Minimally Invasive and Non-Destructive Techniques
Innovative Investigation of Building Defects and Failures
Specialist Material Condition and Performance Investigations
Cost Effective and Independent Remedial Specification and Design
Holistic Analysis of Complex Problems
Heritage Property Services
H+R are an independent team of highly qualified property professionals, specialist surveyors and scientists with an established specialism in building material investigations of heritage buildings and historic structures. Our members of staff have joined us from diverse technical and scientific backgrounds including architecture, surveying, natural sciences and environmental sciences, and are either qualified with IHBC, RIBA or as RICS certified historic building professionals.
Combining our wide ranging architectural and construction experience with cutting-edge investigative methods, we are able to offer a broad portfolio of professional services that caters particularly to the needs of buildings of all sizes and functions in the heritage sector. Building pathology, damp penetration, timber decay, terracotta, stone, mortar and plaster are all particular specialisms of ours.
We take great care to produce specialist surveys and investigative reports that convey the optimum amount of information to our clients, in addition to practical recommendations for remedial or refurbishment works. Where necessary, we can draw on additional advice obtained from other authorities such as reference laboratories and academic experts.
As broad based consultants, H+R have a wealth of specialist building investigation services that are suitable for traditional buildings and historic structures, supporting the work of the heritage sector.
- We can carry out specialist building condition investigations and analyses of traditional and historic buildings.
- We conduct professional research, and can write conservation management plans and heritage impact assessments.
- We can write planned preventive maintenance programmes and preventive conservation recommendations
- We provide expert advice on the condition of traditional building materials and construction methods.
- We provide remedial specifications, as well as schedules or works and contract administration.
- We offer extensive in-house consultancy on a wide range of building conservation issues and topics.
- We can assist with procurement and project management.
Every project has the explicit goal of conveying the optimum level of information and providing holistic remedial advice for any building related problem. We use minimally invasive, non-destructive surveying methods that eschew the use of damaging interventions or chemical treatments.
Our sustainable solutions are particularly appropriate for heritage structures and traditional building stock. We work with each individual client to pragmatically preserve original building materials and methods of construction wherever possible. We often find that our suggestions are cost-effective and less time consuming than alternative options, while causing little disruption to any occupants in situ.
H+R have 40 years’ experience in carrying out historic building projects across the UK as well as internationally. We are pleased to be working with a large number of organisations, including many charities and institutions that are actively involved in the heritage sector.
Our client list features many household names in the world of heritage conservation and building preservation and we are proud to be supporting their aims. We work alongside organisations including
- The Royal Household
- Crown Estate
- The National Trust
- Natural England
- English Heritage/Historic England
- Heritage Lottery Fund
- Historic Scotland
- National Churches Trust
- Historic Houses Association
A selection of case studies completed by H+R can be viewed here.