An independent team of building professionals and listed building surveyors, H+R specialise in investigating problems in buildings, building materials and building occupancy.
Specialist Building Surveys and Investigations
Historic Building Specialists
At H+R, we understand the delicate balance between preserving the historic integrity of a building, and finding an economical and practical solution to managing the cause of its deterioration. Our historic building surveys provide detailed information and recommendations, while our building scientists can offer sustainable solutions that eschew damaging interventions or chemical treatments.
The focus of our work is to preserve the original building materials and methods of construction, particularly where these are of architectural or historical significance. Wherever possible, we use non-destructive methods to investigate a problem, from piloting drones to employing our trained Rothounds. In cases where intrusion is unavoidable, we take care to use minimally invasive techniques to limit damage.
Diverse Team Expertise
Our team members come from a variety of disciplines and have a wide range of skill-sets that include special interests in traditional materials, timber identification and strength grading, damp management, heritage and listed property, fungus and insect classification and conservation methods and material science, to name a few.
Our staff are conservation accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and are members of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).
To support the in-house expertise of the H+R team, we frequently work with a wider network of specialists, academics and laboratories to provide every client with the most accurate and thorough property report. In the long term, our work makes remedial work easier and keeps client costs down by helping them to avoid unnecessary or ineffective solutions.
Varied Client Base
We have worked on a diverse range of properties across the country, including national landmark buildings such as the Tower of London, Windsor Castle and Brighton Pavilion, as well as churches and stately homes, terraced houses and barns, ancient monuments and standing ruins.
Among our varied client base are a large number of heritage organisations including The National Trust, English Heritage, Cadw, Historic Environment Scotland, as well as The Royal Household, Crown Estate, Church Commissioners, Natural England and central and local government bodies.
In addition to providing a range of services to the heritage sector, we regularly advise private householders and property owners as well as the commercial property sector on both historic and contemporary buildings.
For professional assistance with heritage property anywhere in the UK or abroad, or to discuss your particular building with one of our experienced listed building surveyors, contact us for more information.
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Squire and Partners have worked closely with Hutton + Rostron on a number of projects, including the UNISON Headquarters and 74 St James’s Street.
We have been impressed by their depth of knowledge of historic buildings and look forward to working with them again in the future.
When it comes to seeking expert advice on the condition of the timber in an old building we turn to Hutton+Rostron whom we know we can rely upon to give a thorough and efficient appraisal which we can then use to develop the scope of the repairs.
I have known and seen work undertaken by Hutton+Rostron for over 20 years. I have always been impressed by their professional approach and depth of knowledge in the field of building surveys and pathology.
We have worked with Hutton + Rostron over many years now, and find them knowledgeable, professional, helpful and practical. They understand both the needs of historic buildings and the forces driving their alteration, which means that their expert advice is always framed in a suitable way. We greatly enjoy our relationship with them, and look forward to many more years of collaboration.
Now that we have reached the end of the works at Great Portland Street, I would like to thank you and your team for all your efforts. The reports on existing condition provided by the team at Hutton + Rostron were invaluable and helped us de-risk the project for GPE. Equally your assistance throughout the project where unforeseen issues arose was gratefully received.
A full service through pre-construction, construction and early occupation.
Hutton + Rostron and Sandberg have enjoyed a long standing and valued professional relationship and expect this to continue and develop in the future. Our work together ranges from the routine to the quirky, with the latter often being the most fascinating and therefore enjoyable!
Having worked as Project Manager on a number of high-value, listed houses, there is in my opinion clear benefit and value to a project in having H+R on board at the earliest stage possible.
Understanding the hidden condition of a historic building is crucial in making accurate budget and programme estimations. Hutton + Rostron provide an unrivalled service in this sector allowing us to make informed decisions and mitigate the risks of historic building fabric before they materialise. Hutton + Rostron have provided input on a number of Walton Wanger projects, providing us with a range of environmental investigations, which have enabled the design process and contract negotiations to be more accurate and more robust.
H+R have provided a great service; I’m particularly happy with the high level of technical knowledge of their staff and willingness to take time to explain what they are doing and why. I thoroughly recommend them.