Architectural History Practice

August 11, 2016
Blackpool

Describe the work your company carries out

AHP Ltd is an architectural history consultancy specialising in conservation plans; historical reports and significance assessments; typological and listing surveys, and area assessment work, usually in the form of conservation area appraisals or advice on planning or regeneration projects.

AHP also specialises in ecclesiastical work, most recently working with English Heritage and various dioceses in the Taking Stock programme, which seeks to identify the significance of church buildings and provide guidance relating to continued or alternative use.

The practice also advises commercial and private owners in cases of listed building and conservation area consent. The buildings AHP works on are usually listed or in conservation areas.

All AHP staff have expertise in researching, analysing and writing about historic buildings. All of AHP's directors are professionals who have spent considerable time working for English Heritage as Historic Buildings Inspectors.

Give examples of up to three projects you have undertaken

1. Conservation statement, Lambeth Palace, London.

Private client: Richard Griffiths Architects, the See HouseAgent responsible for the building's fabric.

Investigation and written report about the complex of buildings which make up the official London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The report covers the history and development of the buildings; their architectural and historical significance; and issues and vulnerabilities relating to their use. The Palace was acquired by the archbishopric around 1200 and its buildings are a patchwork of historic architecture, from the oldest building - the medieval Early English Chapel - to early Victorian additions by Edward Blore.

2. Historical report and significance assessment, Daily Express Building, Manchester.

Private client: the building's managing agents.

Investigation and written report about the history of the Daily Express building, a unique example of a 1930s, Modernist curtain-walled building in Manchester. Constructed in phases between 1936 and 1939, its architect was Sir Owen Williams. As well as researching its history and development, AHP also expertly assessed the architectural and historical significance of this grade II* listed building.

3. Taking Stock: Roman Catholic Churches in England

Public client: English Heritage.

A series of reviews, jointly funded by EH and the relevant dioceses, identifying the significance and sensitivity to change of RC parish churches. Since 2005 AHP has completed reviews of 14 of the 21 RC dioceses in England. The reports assess the listed status or listability of these buildings, generally under­represented in the statutory lists, as well as their sensitivity to change, both in the context of continued use or in the event of closure. The reviews are proving to be an invaluable management tool, both at local and at diocesan/regional levels.

Which of the following roles do you consider your company carries out under the HESPR scheme?

Historic Building conservation YES

Conservation planning YES

Architectural design and new build in historic areas

Source: ihbc.org.uk
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