aiming to gain. As a consequence, we are able to focus our time effectively on the relevant features of the property.

We then carry out meticulous research into the history of the building so that we are clear on what we are dealing with and how best to handle the investigation. The survey can then begin. Using minimally invasive techniques, we establish the current state of repair. We make use of innovative investigative technology as well as our years of experience to provide a thorough assessment.

It is always our aim to preserve as much historic fabric as possible. As part of the report we will also produce marked-up photographs and plans. When it is relevant we can include a schedule of defects, and cost effective recommendations for care and conservation.

Our expertise

H+R are market leaders in building pathology – we have built up a team of building professionals and scientists with expertise in all areas of heritage conservation and listed properties. Our staff come from varied disciplines and backgrounds which allows us to bring a truly extensive variety of skills to inform our surveys.

We have special expertise in matters of damp and decay in historic buildings – this is something that the majority of surveyors simply do not have the adequate experience or qualifications to deal with. Our staff are members of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) or hold Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) conservation accreditation – giving you the peace of mind that we hold relevant expertise in the field.

Find out more

If you’re interested in having a survey carried out or you just want some more information please don’t hesitate to get in contact. We have three regional offices, so call us based on your location: South 01483 203221, East 01400 251169 or North 01457 762145. Alternatively you can email us with your query to ei@handr.co.uk and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Our experienced team would be happy to provide you with any information about historic building surveys or the range of other services that we offer.