Heritage conservation involves maintaining and managing any changes to a heritage property in a way that sustains it and enhances its significance. In simplest terms, it is preservation of heritage properties against harm to its value or significance.

Heritage conservation qualifies to be a sustainability goal as it aims at preserving history’s resources, being heritage assets in this context. Sustainable development is when development plan meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs using the same resources.

Objectives of Heritage conservation

Whilst the objective of the legislation and policies protecting our heritage is directed primarily to sustaining its heritage value, the objective of a conservation plan is to identify the cultural and historic significance of a site and to set out a policy and strategy for the management and conservation of the heritage property or site through:

  • 1. Influence of the heritage property on the environment
  • 2. For regeneration in an area as a tourist
  • 3. Economic development
  • 4. Inspiration to new development
  • 5. The re-use of existing fabric, minimizing waste



Guiding principles in Heritage Conservation

1. Documentations

Heritage Conservation work or decisions should be based on historical documentation. These could be historical photographs or drawings which would serve as a reference of the originality of the property to guide in any further development works

2. Maintain the original location of the property

The location of a heritage property usually plays a big role in its Outstanding Universal Value. Re-locating a property must be considered only when a property can no longer be sustained in its original location. Any change in site location diminishes heritage value considerably.

3. Preservation of all historical material

When carrying out any developments on a heritage listed property, the council’s main concern will be that you preserve the original style of the building. This therefore calls more repairs than replacements. However, if the proposed new replacement material in the system is unavoidable, then it must coincide with the old building design.

5. Maintenance of the building’s history

Do not restore to one period at the expense of another. Do not destroy later additions to a house solely to restore it to a single time period.

6. Legibility

New work should be distinguishable from old. Buildings should be recognized as products of their own time, and new additions should not blur the distinction between old and new.

7. Maintenance

Maintenance of a heritage property, if continuously done reduces future expenses of renovating a building. One of the major causes of deterioration of heritage properties is their abandonment in terms of maintenance and inability to make use of them when in preservation. A building not in use is breeding ground for many indoor insects that later destroy its features. Therefore, with regular upkeep, major conservation projects and their high costs can be avoided.



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Posted on: January 31st, 2022 by London Building Contractors No Comments