A heritage consultant, architectural technician and conservation officer all rolled in to one.

Kate is a heritage consultant whose love of design and conservation sees her working on a variety of asset types across the country.

Kate’s passion is to help clients create projects that have a heritage focus but are also commercially viable. Having ‘been on the other side’ as a conservation officer for two councils, she can see heritage and associated planning issues that might otherwise be missed.

She is particularly passionate about providing clear and helpful design advice, working alongside architects, interior designers, urban designers and other disciplines to help mitigate or eliminate any potential aspects of harm and to robustly present heritage benefits.

Kate also has a keen interest in setting assessments, which is where her concise advice, clearly articulating the heritage opportunities and constraints of a site, ensures that all projects fully take into account heritage considerations from the offset.

Another aspect of Kate’s work is providing enforcement services and advice. She is tenacious in her research to ensure that mistakes are rectified without the need for long, drawn-out court cases or fines.

Kate is also a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. 

After getting into a big hole with heritage planning, Bidwells came to the rescue and guided us through long and difficult negotiations. Thanks especially to Kate Hannelly for her patience, advice and cool headedness.
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Heritage Non-designated asset Blog 13.07.21

How, why, and (crucially) when are buildings that are not considered to be worthy of local listing identified as NDHAs? Kate Hannelly-Brown explains the problems with non-designated heritage assets in her latest blog.

The problem with Non-Designated Heritage Assets

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Colne House for Kingsley Healthcare

Our client sought to more than double the size of its existing care facility in response to identified local need and to secure its long-term future in the community.

Kingsley Healthcare - Colne House

Hartsbourne Country Club

The extensive restoration of Hartsbourne Country Club, with the addition of several contemporary buildings to suit the needs of the club’s members and the local community.


Bedfordshire Police HQ building

Bedfordshire Police’s existing HQ was not fit for purpose and the force had a need for a new HQ building to ensure the safety and security of the force’s officers and detainees.

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The Wigmore

The Wigmore is famed for its charm and bright green walls. The interior fit out of the building required well-researched advice and industry insight to make the refurbishment as smooth as possible. We secured planning, listed building and advertisement consents for this Grade II listed building.


North Uttlesford Garden Community

Appointed as the heritage consultant, Bidwells relished the challenge of completing significance assessments on over 40 Grade I, II* and II listed heritage assets, several conservation areas and a registered deer park and garden, either directly on the site or located in close proximity.

North Uttlesford

Master Shipwright's House

The Grade II* house is the only remaining above ground structure at the Royal Dockyard. With a large development approved next door – Convoys Wharf, the owners wanted to understand the feasibility, constraints and opportunities of their site and how it might be linked to the new development.

Master Shipwrights House

Kings High School

Transforming this complex site in the heart of Warwick came with its challenges. Converting listed buildings, including some demolition, and adding 118 new residential units in a way that would be approved by Warwick District Council, Historic England and the local community - was a challenge our heritage experts could deliver on.

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Comet Hotel, Hatfield

The proposed alterations and extension took this Grade II listed hotel to new heights with 65 rooms - 52 of which are in the new wing - and permission for 308 student rooms to the rear.

Comet Hotel, Hatfield

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