Conservation (2)

Posted on 15th September, 2009

When to Replace or Repair?

The question of whether to retain, replace or rebuild old buildings has an answer which is unique to each building.

A detailed assessment for making a decision is based on the following criteria:

  • age
  • originality
  • economic viability
  • structural stability
  • interest
  • rarity of the building and its features

Successful conservation essentially means that the building should continue to be used. It is quite often possible to retain an old building efficiently by changing its use, although this can involve alterations which might be disallowed in certain listed buildings.

There are six essential 'rules' for conservation, and more will be found on this and similar subjects later on this page.

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