A historic Building Survey or Listed Building Survey is a specialist survey performed by professionals qualified in Conservation and comply with BS7913:2013 Guide to the Conservation of Historic Buildings.
This survey is like the RICS Level 3 surveys and incorporates all of the in-depth analysis that you would expect to find. However, additionally, we look at the type of changes and works that have occurred and ensure they are legal and in keeping with the planning requirements.
According to Historic England. A building is listed when it is of special architectural or historic interest in a national context. Listed buildings have extra legal protection within the planning system.
Listed houses come in many styles and sizes and range from terraced houses to simple country cottages and stately homes.
Grade I buildings are of exceptional interest and only 2.5% of listed buildings are Grade I
Grade II* buildings are particularly important buildings of more than special interest and just 5.5% of listed buildings are Grade II*
Grade II buildings are of special interest and the vast majority, 92%, of all listed buildings, fall into this
Contrary to popular belief, listing normally protects the entire building both inside and out and any structures which are either attached to the building (including modern extensions) or fall within its curtilage.
It is important to have a specialist surveyor undertake an inspection of these types as they require in-depth knowledge of traditional building materials, construction techniques and building history.
Another field that we work with is Timber-framed buildings. Timber was the dominant building material used in the UK up until around 1700 when masonry becomes more widely used. There is actually a lot of old timber buildings with a lot of history still standing, often behind render and paints. We once were asked to survey a Victorian Terrace in Hampshire that turned out to be a medieval hall house that had been converted. We understand wood, and joinery and how to get the best out of Repairs and the various options available. It is our unique ability to inspect the finer details and elements of buildings that separate us from other firms.
Smith Heritage Surveyors were instructed to inspect a 16th Century building in Hampshire. The property required specialist knowledge of timber frame structures, thatch, and traditional building materials. We were able to advise our client on how the building had been altered over its history, what materials were not suitable and how to remedy the issues noted.Survey Portfolio