Restoring, RESPECTING and evolving: our approach to historic buildings

The UK’s heritage and history – particularly its historic buildings – are the envy of countries across the globe. Our clients understand the responsibility that comes with owning an historic building and we help them to preserve these unique assets while exploring their value for the long term.

We work with clients including the National Trust, the Imperial War Museum and Cambridge University colleges. They come to Bidwells because they want a property partner who has respect for, and understanding of, our built heritage.

We start by assessing your site’s level of heritage significance, then we suggest various development and enhancement opportunities that you might explore. We highlight the potential value that each scenario would bring, as well as the possible challenges involved. Wherever we need to, we introduce the expertise of specialist colleagues from across our firm to support your project.


Some of the ways we can help with your heritage project:


  • Providing strategic planning advice on heritage matters

  • Handling proposals for new development, alterations or extensions

  • Helping to unlock issues that may come up during the planning process

  • Overseeing the tendering process prior to construction or conservation projects

  • Project managing building and conservation work


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The Team
christopher surfleet

Chris Surfleet

Partner, Head of Heritage and Urban Design Studio

Cambridge – Head Office

steve handforth partner heritage

Steve Handforth

Partner, Heritage


fiona macadie

Fiona MacAdie

Associate, Heritage and Design


kate hannelly

Kate Hannelly

Associate, Heritage and Design

Cambridge – Head Office

fiona williams principal heritage and design

Fiona Williams

Principal, Heritage and Design

Cambridge – Head Office

georgina pickett senior planner

Georgina Pickett

Senior Heritage Consultant

Cambridge – Head Office

daniele haynes heritage planner

Daniele Haynes

Heritage Planner

Cambridge – Head Office

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