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We are proud to have worked with many different private individuals, companies, local authorities and organizations nationally. Below is a list of our main areas of expertise and experience. If you would like more detailed information; further examples of our work and clients, or would like to discuss a particular project or proposal, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • Advice on alterations and extensions to heritage assets - providing advice to public and private clients on the appropriate alteration and extension of heritage assets; honest and frank advice based on our extensive experience with the aim of achieving successful outcomes which respect the significance of the heritage asset.
    Martin's Farm, New Forest, Hampshire [October 2011]  Successfully secured planning permission and listed building consent for an extension to a Grade II listed farmhouse within the New Forest National Park.
    20 Swan Street, Kingsclere, Newbury [March 2010]  Provision of advice on the alteration and extension of a Grade II* listed 14th century house resulting in successful planning permission and listed building consent.
  • Archaeological watching briefs - watching briefs, desk-top studies, recording. 
    St Mary Bourne, Hampshire Archaeological Watching Brief [July 2009]  In May 2009, Forum Heritage Services was commissioned to undertake an archaeological watching brief on ground works associated with the reconstruction of three cottages; Hansdale, The Cottage and Langley, in St Mary Bourne, Hampshire which had been severely damaged by fire in January 2007.
  • Characterisation projects - the detailed and rapid assessment of historic settlements and landscapes. 
    Grantham Townscape Character Assessment [June 2011]  The assessment provides a sound understanding of the origins and historic evolution of Grantham, Lincolnshire to inform future decisions about development within and to the edges of the town. It aims to define a Granthamian identity in terms of people and places which have contributed to the creation of Grantham's 'sense of place' and local distinctiveness, including Public Art and the building materials which contribute to the unique values of the town. 
    Southampton City Council [January 2009]  Forum Heritage Services in conjunction with context4D were commissioned by the Planning and Sustainability Division of Southampton City Council to carry out a comprehensive characterisation study of the City Centre. The resulting document is a key background resource assisting the City Council through the process of delivering a sustainable Local Development Framework for the City of Southampton and influencing the Council’s design guides for new city centre development areas and future master planning within the City, and is referred to in English Heritage's Understanding Place [2011]. 
    Daedalus Historic Environment Baseline Report [October 2007]  Forum Heritage Services, working in partnership with Terence O'Rourke, were commissioned to undertake an historic and architectural appraisal of the former HMS Daedalus, Lee-on-Solent , identified by English Heritage as the best preserved seaplane base in Britain.
  • Conservation area appraisals - the preparation of conservation area appraisals to inform development and establish priorities for management and enhancement, or as part of a characterisation exercise, or to support designation or extension. 
    Great Bookham and Little Bookham [Aug 2011]  The Great and Little Bookham Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans were undertaken for Mole Valley District Council, Surrey with extensive public consultation with residents.  This included proposals to include the conservation areas and the potential for Article 4 Directions. 
    Purewell Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan [December 2010]  This appraisal document aims to ensure that the essential character of Christchurch in Dorset is suitably protected and that future development in the borough is appropriate and sustainable. 
    Salisbury City Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plan [January 2010]  The conservation area appraisals and management plans produced for Wiltshire County Council describe the historic development of the areas and identify measures to retain or improve this character.  The document is out of consultation and currently pending publication. 
    Thames Ditton and Giggs Hill Green Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan [September 2009]  Forum Heritage Services and context4D were commissioned by Elmbridge Borough Council, Surrey to facilitate this project; organize training workshops and co-ordinate and produce the Appraisal and Management Proposals.  The document was produced through collaborative working with the Thames Ditton and Giggs Hill Green Conservation Area Working Group, which included residents, members of the local Conservation Area Advisory Committee, representatives from a variety of historical, amenity and conservation societies, local Councillors, and officers from Elmbridge Borough Council. 
    Dorking Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan [April 2009]  This document was produced following consultation with all residents and businesses within the area, local councillors and key organisations. The aim was to provide an analysis of the town and the elements which contribute to, or detract from, its character, with suggested measures to maintain or improve Dorking's character and local distinctiveness.
  • Conservation management plans - the preparation of conservation management plans for historic sites in accordance with the requirements of English Heritage and other grant-giving bodies, such as the Heritage Lottery Fund. 
    William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow [September 2010]  FHS were commissioned by the London Borough of Waltham Forest to form a team with Halahan Associates (Collections specialists) to undertake a Conservation Management Plan for the Grade II* listed Georgian townhouse, former residence of William Morris and currently housing the William Morris Gallery.  The plan was intended to inform key decisions which were to be taken on extending the building to house additional gallery and storage space.  FHS worked closely with the LPA and the chosen architects.  The proposals for extension have been approved.
    The Priest's House Museum, Wimborne, Dorset [October 2006]  Forum Heritage Services were commissioned to produce a Conservation Management Plan for The Priest’s House Museum, one of Wimborne’s oldest surviving domestic buildings with parts dating from the sixteenth century. The aim of the plan was to help the future management of the site and inform, through the use of a Heritage Impact Assessment, the initial design phase of their Open Learning Annexe Project.
  • Design and access statements - liaison with clients regarding sensitive sites and assistance with the preparation of documentation to support planning applications which inform development, define significance and provide realistic, achieveable solutions. 
    The Chantry, Iwerne Courtney, Dorset [January 2010  ]This Design and Access statement followed the refusal of a planning application by North Dorset District Council for the demolition and rebuilding of a section of boundary wall and the creation of a new vehicular and pedestrian access. The application was revised and the proposals placed within a detailed analysis of the character of the conservation area. Expert witness Preparation of detailed Proofs of Evidence and representation at Public Inquiry. 
    The Beast House, Hunton [February 2012]  Bob appeared as an expert at an informal hearing on behalf of a client who owned an unlisted former shelter shed on which an application for conversion to residential use had been refused by Maidstone Borough Council. Using his understanding of the character of farmsteads, Bob was able to show that whilst the building was not particularly important in its own right, it formed a significant part of a farmstead group that was was of a plan type that was characteristic of the local area. Therefore, its retention and re-use was important in maintaining local distinctiveness. This argument was accepted by the Inspector who referred directly to Bob's evidence in her decision letter and allowed the appeal. 
    Kivernell Road, Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire [May 2011]  FHS successfully argued that an undesignated heritage asset was of no special interest or significance given the alterations and condition of the building.  This has led to the opportunity for an appropriately designed new building to replace the existing structure.  Whilst the detailed design was not accepted by the appeal inspector, he did accept the arguments made in relation to the relative importance of the existing building.  [Appeal decision letter]. 
    Wilderton Road, Poole, Dorset [February 2008]  FHS were successful in securing a favourable decision letter from the Planning Inspectorate for a site in the Branksome Park Conservation Area in Poole Dorset.  Whilst the Inspector felt the proposals were too large, from advice that we had given the client he confirmed that through our analysis of the existing building it made no positive contribution towards the character and appearance of the conservation area.  This has allowed the client to go forward with a more modest scheme.
  • Heritage statements - the preparation of Heritage Statements to inform planning and listed building consent applications.
    Stoke House, Hampshire [June 2011 - completed 2012]  FHS were commissioned to prepare a heritage statement on a Grade II listed mid-19th century former farmhouse in north Hampshire. As part of the scheme of alterations and repair a new sash window to one of the principal bedrooms was proposed by the architects. This was to be located above the roof of an early 20th century canted bay window and it was clear there would be an awkward relationship between the two features. We were able to suggest and negotiate a more radical approach with the conservation officer; extending the canted bay to two storeys in height. Whilst this solution presented a greater level of intervention, the well-executed result is a transformation of the bedroom now served by the bay and minimal impact on the external character of the house.
    Lilleshall Road, Clapham [July 2011]  Commissioned by Architects Design ACB the Heritage Statement provided by FHS informed significant works of alteration and extension to this modest late Georgian house in Clapham.  This included the removal of modern windows to the rear to form doors and extensive excavation to form a basement living area.
  • Historic building appraisals and recording - the recording of buildings in accordance with English Heritage guidelines, and advice on the repair, alteration and extension of listed buildings and buildings in conservation areas, including liaison with statutory bodies (English Heritage) and local authorities. FHS has particular expertise regarding the recording, interpretation and potential re-use of historic farm buildings.
    Nos. 4 & 5 Cornhill, Wellington, Somerset [January 2010]  An architectural appraisal and assessment of the Grade II listed nos. 4 & 5 Cornhill, Wellington in Somerset to assess the buildings' historic development and architectural value.
    North Park Farm, Little Somborne, Hampshire [July 2008]  An historic building and character appraisal of the historic farmstead at North Park Farm, examining the significance and sensitivity of the farmstead group and the individual buildings to inform the future development and management of the site.
  • Policy documents - the formulation of policy documents for various bodies, including English Heritage.
    Affordable Rural Housing and the Historic Environment [May 2009]  English Heritage commissioned Forum Heritage Services to examine the implications for the historic environment of the provision of affordable rural housing. The statement gives guidance on delivering successful affordable rural housing projects in historic hamlets, villages and market towns.
  • Urban design frameworks - detailed site analysis and preparation of strategies (with other organizations) for the regeneration of small, or large, complex sites in urban or rural locations.
    Mansfield Town Centre Urban Design Compendium [June 2007]  The Mansfield Urban Design framework was produced for Mansfield District Council in order to emphasise the Council's standards for all new development in and around the town centre, and to ensure that all those involved in the development process were clear about the Council's intent for high quality urban design.
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