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Jan 2014

Horton, Dorset
FHS has been commissioned to advise on the design and siting of a potential new dwelling within the setting of a Grade II listed building within a conservation area.

United Reformed Church, Throop
A prospective owner of the United Reformed Church, Throop have asked FHS to provide some initial advice on the implications of the buildings Grade II listing and the scope to which the building may be able to be adapted and altered to accommodate re-use.

ChichesterChichester townhouse
Completion of an Assessment of Heritage Significance for a Grade II* listed Georgian townshouse in the city to inform works the owner is considering to the internal plan form of the building.

December 2013

The Priests House, Chilfrome
James has been advising on internal alterations to a Grade II listed building in West Dorset. This has included discussions with the architect as to the best way to deal with the provision of openings which retain the character and integrity of internal spaces within this modest but interesting house.

Mill Lawn, Burley
FHS have been asked for a professional view on the significance of a building in the New Forest. Architects Sherlock Boswell have worked with FHS on a number of schemes where we have provided heritage advice.

High Weald AONB
James and Bob have been commissioned to provide guidance to the HWAONB on how to assess and respond to repeated proposals for urban extensions to highly sensitive historic settlements within the AONB. FHS formed part of a group who looked at a number of sites and came up with a series of recommendations on how to deal with such sites both on a strategic and site specific level.

November 2013

Shalfleet Shalfleet
FHS have been commissioned by architects Auckett Fitzroy Robinson to undertake a Heritage Statement for the development of a site adjacent to the Grade II listed farmhouse on the Isle of Wight.

October 2013

FHS have been asked to assist in the understanding of the existing heritage asset and the design of proposed extensions to house the growing family of the owner. Bakers Cottage is an attractive modest Grade II listed cob and brick cottage which has been extended and altered over time. The proposals are part of a continuing evolution of the buildings form and function whilst retaining the essential elements which make the building significant and special.

High Street, Lymington
FHS have been commissioned to prepare a Heritage Statement for proposed development to the rear of the High Street in Lymington within the setting of a listed building and in the Lymington Conservation Area. FHS has been working closely with the local planning authority and the architect to secure a design which officers of the Council can support.

Canford School Canford school
FHS has been asked to form part of a team headed by Edwards Covell Architecture and Planning to undertake a Development Framework for Canford School, Canford Magna. The school is centred around the fine former country house designed by Edmund Blore and remodelled by Sir Charles Barry. The Grade I listed building sits in landscaped grounds and has been added to and adapted by the school. The school has ideas and plans for future possible expansion and has sought a thorough understanding of the buildings and their setting prior to taking any project forward.

Downside Conservation Area Appraisal
Part of a continuing programme of Conservation Area Appraisals being undertaken by valued clients Elmbridge Borough Council, Downside is the most rural of conservation areas in the Elmbridge District which sits between Kingston and the M25 (of which Downside sits just to the north of). The appraisal work included public consultation and walk-abouts with local stakeholders and mapping exercises to capture the local views on the importance of views, buildings and landscaping within the conservation area. The work has resulted in a proposal to extend the conservation area to reflect what are thought to be remnant Medieval field boundaries to the north of the village settlement.

September 2013

IHBC Conference – Characterisation, making sense of place IHBC Conference
James Webb in his capacity as the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) South-west rep. and Trustee helped organise the peripatetic meeting of the IHBC in Bristol which included a conference on Characterisation in the region and beyond. The conference attracted over 100 delegates and was very positively received.

George and Dragon, Hurstbourne Tarrant
James has been asked to assist in the understanding of the evolution of the former coaching inn The George and Dragon, Hurstbourne Tarrant. New owners are trying to regularise previous works undertaken by others and provide a viable and functioning restaurant, bar and accommodation offer. Update: A scheme for refurbishment has been successfully negotiated with the local planning authority.

August 2013

Home Farm, Fifehead Magdalen
FHS have been commissioned to prepare a Heritage Statement for Home Farm which includes an unusual extension which functioned as a laundry for the Manor in the early 20th century. The industrial character and particularly the metal framed windows are an important part of the significance of the building and we worked with the architect to find appropriate window replacements for this part of the building.

Stratton House
FHS have been commissioned by the new owners of the Stratton House complex in Dorchester, the former offices of West Dorset District Council to provide heritage advice for conversion of the existing buildings for a mixed use scheme and the possible provision of new buildings on the site. This is a challenging site comprising some of the most interesting buildings in Dorchester and within the setting of the Grade I listed former court house which sits to the corner of the complex but is now under separate ownership and subject of a heritage lottery funded bid.

Holt cottage


Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 14:31