The Core Principles of Conservation

Having first established the cultural and historical significance of a building or place an appropriate intervention and management strategy can be prepared. This provides a planned approach to intervention work and prevents speculative ideas from influencing the process.

Diligent research at the investigative stage identifies significance and thereby also establishes those features that are of less importance. It also reveals where and why deterioration or decay is present and the measures required to mitigate against these in order to protect significance.

This pre-assessment of significance underpins all other decisions and is the foundation stone of any Conservation Plan. This plan must unite conservation philosophy with the significance appraisal to provide enduring strategies to ensure the longevity of the site being assessed.

The Conservation Plan must embody the core principles of conservation:

  • Minimum loss of authenticity
  • Minimum intervention
  • Minimum loss of fabric
  • Reversibility
  • Absence of deceit, or, honesty of intervention

In so doing, any speculative approach to the proposed intervention works can be avoided.

More information about historic buildings and their conservation can be found on the following websites

Jeremy Richardson – AssocRICS, RICS Registered Valuer, BA Hons, MRPSA, DRSV – BCR Surveyors

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  • Understanding Building Conservation – endorsed by English Heritage
  • Project Management and Supervision: Historic and Traditional Buildings
  • Energy Efficiency Measures for Older and Traditional Buildings
  • Repair and Maintenance of Traditional (pre-1919) Buildings
  • Understanding Heritage Impact Assessments


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  • Affiliate Member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation
  • Associate Member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (AssocRICS)
  • Member of the Residential Property Surveyors Association
  • Member of the Weald and Downland Museum
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