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      Conservation and Refurbishment

      When refurbishing your historic property, handing over responsibility to someone who understands the physical importance and historical significance of each feature and knows how to manage the work is enlightening.

      Christ's College, Cambridge

      Delivering income and capital growth for Christ’s College, Cambridge for over 25 years.

      We assess, research and provide solutions to historic challenges, ensuring you continue to protect and restore your building fabric safely and compliantly.

      Before any conservation work commences, we are quick to assess your building, understand where it sits within the historic world (i.e. Grade 1, 2* or 2) and identify which parts are important - looking at how we can change or conserve them. 

      Working with our heritage team, our research and experience give comfort around what we can and cannot touch. We provide the designs and technical solutions to what can be done, as well as managing the entire process including key stakeholders and even internal politics if necessary. 

      We often work on ‘change of use’ properties, a shop to accommodation for example, where we guide you through any regulation changes. We know how to make you compliant whilst working in a historical setting.

      Taking what might be perceived as a daunting journey to one that delivers success, sometimes even award-winning results. We preserve and extend the life of your valuable historic properties.

      Service options

      Architecture

      We don't just bring creativity to the table; we help to liberate your project’s potential by seeing things differently, and help to draw out and unlock your vision.

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      Capital Project Funding Advice

      Whether you are acting on behalf of a university or a developer in funds, receiving informed and researched advice about how best to fund your capital project is crucial in a project’s successful development.

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      Major Building Projects

      We deliver contextually sensitive landmark projects for our clients - unlocking potential and enhancing asset value.

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      Move Management

      Moving people and things into a building after construction can be a stressful proposition, or even a logistical nightmare. We help to streamline and make things as pain-free as possible.

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      Neighbour and Stakeholder Relations

      Whether you are wanting to start work on your property or have been informed by your neighbour of works happening, we act in your interest and unburden the whole process.

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      Planned Maintenance

      Understanding the condition of your buildings allows you to prioritise, budget and plan for future maintenance or restoration - saving you money and energy.

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      Planning and Heritage

      We demystify the world of planning and heritage for our clients, guiding you through best practice with a constant appreciation for your property’s value and your need for commercial advice.

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      Project and Cost Management

      Handing over management, communication and responsibility to experts you can trust to deliver your project is a complete breath of fresh air. We take away a huge amount of burden and risk.

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      Project Monitoring and Audit

      The construction market remains buoyant but fraught with challenges. Our attention to detail on project monitoring and independent auditing is not only reassuring but key to ensuring the project remains compliant.

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      Property and Estate Strategy

      Understanding of a College's operational portfolio, its existing and potential use, likely refurbishment costs and realising opportunities is key to avoiding any costly surprises.

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      Strategic Master Planning

      Giving you the confidence to invest in long-term decisions to achieve a sustainable future.

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