Heritage

Architecturally, we enjoy such a rich history of building design across our communities that the preservation and sympathetic introduction of new life into heritage buildings is something we are proud to be involved with at Hydrock.

Our experience includes working on listed buildings and scheduled ancient monuments through different funding mechanisms associated with Historic England, Heritage Lottery funded schemes, Arts Council funded schemes and the Prince’s Regeneration Trust.

Our involvement with heritage schemes spans all parts of our service delivery. For example, our engineers are adept at finding ways to sympathetically re-engineer space within heritage buildings for modern-day apartment living, or high-end creative business use, and equally, working in constrained spaces, will also deliver structural, civil and building services design for modern developments that complement a heritage building that becomes the cornerstone of a future development. 

At Hydrock, our experience covers a wide range of heritage buildings, including visitor attractions, arts production spaces, former industrial buildings and ecclesiastical buildings.

Structurally, our engineers are experienced in traditional natural stone masonry, cast iron and timber structures and the old design codes and guidance that are used to govern their use. We are also experienced in designing modern interventions in stainless steel, glass and all other modern materials.

As a business, we understand the complexities of heritage schemes and the importance of investing time to work collaboratively with all relevant agencies. Engineering judgment needs to be very acute and different design principals will take the lead, for example, the reversibility of alterations and the maintenance of loadpaths. 

Our Building Performance (M&E) engineers understand the challenges and the importance of integrating services into a building of historic significance. By contributing to discussions at an early stage they help to de-risk projects and can blend services into the surroundings to preserve the natural and historic environment.

This early stage collaborative design, with clear communication of decisions to relevant stakeholders, reassures legislators and helps to de-risk a project. Other challenges include working in constrained spaces, deteriorating infrastructure and the importance of preserving original features. Our multi-disciplinary engineering teams have experience of all these issues and manage them sympathetically for our clients.

We recognise that each heritage project is unique and that by understanding the significance of a heritage asset we can determine the appropriate design solution. Our approach is to take the time to understand each project, to consider all aspects from the common to the exceptional, and to deliver designs that celebrate the uniqueness and heritage of a building.

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