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The historic report and statements that we produce to inform and support our own architectural proposals include an assessment of the significance and historic research of the building or context as appropriate. We are also working in collaboration with other architects in a consultancy role to provide advice and a variety of reports. We have a wide range of experience and knowledge of researching in local and regional archives and supporting our research via online sources. We are familiar with current relevant guidance documents which are referenced in our reports and statements.


Recently, we have prepared an Historic Buildings Report for the SPID Theatre Company to inform and support our concept design for the repair, refurbishment, alteration and extension to the lower ground floor of the east block of Kensal House (Grade II*), Ladbroke Grove, London. Our research included locating historic record photographs and most significantly the original drawings. This provided the documentary evidence to analyse the original construction and to understand and confirm changes over the history of the building in use. A particular element of this project was to include a review of the potential opening up and investigations to the original concrete construction to inform and support proposals for repair and refurbishment.  The report was submitted in support of the client's application for funding to the Big Lottery and also supported a pre-application submission to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with Historic England. 


Recent research has been undertaken for an undesignated farmstead in East Kent within the curtilage of a Grade II listed 15th century farmhouse. The report provided a statement of significance, research into the history of the site and the setting with particular reference to the Historic England guidance documents on farmsteads, the setting of heritage assets and the conversion of traditional farm buildings. We provided the client with a summary diagram of our site analysis to assist with their development of proposals.


Our work for the Trustees of the Fawsley Estate in Northampton has included an Historic Buildings Report for the potential refurbishment of one of the estate’s more significant buildings, Little Fawlsey. The building dates from the early to mid 18th century and was altered and extended in the early 20th century. The main building is surprisingly an undesignated asset; however, it has two designated gate piers to the adjacent stable yard. The building lies just outside the boundary of the Grade II* Deer Park laid out by Capability Brown in the mid 18th century. The Trustees are seeking to undertake urgent repairs followed by a phased sequence of refurbishment to retain its use as domestic accommodation for the estate. The report informed the significance and historic background and has been submitted early in the design process for an informal pre-application discussion with the local authority.

Above: Opportunities diagram for Vine Farm Barns

Right: Agricultural Ruin, Vine Farm Barns

Above: Club room at Kensal House soon after completion, 1937

Left: Club room at Kensal House, now (2018). Both images copyright Morley Von Sternberg

Left and Below: Window being installed at

Jane Austen's House Museum

Above and Left: Heavily over-clad c.17th century staircase at 7 Denmark Street, working with Ian Chalk Architects.

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