Historic Building Recording Survey

An Historic Building Recording Survey is a valuable tool that contributes to our understanding of the historic significance, both the past and the present, of a building or structure.

Jewellry Quarter Birmingham, site of an Historic Building Recording Survey

Though seemingly unchanging, many historic buildings undergo ongoing and constant renewal, adaptation and repair, to meet the changing needs and aspirations of their users. Historic buildings represent a finite resource and an irreplaceable asset, which can be rich in historical, architectural, and communal value.

When work is proposed on such a structure, for example as part of a planning application or Listed Building Consent Application, they may be conditioned with the requirement to undertake an Historic Building Recording Survey. 

Such assessments are a tool to provide an understanding a structure’s historic significance and development over time and a way to record details that may be obscured or lost through change.

There are 4 levels of Historic Building Recording Surveys that can be applied. These range from a high-level scene setting appraisal (Level 1), through to a highly detailed/measured survey of the building (Level 4). Whichever level of survey is required, they all play a specific and targeted role in assessing and recording the listed or historic structure, as part of the managed redevelopment of a site.

Our surveys are always conducted in accordance with the latest advice and guidance including Historic England’s ‘Understanding Historic Buildings: A Guide to Good Recording Practice’ (2016) and the Standard and Guidance for the ‘Archaeological Investigation and Recording of Standing Buildings or Structures’ from the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (2014).

“Extremely helpful and responsive at every stage. AB Heritage expertly guided me through me through the Listed Building Consent process and made the whole thing manageable”

James R Stevenson, Property Owner


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