AB Heritage Ltd

102 Beach Road, South Shields, Tyne and Wear NE33 2NE
Tel:  0333 440 206

Which IHBC Branch are you based in?


Which county are you based in?

Tyne and Weir 

Describe the work your company carries out

AB Heritage is a professional Archaeological and Heritage consultancy offering services across the UK to help clients manage historic environments through Planning. We provide:

  • Heritage Statements
  • Historic Building Recording Surveys
  • Archaeology Services
  • Initial Site Heritage Appraisals
  • Programmes of Archaeological Work

Give examples of up to three projects you have undertaken

Project 1 - Park Hotel, Tynemouth. Private developer. Heritage Impact Assessment 

AB Heritage Limited was commissioned by the Inn Collection Group to produce a Heritage Statement for the Park Hotel, Grand Parade, Tynemouth, North Shields NE30 4JQ.

AB Heritage technical deliverables in support of the project included two separate Heritage Statements (for Phases 1 and 2 of the works). The Phase 1 Planning Application (Planning REF: 21/01627/FUL); was submitted to North Tyneside Council in June 2021. 

Overall the proposed development consists of essential repairs to the exterior fabric of the existing building (carried out as maintenance without a need for planning permission) followed by two phases of work summarily consisting of demolition of the later 20th century northern rear extension of the building in Phase 1; and new build construction consisting of new accommodation wing and restaurant, as well as updating of the building’s interior and including some interior modification of room layouts in Phase 2. 

Phase 2 application under Reference: 21/02172/FUL was submitted in October 2021 and granted in June 2022. The refurbished building has very recently (November 2023) opened for business again. 



[One of our client references comes from ICG (Inn Collection Group) - the developer on this project.]  


Project 2 - Henlade House (Mount Somerset Hotel). Private Developer. Statement of Significance 

AB Heritage Limited were commissioned by Henlade Limited to produce a Statement of Significance covering the Grade II* Listed Mount Somerset Hotel (formerly known as Henlade House), Ruishton, Henlade, Taunton, TA3 5NB and early C19 coach house & stable, located immediately east of the main house, which is curtilage listed. 

A former hotel and converted spa have suffered as a result of a period of decline and neglect and are currently closed to the public, awaiting renovation. 

The building has 4 distinct phases of development: the E range forms part of the ‘old’ Henlade House with origins possibly as early as C17, the N range is largely c. 1815 with 1870s decorative scheme, the W range is c. 1890s and there are several 20th century extensions to the S. 

Planning reference: 31/23/0005/LB (Somerset Council – West Team) supported by AB Heritage reporting, has now been granted for internal refurbishment of the building.



Project 3 – The Buttonworks, Birmingham. Private Developer. Archaeology DBA & Heritage Statement and later Historic Building Recording. 

Phase 1 – Archaeology Desk-Based assessment and Heritage Statement
In 2022 AB Heritage were commissioned by Great Hampton Street Button Works Limited to produce a Combined Archaeology Desk-Based Assessment and Heritage Statement for a site at 80 – 82 Great Hampton Street, Birmingham, B18 6EW. 

The Buttonworks (as the site in referred to) is located within Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter Conservation Area and comprises the Grade II* Listed Building of the Great Hampton Street Works, a purpose-built late 19th century button manufactory. The principal building has a detailed Victorian gothic façade designed by the prominent local architect H. R. Yeoville Thomason; to the rear are works buildings with well-preserved functional industrial elevations.  

The DBA&HS report found that while the former manufactory site largely retains its original form and external 19th century appearance, it ceased to operate as an industrial site in the late 20th century, and currently functions in a clothing wholesale and storage role for the present occupants. The site holds few surviving features relating to the original button manufactory. 

The building has very high architectural and historic values, and a setting interest provided by the Jewellery Quarter. The Great Hampton Street Works is therefore considered to be a heritage asset of Very High significance. 

The Jewellery Quarter Conservation Area is a heritage asset of Very High heritage significance, derived from its surviving architectural quality and character as well as historic interests relating to its metalworking heritage. 

The project was granted Listed Building Consent in spring 2023 - Listed Building Consent (LBC) under Birmingham City Council REF: 2022/08218/PA.  

Phase 2 – Historic Building Recording
AB Heritage Limited were then in 2023 commissioned by Great Hampton Street Button Works Limited to produce a Written Scheme of Investigation (WSI) and a Level 2 Historic Building Recording (HBR) of the Buttonworks site. 

The building recording has been undertaken to discharge Planning Condition 3, attached to the grant of Listed Building Consent (LBC) under Birmingham City Council REF: 2022/08218/PA. 

The Historic Building recording was conducted in-line with a WSI submitted to Birmingham City Council and approved on 22nd August 2023. 

In late 2023 the project is now moving into the Construction Phase. 


HESPR 'Designated Service Adviser'

Name: Elli Winterburn

Job title: Principal Heritage Consultant

Tel: 03330 348042 

Email: elli@abheritage.co.uk

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

Historic Building conservation

Conservation planning YES

Architectural design and new build in historic areas

Historical research YES

Historic area assessments YES

Project Management

Archaeology YES

Heritage Statements