There are over 9,000 ‘Grade I’ listed buildings within London, and may more with Grade II & Grade II* status.
Listing marks and celebrates a building’s special architectural and historic interest, and also brings it under the consideration of the planning system, so that it can be protected for future generations.
The older a building is, the more likely it is to be listed. All buildings built before 1700 which survive in anything like their original condition are listed, as are most of those built between 1700 and 1840. Particularly careful selection is required for buildings from the period after 1945. Usually a building has to be over 30 years old to be eligible for listing.
Listed buildings are to be enjoyed and used, like any other building. Listed buildings can be altered, extended and sometimes even demolished within government planning guidance. The local authority uses listed building consent to make decisions that balance the site’s historic significance against other issues, such as its function, condition or viability.
Part of being a busy Architects Practice in London is knowing how to get the best from Listed properties. This involves a careful balance of restoration & alteration, finding the best craftsmen and suppliers.
We paid a visit to the workshop of Fire Art Plasterwork to learn how they hand craft their Architectural Mouldings.
Latex moulds are made of existing details which are to be replicated, or is a new detail is being created a latex mould will be bade of a carved timber prototype.